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Fresh Start for A-Levels

  • Fee
  • Duration of course 12 weeks
  • Course type Full-time
  • This course is suitable for 16-18

Please note that this course started in January 2018 and will no longer be accepting new applications for this academic year. 

Fresh Start for A-Levels – Returning to study and preparing for 2018.

(Awarding Body: OCN Award Level 2 Qualification in Progression)

Course content

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 2018.

How will I learn?

You will experience a variety of teaching methods and styles.

How will I be assessed?

Through class based teaching and learning, workshops and project based work around study skills, research, reading, discussion, group and solo activities, and developing skills to re-engage and ultimately become a successful student.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?

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

Which awarding body is the course validation by?

The Qualification is through OCN at Level 2 Award

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enroll?

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 A* - C 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 a n A level course in September 2018 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 A* - C. 

English level

GCSE level 6 or above

Mathematics level

GCSE level 6 or above

Equipment and other costs

You will need your own note taking equipment and A4 ring binder.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.