Hartpury College Prospectus

We have a specialist range of courses that offer clear progression routes through to university courses and the world of work. All courses have a strong focus on providing you with skills to help you into employment, with all students not only working towards their main qualification, but also The Hartpury Certificate. This evidences the skills development and continued progress you make in maths and English, as well as in your personal development and increased employability skills. There are also many opportunities to gain additional qualifications and certificates of competence that will help set you apart you when you look to enter the world of work or apply for university. Here’s an overview of the qualifications we offer: Diplomas | These qualifications are practical, work-related courses. They have the same academic value as A-levels but focus much more on a practical and applied approach to learning, without missing out on any of the important subject theory. Assessments are varied. As well as exams and other methods of continuous assessment, practical skills assessment will be based on performance in real life situations and work experience. These qualifications (usually BTEC or City and Guilds) are valued by universities and employers, with a two-year Extended Diploma being equivalent to three A-levels. Achieving a top grade in an Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-level A* grades. A-levels | A-levels focus on traditional academic study skills. Nationally, all A-levels have changed so that each subject is studied as a single, two-year qualification with assessment at the end. Hartpury students currently study three A-levels, taught for around six hours per week each, as well as accessing a range of enrichment opportunities and clubs relating to their area of interest. This gives them the best chance of standing out from the crowd when applying to university. Access to Higher Education Diplomas | This is a qualification that prepares students to study at university level. It is aimed at students who would like to do a degree but left school or college without the qualifications they needed. It is the equivalent of studying A-levels and is widely recognised by UK universities. Find out more on page 62.


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