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Term Time Hours:
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8:00am - 2:45pm (Fri)
Holy Cross College
As a consequence of A Level reform and changes to the way colleges are now funded, it is general college policy at Holy Cross that the majority of students will take 3 A Levels or equivalent, unless in exceptional circumstances when candidates with outstanding GCSE profiles may be allowed to take a fourth subject. The specific advice given at enrolment states that only those with a GCSE grade profile that includes 3 A*’s and 3 A grades should consider this as an option. The expectation is that they will then continue with all 4 A Levels for the two years. However, enrolment exceptions are occasionally made depending upon individual circumstances and in line with our ethos. In 2015-16 approximately 30% of the students enrolled on 4 L3 courses and in 2016-17 the number has decreased to approximately 20%.
Recent A Level assessment reform resulted in the strategic decision to not enter students for the AS exam at the end of their first year of study on the new linear A Levels. These linear courses included: Art & Design, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, History, Psychology and Sociology. Biology, Chemistry and Physics were the only courses given an exemption from this college policy to allow students to complete an AS exam in 2016. This will not be the case in 2016-17. All phased linear A Levels scheduled for introduction over the next couple of years will complete external assessment at the end of their two year course.
Internal assessment has therefore become increasingly important in order to establish progress and predict UCAS grades. The college has five formal key assessment dates throughout the academic year and these, alongside other class assessments and homework, are used to help provide an accurate assessment of where a student will be at the end of their two years. The rate of progress, referred to as the ‘flight path’ of the student, is also taken into consideration. Students have a college target grade for each course they study that is based on prior GCSE attainment. Progress towards this target is also measured at key points in the year and helps inform the final predicted outcome for the student.
The majority of our Level 3 provision is A Level, but a strategy over the last two years has been to increase our vocational provision, resulting in an increase in the number of BTEC courses being offered. These can be studied alongside A Levels.
Our curriculum provision for 2016-17 is:-
2016-17 Level 3
Art & Design
Critical Thinking (AS only)
English Language & Literature
Extended Project Qualification
Theology, Philosophy & Ethics
BTEC Applied Law
BTEC Applied Science (single + triple)
BTEC Information Technology
BTEC Music Technology
2016-17 Level 2
Art (Graphics or Photography) Applied Science
English Language Business
Philosophy & Ethics