Mix & Match Curriculum

The 'mix and match' curriculum

Unlike many school sixth forms, students at Coulsdon College have different options to study, either a) all A Levels, b) all BTEC courses or c) 'mix and match' A Levels with BTEC  courses.  This means students can tailor-make their study programmes to best suit their interests and abilities, which in turn gives them the best opportunity of gaining the highest possible grades.

Unlike A Levels, BTECs are assessed purely through coursework and projects (i.e. there are no formal examinations), so mixing and matching both course types can ease the pressure around A Level exam time, and allow students to achieve higher grades in their A Level courses (see Examples 3, 4 and 5 below).

Students can do any combination of A Levels, BTEC Level 3s, BTEC Level 2s and GCSEs.

Students on the Advanced Level 3 Programme are however, required to study four ‘units’ in their first year and three ‘units’ in their second year. This means that typical course combinations on the Advanced Level Programme might include:

Example 1:

Year 1
Year 2
1 x BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma (three units) 1 x BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (three units)
1 x AS Level (one unit)  
Total = four units Total = three units

Example 2:

Year 1
Year 2
1 x BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma (three units) 1 x BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (three units)
1 x BTEC Level 3 Certificate (one unit)  
Total = four units Total = three units

Example 3:

Year 1
Year 2
1 x BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate (two units) 1 x BTEC Level 3 Diploma (two units)
2 x AS Levels (two units) 1 x A Level (one unit)
Total = four units Total = three units

Example 4:

Year 1
Year 2
1 x BTEC Level 3 Certificate (one unit) 1 x BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate (one unit)
2 x AS Levels (two units) 2 x A Levels (two units)
GCSE Mathematics (one unit) Total = three units
Total = four units  

Example 5:

Year 1
Year 2
2 x BTEC Level 3 Certificates (two units) 2 x BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificates (two units)
2 x AS Levels (two units) 1 x A Level (one unit)
Total = four units Total = three units

Please note, some courses can only be taken as a full BTEC Level 3 Diploma and some BTEC Level 3 Diplomas courses cannot be dropped after the first year.

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