Choosing A Levels …
At Runshaw we will ensure that you gain the skills and experiences that will help you to progress to the best universities and the best jobs.
Still in a ‘different league’
The 2014 examination league tables published by the Department for Education in January 2015 once again show Runshaw to be the best performing college in the country.
- The only North West college with a B grade average at A Level*
- The top college in the North West for A Level high grades (A*-B)
- The top college in the North West for Oxbridge offers – 17 in 2015, 19 in 2014
- The top college in the North West for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science – 31 offers in 2014
- The top college in the North West for progression to elite universities – over 450
- Highest added value in England for Vocational qualifications in 2014
- “Support for students at Runshaw is in a different league” (Ofsted, 2013-14)
*DFE Performance Tables published 29th January 2015. Rounded to the nearest whole grade.
Every individual matters
Above all, we want you to be happy here and to achieve your full personal and academic potential. We have a great track record in supporting students. In our last three college inspections, our support for students was graded as ‘outstanding’. At a recent Best Practice visit from OFSTED they said Runshaw was “…in a league of its own”.
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You can also download our Runshaw College Prospectus 2017 (large file)
3 or 4 AS courses? Information for students and parents
Since Curriculum 2000, students have typically completed 4 AS courses in Year 1 at college, reducing to 3 A2 courses in Year 2. This has given them 3 full A Levels. However, recent changes to A Levels introduced by the government have altered the typical expectation, and schools and colleges are responding to these changes differently.
At Runshaw, we put teaching, learning and the needs of our students first. We appreciate that all students are individuals, and we are therefore offering a fully flexible A Level programme with a range of 43 different subjects, from which you can choose either 3 or 4 to make up your study programme (or 5 subjects in exceptional circumstances).
At the end of the first year, you will take examinations in each of your AS courses. You will then receive full AS qualifications on results day in August, giving you a realistic measure of your performance so far, and allowing you to state these results with confidence on your UCAS application. If you choose to leave your A Level courses at the end of the first year, you will have nationally recognised qualifications to take with you.
It is worth noting that university offers are made on the basis of 3 A Level grades. Taking more than 3 subjects to A Level is therefore not the best approach for most students. Whether you choose 3 or 4 subjects in the first year, most students would reduce to 3 in Year 2.
Deciding whether to study 3 or 4 subjects in your first year is a complex decision, so we have summarised the main factors to consider when making your choice:
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At enrolment you will make your decision about how many subjects to study, and which ones. It is extremely important that you attend enrolment in person, so that you can make these decisions taking full advantage of the advice and support available on the 2 dedicated days.
During the first few weeks of your AS course, you will be asked to confirm your decision and commit to the courses you have chosen for the whole of the first year. After the induction period, you may not switch between the above options.
We hope you find this information useful in making an informed decision. If you do have any queries about this matter, please contact Tim Cahill (Schools Liaison Manager) in the first instance – firstname.lastname@example.org