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At Uxbridge College we run a one-year GCSE programme where many students re-sit their GCSEs and then go on to further studies. We offer a broad base of general subjects, which can be studied again after Year 11 to improve grades or to study new subjects. Students with appropriate grades can progress on to further studies within the college.

AS/A Levels - a simple guide

The Uxbridge College Academy is specially designed for AS/A Levels and is well places to offer a broad range of A level subjects.

AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A Levels are designed to offer flexible ways to learn. You can mix and match AS and A Levels with vocational A Levels and other qualifications to suit what you want and need.

An AS level is made up of three units and can form the first half of a full A Level , or it can be a qualification on its own. Whole A Levels are made up of six units. Final assessment is based on coursework and end of course tests which determine your grasp of the subject as a whole.

Most students study 4 or 5 subjects at AS Level. As well as reducing the chance of you dropping out after one year of study with nothing to show for your efforts, the continuous feedback and support from teachers offered by AS has also enabled more students than ever to continue and meet the standard required by the full A Level.

BTEC Diplomas and Certificates

These highly valued qualifications are offered at 3 levels - First, National and Higher National. They are modular courses that focus on work-related areas of study.

BTEC First Diploma provides a stepping stone to the more advanced National Diploma. The National Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels, and can also provide the route to university or higher education..

What is BTEC?

BTEC originally stood for the Business and Technology (formally Technician) Education Council. When BTEC merged with the University of London Examinations & Assessment Council (ULEAC) to become Edexcel, the letters BTEC remained as a 'brand name' for a range of respected vocational qualifications (eg BTEX National).

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

NVQs reflect the skills and competencies people need in order to do their job, matched against nationally recognised standards. These qualifications are practically based, with supporting theoretical sessions. We offer NVQs at levels 1-5 in a broad range of subjects.

General National Vocational Qualuifications (GNVQs)

GNVQs are broad based vocational courses offered in a range of occupational areas at two level, Foundation and Intermediate, They are a well established route for students who prefer a more vocational course, based on practical skills and knowledge.

Access Courses

Access courses are for students over 19 years old, who do not have the formal qualifications normally required for entry into higher education or professional courses, or for those wishing to pursue an interest or for a change of career.

Higher Education

Higher National Certificates (HNC) & Higher National Diplomas (HND).

These courses provides a recognised route to related degree courses. (HND holders may move on to the second year of a related degree course).

They are highly regarded by employers throughout the UK and overseas, and provide key practical skills that can be used immediately in a job.

The following courses are available:

  • HNC/HND Business Studies
  • HNC/HND Business & IT
  • HND Computing
  • HNC/HND Engineering (Electrical & Electronic)

Foundation Degrees

Foundation Degrees are new, two-year, work-related higher education qualifications which aim to give people the intermediate technical and professional skills that are in demand from employers and to provide more flexible and accessible ways of studying.

They are designed in conjunction with employers to meet skills shortages at the higher technician and associate professional levels. Flexible wstudy methods make them available to people already in work, unemployed people, or those wanting to embark on a career change,

Foundation degrees are offered in:

  • Health care Management
  • ICT

Key Skills

All our students will gain a Key Skills qualification in:

  • Communication
  • Application of number
  • Information technology

This constitutes a key assessment of the main skills valued by employers. It will also demonstrate to both employers and universities that students can communication effectively, cope confidently with basic numeracy and comfortably use information technology.

The qualification also attracts UCAS points which count towards university applications.