There has, for some years, been established a framework of qualifications for 16-19 year olds that encourages breadth of study. All schools and colleges now offer broader, more flexible programmes including the opportunity to combine academic and vocational study, whilst maintaining rigorous and demanding standards for all advanced level students.
Our structure aims to:
- Provide a range of qualifications from which learners can choose programmes which meet their needs and gain credit for their achievements
- Ensure that the qualifications provided are worthwhile and valued and that learners can combine academic and vocational studies appropriately and coherently
- Offer scope for specialisation to support progression and encourage a broadening of knowledge, understanding and skills
- Offer clear progression routes into higher education, employment and further training
GCE AS & A Levels
At the end of Year 12, students take a variety of Advanced Subsidiary Levels. For each subject, these constitute the first half of a full A Level course – a stepping stone between GCSE and Advanced Level. In Year 13, students will then choose to continue to take the full Advanced Level qualification in some of the subjects they took in the previous year. This course is referred to as A2.
Students receive four hours of dedicated teaching per subject – the teaching generally split between two different teachers. In addition, students are expected to use one hour of non-contact time for research and private study during the college day. Extra assignments will be regularly set as homework.
GCE Advanced Level
Conventional advanced levels represent the traditional route into higher education. They have one advantage over vocational applied courses by not being career orientated. Consequently an A Level student is not tied to a particular career, but retains a wide choice.
These are available in Art and Design, Music and Physical Education and are modular based with the emphasis on coursework. Advanced Level and BTEC success can also significantly enhance career prospects for those who wish to enter employment at the end of two years in Sixth Form.