Foundation A Level Programme

Course Overview

Are you a motivated learner who wants to make academic progress? Do you need to improve your GCSE grades? Would you like to study A Levels but haven’t quite met the entry requirements? If so, then this course is for you.

The Foundation A Level Programme is intended for learners who wish to increase their GCSE profile and progress onto a Level 3 course. This maybe an A Level programme or Level 3 vocational programme of study.

The course prepares learners for GCSE exams in five core subjects: English Language; Maths / Numeracy; Religious Studies; Media and Geography. This enables learners to re-sit English and maths whilst fast tracking three new GCSE subjects.

Learners will be assigned a personal tutor who will meet with them once a week to monitor progress and provide support throughout the programme.


Entry Requirements

At least five C grades at GCSE. In exceptional circumstances and on an individual basis, learners will be considered for an entry exam in English and maths prior to enrolment.

Course Delivery

The course is delivered by subject specialists and covers all aspects of the WJEC GCSE specification in each subject. You will be taught for a minimum of 14 hours a week but this may increase with additional subject choices.

Each subject has an element of coursework that is assessed internally and moderated by WJEC. Each subject incorporates a process of continuous assessment to help learners make progress. The final GCSE exams take place in June.

Throughout the course you will progress through the WEST toolkit. This focuses on the key skills of literacy, numeracy, digital literacy and employability. These skills are embedded in the subjects studied but learners will also complete WEST tasks to continuously improve these important skills.

Progression Opportunities

Successful learners are able to progress onto a wide range of courses within the college. Personal tutors and the College's Careers Advisor are involved in supporting learners in their progression choices. Previous learners have progressed onto A Level programmes, Level 3 vocational programmes or workplace apprenticeships.

Additional Information

Throughout the year, learners will be given the opportunity to take part in taster sessions for a wide variety of Level 3 courses.

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