*Returning to Campus Update* 

We look forward to welcoming all our new and returning students to the College for the 2020/21 academic year. In light of COVID-19 we have implemented a number of changes to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone at the College. It is important that we respect and adhere to these new measures. Please practise social distancing and follow the one way traffic system around campus. We also encourage students and staff to wear face coverings in public spaces and to use hand sanitiser available at stations around each campus.

For more information please visit https://www.src.ac.uk/the-college/covid-19-info or get in touch via email info@src.ac.uk or call 0300 123 1223.

A-Level Academy

A Level Academy

Admissions Criteria

AS & A2 Level

The College invites applicants to apply for 3 or 4 AS subjects based on the ‘Subject Selection Grid’, which illustrates AS subject combinations. The College will review the qualifications and/or experience held by applicants and will consider whether this profile demonstrates an ability to undertake AS and A2 level qualifications.The College invites applicants to apply for 3 or 4 AS subjects based on the ‘Subject Selection Grid’, which illustrates AS subject combinations. The College will review the qualifications and/or experience held by applicants and will consider whether this profile demonstrates an ability to undertake AS and A2 level qualifications.

For applicants who are at least 16 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course and who have recently been in education to key stage 4, they must have one of the following:

  1. Applicants wishing to study 3 A-Levels must have achieved 5 GCSEs at grade C. It is desirable that these should include GCSE English Language at grade C or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above.
  2. Applicants wishing to study 4 A-Levels must have achieved 6 GCSEs at grade B. It is essential that these include GCSE English Language at grade C or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above.
  3. BTEC First Diploma or Certificate or equivalent at merit or above (with an overall qualification profile equivalent to 20 points or above).
  4. Leaving Certificate – a profile equivalent to 14 points, (of which 4 subjects must be achieved at grade C3 or better at Ordinary Level) pre 2017. From 2017, 4 subjects must be achieved at 04 or better at Ordinary Level.

Applicants should refer to the table below for additional subject specific entry requirements. Attendance at IPEAS or GPEAS (Individual or Group Pre-Entry Advice Session) is essential in the selection of candidates in all courses.

TABLE 1

SubjectEntry Requirements
Biology GCSE Double Award Science grade BB or GCSE Biology (Higher Tier) grade C or above
Business Studies GCSE English Language grade C or above
Chemistry GCSE Double Award Science grade BB or GCSE Chemistry (Higher Tier) grade C or above
Digital Technology GCSE Mathematics grade C or above
English Literature GCSE English Language grade B or above OR GCSE English Literature grade C or above
Geography GCSE English Language grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics grade C or above
History GCSE English Language grade C or above
Life & Health Sciences GCSE Mathematics grade B or above and GCSE Double Award Science grade BB or above
Mathematics GCSE Mathematics Grade B or above
Nutrition & Food Science GCSE Double award Science CC or any GCSE Science grade C and Food and Nutrition GCSE grade C
Physics GCSE Double Award Science grade BB or GCSE Physics grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics grade B or above
Psychology GCSE English Language grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics grade C or above
Religious Studies GCSE English Language grade C or above
Sociology GCSE English Language grade C or above

It is desirable that applicants have attained a GCSE at grade B or above in the subject they wish to study for A-Level.


A-LEVEL COMBINATIONS

AS & A2 (A-Level)

The Faculty of Computing, Design & Academic Studies invites you to apply to study 3 or 4 AS or A2 level subjects based on the ‘Subject Selection Grid’, which illustrates subject combinations. For further entry requirements see Admissions Criteria.

A-Level Combinations

You can select one subject per column from one of the tables below or you can combine AS level study (Table A) with A2 level study (Table B) if you have previously studied the subject at AS or A2 level and wish to enhance your grade profile. AS level (Table A) and A2 level study (Table B) can also be combined with studying one or more intensive A-Levels (Table C) where the AS and A2 levels are completed in one year.

TABLE A: AS LEVEL SUBJECT SELECTION GRID (5 hours per week per module) - Select only one subject per column

 ABCD
1 Biology Chemistry Chemistry Biology
2 Nutrition & Food Science Sociology Mathematics Psychology
3 Mathematics Digital Technology Psychology Religious Studies
4 Sociology Geography Religious Studies English Literature
5 Digital Technology History Business Studies Business Studies
6 History English Literature Life & Health Sciences Physics

 

TABLE B: A2 LEVEL SUBJECT SELECTION GRID (5 hours per week per module) - Select only one subject per column

 ABCD
1 Physics Biology Biology Chemistry
2 English Literature Nutrition & Food Science Sociology Mathematics
3 Psychology Mathematics Digital Technology Digital Technology
4 Religious Studies Psychology Geography History
5 Business Studies Business Studies   Sociology

 

TABLE C: AS & A2 ONE YEAR INTENSIVE (6 hours per week per module)

 ABCD
1   Intensive Digital Technology* Intensive Business Studies Intensive Sociology
    Intensive Religious Studies*    

 

AS/A2 Sociology and Psychology are delivered in accordance to the specification of the AQA awarding organisation. All other subjects are delivered in accordance to the specification of CCEA awarding organisation.


