..Getting you there

Let's get things in perspective: what you do after your A Levels or BTEC will set the next few years of your life and even launch your career. That’s a big deal. But first there are those 2 years of further study.

Destinations

A Level or BTEC, you want to be set up. You want great results. But you also want to know where you are going. Yateley is 100% focussed on your destination.

Where do Yateley guys and girls go? Everywhere, that’s where!

This Infographic is based on our students' success up until 2017

The Yateley Subjects

At Yateley we offer an impressive range of both A Levels and more vocational qualifications. All of our courses are of a high quality and carry UCAS points. They are selected as they are useful whatever your intended destination is, be it university, job or apprenticeship.

We also have GCSE English and Maths courses for anyone who hasn’t yet achieved that important grade 5!

BTEC vs A Level

We run both BTEC and A Level subjects here at Yateley. Why do we do that? Because different students flourish in different areas.

BTECs work on a continuous assessment basis rather than having big exams. If exams aren’t really for you, BTECs probably are. BTECs still aren’t easy. There is no easy option post-16. You have to work steadily for the whole course, you have to reflect, redraft and respond to your feedback just as much as in an A Level. The difference is that during all of that time you are quietly putting away work which is directly contributing to your grade.

While traditionally some people have been reluctant to acknowledge BTEC as favourably as A Levels, these are genuinely useful qualifications.

All of the BTEC level three courses we offer attract equivalent UCAS points to A Levels: a major indication of a course's value. And every year we have BTEC students getting into university, apprenticeships or jobs of at least of equivalent value to A level students.

The Subject List

GCE AS/A Levels

  • ART (FINE ART)
  • BIOLOGY
  • BUSINESS STUDIES
  • CHEMISTRY
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE
  • DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE
  • ENGLISH LITERATURE
  • FRENCH/SPANISH
  • GEOGRAPHY
  • GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
  • HISTORY
  • LAW
  • MATHEMATICS
  • MATHS ‘FURTHER MATHS’
  • MATHS 'CORE MATHS'
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
  • PHYSICS
  • PRODUCT DESIGN (GRAPHICS/D&T)
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • RELIGIOUS STUDIES
  • SOCIOLOGY
  • GCSE
  • ENGLISH
  • MATHEMATICS

Level 3 Extended Project

The Extended Project (EPQ) allows students to gain an AS grade through independent study and research about a topic of their choice. Students study EPQ in year 13. The EPQ is highly regarded by universities and can even gain discounted offers.

Vocational Courses

  • BTEC LEVEL THREE NATIONAL SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS
  • BTEC LEVEL TWO SPECIALIST COURSES (1 Year) CERTIFICATE IN TRAVEL SERVICES
  • IN PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION
  • BTEC LEVEL THREE NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN TRAVEL AND TOURISM (2 Year)
  • BTEC LEVEL THREE IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
  • BTEC LEVEL 3 IN PRODUCTION ARTS
  • BTEC LEVEL 3 IN SPORT
  • LEVEL 3 (QCF) FOOD SCIENCE AND NUTRITION
  • LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA: FILM & MEDIA
  • LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA: CRIMINOLOGY
  • BTEC LEVEL 3 SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA PERFORMING ARTS (Dance)
  • CACHE LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION (Early Years Educator)
  • CACHE LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA FOR THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S WORKFORCE (Early Years Educator)

New A levels

Since September 2015 A Levels have changed. The headline news is that the A Level is now a totally separate qualification from the AS level. Another way to put this is that when a student takes an AS level, those marks won’t count towards the A Level which will be examined at the end of the second year. Another change is that the amount of coursework is reduced, to a maximum of 20%. Some subjects are exam only.

What does this mean for studying A levels at Yateley? Here at Yateley we will still be putting some students through the AS exams at the end of the first year. Why? Because they give a good indication of student progress at the half way point and, should something happen in the second year students still have some results. To leave everything to the end of the second year is more risky. Things happen that are beyond a student’s control and we would hate to waste two years work.

This does mean that some students will be re-examined on the same material in the second set of exams, but this is a small price to pay for the added security of having an AS level.

Number of subjects studied is important. For a long time most Yateley students have studied 4 AS levels. This gives flexibility when moving to the second year of study. Students can keep their best three and still have the UCAS points from an extra AS. Many colleges now tell students that more than three subjects is too much; this isn’t the case. Many of the same colleges used to ask students to study 4 or 5 subjects, but then the funding changed and now four subjects cost colleges more than three. We believe in four being best for some students, and we are still committed to that. (When has doing the bare minimum ever been the best advice? Never. That’s when.) Our commitment to you is that if you want to study four subjects you can. If you prefer three, no problem.

Subjects that changed in September 2015

  • AS and A-level Art and Design
  • AS and A-level Biology
  • AS and A-level Business
  • AS and A-level Chemistry
  • AS and A-level Computer Science
  • AS and A-level Economics
  • AS and A-level English Language
  • AS and A-level English Literature
  • AS and A-level History
  • AS and A-level Physics
  • AS and A-level Psychology
  • AS and A-level Sociology

Subjects that changed in September 2016

  • AS and A-level Dance
  • AS and A-level Drama and Theatre Studies
  • AS and A-level French
  • AS and A-level Geography
  • AS and A-level Music
  • AS and A-level Physical Education
  • AS and A-level Religious Studies
  • AS and A-level Spanish

Subjects that changed in September 2017

  • AS and A-level Classical Civilisation
  • AS and A-level Design and Technology: Food Technology
  • AS and A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-d design)
  • AS and A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (textiles)
  • AS and A-level Further Maths
  • AS and A-level Government and Politics
  • AS and A-level Law
  • AS and A-level Mathematics