A-levels are level 3 qualifications which are studied in two halves, AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A2. The AS-level is a qualification in its own right that can be achieved following the successful completion of a chosen AS programme of study. However the A2 is not. In order to obtain a full A-level qualification both the AS and A2 elements have to be successfully completed over two years.
AS courses are studied in Year 12 and initially students will be asked to choose at least four subjects from those included in this prospectus. In Year 13, following the successful completion of the AS courses, students will study at least three of the subjects that they have chosen at A2 level.
As a general rule, the minimum general requirement for entry onto a full time Advanced level course is five GCSEs at grade C or above including English or Mathematics or both English and Mathematics. Many Advanced level courses also stipulate additional, subject specific entry criteria, and these can be found within individual course information.
Level 3 Vocational BTEC/NVQ Qualifications
Level 3 Vocational courses are the natural progression of our level 2 BTEC programmes studied by some students in Key Stage 4. These qualifications are more challenging than the Key Stage 4 programmes of study and are equivalent of one, two or three A-levels depending on the programme studied. These courses are recognised as being full-time; however it is possible to study traditional A-levels alongside a level 3 National course if a student does fulfil the academic entry criteria for their chosen A-level programme of study. The requirements for entry onto a vocational programme of study vary according to the demands of each course and these can be found within the course information provided.
Level 2 GCSE Core Subjects
We also offer GCSE re-sits in English, Mathematics and Science for students who have not achieved a grade C at GCSE. These courses can be successfully studied alongside AS courses and it would be expected that students who have applied for courses within our Post-16 provision, without a grade C at GCSE in English or Maths, would also select this course option.
Level 2 Foundation
The level 2 foundation course is suitable for those students who have achieved grades D/E at GCSE. This is a course that aims to prepare students for employment or further training. It is anticipated that this course will centre on GCSE Maths and English alongside a number of BTEC level 2 courses. All students would be welcome to progress onto Level 3 BTEC National programmes of study, or Advanced Subsidiary/A2 courses following the successful completion of their chosen Level 2 vocational programme of study, provided they fulfil the academic entry criteria specified.