There are a variety of courses for you to choose from at Post 16.
You will follow an individualised study programme in Post 16. 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. It is important to select courses that you think suit you best. The different types of courses that we run are listed below.
As you may be aware, there have been significant national changes in relation to A levels. Previously, A levels were made up of an AS level (studied in Year 12) and an A2 level (studied in Year 13).
This has no longer been the case for all subjects since September 2015. From September 2017, all of the ‘A’ levels we offer will have been reformed. If you study ‘A’ levels all of your examinations will be taken at the end of your two years of study in Year 13, there is no longer an option to study AS levels.
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*.
These courses are assessed by coursework and one examined unit. At least 40% is assessed externally.
GCSE English and mathematics are compulsory if you do not have a 4 or better already.
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. Our standard entry requirements are 5 A* to C grades in GCSE. To study A levels you will also need to have achieved a minimum of a 4 in English language and mathematics. In some subjects there are more specific entry requirements. These are indicated under each subject.
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