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Study Programmes

Study Programmes

Endless possibilities at Franklin

At Franklin, your study programme will depend on the GCSE grades that you achieve at school and what your future and aspirations are.

Several parts make up your study programme:

  • Main studies – most students at Franklin study a combination of three subjects over two years. These may be A levels, BTEC’s or CTEC’s
  • GCSE English and mathematics – this will form part of your study programme unless you have achieved at least a grade C (grade 4). Subjects will help you develop and apply these skills further
  • Tutorial – you will be assigned a Progress Coach to help and support you during your time at Franklin, including applying to university or employment
  • Employability – over your two years, there will be a range of activities to help you develop skills for the future. These may include work experience, internships, voluntary work and talks.
  • Enrichment – there are additional activities to take part in including trips, visits, Career Ready, debates, Honours’ programme. These are promoted at the Fresher’s Fair during the first term

Study Programme

Level 1

You can start at Franklin College with few or no GCSEs and Level 1 provides an introduction to college study and on completion, you may progress to Level 2 courses.

This one year programme will provide a variety of experiences to give you more confidence to consider a choice of career options and move on to the next step. You will be supported in small groups and follow a well-structured timetable.

Maths and English are an important part of this study programme and you will be able to study them at an appropriate level in order to progress within college. Students who complete their Level 1 programme either go on to Level 2 programmes or seek work based training or employment.

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Level 2

Level 2 includes OCR Nationals, BTECs, CTECs and GCSEs.

You may already have achieved some D grades or above in a number of different GCSEs (or equivalent). A number of students come to Franklin College each year to try and improve or consolidate these results over a period of a year. You will likely study one BTEC or CTEC qualification, with English Language and Maths (at an appropriate level) to allow you to progress onto Level 3 study or seek work based training or employment.

Science GCSE can provide the necessary qualification for progression onto a number of careers and students with a grade D can opt to study towards a grade C alongside A level programmes

Level 3

Level 3 includes A levels, BTECs and CTECs, students will have the opportunity to study 3 or 4 options.

You will already have achieved at least 5 GCSE passes (or equivalent) at grade C or above in 4 different subject areas (including English Language). Students who complete Level 3 programmes often go on to Higher Education, training or employment. All Level 3 qualifications earn UCAS points which contribute to university entry requirements and are valid for the rest of your life. Some of the Level 3 courses have particular entry requirements, so it is always wise to discuss this with staff at one of our Open Events or at your interview.

Note – Students completing Maths and English GCSEs in 2017 will receive a number in the new GCSE grading structure instead of a letter on the current grading system. A grade 4 and above will be equivalent to a grade C or above. For some subjects a grade B in Maths or English is currently required and this will be a grade 5 or 6 on the new system. For subjects where this change is relevant we have included both grading systems in the entry requirements for clarification.



Full Time Courses

At Franklin College, we offer the widest range of A Levels, BTECs, CTECs and GCSEs in the area. Every year we help hundreds of young people take the next step in becoming who they want to be

How do I know which course I should take?

How do I know which course I should take?

Start by looking at the level you should be applying for. From here you can see which courses are available to you what will fit well with your career aims.

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