Choosing your course

Choosing your course

At NEW College we offer a wide range of Advanced Level courses. The advantage of following an A Level programme is that you are able to keep your options open and not specialise or go down a particular route before you are ready.

Alternatively, if you already know which subject you would like to specialise in you should consider one of our BTEC Extended Diplomas (3 A Level equivalent) or combine the two. The combination of subjects you choose is very important as your future aspirations and interests could depend on them.

How will I choose my subjects?

The first questions you should ask yourself:

  • Do I prefer coursework or exams or a combination of both?
  • Do I have a career in mind that requires particular subjects? (seek advice from a careers advisor)What am I good at?

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Course Types and Pathways

AS/A Level Entry Requirements

To succeed at Advanced Level you will need to have coped well at GCSE Level because Advanced courses are more demanding. The majority of students will take four different subjects in the first year of Advanced Level study or three with Mathematics or English GCSE re-sits.

The College Minimum Entry Requirements is five GCSE passes at grade C, from four different subject areas (some such as Dual Award Science or appropriate BTEC qualifications will be counted as two). They must include a GCSE grade C, or higher in Mathematics or English.

It is also clear that there is not always a natural progression from GCSE to A Level. Therefore, some A Level subjects carry a specific entry requirement. Details of these can be found in the appropriate course description in our prospectus and on the Schools Liaison section of the College website.

BTEC Entry Requirements

To succeed at Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma courses you should have achieved at least four GCSE passes at grade C from four different subject areas and have a real enthusiasm for completing coursework (see Pathway 4). You will also find an additional vocational pathway for students with a real passion at Level 2 and Level 3 in one subject area only (see Pathway 5).

NEW College Learning Pathways

When you join us you will be given advice and guidance about the number of subjects and the combination of subjects most appropriate for your individual career and university goals, and your achievements so far. We call these Learning Pathways and they are described in the table below.