Courses Available

The College offers a wide range of courses across an array of levels. Choose a category from the menu on the right to browse the courses available.

Read our new Prospectus 2016-17 and find out what the College can offer you here. 

Find out about changes to the Curriculum from September 2015 here.

A-Level

Major changes to A level continue to take effect

Prior to September 2015, all A level subjects comprised of an AS qualification in year one and an A2 qualification in year two with the AS grade contributing 50% to the overall A level grade. However, as from September 2015 this changed significantly.

The main changes are:

  • From 2015, some AS qualifications and A levels were ‘decoupled’. This means (in the subjects listed here) that the AS does not contribute to the overall A level grade and is, in effect, a standalone qualification with reduced UCAS points for university;
  • The new A levels are two year ‘linear’ courses, with exams only at the end of the second year. 

General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)

If you do not have grade C in either GCSE English language or maths you will be required to retake one or both subjects in your first year.

We also offer Functional Skills (English) and Certificate in Maths (FSMQ) if you have not achieved a grade D in GCSE English and maths respectively.

BTEC Courses (varying levels)

BTEC courses are designed as vocational (specialist work-related) qualifications and cover a range of sectors. They are graded using a Pass (P), Merit (M), Distinction (D) and Distinction* (D*) scale; the number of these grades you receive will depend on the size of your course. 

The Subsidiary Diploma, generally studied over two years, is designed to occupy one third of a student’s curriculum within a broader programme of study. It is equivalent to the size of a single A level and as such you receive one grade on the scale identified above (P to D*). At the College we offer this qualification in: Music, Sport and Performing Arts.

The Diploma route is designed to occupy two thirds of a curriculum programme across a two year period. This enables the learner to develop a significantly greater core of the knowledge in that specific field. It is still designed to be studied with another supporting qualification, generally complementary to the main subject area. This course is equivalent to the size of two A level programmes, subsequently giving you two grades on the scale (PP to D*D*).  This qualification is offered in Sport. 

Cambridge Technicals

Cambridge Technicals are equivalent to BTECs and offer the same vocational alternative to A Level study with a focus on preparation for work or continuation into Higher Education. The overall qualifications are graded in the same way as BTECs.

The Cambridge Technicals Certificate/Introductory Diploma, generally studied over two years, is designed to occupy one third of a student’s curriculum within a broader programme of study. It is equivalent to the size of a single A level and as such you receive one grade on the scale identified above (P to D*). At the College we offer this qualification in: Business and Health and Social Care.

WJEC Level 3

The WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Medical Science is on an equivalent level to the BTEC and Cambridge Technicals. This course is a combination of internal and external assessments. It is studied over two years and is designed to occupy one third of the timetable within a broader programme of study. It is equivalent to a single A level and is marked accordingly on an A*-E scale. At the College we offer this in Medical Science. 

One Year enrichment courses

We also offer the following One Year enrichment courses: