Choosing the Right Course
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St John Rigby College has a very wide range of courses on offer. This allows you to select courses which match your interests, abilities and future plans.

The Level 3 Programme

This is our most popular programme.  You will choose from a wide variety  of A level courses and a range of Level 3 BTEC qualifications.  Your timetable will also include a weekly Values for Living lesson and a tutorial session. It is a flexible programme over two years that is ideal if you are planning to progress  onto university, employment or a higher-level apprenticeship.

Which course should I choose?

It is your choice. Think carefully about your interests and plans after leaving college and choose the courses which will help you to achieve this goal. For example,  if you were thinking about applying for a university course in a particular subject such as Medicine, then this will mean that you would need to choose certain subjects - in this case Biology and Chemistry. For many higher education courses the exact choice of course is not too important but it is always worth talking this through with college staff. If you don’t have a specific career goal at the moment then there is nothing wrong in choosing subjects which interest you and in which you think you will do well. As part of your enrolment at college we will talk through your course choices with you, so don’t worry if you are finding it hard to choose.

How much time will I spend studying?

Study time will vary dependent on the course and level you are studying. For example, if you are studying an A level course you will be expected to spend 4 hours per subject outside of the classroom on independent study tasks - such as homework or revision.

One thing to remember is that the 4 hours of independent study time is per subject; therefore if you are doing 3 A level subjects you will be expected to carry out 12 hours of private study in your own time.

Can I combine Level 3 BTEC and A Level subjects?

At St John Rigby College it is possible to do a mixed programme of A levels and BTEC Level 3 qualifications (see table). This allows students to choose their preferred method of assessment.

Course Level Value (A Level Equivalence)
A level 3 1 A Level
BTEC L3 National Extended Certificate 3 1 A Level
BTEC L3 National Diploma 3 2 A Levels
BTEC L3 Extended Diploma 3 3 A Levels

Values for Living

We’re not just here for your academic progress. We are here to develop the whole person – and that’s what our Values for Living course does. With one lesson a week, it’s a chance to discuss ideas and explore your values. The course is designed to encourage you to make a positive contribution to the world and challenge injustice whenever you see it.