Pathways & Course Guides
This page explains the different pathways and courses available to students in 2024-25, including the courses offered in each pathway.
Click HERE to see a list of the courses we offer and the entry requirements for each course. Course guides are downloadable from the bottom of the page.
Academic (Advanced Level Single Qualifications)
A Levels are highly academic qualifications for students who want to study at university. Most A Levels are externally assessed by examinations, and often include extended writing as non-examined assessment (coursework).
There is the opportunity to study the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), similar to a university dissertation. The EPQ allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea, and decide on their finished product. A project topic may be directly related to a student’s study programme, but should look beyond the specification. A finished product may take the form of:
- A research based written report
- A production (e.g. charity event, fashion show or sports event etc)
- An artefact (e.g. piece of art, a film or realised design)
The EPQ is increasingly popular with universities, and is definitely an enhancement to a student’s UCAS application and CV. The EPQ is awarded a grade that is equivalent in size to an ‘AS’ Level and also accrues UCAS points.
T Levels are a brand new qualification designed to give students a head start to future careers right after sixth form. T Levels are challenging qualifications that are Level 3 equivalents to A Levels. They are a blend of classroom learning, and learning from industry placements, students can progress to highly skilled employment.
Applied General (Advanced Level Extended Diplomas)
Level 3 applied general courses are a blend of coursework and some externally assessed exams. Students can progress to employment - e.g.an apprenticeship, a foundation course or a vocational degree at higher education level. Choose one extended diploma, which is equivalent to three A levels.