Your Study Programme
New College helps you to plan a complete study programme that meets your needs and future study or career aspirations. We also seek to help you progress to a level higher than that of your prior attainment, regardless of which level you are studying at.
A full-time study programme (540 hours for 16-18 year olds and 450 for 18-19s) generally consists of the following:
- Your main courses, either academic or vocational
- Study for a grade 4/C grade in Maths and/or English GCSEs if not already achieved
- Additional activity which includes:
- Development sessions covering life skills, plus one-to-one guidance and support
- Enrichment courses and “Upskill” small qualifications
- Employability initiatives and work experience.
A Level pathways
We offer 14 A Level pathways, underpinned by an employability focus, to help you identify the best subjects for a particular career/university destination, while still providing plenty of choice. Subjects are clustered in pathways, to enhance and complement each other - you follow a specific A Level pathway, taking subjects from the core and additional choices listed. Hybrid choices (where you choose vocational courses and A Levels) are no longer available.
Our A Level pathways include wrap around support such as tutorials, study skills development and pastoral care as well as specific enrichment choices. Our enrichment initiatives are called “Extraordinary Extras” – these link to your chosen pathway and help you to develop skills and qualities to succeed in that destination or career
Download our A Level Guide, which details pathways and choices here
We offer BTECs and other vocational qualifications across a range of subject areas at Level 3. These fully-accredited courses are designed in conjunction with business, to help you reach your career goals. They provide a practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare themselves for both employment or university.
Each vocational course lasts for two years and is the equivalent of studying 3 A Levels. Studying a full course of this size gives the best possible chance of progression and all students undertaking a Level 3 vocational course will be expected to study the full qualification. Hybrid choices (where you choose vocational courses and A Levels) are no longer available.
Download our new Vocational Courses Guide, which details courses here
GCSEs – please note that we offer GCSEs taught across one year, rather than two.
These are vital subjects for further studies and employment. The Government legally requires all students without a GCSE grade 4/C or above in English and Maths, to continue to study these subjects and you will be expected to study them as part of your learning programme. We expect high levels of attendance as a condition of your study here.
We offer a variety of English and Maths qualifications including Functional Skills Awards and GCSE, with different delivery styles. We assess what is best for each individual to place you on a suitable course.
Students who enter New College with lower than a Grade 4/C in GCSE Maths and retake this subject here do very well.
Recent Association of Colleges data based on the Department for Education progress measures show outstanding progress for our Level 1 and 2 English and maths students. New College was placed sixth out of 186 colleges for Maths progress and ninth for English.
We were very proud of our results in academic year 17/18, which were as follows:-
- GCSE English pass rate at A*-C/9-4 = 43.2%
- GCSE Maths pass rate at A*-C/9-4 = 30.7%