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The St Bart’s ‘Access Course’ at St Bartholomew's School

Course description

The Access Course is designed for students who want to improve their Level 2 qualifications. Successful students will achieve the equivalent of six GCSE qualifications during Year 12 which will provide access to a wide range of further education opportunities or employment at the end of Year 12. This could include staying at St Bart’s to study AS Levels or Level 3 BTEC courses.

Students need to be committed to the course and must have the determination and application to succeed. D grades or higher in at least four GCSEs are usually expected.

Course content

The course will consist of resit GCSE courses in English and Mathematics, and two BTEC First Certificates – Travel and Tourism, and Media Studies. Each BTEC First Certificate is worth the equivalent of two GCSEs at C grade or above. Details of each GCSE and BTEC course are given separately in the following pages.


The assessment style on this course is significantly different to that experienced by many students at GCSE, with a greater emphasis on longer projects and studies, often produced in teams. There are no formal written examinations for the BTEC courses.

Financial information

Some small costs for relevant visits may be incurred.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bartholomew's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

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