Choosing the right course
The college offers a wide range of qualifications covering a broad spectrum of subjects, providing students with a greater choice and mix of both subjects and types of course.
We have both full-time and part-time courses at the college, with many of our full-time courses being delivered as a flexible part-time programme of study if this suits your needs.
The subjects you choose to study may depend upon:
- the qualifications you have already gained or your impending GCSE examination grades.
- the subjects you enjoy
- the subjects you need to study in order to progress to your chosen higher education course or chosen career.
To help you decide on the right course for you, we have produced a simple guide to the various types of qualifications on offer at the college:
AS level & A level
These are recognised entry qualifications for university courses. An A level includes AS and A2 units. In your first year you can usually choose to study up to four subjects at AS level. At the end of your first year you take an AS level exam and gain a recognised qualification.
You can continue for a second year and achieve the full A level.
All full time students studying A level programmes are required to study 3 A level subjects in addition to the Welsh Baccalaureate.
BTEC are recognised entry qualifications and also an excellent route to university. There are vocational qualifications available in a wide range of subjects. They have been designed in collaboration with industry, so they equip you with the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. The qualifications offer a mix of theory and practice, and usually include an element of work experience. They are available at levels 1, 2 and 3.
Are you confused about the difference between A levels and BTEC qualifications? Check out the BTEC Guide for parents
We offer GCSE resits in English and mathematics and they will provide you with a chance to improve on the grades you obtained in the previous year.
Please note course tuition, registration and exam fees are payable on all part-time courses.
NVQ (National Vocational Qualification)
NVQs are work-related qualifications normally delivered and assessed in the workplace. These can form part of an Apprenticeship. A qualified assessor will observe you and assess you on the actual work you carry out in the workplace. They will test your knowledge and understanding as well as your performance.
The college offers basic/ essential skills programmes of literacy, numeracy and information technology as part of the learning programme. In many cases, this programme will be linked to the WBQ.