College launches ‘Pre A-level course’ to give disappointed students a hand up to university

SECOND CHANCE: Jacqui Lee, head of ED6.
SECOND CHANCE: Jacqui Lee, head of ED6.
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STUDENTS who just missed out on their grades can up their chances of fulfilling their dreams thanks to a resit course.

East Durham College (EDC) has launched the programme to help those who had their heart set on studying A-levels but did not get the GCSEs they needed to get into sixth form.

The Pre A-level Programme will start in coming weeks at East Durham Sixth Form (ED6) in Peterlee and could help those who want to go on to university.

Jacqui Lee, head of ED6, said: “Our new Pre A-level is a great option for students who don’t fancy going down the vocational route with, say, a BTEC or Diploma, but would prefer to pursue A-levels as a route into uni.

“The Pre A-level course is focused on helping students gain those all important five GCSEs at grade C or above, which has become a benchmark achievement for young people to progress on to a number of courses and institutions.”

The new one-year full-time programme in made up of five GCSEs.

“Students will study English and maths GCSEs, which are really important qualifications if you hope to eventually go on to university – and many employers also think they are important when looking for new staff.

“In fact, employers often look at an applicant’s GCSE results even if they have subsequently achieved A-levels and a degree.

“You will also study GCSE biology and choose from two of sociology, psychology and media studies,” added Jacqui.

If students successfully complete the course, EDC will guarantee their place on its A-level programme in September next year.

To enrol on the course, candidates must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade D.

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