After careful consideration and consultation with staff, Kingston College, part of the South Thames Colleges Group has decided to phase out the A Level courses over the next 14 months.
Currently, the College’s A Level students account for 5% of Kingston’s curriculum aimed at 16-18 year olds. Withdrawing the A Level provision would allow the college to fully focus on their high performing vocational courses, which not only develop the skills that local and regional employers want, but also offer an excellent route to University.
The College is committed to supporting existing A Level students in successfully completing their year two course and securing a positive destination. We will be holding an event at the College on 3rd July where A Level applicants can discuss their options with our curriculum and careers teams.
Mike Tweedale, College Principal says: “Analysis of our student outcomes shows that students with mid-range GCSEs achieve exceptionally well on our vocational courses, while the increased exam focus on 2-year linear A Level means that students with a similar level of prior attainment achieve less well on A Level courses.
Our excellent relationships with local schools mean that we will be in a position to complement the local Sixth Forms’ offer resulting in Kingston and surrounding borough residents having a full complement of high quality vocational and academic qualification choices.”
The College has grown its vocational education offer with Apprenticeships and BTEC qualification in a wide range of subjects and has consistently scored in the top of the London Colleges’ achievement rates. Our employer links, spanning South West London, have allowed us to build qualifications which provide students with meaningful skills, work experience and focus on university progression with employability at the heart of it. We believe this move will benefit both our students and employers we work with.
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