A Levels follow a full-time two year programme that adopt a subject approach, with exams at the end of the course.
Prior to September 2015 an A Level consisted of two stages:
AS (first year) and A2 (second year), but from September 2016, most A Levels are linear. This means students will take all of their exams at the end of their second year. Students will still be able to do AS exams, but if they then decide to progress to year 2 in these subjects, they will need to take all the AS exams again, as well as the final A Level exams, at the end of their final year.
Our policy is not to enter students for the AS levels, and we expect all students to study their three A Levels for two years.
The only subjects we offer which will continue to have an AS Level from September 2016 are:
- Design Technology
- Maths & Further Maths
If you would like to follow a straight A Level route, please choose three subjects (all universities will expect you to have 3 A Levels). IF your GCSE forecast grades are very strong, you may be able to choose four subjects, but you need to be sure that you can carry all 4 through for two full years.
Students will have the opportunity to discuss what’s best for them when we meet before and after their exam results.
We offer two types of diploma – the BTEC Extended Diploma and the IMI Diploma. The BTEC Extended Diploma is a Level 3, full-time, two year programme of study and the IMI Diploma is offered at Level 2 and Level 3 (your starting point will be dependent on your GCSE grades) and is studied over a one or two year period, this will be determined by your Level choice.
Both Diplomas will develop specialist knowledge, practical skills and understanding within a vocational area and gives you a qualification which is the equivalent to three full A Levels. The Extended Diploma is fully recognised by universities and carries UCAS points, enabling you to progress to university or directly into employment. If you want to commit to vocational study in a particular area then this could be the route for you. There are no examinations; instead your progress is continually assessed through assignments and coursework.
A personalised pathway
There is the option to study for a mixture of A Levels and a Diploma. For example a student could take Biology A Level alongside a Health and Social Care Diploma offering an excellent route into a degree in adult nursing, leading to a career as a highly paid NHS nursing consultant.
What happens when you apply?
After we have received an application form, an advice and guidance meeting will be arranged so students will have the opportunity to discuss what’s best for them with our qualified staff. Ahead of this meeting if you need help or have questions, please call on 01934 411 611.