We give you the flexibility to study a personalised mix of a vocational Level 3 course, alongside one or more A Levels.
This combination gives you the chance to develop your creative and technical skills during a BTEC, while developing your research and analytical skills through A Levels.
It’s important to choose your courses based on what your longer-term goals are. If you’re looking to study at university, they’ll want to see combinations that both prepare you for their course and a career beyond your time in education. But don’t worry, we’ll talk you through your choices and make sure you’re on the right path for your goals when you attend a college interview.
We do everything possible to make sure your choices work, but some courses will inevitably be taught at the same time and make it impossible to combine.
"I couldn’t decide between the academic and vocational subjects, because I still wanted to study performing arts, but also have a route in to primary school teaching via my A Levels. Also, I wanted a mix of coursework and assessments throughout the year which would be marked. Then I can sit my A Level exams at the end of the two years, which would be the stressful exam part. The consistent marking in my BTEC has helped to take off a lot of the stress.
"All of my courses are linked in some way, and blend together – I was studying iambic pentameter in English, and then we studied Shakespeare in Performing Arts, and it really helped me to perform the piece well, as I’d already learnt how to break it down and understand it. All of my courses are creative, and they blend together well."
These courses are taught in a more subject-orientated setting with an emphasis on the practical skills needed for a specific profession. Practical assignments make up most of the assessments and lead to UCAS points for university applications. You can study a one A Level equivalent over one year or a two A Level equivalent over two years.
A Levels are mostly classroom-based, where you will study subjects in depth. They are typically assessed by exams and give you a broad choice of options to progress to, either at university or in employment. They take two years to complete and also lead to UCAS points.