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Discovering Life in all its Fullness

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Discovering Life in all its Fullness

Course expectations

BTEC or A Level


You might think that in order to get into university or to get a head start on a great career after school, that A-Levels are your only route. But you'd be wrong.


There's lots of other routes you can take to get to where you want to go in life - including studying BTECs. Here at The King's we offer both qualifications.


Not sure what BTECs are and how they differ from A-Levels, or if studying them would be right for you? Don't worry, here's everything you need to know about them to help you decide.

The A Level and BTEC breakdown



Most courses, A Level and BTEC, have a coursework element to them. Coursework refers to work that is completed independently and not under external examination conditions; however, the marks awarded for the coursework do contribute towards the final grade of the subject concerned. 

Departments ensure that students are aware at the beginning of each academic year of major coursework requirements, including dates, deadlines and the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) guidelines. Coursework must be the independent work of the student concerned and all deadlines must be met.


We have put together a calendar below which identifies when students will begin and complete each piece of coursework for their subject. 


**Please note - when you open the document, click on the coursework unit to reveal further information regarding:

  • the title of the task

  • how much it contributes towards the overall grade

  • word count (where applicable)

  • whether it is mandatory or optional (where applicable)