AIMS AND BENEFITS OF POST-16 STUDIES AT CARLTON BOLLING COLLEGE

Post 16 students have elected to dress in smart business wear whilst in College, following the basic rules below:

In particular, Carlton Bolling College offers you:

·         an individually tailored timetable, agreed from a wide range of subjects and following on from Years 10 and 11, thus ensuring continuity

·         teaching in smaller groups with teachers whose ways you already know and possibly who know you

·         facilities separate from other year groups, including a common room

·         visits, activities and other events connected with your studies

·         a support programme providing advice and discussion on life and study skills and regular consultations on your progress with your Form Tutor

·         the companionship of established friends

·         the opportunity to take on responsibilities both within and beyond the school community and so mature into a responsible young adult

·         professional help to guide you through application procedures for colleges and universities

·         a strong careers support system

·         references written by teachers who know you well

·         social events arranged both by the school and by your own Post-16 Committee; these have included end of term parties and the Post-16 end of year prom

·         above all, staff who CARE and who are ready to encourage, explain and at all times support you through your time as a Post-16 student

Post-16 COURSES – FAQs

WHAT COURSES ARE OFFERED IN CARLTON BOLLING COLLEGE POST 16?

These fall into two broad categories: BTEC Vocational courses and A-Levels.

WHAT ARE VOCATIONAL COURSES?

Vocational courses focus on a particular area of work. They are designed to give you specific knowledge and skills and prepare you for the world of work. BTECs are practical courses rather than theory courses.

IS A VOCATIONAL COURSE RIGHT FOR ME?

If you have already decided the area in which you would like to work then a vocational course in that area may be your best choice. They are full time courses which include compulsory work placements to enable you to put your skills into practice in the workplace.

WHAT ARE A-LEVELS?

These are advanced courses studied over a period of two years. They may extend the work you have been doing in GCSE (as in English, Modern Languages or Maths for example) or you may start completely new subjects (such as Media Studies, Sociology, Psychology, or Business Studies). The level of study is much higher than that demanded by GCSE.

WHAT ELSE IS ON OFFER TO GO WITH MY STUDY PROGRAMME

To complement both the A-level and vocational programmes we offer a wide range of additional opportunities from working with the Charity Committee, Community Organisations, Student Council, mentoring younger students, participating in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, curriculum related visits and reward trips – the sky’s the limit!

WHAT DOES CARLTON BOLLING COLLEGE EXPECTS FROM ITS POST-16 STUDENTS?

Being a Post-16 student requires you taking personal responsibility for your own learning and behaviour. This means using your study periods wisely and observing the following:

·         We expect you to be committed to your work especially as you will have to do much of it on your own.

·         We expect an exemplary attendance record. All medical appointments should be made outside of lesson time except in the case of emergencies.

·         We expect you to become involved in many of the Post-16 activities for your own personal development.

·         We require you to have gained the necessary GCSE results for your chosen course at Post-16.

·         We expect you to maintain the excellent atmosphere at Carlton Bolling College by working with staff to uphold our values.

·         We expect you to keep all working/leisure areas that are available to the Post-16 group in a tidy, clean and litter free condition.

·         Many of you will visit other places; we ask you to remember that you are ambassadors of Carlton Bolling College and that in all circumstances your behaviour and attitude should be exemplary.

·         We expect you to dress appropriately for the workplace in line with the Dress Code.

·         Finally, we hope not to have to use sanctions against any of our Post-16 students. If, however, you fail to measure up to our standards of work, attendance or behaviour as outlined above, we would, after warnings and consultation with your parents, ask you to leave.