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Baccalaureate AQA at Balcarras School

Course description

The AQA Baccalaureate is available to all students at Balcarras, alongside their A-level studies. Universities and employers increasingly see it both as a recognition of academic excellence and an indication that students are well-rounded, active individuals. The qualification is overseen by the AQA examination board and is suited to students who are strong academically and also participate in a number of events and activities beyond the prescribed curriculum. As this describes the majority of our students, we feel it is a perfect match for their aspirations.

Course content

In order to gain the Baccalaureate, all students must complete the following requirements:

  • Three subjects to A2-level (not including general studies)
  • General studies to AS-level
  • An extended project in an area chosen by the student
  • One hundred hours of enrichment activities


The Baccalaureate will be awarded in the following classifications:

  • Pass (if the lowest A2 grade is an E or a D)
  • Merit (if the lowest A2 grade is a C or a B)
  • Distinction (if the lowest A2 grade is an A or an A*)

Further information

All students will record their enrichment activities throughout Year 12. In order to qualify for the Baccalaureate, students must have completed at least 100 hours of activities in the areas:

  • Work-Related Learning
  • Community Participation
  • Personal Development Activities

Students will keep an up-to-date electronic Enrichment Diary, which will be monitored by their tutor.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September