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.
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.
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.
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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:
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.
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