If you are on track to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths (grades 9-4), you can consider studying an A level programme at Petroc. We can offer you a choice of nearly 40 different A levels and Vocational A levels (BTEC certificates), so there is bound to be a combination of subjects which suits you. Our pass rate is currently 99.7% puts us well above the national average and over half of our A levels are achieved at grade A*, A or B.
How many A levels can I study?
Most of our students study four subjects in their first year and then choose three to carry on to the second year. Some students do more, particularly students who join our Academic Academy. When you plan your programme think carefully about the subjects you enjoy most, your academic strengths and the subjects which will be most help to you when you are applying for university courses or jobs.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment varies from subject to subject. Some are exam only; some are a combination of exam and coursework.
How do we support you?
Our courses are taught by specialist A Level staff who will help you to gain the best results you possibly can. Your personal tutor is a really important part of your life at Petroc. They will have regular meetings with you to ensure that you have settled in well and are making good progress in all your subjects. You will also have group tutorials where you study topics such as study skills, time management and planning your future.
Is it true that A levels are changing?
Yes, they are! From 2015 A levels are starting to move to a linear structure which means that only the exams taken at the end of the second year will count towards the full A Level. AS levels will continue as separate qualifications, but will not count towards the final grade. Some A level subjects will be affected from 2015, other subjects will follow later. Don’t worry! You will continue to choose four subjects in your first year and will decide at the end of year 1 which subjects you want to study in year 2. For a more detailed explanation of A Level changes click here.
What will my timetable look like?
You will be taught a minimum of 4.5 hours a week for each of your subjects. You will also have two hours a week of tutorial time and some time when you can get involved in Sport and enrichment activities. Most students will also have about 6 hours a week of study periods – good preparation for studying at university!
What can I do after A Levels?
Most of our students progress to university after A Levels. Your tutor will be expert in the UCAS process and will help you with planning your university choices, completing your application and writing your personal statement. Our students have gone on to study everything for Anthropology to Zoology all over the UK and we have a great track record in helping our students get into top universities and competitive courses. Make sure you ask about our Medics academy and Vetmed academy if you are hoping to become a doctor or a vet.
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