A Levels at Derby College

At Derby College, we’ll give you all the support and advice you need to ensure you choose the ideal course to turn your ambitions into reality.

Is this you?

  • You can work on your own initiative
  • You enjoy reading and carrying out research
  • You have the ability to work in a team
  • You enjoy written, classroom-based tasks
  • You are self-motivated
  • You are well organised when planning work and meeting deadlines
  • You enjoy creating extended pieces of writing.

a levels at derby college

Choose Wisely

Studying any subject at A-level is a major step up from GCSE. It demands greater commitment, hard work and perseverance: you will be stretched and challenged.

When choosing your A-level subjects you should think carefully about:

  • Subjects you have a genuine passion for: if you are interested in the subjects you choose then you are more likely to do well in them
  • Subjects you will need: for certain university courses or careers you will be required to have one or more specific A-level subjects for entry.

Why choose Derby College?

  • Our A-level learners have an excellent track record. A 98% pass rate overall and the majority of A2 subjects recording a 100% pass rate including Humanities and Modern Foreign Language subjects.
  • The majority of our A-level learners secure places at their first or second choice universities. We have strong links with universities which will help you set your long-term goals: you can even take higher education courses at the College itself.
  • You can choose exciting subjects which may not appear on conventional school timetables, such as World Development and Film Studies.
  • You’ll study in our exceptional facilities at the Joseph Wright Campus, which has just been upgraded with a new £3.1 million extension.
  • If university is not for you, we offer clear routes into employment or an apprenticeship. We have close partnerships with over 1,000 employers to give you a real head start.

A-levels are changing

Changes to A-levels are being introduced nationally and will be phased in over the next three years. This has an impact on the way your A-level course at Derby College will be structured and assessed.

The key change is that A-levels will become ‘linear’ courses so you will need to study for the full two years to gain your qualification and exams will be undertaken at the end of those two years rather than being spread out.

These new-style linear A-levels will be introduced in phases up to 2017.

BTEC qualifications

We also offer a range of BTECs for those learners who might prefer a more vocational, work-related course alongside or in place of A-levels. Highly respected across many sectors, BTECs are designed to meet the specific needs of employers and professional bodies as well as paving the way to higher education.

On a BTEC, you’ll take a practical approach to learning and will have the opportunity to focus on real-world, work-related scenarios. The way you are assessed will centre more on coursework and practical projects than on traditional exams.

Whether your aim is to head to university, an apprenticeship or a job, our A-level options can help you achieve your long-term goals and career plans.

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Entry Requirements

Generally, for most of our AS Levels, a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above is required. This should include a grade B in English Language and a grade C in Maths. In some cases, studying an AS Level requires a GCSE grade B in a specific subject or a grade B profile across most of your subjects.

It is also worth noting that:

  • We will accept ‘English Combined’ GCSE at B or higher if your school did not offer English Language and Literature as two separate GCSEs.
  • Some subjects may have entrance tests, such as the algebra test for AS Maths. Others, such as Law, may require a strong overall GCSE profile.
  • You will need to pass the screening assessment so that we are assured your English and Maths capabilities will meet the demands of the A-level course.

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Rehmat Ramzan

Rehmat Ramzan

Making the Grade

Rehmat won the Academic Learner of the Year title at the College’s 2014 Peak Awards – and followed it up with excellent A-level grades.

Having grown up abroad, Rehmat came to the College four years ago. Having initially studied GCSEs, she progressed to A-levels in Biology, Psychology and Chemistry – gaining some of the highest marks in her courses.

She achieved 2 As and a B grade and is now heading to the University of Nottingham to study Biochemistry.

I am so happy. As soon as the exams are over, you start fretting about the results but now that is all over and I am looking forward to university life.

Learner Voice Survey

Here's what Derby College Learners have been saying in out latest surveys

  • Quality teaching 94% felt that teachers treated them with respect
  • Useful information 97% found all the information they needed in the prospectus
  • A smooth process 96% said they were given clear guidance at their interview about the courses on offer
  • On course to success 93% said they were being helped to make good progress
  • Valuable feedback 95% said they felt comfortable to ask questions in their tutorials
  • Prepared for the future 97% said the information, advice and guidance given at Derby College

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Joseph Wright City Centre Campus

Courses in this area are run at our Joseph Wright campus located in Derby City Centre.

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Useful Websites

The ‘job profile’ section contains information about hundreds of jobs and tells you which roles require specific A-level subjects and/or a degree for entry

Find out about a range of university courses and which subjects they require for entry

Discover what you could do after a degree and the kind of jobs your A-level choices would be suited to

Everything you need to know about becoming an apprentice – many higher level apprenticeships require A-levels for entry

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