Choosing your courses

When you come to College there are a wide range of courses and subjects that you can choose from, some of which you will have studied at school, as well as some subjects that will be totally new to you. To help you decide which courses to take it may be helpful to talk it over with your family and friends, your teachers, a Careers Advisor as well as staff and students at QMC. It may help if you try and answer these questions:

  • What interests you?
  • What do you enjoy?
  • What are you good at?
  •  What do you want to do in the future?
  • If you have a particular university course or job in mind, which courses will you need to take to fulfil your ambitions?
  • Are there courses that interest you that you’ve never been able to do before?

Courses Explained

At QMC there are different course levels that you can study at, and it is important that you apply for the course level that is right for you. You will receive plenty of guidance about choosing your courses during your interview and we also urge you to talk to teachers and students on our Open Evenings to help find the courses that will help you progress to where you want to be.

Level 3 courses

A number of A Level subjects across the country are being reformed for 2017. This means that there are some significant changes that you should be aware of:

AS Levels

AS Levels are stand-alone qualifications and will no longer count towards A Levels. They are still valuable qualifications and, in some subjects, can be taught alongside A Levels as an enrichment course. However, they are distinct qualifications, separate from A Level.

A Level

A Level assessment in the reformed qualifications is synoptic. This means that you will be examined on all areas of the syllabus from the two years of study. A Levels will continue to be the ‘gold standard’ for university entrance.

Vocational Level 3 Extended Diplomas:

These qualifications involve the study of  particular subject such as Art, Business, Media, Health and Social Care, IT, Performing Arts and Sport. Much of the work relates theory to real-life activities in your chosen subject. They are practical and academic courses, equivalent to three A Levels, which allow you to progress onto Higher Education, related training or employment.

Vocational Level 3 Single Year 1:

are one year courses made up of three units and are equivalent to half of one A Level.

Vocational Level 3 Single Year 2:

are two year courses which are equivalent to one A Level. In the first year students take three units to achieve the BTEC Level 3 Certificate and in the second year take an additional three units to gain the full BTEC or CamTech Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma.

If you want to study…
You will need…

3 Advanced Level courses and Enrichment courses

6 or more GCSEs, equivalent to grade C or above including English and, ideally, Maths*

Up to 4 Advanced  Level courses (to include facilitating subjects)
plus Enrichment courses such as:
•    Science/Maths Olympiad
•    Critical Thinking
•    Extended Project Qualification  

at least 6 GCSEs (to include English and Maths), with the the majority being equivalent to A* and A grades

L3 vocational courses (equivalent to 3 Advanced Level courses) and Enrichment courses  

 5 or more GCSEs, equivalent to grade C or above.  It is recommended that this includes English Language.*  


*Note: if you have a 3 or below in English or Maths you will need to re-sit.



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