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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 subjects

Level 2 (3 year study programme)

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

You may already have achieved some grades 3 or above in some 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.

Level 3 (2 year study programme)

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 4 or above in 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 GCSEs in 2018 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 5 or 6 will be required on the new system which is equivalent to a grade B.

Other important parts


Students at Franklin College are expected to maintain a high level of attendance.  Upon enrolment students are clearly briefed on absence procedures and they will be expected to adhere to these at all times.  We know that a one percent increase in attendance alone can increase attainment by 5-6%.  Similarly, we take a dim view on lateness.  Did you know, that if you are late 10 minutes every day, that equates to 30 hours missed college time in one year.

Independent Study

Franklin students are expected to match time spent in lesson with independent study, so for every hour of contact time in lessons, we would expect every student to spend an hour studying outside of the classroom.  We will ask all students to complete a study period in college for each lesson in one of our designated Study Centres and nominate these sessions at the start of the year. 


As places at universities get tougher, apprenticeships become more sought after and employment opportunities becoming more competitive we know that students need to show their ability to be more than academic.  Universities, and employers want students who contribute to society, who can show they will go above and beyond, who can commit to additional activities and who have interests beyond the classroom.  For this reason, we will require all students to engage in an enrichment activity.  Activities can be linked to areas of study such as one of our Career Academies, or our Law Mock Trial group, or can be related to a hobby such as a sports team or an art club.

Student Identity

At Franklin we take the safety of all of our students seriously and therefore a requirement of all students is to wear their college identity lanyard at all times when onsite.  A student identity card will also provide access to resources such as borrowing books and accessing photocopiers.  All visitors to the site will be required to wear a visitor’s identification lanyard.  By doing this we can ensure we are aware of everyone on our site at all times.

Student Bursary

All students enrolling at Franklin, are eligible to apply for the student bursary.  This is means tested and cannot be applied for in advance of enrolment.  The College Services Team will be able to support and guide you through this process.

Additional Learning Support

We hope that at your interview we gave you the opportunity to talk about any additional support you have had at school and any support that you feel might benefit you in the future.  All students who enrol at Franklin will take a quick and easy assessment to help us ensure there is nothing that we believe may support your learning better.  If there is something that you or we think may help, we will work with you so that you can achieve the best possible grades and access all aspects of your Study Programme.


Regular contact with your Progress Coach ensures co-ordination and monitoring of your whole Study Programme as well as providing for your general education and personal careers guidance. Your progress coach can always be your first port of call if you have any concerns at college either with your studies or personally.


Embedded within lessons across college and in tutorial, you can be sure that your employability skills will be developed alongside your academic skills. Progress Coaches will work with you to develop your CV and Interview technique alongside running sessions on personal finance and money management. There is also a dedicated careers advisor on hand to offer tailored, personal employability advice. 



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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

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