A LEVELS

Since September 2015 A levels have been going through significant changes. Most subjects have now moved to a new assessment structure where the AS qualification is no longer part of the final A Level grade (previously it counted as 50% of the final A Level grade).

Subjects available at A Level

Arabic

Art & Design

Biology

Business Studies

Chemistry

Computing

Drama & Theatre Studies

Economics

English Literature

English Language & Literature

Geography Government & Politics

History

Mathematics

Mathematics: Level 3 Mathematical Studies

MFL: French

MFL: Spanish

Music

Physical Education

Physics

Psychology

Sociology

BTEC NATIONAL LEVEL 3

BTEC Nationals are Level 3 (A Level equivalent) work-related qualifications.

We offer a choice of 4 BTEC subjects:

Creative Media Production – 1 A level equivalent

Information Technology – 1 A level equivalent

Science – can be studied as 1, 2, or 3 A level equivalent

Travel & Tourism – 1 A level equivalent

BTEC Nationals provide specialist, work-related learning, delivering the knowledge, skills and understanding students need to prepare for their chosen careers. BTEC Nationals offer progression to higher education or directly into employment.

Extended Diploma programmes are made up of 18 units of study. The qualification is equivalent to 3 A levels and is graded at Distinction *, Distinction, Merit and Pass level. We will be offering an extended diploma in Science only.

Units are assessed through coursework, both practical and written, some of which may be in controlled, timed conditions. Whilst completing units, students will receive a feedback and response opportunity to help them reach the highest levels.

It will be possible, for a student to study the smaller Diploma (12 unit) course with the addition of one or two AS courses in Year 12. Entry requirements for the AS course must be met.

Students wishing to study one of our BTEC courses will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or better

Students should be aware that many courses which they may wish to take after completion of the BTEC could also require a grade C in GCSE Mathematics and students will be encouraged to achieve this during Year 12 if not attained in Year 11.

Students choosing BTEC qualifications will be offered further advice and guidance before final choices have to be made. Full details of the BTEC courses can be found later in this booklet.

Foundation Courses

This is a one year intensive programme designed to support learners who narrowly missed their 5A*-C and who maybe unsure of which pathway to choose. This programme will give students the opportunity to retake GCSEs and study new GCSEs in order to progress to a level 3 AS/A2 or vocational programme of study.

You will study 5 subjects from the following list:

  • GCSE Maths ( retake)
  • GCSE English (retake)
  • BTEC Travel and Tourism
  • BTEC Creative Media
  • BTEC Applied Science

What teaching and learning methods will be used?

Given the range of subjects you will study, you will receive supportive teaching leading to active learning. This will involve the development of critical thinking skills, through to the analysis of film and experiments. You will be assessed regularly to ensure that you are on track to pass all of your GCSEs.

What minimum qualification will I need?

There are no entry requirements for the foundation courses.