Programmes of Study
Your programme of study at the College
will be made up of examination courses, tutorial, the opportunity
to develop your key skills and a variety of other activities. We aim
to provide you with a programme which meets your needs for higher
education entry requirements, your career and employment aims as well
as your personal interests.
National Level 2
AS General Studies
National Level 3GCSE
re-sits (where necessary)
Advanced level programmes of study
at the College usually last two years. They are suitable if you have
a high level of attainment at GCSE and wish to undertake further study
before progressing to higher education or employment. The main part
of an advanced level programme will be formed by advanced level GCEs
or OCR National Qualifications or a mixture of the two.
Most GCE advanced level subjects are
made up of six units: three advanced subsidiary (AS) units which you
complete in year one and three A2 units which are assessed at a higher
level and form the second year of the course. It is possible to achieve
an AS qualification without progressing to the A2 part of the course.
Some of the GCEs in applied subjects provide the possibility of taking
twelve unit double awards. Thirty six subjects are available in almost
any combination and it is expected that most students will take three
or four AS subjects, then continue to the full A level in perhaps
three of those subjects. Unit examinations will be taken during the
two years and it is possible to re-sit each unit once.
The OCR National Qualifications at
Level 3 are available as 6, 12 or 18 unit awards.
As part of your advanced GCE or OCR
National subjects, you will develop the key skills of communication,
application of number and information technology. You will also follow
the GCE AS general studies course. It may also be possible to take
one or two GCSE courses such as mathematics or English in addition
to your A level courses should you need to do so.
Level 2 programmes
These programmes at the College last
one year and may be used to progress to education and training at
Level 3 or to employment.
The main part of a Level 2 programme
will be formed by OCR National and/or GCSE courses. These are available
in subjects which you may have studied at school as well as in subjects
which will be new to you. Subjects are grouped into three main packages,
these are: information and communication technology; health and social
care; and science.
All students will cover the key
skills of communication, application of number and information technology.
All Level 2 and Level 3 students
will be a member of a tutor group and will be encouraged to participate
in the other college activities described on page 5 of the prospectus
or on the College Activities page.
The College aims to provide you
with a programme of study suited to your particular needs. You can
be sure that when choosing your courses you will receive impartial
expert advice and careers guidance.