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Choosing the right courses on a 3+1 basis

After we receive your application you will be invited to a Course Advice Session to discuss your initial ideas about the learning programme you would like to follow and the mix of core subjects and broadening courses which will suit you. Your final decisions will be made when you enrol at the College, after you have received your GCSE results. Whatever your results, do come and talk to us about your opinions.

 Approximate GCSE range 
 
 Your main study options
 
a) Students with excellent GCSEs: Nearly all A* - B grades or 9-6 grades with many at A*-A or 9-7 grades and with an average overall GCSE score of A or 7.
4 AS or equivalent taken across two years with opportunities for adding a broadening course in the upper sixth year.
b) Students with good GCSEs: Eight or more GCSE passes at A*-C grades or 9-5 grades with an average overall GCSE score of at least C-B or 5-6 grade based on best eight entries.
3 A levels or equivalent programme studied over two years plus a one year broadening course which could be an AS level or BTEC. 
c) Students with satisfactory GCSEs: 5-6 GCSE A*-C grades with an average overall GCSE score or around a C grade  or 4-5 based on best eight entries.
3 A levels or BTEC equivalent studies taken over two years plus a one year course which many be a GCSE re-take or a financial studies or research skills qualification.
d) Students without 5 A*-C grades: with an average overall GCSE grade of D or 3 grade based on best eight entries with at least two C or 4 grades.
Two Level 2 programmes are available    a) Access to Level 3, and b) Access to Employment - in which GCSEs and BTEC courses can be combined to get students on track.
In assessing your GCSE score, we recognise the GCSE equivalences of such qualifications as iGCSEs, BTEC First Diplomas, BTEC First Certificates and other qualifications, irrespective of the inclusion of these qualifications in government performance tables.



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