The College offers over 50 AS courses – probably the largest range of options available in any college in the country. Options include familiar subjects but also many that are not usually available at GCSE. Details of course content, assessment and subject entry requirements are available in the individual course outlines. These courses last one year.
The International Baccalaureate is a well-established world-class qualification. It is a broad, but challenging, course that is designed not only to provide qualifications for university entry, but also to develop the education and maturity of the students involved. It is not a qualification solely for the most able, but students do need to be well-motivated and well-organised. This is a two year programme.
Advanced Foundation Programme (GCSE) subjects may be taken by those taking AS Levels but the majority will be students taking the Advanced Foundation Programme. This is not simply a year in which to re-sit GCSE subjects already studied. The programme provides a second chance opportunity for students who have academic potential but who, for a variety of reasons, have only achieved 1 or 2 C or better grades at GCSE. Special circumstance admissions are sometimes possible.
All students take at least one course from a wide-ranging programme during their time at College based on individual interests and needs and often to support a specific career aim. Most courses run over two terms and for one or two periods a week and the majority lead to nationally recognised qualifications.
The College offers a number of IT courses to adults on Saturday mornings. Whatever your needs, there is something for everyone. You will learn at your own pace with the support of College staff in a relaxed and friendly environment. You can commence a course at almost any time. Courses include New CLAIT Level 1 Certificate, ECDL, French and an online touch-typing course.
All students will take a diagnostic test at Enrolment to assess the standard of their practical English, Mathematics and ICT. All students will be expected to work at improving their Key Skills and most will have a 42 lesson ICT course as part of their first year programme. Workshops and subject based assignments are provided to enable students to complete the portfolio requirements.