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Students attending post-16 at St.Colman's will normally four subjects at the start of their AS year. Depending on their circumstances, students may one of their subjects at the end of Year 13 ('cashing-in' their AS grade) and focus on the remaining three subjects for their A2 year. Applied subjects (i.e. B.Tech qualifications) are only accreditated at the end of two years and therefore pupils do not have the option of ping these at the end of AS year. Students have a chloice of subject types:
This is a one year modular course composed of two or three units. Most courses are assessed by examination or coursework or a combination of both. This is graded from A-E.
In the second year you take two or three units and are awarded the full A level which is graded from A*-E.
This level 3 qualification is mostly coursework based and is graded as Pass / Merit / Distinction which has equivalencies to A level grades and UCAS points.ï¿½
ï¿½Clickï¿½hereï¿½for Post 16 Curriculum page, and detailed links to each subject area.
This option offers a vocational route and a more enjoyable route for those who prefer a portfolio based course without formal examinations. Some pupils benefit greatly from opting for vocational courses as this raises their level of achievement.
If you enjoy a course and are confident that it matches your interest and suits your learning style then there is every chance that you will excel.
Entry to University courses can be gained by presenting high levels of achievement in a range of Level 3 qualifications. These include BTECs qualifications.
BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas consist of:
If you obtain an Overall Distinction in your BTEC National / Cambridge Technical, you may- be judged as having the equivalent of an A level grade A and will be awarded the equivalent UCAS points of 120.
Does Queen's University accept BTEC Awards?
Yesï¿½- Queen's does not ask students to achieve UCAS points, they ask for grades or the grade equivalent. They do not focus on the overall level achieved - instead they will specify the exact number of Distinctions and Merits required for each unit. In general 6 Distinctions are considered equivalent to an A at A level. 3 Merits and 3 Distinctions considered a B.
Does the University of Ulster accept BTEC awards?
Yesï¿½- The University of Ulster accepts BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas and Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diplomas. The admissions department will specify the exact number of Distinctions and Merits required for each unit. In general 5 Distinctions and 1 Merit is considered equivalent to an A at A level. 3 Merits and 3 Distinctions considered a B.
Who should be cautious about ing a BTEC?
Students hoping to study at a University in the Republic of Ireland (ROI)
Students hoping to embark on a degree courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science Students hoping to study at Oxford or Cambridge.
Who should not take more than one BTEC option?
Students hoping to gain a place at St Mary's University College, Stranmillis College or another teacher training college in the UK.
Students considering some degree courses in Queen's such as Pharmacy where it is not permitted to take more than one applied subject / course.
Please see 2016/17 AS/A2 subject choice booklet below:
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|AS A2 Subject Choices Booklet Feb 2017||1.21MB|
11 April 2017
Packed tightly into a minibus barrelling down the dual carriageway towards Belfast for the Northern Ireland regional forum of the European Youth Parliament, the team from St Colmanï¿½s College Newry kne...
11 April 2017
A selection of J3 and S1 footballers at St Colman's College are preparing for a Brock Cup Final having defeated St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon in their Semi Final match on 4th April. The boys from D...
10 April 2017
S4 pupil Evin Crummie was congratulated by Principal Mr McKinney and Head of PE Mr Murray today. Armagh RFC player Evin is making great strides in the oval ball game and has been recently selected for...
10 April 2017
Last Tuesday the whole school community gathered for our Annual Sponsored Walk and Mass. The weather stayed dry and we all enjoyed a lovely walk down to Newry Cathedral....
10 April 2017
Vice Principal Mr Doyle and J1 Year Head Mrs Grant met and congratulated Year 8 pupil Kasper Andreasen who was recently award a 'YAFTA.' This award was presented in recognition for the oustanding wor...