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Welcome A Level applicants!

You have made a great decision choosing West Notts!

A quick message from the Heads of Department, Irum Pervez and Alison Lincoln


FAQs - A Level courses

The following information will hopefully give you a little bit more of an insight into what it will be like to be a student with us.

  • Where will I study?

    In September 2021 all our A-Level students will study at a new sixth-form college in the centre of Mansfield. The Chesterfield Road campus has been refurbished and will provide an academic learning environment for A-Levels and Access to Higher Education students. It will have great facilities including a library, science labs, social space and independent study areas. The college bus service will run to Chesterfield Road, although you may need to change at the Derby Road campus.

  • What is it like?

    Chesterfield Road and our A-Levels department is an academic environment. We want to build your confidence and skills to question, research and critically analyse so that you are well-prepared for your next steps into Higher Education or employment.

  • What will I study?

    Most students study three A-Levels, which are for five hours each week per subject. You will also have independent study time and tutorials. Some students also study an extended project qualification (EPQ), which can be a subject of their own choosing and is research-based, with a presentation at the end. The EPQ is one-year course and carries UCAS points.

    Practical subjects such as sciences combine classroom-based learning with practical learning in a laboratory.

    There is an expectation that you will undertake a significant amount of independent study.

  • What will I have to wear?

    The college does not have a uniform policy so A-level students can wear whatever they choose to, as long as it isn’t offensive. We have no dress codes in terms of hair colour, earrings etc.

  • Will I have to do a work placement?

    A-Level students are expected to complete a work placement. Where possible, we try to arrange placements in industries that students may want to pursue a career in. We have great links with the NHS, law firms, engineering companies, and banks – plus many more – to facilitate these. The central work placement team will be able to help find you an opportunity.

  • What kind of support do I get?

    In addition to the college’s central support teams that can provide personal and classroom-based support, the A-Levels team also employ achievement coaches that work with you on research, academic assignments and tutorials. Tutors and achievement coaches are on-hand to help with UCAS applications if university is your next step. You will also have access to helpful advice from our student finance team and the health and wellbeing team.


  • Applicant activities

    Before you start at West Notts, here are a few activites to get involved in.

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    Sign up to The Access Project today!

    This project supports motivated young people to access top universities. If you're an ambitious student and want to go to a top university, watch this short video to find out what support you could receive.

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    Sign up today

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    Task for Business applicants

    In this task you’ll be asked to create a SWOT analysis of one of your favourite companies.

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    Task for History applicants

    Complete this short project about a war of revolution.

    View the task

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    Watch - What our students say

    Carla is currently studying three A-Levels at the college, Business Studies, English Language and History, she really enjoys the course and the subjects that she has chosen. Once completing her studies with us at college, Carla wishes to go onto university and believes her A-Levels will help with this aim.

    View the video on YouTube

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    Watch - So what can you expect in a history lesson?

    Listen to one of our A Level students talk about the range of skills she’s gained as well as her favourite aspects of the course.

    View the video on YouTube

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    Read - West Notts College and psychology

    Find out what life is like for a psychology student at West Notts.

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    Read letters from our current students

    Our students wanted to share their experiences of college with you. We hope their letters help answer some of your questions and put you at ease.

    Read Grace's letter

    Read Harrison's letter

    Read Kurtis's letter

  • Ask your tutor

    Anything playing on your mind about your college course? Then send your questions to our college tutors using our simple online form.

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Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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