 

FLEXIBLE PART-TIME OPTIONS

SRC offer the following AS and A-Level subjects on a part-time basis at the Armagh campus.SRC offer the following AS and A-Level subjects on a part-time basis at the Armagh campus.Part-time Evening AS Levels in 1 year: AS Biology, AS Chemistry AS Mathematics AS Geography and AS Life & Health Sciences will be offered in one year. This may be followed the following year by the A2 level. Applicants may apply for more than one AS Level or may combine AS Level study with intensive A-Level study.

Part-time Evening and Blended Learning (Intensive) AS and A2 in 1 year: Sociology and Business Studies will be offered as an intensive programme of study which means you will study both the AS Level and the A2 Level in the one year. This may be combined with an AS Level subject.

SubjectLevelCampusAttendance
Business Studies AS/A2 (Intensive) Armagh

6 Hours per week
(1 evening in class &
1 evening online)

Biology AS Armagh 4 Hours per week
Chemistry AS Armagh 4 Hours per week
Geography AS Armagh 4 Hours per week
Life & Health Sciences AS Armagh 4 Hours per week
Mathematics AS Armagh 4 Hours per week
Sociology AS/A2 (Intensive) Armagh 6 Hours per week (1 evening in class & 1 evening online)

 


 

PATHWAYS

Arts & Humanities Pathway

The SRC A-Level Academy offers students the opportunity to specialise in Arts & Humanities, through a combination of the following subjects:

  • ENGLISH LITERATURE
  • GEOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • RELIGIOUS STUDIES
  • SOCIOLOGY

Students can progress onto a range of HE courses in English literature, creative writing, politics, law, media and communication, journalism, social policy, history as well as the Associate Bachelor’s degree in English & History at SRC.

Students who study these disciplines learn to think critically, to express themselves clearly and to analyse new information. These qualities lead to a high degree of professional flexibility and adaptability, providing a great foundation for many different career destinations: including law, research, education, counselling, public relations, journalism, genealogy and human resources.

Business Pathway

Select from the following subjects available at the SRC A-Level Academy, if you are considering a career in business related disciplines:

  • BUSINESS STUDIES
  • DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
  • GEOGRAPHY
  • MATHEMATICS
  • NUTRITION & FOOD SCIENCE
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • SOCIOLOGY

Students can progress onto a range of HE courses from economics, finance and accountancy to management and enterprise and e-business. A range of HE provision is also available including HNDs, HNCs, BSc. Hons and Higher Level Apprenticeships for business related subjects.

Business Studies represents a good subject choice for many students because all professional careers benefit from some knowledge of business practice.

Career destinations including roles within the administrative and clerical job family, accountancy, banking and finance, retail sales and customer services. It will also be useful if you are thinking about setting up your own business or being self-employed in the future.

Computing & Engineering Pathway

Interested in pursuing a career in computing and engineering? Choose from the following combination of subjects offered:

  • BIOLOGY
  • CHEMISTRY
  • DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
  • GEOGRAPHY
  • MATHEMATICS
  • PHYSICS

Students can progress onto a range of HE courses in computing, information technology and engineering. A range of HE provision is also available within SRC including HNDs, HNCs, Foundation Degrees and Higher Level Apprenticeships for computing and engineering.

Career destinations including roles in computing, software engineering, artificial intelligence, networking engineering, infrastructure, electrical and electronic engineering, information technology, web technology and business information systems.

Science Pathway

If you are considering embarking on a career in science the SRC A-Level Academy offer the following combination of subjects to select from:

  • BIOLOGY
  • CHEMISTRY
  • GEOGRAPHY
  • LIFE & HEALTH
  • SCIENCES
  • MATHEMATICS
  • NUTRITION & FOOD
  • SCIENCE
  • PHYSICS

Students can progress onto a range of HE science courses which include: biomedical science, forensic science, veterinary science, medicine, chemical engineering, veterinary science, as well as other courses related to nursing, animal care, environmental management, social policy and conservation studies. A range of HE provision is also available within SRC including Foundation Degrees and Higher Level Apprenticeships in Applied Industrial Sciences.

