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 mainly through coursework and projects (i.e. there are formal examinations making up 25% in some subjects), 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 can select different 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)
  
Total = three unitsTotal = 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 unitsTotal = 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)
1 x A Level (one units)1 x A Level (one unit)
Total = three unitsTotal = 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)
1 x A Levels (two units)1 x A Level (one unit)
Total = three unitsTotal = 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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