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A Levels

If your ambition is to go to university, an A level programme of study is the usual route in. We offer a range of subjects; from traditional subjects including English, maths and the sciences to more exclusive choices such as law, media and psychology – which you may not find at Sixth Form!

A Levels full-time courses

Why choose A Levels at West Notts?

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Employability Skills

Alongside your A Levels, you’ll study functional ICT – giving you skills in Microsoft office packages which are widely used both in industry and Higher Education for research, report writing and presenting. All students will also be supported in developing their English and maths skills to aid their progression from GCSEs to A Levels and beyond.

Tutorial programme

As an A Level student you’ll be allocated an achievement coach (a bit like a personal tutor) who will guide you throughout your studies. You’ll have regular one-to-one meetings to review your progress and group tutorials where you’ll come together as a class to receive information and guidance on a range of issues including e-safety, health and wellbeing and study skills.

Wider learning

Whilst studying for your A Levels you’ll be encouraged to join in with various enrichment activities, to enhance your learning experience. Activities can include volunteering and work experience, social action projects, industry visits and trips, guest speakers and more.

National Citizenship Scheme

The NCS (National Citizenship Scheme) offers the opportunity for students to take part in social action projects and build skills for work and life. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

As part of the A level programme of study, students are encouraged to take part in various wider learning activities which are designed to further develop transferable skills and prepare individuals for progression into Higher Education or employment.

The Extended Project Qualification is an individual research project of your own choice. It provides an opportunity to demonstrate practical skills in addition to academic ability.

The project can take many forms including written reports, a performance, a community project, a film, models etc. It will also include a presentation when completed.

Universities and employers alike value the EPQ as it helps to develop important skills such as independent learning, report writing, time management, reference writing, analysis and evaluation, and best of all it’s worth half the UCAS points of an A Level!

Previous topics have included:
  • Should the USA adopt Britain’s firearm control policies?
  • How has musical theatre changed through the years?
  • Should the UK re-introduce the death penalty?
  • How has technology changed animation?

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Why choose West Notts?

Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

In the top 10% of all providers nationally for apprenticeships

Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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