About Courses at Xaverian College
What courses should I choose?
This depends on your future plans, as well as the qualifications you have when you arrive at Xaverian.
There is a much greater choice of subjects at Xaverian than you will have been used to at High School, and you will also have the opportunity to choose a style of studying that suits you best.
The table below outlines the types of course and the differences between the types of course.
Levels of study
At Xaverian there are 3 levels of study, Advanced, Intermediate and Foundation.
The majority of our students are on Advanced level course, but we also offer a wide range of Intermediate courses.
|Level||Types of course available|
|Advanced||A Level, BTEC, Applied A Level|
What is the difference between the types of courses?
There is often little difference between the content of most courses, but differences in the way they are assessed.
|A-Levels||For most A-Levels the main focus is on assessment by examination, supported by a small amount of coursework. However, some subjects such as Drama or Art have a much larger coursework requirement. A-Levels are divided into 2 separate courses - AS and A2. You will gain an AS qualification at the end of your first year that can then be converted into an A2 - a full A-level - with another year of study.|
|BTEC Advanced||Advanced BTECs are equivalent to A-Levels in value, but offer a different form of assessment. The emphasis is on more applied skills, designed to meet the demands of a working environment, and there are fewer exams. One of the main features of BTECs is that they allow you to specialise. Courses can be equivalent to 1, 2 or even 3 A-Levels. Many employers and universities value the BTEC as providing specialised preparation for employment and further study.|
|Applied A Level||These are A-Levels that differ from other A-levels in that they have a more practical approach to study and assessment. Assessment is a combination of coursework, practical assessment and examination.|
|BTEC Intermediate||Intermediate BTECs are equivalent to GCSEs. They are applied, with an emphasis on practical skills, and are equivalent to 2 or 4 GCSEs. They can lead on to Advanced BTECs or A-Levels.|
|BTEC Foundation||This is an entry-level course designed for students who have achieved very few GCSEs. It provides a foundation in basic skills as well as studying either Business or Health and Social Care. It can lead on to an Intermediate BTEC course.|