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AS & A Level Courses
The full A Level award is divided into two stages, AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A2. The AS can be certificated in its own right as a stand alone qualification at the end of your first year of study. To achieve the full A Level qualification you must proceed to the second part, the A2 units. The AS units, along with the A2 units, deliver the full Advanced Level qualification.
Progression: from AS to A2 is dependent upon the successful completion of your AS examination at grade D or above, plus satisfactory completion of the core curriculum. The majority of students progress from A2 to university. Some students seek employment on completion of the qualification.
Assessment: There is an examination session in January and June of each year.
Minimum Entry Requirements For all AS courses: 6 passes at GCSE Grade C or above, including English and Maths, however applicants should be aware that a minimum of Grade B in Maths AND English is required for many subjects.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
The international Baccalaureate is a highly regarded international qualification which enables you to study a breadth of subjects in depth. These can be studied at either standard or higher level dependent upon your prior attainment level. The course has additional areas of study that include an extended essay, theory of knowledge (TOK) and creativity action and service (CAS).
Progression: Progression onto the second year of study is dependent upon the successful completion of year one of the IB course plus satisfactory completion of the core curriculum. On completion of the IB the majority of students progress to university. Successful completion of this diploma is a highly desirable entry qualification for many universities across the world.
Assessment: Most components of the diploma are assessed through written examinations at the end of year two.
Minimum Entry Entry Requirements: 6 GCSEs at Grade B or above including English Language and Maths
Level 1 BTEC Courses
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 a core business unit, personal and social development and functional skills in communication, numeracy and IT.
Progression: Progression to BTEC Level 2 Diploma for students who successfully complete foundation learning, core curriculum and have a positive reference. Some students seek employment on completion of the qualification and the course develops skills for employment as well as further study.
Assessment: You 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 only.
Level 2 BTEC Courses
BTEC Level 2 Diploma is a 6 unit 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: Progression to 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 6 unit qualification is continually assessed and students will attain a profile of unit outcomes. Units are awarded a pass, merit or distinction; overall outcome for the diploma is also a pass, merit or distinction.
Minimum Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade D or above including English or Maths OR Pass in Foundation Learning
Level 2 GCSE Courses
GCSEs are taught over one year and are offered as an addition to your main course of study. GCSEs in Maths, English and Italian are available for students on either academic or BTEC courses.
Assessment: Examination at the end of the academic year (may be a controlled coursework assignment).
Level 3 BTEC Courses
BTEC Extended Diploma (Level 3)
BTEC Extended Diploma qualifications are full time courses which are equivalent to three A Levels. The courses allow you to specialise within a particular subject area and study a range of units related to that area.
Progression: Progression on to year 2 of this qualification is dependent upon the successful completion of year one plus satisfactory completion of the core curriculum. 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. The courses develop a wide range of skills and aptitudes which are valued by employers.
Assessment: This 18 unit qualification is continually assessed and students will build a profile of unit outcomes. Units are awarded a pass, merit or distinction; the overall outcome for the diploma is also a pass, merit or distinction. A distinction profile (DDD) provides the same UCAS points as three grades A at A Level.
Minimum Entry Requirements: 6 GCSEs at grade C or above including English or Maths at Grade C OR BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit with English or Maths at Grade C
BTEC Diploma (Level 3)
This qualification shares the same characteristics as the BTEC Extended Diploma but is composed of only 12 units and is the equivalent of two A Levels.
Minimum Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English or Maths at Grade C OR BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit with English or Maths at Grade C