After careful consideration, The College has decided not to offer A-level courses to new applicants from the 2020/2021 academic year.
The College constantly reviews its academic offer to ensure the best fit with demand, local conditions and employer need. As such, the decision has been taken to focus on the core offer of 16-18 Technical and professional provision and apprenticeships, as well as our expanding adult professional and skills programmes.
This decision was recently made by the Governing Body of The College, and is not related to the current pandemic or any other external factors.
Nearly all current A-level students who are partway through their two-year courses will continue their studies through to July 2021 and so will be unaffected. The small number of students who are not able to continue their course will be assisted to secure an alternative provider or course.
Substantial local sixth-form provision has been a factor in this decision as there are more than 15 other institutions within a 10 mile radius of The College currently offering A-level provision.
The College will continue to innovate and adjust its provision, for example by introducing a new: Level 3 in Applied Criminology programme comprising of psychology, criminology and law – this will enable progression to university in the same way as A levels. There will continue to be a strong focus on practical skills training, apprenticeships, diplomas, professional qualifications and higher education.
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