All A Level courses starting in 2017 have changed to “linear” courses where the intention is that qualifications are taken after 2 years of study. As a provider it is our intention to ensure that students start on courses they will successfully complete. In most cases students will start 3 two-year courses with the intention that they complete 3 full A levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/Extended Certificates at the end of a two year period.
In the rare case that a student is leaving the sixth form before completing a two year course staff will advise on the correct strategy in relation to maximising the outcome for the student before they leave. This may involve taking an AS qualification at the end of the first year but only where sufficient content has been studied to make this a successful outcome.
Changes are also being made to Level 3 BTEC qualifications.
These qualifications have moved away from the system of 100% internal assessment and are moving to “mainly internal assessment” with “selected units assessed through external tasks, performances or written exams to support HE and employer preferences for a balanced approach to assessment.” Students are still able to combine 2-year A level courses and Level 3 BTECs to create a programme of study.
We treat students as individuals and at this time of change we are keen to provide the best structures to allow the best outcomes for students.
For students who have not yet achieved the qualifications to access a full Level 3 study programme, the 1-year Access to Further Education course gives the opportunity to improve English and Maths GCSE grades and learn new skills while preparing students for training, apprenticeship or Level 3 study.