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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

As part of the A level programme of study, students are encouraged to take part in various wider learning activities such as the extended project qualification (EPQ), Level 3 Mathematical Studies and First Aid training which are designed to further develop transferable skills and prepare individuals for progression into Higher Education or employment.

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.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

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?

Level 3 Mathematical Studies

Maths is for everyone. It is essential that students are equipped with the right skills to reach their future destination. Level 3 Mathematical Studies (also known as Core Maths) focuses on using familiar maths in a range of contexts to best prepare students to be both competent and confident in using maths in their studies, careers and daily lives.

It is designed to encourage students, with a grade 4/C or above, to study mathematics beyond GCSE level. The content of the Level 3 Mathematical Studies qualification is based around the new GCSE Maths Higher Tier, with around 20% taken from other A Level qualifications.

This course will improve confidence in maths and provide useful maths skills for students studying A Levels including psychology, sociology, business studies, the sciences and geography.

The qualification, which is half the size of an A Level, is delivered within one year and carries UCAS points which makes it the perfect choice for students wishing to add to their three A Level choices, without committing to four A Levels over two years.

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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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