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Admissions Requirements:

With so many subjects to choose from making a selection can be daunting, our advice is to choose:

Subjects you enjoy
Subjects you are good at
Subjects you need for a specific career aim.

Evidence shows that GCSE grades are a good guide when considering which subjects and what level of study are most suitable. Our specialist interviewers will explore this with you at interview and again at enrolment to help build a programme that is right for you.

We will be revising our entry requirements during 2016/17 to take account of the new changes to GCSEs grading as well as significant reforms to both A level and BTEC qualifications.  We will ensure we explain any changes we make when we talk through your course choices with you and visit your school. If your goal is to study A levels you should be aiming to achieve a grade 5 in GCSE English and Maths. We have included last year’s entry requirements below as broad guidance. 

A Levels
These are two-year courses similar to GCSEs but at a higher level in a varied range of subjects. Most students select three or four. You are assessed by a mixture of coursework and exams. With A Levels you can progress to university or into employment.

In order to study a GCE FOUR AS/A Level programme, students need to have achieved:
• At least 5 A*-C grades at GCSE in one sitting, including 2 B grades
• An average GCSE score of at least 5
• GCSE English (Language preferred)
• Meet the specific subject criteria

In order to study a GCE THREE AS/A Level programme, students need to have achieved:

• At least 5 A*-C grades at GCSE in one sitting

• An average GCSE score of at least 5 is strongly advisable
• GCSE English (Language preferred)
• Meet the specific subject criteria

To follow a Science Programme one that includes any two of these courses: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, you will need an average GCSE score of 5.5 plus a minimum B in Maths and a B in Science (core) and B in Additional Science (or B in GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics.)

BTEC Extended Diploma
This is a full-time course of study over two years. A good option if you have done well at GCSE but want something more vocational to suit your career choice. You are assessed on coursework, which will range from practical work, presentations, assignments as well as work experience, there are no exams. The Extended Diploma is the equivalent of three A Levels and you can take a GCSE alongside as well. With a BTEC Extended Diploma you can progress to university or into employment.

BTEC Level Three Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
These are full-time courses of study over two years. Both are coursework based qualifications, there are no exams. The Diploma is the equivalent of two A Levels and the Subsidiary Diploma the equivalent of one A Level so you will need to combine these courses with each other or with A Levels to make a full programme. With a BTEC Level Three Diploma and A Levels/BTEC Subsidiary you can progress to university or into employment.

To study a BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma you will need to have achieved: 
• 4 A*-Cs at GCSE or a Merit in a full Level 2 BTEC Diploma
• If you want to add an A Level with your BTEC, you will need to meet the entry criteria for 4 A Levels.

Gateway Courses

Our Gateway programmes get you ready for higher level courses or for the world of work. Classes are friendly and supportive; you will improve your English, Maths and ICT skills. We also help you to become more confident.

GCSE Fast Track
This is a package of five GCSEs (English, Mathematics and Science as well as Media and Photography), which is a full-time programme.  You could progress to Level 3 courses or go on to employment. For information about work experience/placements and more see page 16.

To start the GCSE programme you need to have achieved:
• At least 4 GCSEs at grade D, including a D in GCSE English

Legal and Law BTEC Level 2 (Duration:1 Year) 
You will study this qualification as part of a Level 2 package. You will cover units that include the

Criminal Law, the Police and their powers as well as a comprehensive look at the English Legal system and the personnel within it. The course focusses on the operation of the Criminal Justice

System, the role of judges, magistrates, solicitors, barristers within it and the powers of the police.  During the course students visit Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court/Norwich Crown Court and have the opportunity to meet legal personnel within the local area. Visitors will include people working locally as magistrates, solicitors, the police and in the probationary service and the Crown Prosecution Service. Links with local law firms could also mean that students who have a particular interest in law could undertake work experience.  This qualification allows students to progress into

employment or progress onto Level 3 study.

 

BTEC Fast track (Duration:1 year)
This is a full-time one year course which will allow you to develop the skills needed to successfully enter employment as well as enabling you to progress to a suitable Level 3 vocational qualification at Lowestoft Sixth Form College. You will develop skills that will prepare you for employment and training. Students will also tackle a range of units which equip you for the challenge of the modern business world such as planning and running an enterprise activity. You will study at college for 4 days a week and be on a meaningful work placement for one day a week. You will be assessed through coursework and will produce a portfolio of evidence based around your placement, presentations, practical and written work. 100% of the students on this programme progressed to meaningful destinations last year including higher level courses, apprenticeships and employment.

To study BTEC Fast Track you need to have achieved:

• 5 GCSEs grade E or above or a Merit in a full Level1 BTEC Certificate.

Opening Date: 28/09/2016 Closing Date: 01/09/2017


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