16-18 education

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Introduction
Study 16-18 courses at Accrington and Rossendale College

As well as choosing the subject area you want to study, you will also need to make important decision about the level and type of course which will be best for you.

Our courses are available at different levels, which mean you can start at whatever stage is right for you and progress to higher education or employment. The level you study at will depend on the GCSE grades you get next August.

Entry Level

These courses are usually studied for one year full-time, or part-time if you are coming into college with no qualifications. You will be continually assessed and given individual guidance and support when you need it. Your 'record of achievement' will be updated and you will have the opportunity to gain other qualifications that interest you. If you need help or specialised equipment to enable you to study, we have tutors that can help. At the end of the course we will guide you to move on to a higher level course or to a job that's right for you.

Level 1

Level 1 courses are usually studied for one year, to give you a strong foundation in your chosen subject area. You will usually study a Level 1 course if you leave school with mainly F and G grades, or if you choose to enter a specialised occupational area where you have no previous experience. You will also have the opportunity to develop the literacy and numeracy skills needed for your chosen career.

Level 2

Level 2 courses are usually studied for one year, to prepare you for advanced level study or for employment. You will usually study a Level 2 course if you leave school with mainly D and E grades, or if you choose to enter a specialised occupational area where you have no previous experience. You will also have the opportunity to develop the literacy and numeracy skills needed for your chosen career.

Level 3

Level 3 courses are advanced programmes of study which are usually studied for two years. They will prepare you for progression to higher education courses at university or for employment at a professional level. You will usually study a Level 3 course if you leave school with mainly A* - C grades (including English and Maths) or a merit grade in a relevant Level 2 qualification.

Levels 4 and 5

These are higher education courses, which you could progress to after successfully completing your advanced level programme. You can progress to higher level courses in many subjects at accross College, or you may choose to move to another college or university which offers specialist programmes to prepare you for your chosen career.