Every year our aim is to provide courses that meet the needs and interests of our students. The courses we offer fall into two categories:
- Level 3, A level courses. If a student completes two years they will complete the full A level course.
- Level 3 BTEC and Cambridge Technical Award courses in a range of subjects which have grades that equate to A level standard grades, e.g. a Distinction* is worth the same as an A*.
Courses Available for September 2024
The courses available have been listed below in alphabetical order. At this stage students need to research each course with a view to short-listing those subjects they feel they are most interested in studying. This is clearly an important decision and there are several factors that need to be considered, for example level of interest, chances of achieving success and future career plans. Some of the courses available are 'new' subjects in that they were not available at GCSE. A good decision is one that has been researched thoroughly.
Level 3 Courses*
Art & Design (Fine Art): Grade 5 or above at GCSE in Art & Design and grade 4 or above in English Language
Biology: Grade 6 or above in Biology and GCSE Grade 6 or above in Maths and English
Business BTEC: GCSE in Business studies would be beneficial but not essential. Students must have a grade 5 or above for Maths and English.
Chemistry: Grade 6 or above in Chemistry and GCSE Grade 6 or above in Maths and English
Computer Science: Computer Science GCSE at grade 5 or above and a minimum grade 4 or above in Maths and English is required. .
Creative Media Production BTEC: Suitable for students who have achieved a pass grade or above in BTEC Level 2 Creative Media Production or students interested in the media industry specifically film and television production.
Criminology: Grade 5 in English Language and Maths
Economics: GCSE in Business studies would be beneficial but not essential plus Grade 5 in English Language and Maths
English Language: A grade equivalent to at least a 5+ grade at GCSE in English Language or English Literature.
English Literature: A grade equivalent to at least a 5+ grade at GCSE in English Language or English Literature.
Food & Nutrition Applied Certificate: Grade 5 or above in Food GCSE plus Maths and English grade 4 or above
Geography: Grade 5 in Geography GCSE and an English GCSE grade 5
History: Grade 5 in History GCSE and English Language or Literature GCSE
Maths: Minimum grade 7 in Maths GCSE
Music BTEC: Grade 5 or above at GCSE / Level 2 BTEC Music Merit or above Grade V in instrumental / vocal studies if GCSE/BTEC Music not studied
Performing Arts CTEC: 9 - 4 in GCSE Drama / dance or BTEC L2 Merit or GCSE 9-4 English Lit / Lang + drama experience
Philosophy & Ethics (RS): Grade 5 or above in RS GCSE and Grade 5 or above in English GCSE
Photography (Art & Design): Grade 5 or above at GCSE in Art & Design, Design Technology and/or C- Media.
Physics: Minimum grade 6 in Physics or Combined Science at GCSE and a minimum 5 grade in GCSE Maths.
Politics: Minimum grade 5 in English Language, GCSE History would be beneficial.
Product Design (Design Technology): Minimum 5 in DT and grade 4 or above in English Language and Maths
Psychology: At least five and usually more, Grade 5 and above passes, in any subjects at GCSE. This would also mean that an average point score of 5 (from the top 8 GCSE passes). The student must also have a minimum grade 5 in English Language, Maths and Biology.
Sociology: Grade 5 in English Language
Spanish: Grade 6 or above in Spanish.
Sport & Exercise Cambridge Technical, Single award: At least a level 2 Pass in BTEC/CNAT Sport or a 4 in GCSE PE.
Textiles: Grade 5 or above in Textiles
* Courses will only run if a sufficient number of students have chosen them
It will be possible to take each of the Level 3 subjects through into Year 13 and complete the A-level component. Most Universities will expect at least three subjects to be completed through the two-year course. Progression from Year 12 into Year 13 will depend upon the successful completion of the Year 12 courses where it is applicable.