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A-Levels are a great option for those who enjoy learning in a classroom and who are planning to progress to higher study.

What are A-Levels?

A-Levels are one of the main routes to higher education and university. They are assessed through examinations with some providing coursework modules. Learners receive individual grades for each subject they undertake. Most learners studying A-Levels study the equivalent of at least three subjects.

For each subject, you will also be required to undertake several hours of independent study both at College and at home. Modern study facilities are available at College and successful students use these effectively.

Students who successfully complete the AS Level units in Year 1 may progress to A2 Level in Year 2 where further units are assessed. We strongly encourage a broad programme for A Level students.

Students can study A-Levels in subjects as varied as science and maths, through to Law and Religious studies.

AS Levels

AS Levels represent the first year of your two-year A Level course, or a one-year stand alone qualification. Students who successfully complete the AS Level units in Year 1 may progress to A2 Level in Year 2 to complete further units. If you do not continue on to the second year, your final outcome will be an AS Level award.

AS Levels allow you to mix a number of subjects – and you can keep your options open a bit longer if you’re worried about your future after the first year – maybe you want a job or a year out, or you think a different type of qualification is the way forward for you – you have something to show for your work, rather than feeling you’ve wasted a year.

A2 Levels

The A2 Level of study is reached through successful completion of your first year on the course, resulting in an AS Level. Students progressing through their second year with satisfactory coursework and examination grades will receive an A Level qualification.

Why study A-Levels at college?

College is very different from school or sixth form – you are treated as an adult, will learn how to manage your own time outside of lectures and develop new skills. There are no bells, assemblies or uniform – you are free to take control of your own learning in a sociable and mature atmosphere. You will be able to learn in a fun and dynamic environment and your lessons will be both challenging and stimulating. During your studies you will be supported by our highly-qualified staff, who will regularly review your progress against your target grades and future plans and guide you in your next steps.

As part of your study programme you will be given the chance to undertake work insight days and undertake addition qualifications such as the ASDAN Award/ Certificate in Personal Effectiveness to prepare you for University and the world of work.

Which subjects should I choose?

Think about which subjects you’ve enjoyed and have had success in. If you think you know what you’d like to do as a career, find out what subjects would be useful and relevant.

If you are planning to progress to university, think about the type of course you might choose and look up the subject requirements at UCAS. Talk it through with as many people as possible – include your teachers, careers advisor, family and friends. You can also discuss your subject choices further with careers advisors at college.

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