Career destinations including roles in forensic science, chemical engineering, medical professions such as: dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, as well as pharmaceutical research, environmental management, social policy, civil engineering, surveying, teaching, ecology and conservation.

 

STUDENT SERVICES

Pastoral Care

The A-Level Academy Team prides itself on providing all our students with a high level of pastoral care. When you start your A-Level studies you will be assigned to a tutorial class and will have the opportunity to meet with your personal tutor for one hour each week. If you are having any difficulties with your studies, finance or personal issues, your personal tutor is your first point of contact.The A-Level Academy Team prides itself on providing all our students with a high level of pastoral care. When you start your A-Level studies you will be assigned to a tutorial class and will have the opportunity to meet with your personal tutor for one hour each week. If you are having any difficulties with your studies, finance or personal issues, your personal tutor is your first point of contact.

Learning Support

The College aims to provide a safe, supportive and friendly learning environment for all students including those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The Learning Support Team can provide additional and specialist support to assist students with disabilities, learning difficulties and/or medical conditions.

Careers Guidance

Careers advice, information and guidance is an essential part of your learning programme to enable you to make decisions about your future career path and further study. Our Careers Team is available to assist you in completing your UCAS application and providing you with up to date careers information about job opportunities.Work Inspiration NIA-Level students are encouraged to engage in work experience opportunities throughout their studies. The A-Level Academy Team works with Charter NI to secure work placements for students in the Southern Trust. This provides our students with great opportunities to gain hands on experience in various medical, therapy and research settings.

Attendance Policy

The College has a strict attendance policy and expects students to attend all classes and tutorial sessions punctually. When students are absent they are expected to email their personal tutor by 9:30am on the first day of their absence. If students are absent for more than 5 consecutive days they are expected to produce a sick note authorised by their doctor. Where students attendance falls below 80% they will appear on the ‘at risk’ register and will be required to attend an interview with the A-Level coordinator. If this behaviour persists, students will be put on daily report and will have to attend an interview with the Curriculum Area Manager.

Equality & Diversity

The College promotes equality and diversity in order to foster a harmonious and neutral learning environment and atmosphere of mutual respect. Whilst students do not have to wear a uniform, you are not permitted to wear any clothing which may give offence or cause apprehension among particular groups of staff, students or the public.

Student ID Cards

All A-Level students will be issued with a free student ID card which will allow you to access the Learning Resource Centre and borrow books.You need your student ID card to sit examinations or vote in Students’ Union elections. Student ID cards will also allow you to obtain discounts in some shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.


 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Participating in student activities within the College is a fantastic way to mix with other students, giving you confidence, improving your employability skills and having fun at the same time. You will discover many social, cultural and sporting activities to integrate with your academic studies.Participating in student activities within the College is a fantastic way to mix with other students, giving you confidence, improving your employability skills and having fun at the same time. You will discover many social, cultural and sporting activities to integrate with your academic studies.

Freshers’ Fayre

The annual Freshers’ Fayre focuses on having fun and meeting your tutors and fellow students. The Freshers’ Fayre is a wonderful opportunity to find out about the calendar of student events and College teams and how to get involved in your Students’ Union.

Student Consultative Groups/Student Council

These groups meet on campus to give students a voice and to inform policies and procedures.

Students’ Union

The Students’ Union exists to further your interests and facilitate the representation of your views. You can get involved by running as a candidate in our elections. Information on how to do this is on our College website and available at our Freshers’ Fayre. Southern Regional College is governed by a Board of Governors and the Students’ Union of the College may elect one Governor to the Governing Body. The Students’ Union can help your class representatives raise issues through the Student Council.

Health & Wellbeing

We aim to promote healthy living by providing you with health education information and health promotion activities such as: access to fitness suites, physical activity days, events, counselling services, the Youth Health Advice Clinic, and Life Skills/Resilience Workshops in your class.

Student Formal

This annual event is organised by the Students’ Union and is supported by College staff. It is is a great way for students to come together, get dressed up and have a really special and memorable night.

Visits

Throughout the year a number of visits are planned for our students ranging from college exchange visits, educational day trips and fun days.

Fundraising

Students at the College are very passionate about fundraising and have gone to great lengths to raise money for worthwhile causes. Each year the students support a range of nominated charities.

Exhibitions & Shows

A series of creative shows and exhibitions take place on all campuses to celebrate the success and achievements of our students as they showcase their work from a range of disciplines including Art and Design, Catering, Hairdressing, Media, Music, Skills, Trades and Visual Arts. For further information on StudentActivities, please contact the Student Activities Coordinator:

Jason Brennan
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