Qualification Types

Level 3 courses

A level
FULL-TIME 2 YEARS

A levels allow students to study a number of subjects in great depth. At SFX we offer a wide range of A levels; students will typically choose three subjects to study over two years.
Progression: The majority of students following an A level programme progress to university. A small minority of students seek employment on completion of their course.
Assessment: In your first year you will have internally assessed examinations at the end of each term. In the second year you will sit internally assessed examinations at the end of the autumn and spring terms and external public examinations in the summer term.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
FULL-TIME 2 YEARS
(EQUIVALENT TO 3 A LEVELS)

BTEC Extended Diploma qualifications allow you to specialise within a particular subject area. The Extended Diploma can have up to 15 units of study over 2 years, depending on the subject you wish to specialise in. On average there will be 13 units.
Progression: Students must successfully complete year 1 and the core curriculum in order to progress to year 2 of the course. On completion of the Extended Diploma the majority of students progress to university to study their subject at degree level. Some students seek employment on completion of the qualification. These courses develop a wide range of skills and aptitudes which are valued by employers.
Assessment: The Extended Diploma is assessed in 3 ways. Most assessment is done through assignments, set and marked by the college. 2 or 3 units are task based, set and marked by the Awarding Body, and at least one unit is assessed by written exams, set and marked by the Awarding Body. Units are awarded a pass, merit, distinction or starred distinction; the overall outcome for the diploma is also a pass, merit, distinction or starred distinction. A distinction profile (DDD) provides the same UCAS points as three grade As at A level.

 

Level 2 Courses

BTEC Level 2 Diploma
FULL-TIME 2 YEARS

This is a qualification that allows you to specialise within a particular area. This is a full-time one year course that can be taken alongside GCSE English and Maths.
Progression: Level 3 is available to students who achieve a minimum of a merit profile, pass their core curriculum and have a positive reference. Some students seek employment on completion of the qualification and the course develops transferable skills for employment or further study. Assessment: this qualification is continually assessed with a combination of internally assessed assignments and written exams which are externally assessed and students will attain a portfolio of unit outcomes. Units are awarded a pass, merit or distinction; overall outcome for the diploma is also a pass, merit or distinction.

GCSE

GCSEs are taught over one year and are offered as an addition to your main course of study. GCSEs in maths and English are available for students on either academic or BTEC courses. All students who have yet to achieve a grade 4 in maths and English are required to take the relevant GCSE(s) at SFX.
Assessment: Examination at the end of the academic year

 

Level 1 Course

Foundation Learning
FULL-TIME 1 YEAR

Foundation Learning is a general term used to describe a range of qualifications that are devised to suit the individual needs of students. The programme is full-time and is taught over one year and includes some business units, media units and health related units. In addition students are expected to follow courses in personal and social development and functional skills in communication, numeracy and IT.
Progression: Students who successfully complete Foundation Learning and core curriculum and who also have a positive reference can progress to a BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate. Some students seek employment on completion of the qualification and the course develops skills for employment as well as further study.
Assessment: Progress will be continually assessed throughout the academic year using a credits system; on completion of the course the overall outcome will be pass or fail.