Dear Parent, Carer or Friend of St. Ambrose Barlow, I am sure that, like our staff, you have been deeply affected by the terrible events in Manchester city centre. As a school community we are fortunate that although some pupils and staff were present at the concert, all are alive and well. Our staff have provided as much support as possible to young people who are upset by recent events and we will continue to do so over the coming days. On Tuesday we said prayers as a staff and in each form group in memory of those killed and injured and as a gesture of solidarity with all affected by the attack.

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Your Learning

Learning to make a difference.

On all of our courses you will be taught by outstanding teachers who value creativity and independence. You will lead your own learning by undertaking projects and working in teams with other students. Your learning is about more than getting great results. You'll develop as person to prepare you for your next step. Our teaching approach is influenced by our partnerships with business and industry.

A Level Courses

A-levels are two-year courses. Each A-Level course is assessed differently, but most are assessed with a series of exams at the end of Year 13. The most common route to university is through taking 3 - 4 A-Levels. There are many A-Level subjects to choose from, encompassing the arts, humanities and sciences, but whatever they pick students can mix and match choices to explore their talents and pursue their passions.

Vocational Courses

We offer a range of BTEC Courses as single or triple awards. Students can take single awards alongside A-Levels. BTEC courses are vocational and combine practical learning with classroom-based learning. Work Experience is a large aspect of BTEC courses and allow for work experience placements to be carried out throughout the course or build it into project-based learning.

All BTEC courses are primarily assessed through coursework assignments and at least one unit is assessed through an exam.

We have put together a range of pathways that combine a single BTEC with other courses to assist students in preparing for a career. This approach is unique to St. Ambrose Barlow and is another example of our commitment to doing things differently to benefit our students.

Our Career Pathways

Pathways to Creative Digital Media Degree Courses (CDMP)

COMPUTER AND VIDEO GAMES - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in CDMP / + A'Level Art and Design / + A'Level any other subject such as DEC* (260 UCAS Points required)

FILM STUDIES - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in CDMP / + A'Level Film Studies or English / + A'Level any other subject* (260 UCAS Points required)

GRAPHIC DESIGN - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in CDMP / + A'Level Art and Design / + A'Level any other subject* (240 UCAS Points required plus grade C at English GCSE)

MEDIA TECHNOLOGY - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in CDMP / + A'Level Product Design / + A'Level any other subject such as DEC* (220 UCAS Points required plus Maths and Science grade C GCSE)

ANIMATION - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in CDMP / + A'Level Graphic Communication / + A'Level any other subject such as Art and Design* (260 UCAS Points required)

TV AND RADIO - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in CDMP / + A'Level English / + A'Level any other subject such as Film Studies* but Art and Design preferable (300 UCAS Points required)

* Where 'A'Level any other subject' is indicated, bear in mind that traditional academic subjects are likely to give you the edge (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, English, History or any MFL). An alternative subject suitable for CDMP degrees would be Film Studies, Graphics Communication or Art and Design.

Pathways to Health & Social Care Degree Courses

ADULT NURSING - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in H&SC / + A'Level Biology / + A'Level any other subject* (you also need to have grade C or above in English, Maths and Science to progress to university)

MENTAL HEALTH NURSING - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in H&SC / + A'Level Biology / + A'Level any other subject* (you also need to have grade C or above in English, Maths and Science to progress to university)

PAEDIATRIC NURSING - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in H&SC / + A'Level Biology / + A'Level any other subject* (you also need to have grade C or above in English, Maths and Science to progress to university)

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in H&SC / + A'Level Biology / + A'Level any other subject* (you also need to have grade C or above in English, Maths and Science to progress to university)

MIDWIFERY - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in H&SC / + A'Level Biology / + A'Level any other subject* (you also need to have grade C or above in English Language, Maths and Science to progress to university)

PHYSIOTHERAPY - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in H&SC / + A'Level Biology / + A'Level any other subject* but another science preferable (you also need to have grade C or above in English Language, Maths and Dual Award Science or Biology to progress to university)

RADIOGRAPHY - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in H&SC / + A'Level Biology / + A'Level Physics

PARAMEDICS/ PARAMEDICAL SCIENCE - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in H&SC / + A'Level Biology / + A'Level any other subject* (you also need to have grade C or above in English and Maths to progress to university)

SOCIAL WORK - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in H&SC / +2 A'Levels in any other subject* (you also need to have grade C or above in English Language and Maths to progress to university)

PODIATRY - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in H&SC / + A'Level Biology / + A'Level any other subject* (you also need to have grade C or above in English, Maths and Science to progress to university)

OPERATING DEPARTMENT PRACTICE - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in H&SC / + A'Level Biology / + A'Level any other subject* (you also need to have grade C or above in English and Maths to progress to university)

GENERAL HEALTH PATHWAY (for those who want a career in nursing or professions allied to medicine, but are unsure which) - BTEC L3 Extended Cert in H&SC / + A'Level Biology / + A'Level any other subject* (you will probably also need to have grade C or above in English, Maths and Science to progress to university)

* Where 'A'Level any other subject' is indicated, bear in mind that traditional academic subjects are likely to give you the edge (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, English, History or any MFL). An alternative subject suitable for H&SC degrees would be Philosophy, Ethics & Theology (or Psychology if offered).

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