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Choosing Courses

Choosing Courses

When you are choosing your subjects you should think about subjects that you enjoy and those which make a sensible combination for your chosen career or entry into higher education. Studying in Post 16 is demanding and so you will need to have been successful at GCSE level. There is an expectation that you will need to regularly work at home and so you will need to be committed to your courses and motivated to succeed.

Entry Requirements:

To study BTEC courses you will need to have achieved 5 grade 4s or better at GCSE. To study A Levels you will need to have achieved 5 grade 5s or better at GCSE (as well as achieving at least grade 4 in GCSE English and mathematics). In some subjects there are more specific entry requirements. These are indicated under each subject in the A-Z of courses or in the course guide.

A-levels

As you may be aware, there have been significant national changes in relation to A-levels. From September 2017, all A Levels will be a two year course with all examinations sat at the end of the two years of study.

Vocational Courses These courses are designed to provide work-related qualifications. They give you knowledge, understanding and skills that can prepare you for employment or higher education. BTEC courses are graded as pass, merit, distinction and distinction*. Since September 2016, all BTEC courses have a mixture of coursework and examination units. GCSE Re-sits GCSE English and mathematics are compulsory if you do not have a 4 or better already.

Vocational Courses

These courses are designed to provide work-related qualifications. They give you knowledge, understanding and skills that can prepare you for employment or higher education. BTEC courses are graded as pass, merit, distinction and distinction*. Since September 2016, all BTEC courses have a mixture of coursework and examination units.

GCSE Re-sits

GCSE English and mathematics are compulsory if you do not have a 4 or better already.

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Chemistry

Biology

Art

Chemistry

Drama

Further Maths

Biology

English Literature

French

History

Computing

Geography

Mathematics

Physics

English Language

Mathematics

PE Psychology Gov. & Politics Media Studies
Physics Religious Studies Mathematics Music
Sociology   Psychology Product Design
  Psychology
Spanish
Law Ext. Cert
ICT Ext. Cert English/Maths Resit
Business Ext. Cert Sport Ext. Cert
Business Dip. Business Dip.
Engineering Dip. Engineering Dip.
HSC Dip. HSC Dip.
Engineering Ext. Dip.
HSC Ext. Dip.
Level 2 Enterprise

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