At the Creative and Media Studio School we focus our Key Stage 5 curriculum around a wide range of A Level and BTEC Level 3 qualifications.
The BTEC qualification lends itself well to the creative, flexible and personalised way we aim to teach and inspire you. In addition to this we also offer traditional A Levels, subject to availability and demand. To ensure you are able to take up your chosen pathway after your time at the Creative and Media Studio School, we also offer to those who require it, resits in their GCSE Mathematics and English Language.
What does a BTEC course look like?
A BTEC qualification can be achieved at following levels:
- Certificate - completed over 1 year and is equivalent to an AS Level.
- Extended Certificate - completed over 1/2 years and is equivalent to 1 A Level.
- National Diploma - completed over 2 years and is equivalent to 2 A Levels.
- Extended Diploma – completed over 2 years and is equivalent to 3 A levels.
(You may see that Production Arts and Music/Music Technology use slightly different BTEC wording to the Qualification Titles above: a Subsidiary Diploma = 1 A level, and Diploma = 2 A Levels).
All BTECs are assessed through coursework; however, at least 2 of the Units you study will be set and assessed externally by the exam board, Edexcel. This means you will receive your grade for this unit by the exam board, and not your Tutor. The remaining units will be set and assessed by your Subject Tutor at the Studio School.
What if I want to blend my Study Programme with traditional Academic Rigour?
In addition to the BTEC study programme route, we offer the options of AS/A2 English Literature and Language Combined, and A2 Mathematics. Both subjects are taught within the Studio School by expert teachers. 2016 has seen a 100% C grade plus pass rate in both subjects.
A good proportion of Students select an A Level to complement their Creative Subject choices. You can talk to the students about this pathway combination at one of our open evenings (Check here!) You can also read more about these options on the subject page links below.