A Level results at Bexhill College improved once again in 2015 with candidates achieving a pass rate of over 98%.
Courses are divided into different levels based on the demands of the course. You can work out what level is right for you by looking at your results.
The table below sets out the opportunities depending on your success at school. GCSEs are Level 2 courses. If you have achieved good grades at GCSE, getting 5 or 6 subjects at Grade 'C' or better, you should be moving on to a Level 3 course. If most of your GCSE grades are 'D' or 'E', with perhaps a couple of 'C's, you will need to look at taking a year to strengthen your Level 2 qualifications before you move on to the next level. The aim is to make sure that your course is demanding enough to stretch and motivate you, but also not too difficult so that you struggle right from the start.
|Likely GCSE Grades||Programme|
|At least 8 grade A* or A including English and Maths||4 A/AS Levels or BTEC Extended Diploma with an AS course, exceptionally 5 AS Levels. Other extension activities eg: Extended Project Qualification.|
|At least 6 A* - C grades in at least 5 different subjects, including English & Maths or equivalent. At least one GCSE should be at a grade B/6||3 or 4 A Levels or BTEC Extended Diploma with an AS course alongside • GCSE English or Maths if required|
|5 A* - C grades in at least five different subjects, including English or Maths or equivalent||3 A Levels or BTEC Extended Certificates, or BTEC Extended Diploma, • GCSE English or Maths if required|
|4 A* - C grades • BTEC First Diploma preferably with one GCSE at C or above||BTEC Extended Diploma • Or mix of BTEC Certificates and A Levels • GCSE English or Maths if required|
|Up to 2 GCSEs grades A* - C including English or Maths at grade D/3||Advanced Foundation Programme or BTEC First Diploma, English or Maths GCSE if required|
|Mostly D's and E's||• BTEC First Diploma • GCSE English and / or Maths if required|
|Mostly F's and G's or no GCSEs||BTEC Level 1 Diploma • English and Maths|
Some courses have specific entry requirements. These details are given in the course section of this prospectus. Remember that at this stage, we are looking at your probable grades when you leave school. We don't make any final decisions until you have your results.
These courses have changed. The majority of A Levels now have terminal assessment at the end of two years. A few A Levels are still divided into AS and A2 and therefore, the assessment patterns for the A Levels you choose could vary. All A Levels have important exams as a core part of the assessment process, although there will also be coursework in some subjects. For other subjects, the assessment for the whole A Level is at the end of the second year. However, the first year is an AS and many students will take this AS as part of their programme. Please read individual subjects to tell you how they will be structured.
These courses cover work-related areas and they have a strong emphasis on coursework. The Extended Diploma equals three A Levels and takes up most of your timetable. The Subsidiary Diploma equates to two A Levels and the Certificate is equivalent to one, so other subjects can be studied alongside them. Many are set up to include work placements and real work projects. We have a long history of students from these courses going on to exciting higher education places. They are also highly regarded by employers because they demand high level study skills, personal organisation and academic study.
Students who achieve at least 1 or 2 grade Cs or above at GCSE can study the Advanced Foundation Programme. This offers the chance to achieve further GCSEs in the key subjects and allows progression to Level 3 if the required number of GCSEs are achieved at C or above.
These are equal to three or four GCSEs and are offered in a range of work-related areas. All of these courses have a strong emphasis on coursework and are an ideal preparation for BTEC Extended Diplomas. You should normally have GCSE grades averaging a D/E for these courses.
There are a number of level one courses which give you a taster of different work areas as well as improving your study skills. They are all full-time courses which will prepare you well for BTEC First Diplomas or Certificates.
Research shows that students who have achieved GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths do better at advanced level study. All students without a C or above in English and/or Maths will be required to re-sit these GCSEs or an equivalent qualification.