Your personalised Study Programme will help you prepare for your next step whether that be university, an apprenticeship, further training or employment.

What will I study?

The majority of students at Carmel will follow a Level 3 Programme studying 3 A Levels (or equivalent) with some students studying 4 or more. At Carmel, our timetable is extremely flexible and many different course combinations are possible including studying A Levels alongside BTECs. Guidance and advice regarding your subject choices will be given to you during your guidance interview and also at enrolment.

Do I need to have studied a subject at GCSE to study it at A Level?

The majority of Level 3 courses require you to have studied that subject at GCSE but this is not the case for every subject. Further information can be found on individual course leaflets which can be downloaded from the college website or you can pick one up at our Open Events.

Can I take GCSEs as well as A Levels?

If you are following an A Level programme, GCSEs can only be taken as re-sits if you need to improve your grade in a particular subject

What else will I do?

In addition to your subjects, you will also take part in activities that develop your personal skills and build your confidence. We aim to develop the ‘whole person’ to ensure that you benefit from a well-rounded education and leave Carmel feeling well prepared for the next step after college. Activities

  • Enrichment options such as sports, Student Council, Duke of Edinburgh, charity fundraising etc
  • Additional skills development through activities such as Young Enterprise, the High Achievers’ Programme or learning a new language such as Mandarin
  • Work Experience placements
  • 10:10 RE sessions providing opportunities for social, moral, spiritual and cultural education
  • Weekly Personal Achievement Tutor group sessions to help you achieve your full potential
  • Additional support through subject tutorials, study skills sessions, careers guidance and Personal Achievement Tutor progress reviews.

What does a typical timetable look like?

All students study full time at Carmel. The college day starts at 9.00am and ends at 4.05pm with a break in the morning and an hour for lunch. As a Sixth Form College student, alongside your lessons, you will have a number of independent study periods which will enable you to complete the recommended five hours of study per subject per week. This will help you to become more independent, an essential skill not only for university, but also for employment and your future in general.