Every year at Holy Cross College we carefully review our academic provision in light of our experiences in delivering this and, crucially, by considering student feedback based on our existing courses and any new ones identified. In the past this has led to us introducing a number of new subjects; most recently this new provision has included Level 3 courses in Ancient History, Geology and BTEC Applied Science.
During the last academic year we have undertaken a more detailed review of our existing curriculum offer and intend to introduce both a number of new Level 3 courses and, possibly more importantly, a significant number of Level 2 courses to support our existing GCSE provision from September 2017.
It is the new Level 2 developments that we hope will enable Holy Cross to meet the needs of those students at Enrolment for whom an additional year studying a Level 2 course would be beneficial before embarking on a Level 3 course the following year and being able to do so at Holy Cross.
A Levels are currently undergoing a major change to a system of two year, ‘linear’ A Levels with the exams at the end. This is much like the system some parents may remember.
It differs from the more ‘modular’ system in place since the year 2000, when subjects were split into AS Level (first year) and A2 Level (second year), and modular exams could be taken in June each year (and previously in January also).
From 2017, all A Levels will follow the linear model.
We will continue to offer AS Levels to some students in some subjects which would be independent of the A Level (the AS grade would not count towards an A Level grade in that subject). These would be taken at the end of a two year programme.