What is an A-level Study Programme?

An A-level study programme involves studying three (or in some cases four) subjects over two years. The majority of these subjects are traditional A-levels, assessed through examination at the end of the second year. Only a few of these subjects have a coursework-based component.

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What is an Applied A-level?

Some subjects are more applied (Criminology, Financial Studies, Law, Applied Science, Engineering and Sport) meaning a higher vocational-based content and assessment process. As part of your A-level study programme, you may include one of these applied subjects to support your progression and career aim.

What are the entry requirements?

Six GCSEs at grade 9-4 to include:

  • A minimum of three GCSE grades 4 or higher
  • A minimum of three GCSE grades 5 or higher
  • These should include a minimum of grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics

In addition, some subjects will demand higher grades e.g. Further Mathematics.

#Although for some subjects a grade 5 is preferable, there is some flexibility dependent upon the overall GCSE profile.

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How much choice do I have when picking my A Levels?

We currently offer 28 A-level qualifications in a wide range of subject areas. These include applied general qualifications which are the equivalent of an A-level.

How many hours of private study will I be expected to do as an A-level student?

In order to further develop your knowledge and employability skills every A-level student is taught how to study independently, a skill which is now recognised as a university requirement. In order to achieve maximum results, we recommend using these newfound skills to spend 18 hours a week on private study.

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What is enrichment?

Enrichment activities are a chance for you to meet new people and enjoy new experiences, supporting you to gain a broad range of skills and add value to your university applications and CV’s.

Get involved in a wide range of clubs and societies including:

  • Chess Club
  • Dance, Drama and Singing Workshops
  • Debating Society
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Pride Club
  • Student Ambassador Scheme
  • A wide range of sport including Badminton, Cricket, Football, Fitness Training, Nerf, Netball Volleyball and Table Tennis.

Work placement opportunities for A-level students

As an A-level student you will also benefit from career enhancing work placements. All students on an A-level study programme will participate in one week of work experience during the academic year. This will allow you to develop transferable work-related skills and gain an insight into the career of your choice.

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What support is available?

Bury College is renowned for supporting students. As an A-level student you will benefit from a range of academic and pastoral support. You will meet with your Personal Tutor and tutor groups once a week, and your Personal Tutor individually six-times during the academic year. 

Our pastoral and wellbeing teams are on-hand to support students with issues such as stress, anxiety, personal relationships, gender identity as well as general health and wellbeing.

There are several financial support mechanisms available to students who are experiencing financial difficulties whist studying at Bury College. These include Learner Support Funds, Bursaries and Awards.  All financial support is subject to criteria, and we advise you to contact Student Services as soon as you enrol, or earlier if possible.