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AQA Baccalaureate at The Corsham School

Course description

At the end of two years’ A level study, we aim to introduce a very valuable qualification that will help certificate both A level achievement and other extracurricular involvement.

It is called a Baccalaureate and it is awarded by the AQA examination board. The AQA Bacc involves students getting recognition and achieving in the following areas.

a) Passing 3 full A levels (any subjects) and having 5 GCSE passes at C or above including Maths and English.

b) Passing an AS in General Studies. We can arrange for students to do this at the end of Year 13.

c) Having certified involvement in an extra curricular voluntary activity (Enrichment) e.g. Peer Reading project, Peer Mentoring, Sports Leadership etc. Students complete and online diary to record their enrolement.

d) Completing an independent learning project which in itself is worth one AS level, eg EPQ.

Course content

The AQA Bacc is composed of four essential components, each developing key facts of the students' all round education.

Broader Study:  Designed to develop critical thinking/citizenship skills through - General Studies, Critical Thinking or Citizenship to AS Level.

Enrichment Activities: Community participation (for example community work in local schools, hospitals, charities); Work-related learning; Personal development activities eg Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, debating society etc.

Independent Learning: The Extended Project will develop students' abilities to manage tasks using their own initiative and resources.

Recognised, academic study in-depth: The Bacc is built on the solid foundation of students' main A Level choices.

The AQA Bacc Grading Scheme is as follows:

The AQA Baccalaureate.

An opportunity for students to significantly improve their further learning, education and employment prospects.

The AQA baccalaureate Grading Scheme.


E                    E                          Pass                  Pass                  Bacc
C                    C                         Pass                   Pass                  Bacc with
                                                                                                       Merit                      A                    A                          Pass                   Pass                 Bacc with

The GCE A Levels at the heart of the AQA Bacc are well understood and recognised. The extra benefits the AQA Bacc brings will be perceived very positively by employers and within Further Education institutions.





Entry requirements

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Future opportunities

How will Higher Education institutes and employers view the AQA Bacc? The GCE A Levels at the heart of the AQA Bacc are well understood and recognised. The extra benefits the AQA Bacc brings will be perceived very positively by employers and within Further Education institutions.

For more details on the AQA Bacc please speak to Mr Bolter or Mrs Utton

Further information

For more information, contact: Michele Cassidy, AQA Devas Street, Manchester, M15 6EX. Tel: 0161 953 1180

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Corsham School directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017

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