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Study Pathways

How Many Subjects?

The College uses the following guidelines to help you select the number and type of course.

A Levels and BTECs

Students choose four courses in Year 12 and continue three of them in Year 13. 

Applied General Qualification Courses

Students choose one course which includes specialist training and a work placement. Should it be required, students will receive tuition in English and Mathematics to secure GCSE qualifications. 

Football and Coaching Academy

Students wishing to study the Football and Coaching Academy course will also study Sport (Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma; Fitness Services) alongside Coaching, Fitness Training, Sports Development, Physiology of Fitness and Leadership in Sport as well as take part in a highly structured training programme. 

What new AS and A Levels will look like

New AS and A Levels started being taught in September 2015. The first results for the new AS Levels were in 2016; A Levels will be in 2017.

The main features of the new qualifications are:

  • Assessments will be mainly by exam, with other types of assessment used only where they are needed to test essential skills;
  • AS and A Levels will be assessed at the end of the course. AS assessments will typically take place after one year's study and A Levels after two. The courses will no longer be divided into modules and there will be no exams in January;
  • Most AS and A Levels will be 'decoupled' this year - meaning AS results will no longer count towards in an A Level in the way they do now;
  • AS Levels can be deigned by exam boards to be taught alongside the first year of A Levels.
  • The content for the new A Levels has been reviewed and updated. Universities played a greater role in this for the new qualifications than they did previously.