Fresh Start for A-Levels – Returning to study and preparing for 2018.
(Awarding Body: OCN Award Level 2 Qualification in Progression)
The course is designed to re-engage students who may have ‘dropped-out’ of existing A-Level or Level 3 programmes, and prepare them to start again in full-time education in September 2018. The course includes a Level 2 qualification which includes 3 units
Unit 1: Critical Thinking
This unit aims to equip students with the skills needed to be able to understand the nature and importance of critical thinking. Students will also understand the nature of assumption, bias and stereotyping in arguments and point of views.
Students will be able to demonstrate their skills by taking part in an array of activities such as group discussions and debates as well as written work such as writing an essay or a report.
Unit 2: Discursive writing
This unit provides students with an understanding of how to order and present facts, ideas and opinions and how to construct valid arguments in academic writing. This will equip students who wish to study A Level subjects that have a theoretical written aspect.
Unit 3: Research Skills
This unit provides students with the skills they need in order to conduct academic research. This unit will cover a wide variety of research methods as well as a practical element where students will need to conduct their own research.
What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?
This is a new course but it is specifically designed for those students that want to progress to a full A level study programme. Successful completion should lead the candidate to an A level programme in September 2019.
You will need your own note taking equipment and A4 ring binder.
The course runs at 6 hours per week and you are expected to conduct individual preparation and study/homework. You will be expected to spend around 2 hours per week outside lesson time to complete your portfolio
What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?
This course is to re-engage students who started a Level 3 or A-Level course at another college or learning environment. You will be expected to have achieved 6 GCSE grades 4-9 (C- A*) to be eligible for this programme. Students who wish to graduate to A-Level study typically need 6 GCSE qualifications. Students with 6 GCSE’s who complete this qualification will be eligible* for A-Level study at City of Westminster College. *specific grades for A-Level subjects apply.
Expected prior knowledge
You may be a student that has tried A level before or someone who is seriously thinking of taking an A level course in September 2019 and has the GCSE entry qualifications. The course is designed to re-engage students who may have ‘dropped-out’ of existing A-Level or Level 3 programmes, and prepare them to start again in full-time education in September 2018. Students are expected to have 6 GCSE passes at grades 4-9 (C- A*).
GCSE level 6 or above
GCSE level 6 or above
To be eligible for free meals you must be enrolled on a full time course, funded by the EFA and you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
All applicants will be required to provide evidence dated within four months of the application, showing that they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.
A student is only eligible to receive a free meal when they, or their parent/ guardian have made a successful application to City of Westminster College.
Students aged between 19 and 24 on 31st August 2015 who are subject to a Learning Disability Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are entitled to a free meal if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Students must attend their classes to continue to be eligible for free meals at College.
Students will be allocated £2.50 for each day they are timetabled to be in college. There is no cash alternative. Credits will be loaded onto the Student ID card. Students must have their College ID card to get their meal. Students cannot get a meal with temporary ID cards.
Credits not spent at the end of each day will be withdrawn.
Students are advised to purchase nutritious meals. The credits cannot be spent on items such as: cookies, cakes, fizzy drinks or confectionary.
All our Further Education (FE) courses (Entry to Level 3) are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2018. For a few courses you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of specialist materials and resources. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Fund. You should apply for any such financial support as soon as you have been offered a place. If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2018 and you are a UK/EU resident you will normally be required to pay a course fee.
The cost of your course will include tuition fees and examination fees, where applicable. Where a course requires additional specialist materials, there may be an additional cost. Some courses are cheaper than others because they are part funded by the government; some of these courses may also attract concessionary fees for some people.
If you are aged 19+ or over and studying a Level 3 course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. To be eligible for this loan, you must have been living continuously in the UK for 3 years immediately before the start date of your course. You must also be undertaking a course of study that is at Level 3 or above, e.g. National Diploma/Certificate etc. For more information click here.
Concessionary rates are now available for learners that meet the following criteria:
If you are on a low income you may be eligible for financial support towards tuition fees from the Discretionary Learner Support Fund.
For further information click here.
Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20
If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn.
Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study. Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.
For further details and help with making an application please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to a Student Advisor.
If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.
You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.
It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.
Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.
You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:
All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.Email firstname.lastname@example.org to put your name on the childcare waiting list. You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.
The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.
For further information click here.For further information on financial support for Looked after Children, Care Leavers and estranged young people, click here.