Your programme of study will be individually designed and agreed with you to ensure that you make the most of your time at College and have excellent progression opportunities available to you when you leave.

In addition to academic qualifications, it will contain other elements such as tutorial support, careers guidance, work experience and appropriate extra-curricular activities to ensure that you develop skills and experience which will stand you in good stead in your future life and work.

College staff will encourage you to be ambitious about your programme of study by choosing a variety of challenging elements.

Level 3 Full Programme of Study


Foundation Year Programme of Study

foundation programme

Academic Programmes of Study

You will be enrolled on a full academic study programme (unless there are exceptional circumstances) which for first year Level 3 students will mean a minimum of 3 subjects (or combination of 2 or 3 block applied options as shown above). Independent Study, Tutorials and Core Maths (where applicable)  will be added to make up your full programme. We encourage our students to take advantage of the many enrichment opportunities available and these can be added to your timetable.

Foundation Year students will study a minimum of 4 academic blocks.

For those students who did not achieve a grade 4 or above in Maths and/or English GCSE and need to resit, these will be added to your academic study programme.

How many years will I spend at College?

If you are studying a Level 3 programme, you will be with us for two years. At the end of that time you should expect to achieve a full Level 3 qualification consisting of at least three full A Levels or the Applied equivalent.

Foundation Year programmes last for one year, in the first instance, and provide an opportunity to achieve the Level 2 qualifications. You will then be eligible to progress onto a Level 3 programme.

If you start a Mixed Level programme, you may want to start some additional Level 3 qualifications at the beginning of the second year. If this is the case and you will want to stay at the College for a third year.

Progression Routes

Successful completion of a Level 3 programme will enable you to progress to a wide range of employment and higher education opportunities.

You will enhance your chances of success considerably by showing evidence of the following:

  • Wider reading and extension work, including Extended Projects
  • Subject commitment, eg, attending lecture visits, theatre/museum visits, university tasters/summer schools
  • Participation in extra-curricular activities, including Academies, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Young Enterprise, Student Union, Student Ambassador scheme and sports teams

Particular careers or higher education courses may involve the need to have studied specific subjects. If you have clear ideas about a chosen progression route, please let us know via your application or interview so that we can advise you on the suitability of your subject and enrichment choices.

Different subjects will develop particular skills which may be especially suitable for certain progression routes. On our website you will find information on possible employment and higher education options available with that subject, including ones that would involve use of the subject.

It is worth remembering, though, that many progression routes do not require particular subjects to have been studied – the important thing is to do well at whatever you do.