Choosing what to study at sixth form is an important decision as it can influence the options open to you in the future. All courses offered by schools/colleges fit into a national framework of difficulty levels - the higher the level, the more demanding they are. At the age of 16, you will typically have completed Level 2 (i.e. GCSEs) and then move onto Level 3 in sixth form.
At the College, we offer two types of Level 3 courses:
Short for Advanced Level, A Levels are the Level 3 qualifications that are traditionally offered after GCSEs and are usually focused on academic subjects. We offer 28 A Level options: some will be subjects you've studied at GCSE and some will be new. A Levels are highly valued by universities and employers so they can open doors to further study and careers. All A Levels are now assessed by exams at the end of the two year course and graded A* to E.
An alternative to A Levels, BTECs are more vocational and can be useful if you know what career you're working towards. Unlike A Levels, BTECs are continually assessed throughout the course with a combination of coursework, practical projects and exams. BTECs are awarded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. They are accepted by universities and depending on which type you choose, a BTEC at the College can be equivalent to one or two A Level options.
Choosing Your Subjects
From the moment you apply, right through to when you join us, we'll work with you closely to ensure we guide you onto the appropriate courses that suit your career aspirations and allow you to reach your full potential.
Students at the College are required to study three course options - this can be a choice of three A Levels or a combination of A Levels and BTECs.
Your course choices are based on your starting point and ambitions - there are no timetable restrictions on what combination of subjects you can study.