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5 reasons to study at Xaverian College

1. High Performing

Top 10% nationally for student achievement.  Excellent results at all levels, from Level 1 to University Science courses and in both academic and applied subjects.  Always above national averages.

2. Friendly & Welcoming

A genuine community where every individual is cared for and supported to success.  Our caring ethos is central to college life, and at Xaverian you will be welcomed into a diverse and exciting community that values every individual and an environment that will support you in every way.

3. Unique Campus

Set in the heart of Manchester and with a rich history going back over 150 years.  A mixture of new and modern buildings together with historic grade one listed buildings, superb facilities and lots of space makes this an attractive and successful sixth form college.

4. Teaching & Learning

Dynamic, engaging lessons delivered by enthusiastic staff, passionate about their subjects and their students.  Teachers providing extensive academic, pastoral and extracurricular activities to ensure students fulfil their potential and achieve their goals.

5. Raising Expectations

A college environment that seeks to prepare students for the next stage in their careers by fostering their maturity, encouraging independent learning skills and seeking to develop the whole personality.

Course overview

At Xaverian you can choose from over 40 advanced level subjects, taught by highly qualified and passionate staff. All our subject have excellent success rates.

Advanced Level Courses

Advanced Level courses are A-Levels or BTECs.

A-Levels are studied for two years and at the end of the course you will receive an A-Level qualification that is highly regarded by universities and employers. Most students study three subjects, and A-Levels are graded from A* to E.

BTECS require you to take 6, 12 or 18 units over a 2 year course, and can be equivalent to up to 3 A-Level passes. They are graded as Distinction, Merit or Pass.

At Xaverian, all our BTECs can be taken as equivalent to 1, 2 or 3 A-Levels, and may be combined with other A-Level subjects.

Extended Diploma – equivalent to 3 A-Levels
Diploma – equivalent to 2 A-Levels
Subsidiary Diploma – equivalent to 1 A-Level

Changes to A-Levels

You will be starting college at a time when there have recently been changes to how A-Levels are assessed. You will study linear A-Levels –when exams are taken at the end of two years. This is very similar to the GCSE system you are following. You will be able to combine A-levels in whatever way you choose, and should choose the A-Levels that suit your needs best, not how they are assessed.

It should be noted that the College curriculum offer is subject to change at any time as a result of the ongoing A level reform process. For further information, please watch for regular updates to our website.

Foundation Level course

This is an entry level course for students with few prior qualifications, and is designed to equip you with essential skills before moving on to further study at level 2 or into employment. Xaverian students have progressed from foundation, through level 2 and advanced level, and to university.

College Entry Requirements

For an advanced level programme the college requires:

  • You will need six passes at GCSE including two at Grade 6.
  • You should have passed two or more of English, Science and Maths.
  • Some advanced level courses have their own specific entry requirements. You can check the latest recommendations on our individual course guide leaflets.
  • If you have passed applied courses (eg BTEC) and also have some core GCSEs at grade A*-C we will negotiate an appropriate course, that may include BTEC programmes.

All students are recommended to submit applications before the published deadline. All applications we receive before the deadline are considered and to help inform our decision we look at:

  • each case individually
  • the suitability of chosen courses and levels of study
  • the personal statement
  • the information provided by the high school, including attendance, punctuality, conduct and application
  • a supportive reference from the high school
  • the availability of places

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