The Lytchett Sixth Form has developed a unique one-year course that combines skills and training which will help students to progress onto the next stage of their academic lives, whether here, at college, or higher education. Having gained new knowledge and techniques, as well as vital Level 2 qualifications, students are then able to progress onto Level 3 courses which their GCSE results may not have previously enabled them to do.
Summary of course content
Students on the Level 2 programme will follow a one-year full-time programme of study which includes:
• BTEC Level 2 Media
• BTEC Level 2 Travel and Tourism
• ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
• Continuing to study and retake GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics (if a minimum of Grade 4 in both of these subjects was not previously achieved at GCSE)
• Students will also undertake a one-day work experience placement each week
75% coursework, with portfolios being assessed for each unit and each course. There is likely to be one externally assessed exam worth 25% of the marks.
Students are set assignments which cover the learning aims of the courses, and are graded on how well they achieve these. These outcome grades add up to the overall unit grades. Students are awarded a Level 1 or a Level 2 pass/merit/
distinction for each qualification.
Double distinction is equivalent to AA (77) at GCSE, double merit is equivalent to BB (66) and double pass is equivalent to a CC (44).
Methods of working
BTEC courses are vocational and involve students by working on assignments that are more realistic and closer to the kind of tasks met in the world of work.
Teachers design assignments with strict deadlines that must be adhered to if students are to succeed. Tasks often involve group work, use of ICT skills and presentations. Teachers may gather evidence for assessment in a number of ways in addition to written work.
We offer media and travel and tourism as these are very engaging courses which enhance a range of skills for Year 12 students, developing abilities with IT software, presentational and communication skills, creative abilities, confidence and an understanding of the commercial world of work. BTEC tutors have designed assignments which will be as close as possible to real-life situations in employment.
Where the course leads
Successfully completing the BTEC first year will be given plenty of strong options:
• Students progress onto one of the Level 3 BTEC diplomas currently offered (media, health and social care, performing arts and sport) together with other A Levels where entry requirements have been met
• Students can apply for other vocational courses
• Students can apply for a wide range of apprenticeships
Special entry requirements
Students who undertake this programme of study are likely to have narrowly missed out on the entry requirements for the A Level/Level 3 courses and may need to retake English and/or mathematics in Year 12. Importantly, there should be evidence that students have been able to meet coursework deadlines during GCSE, as this is such a key part of the BTEC courses. Students should talk to Mrs Booker or Mr Hannaford in the autumn term if they are interested in this course.