Why Should You Take This Course?
This is a demanding one year programme aimed at building up academic skills, obtaining an improved GCSE profile, career planning and personal
development. It is intended for students who have academic potential and a positive approach to study, but who have under-performed, perhaps because of ill health or other difficult personal circumstances. This is a one year course with the possibility of continuing to a Level 3 programme thereafter.
Who is this course for?
The course is aimed at students who have achieved at least 1 or 2 Cs or better grades at GCSE. Other students may have as many as 4 GCSE grade B/C passes, but still need to gain passes in key subjects before progressing to a full AS Level programme.
Students should also have at least 4 D or better passes. Students will usually be expected to have achieved a D grade in either English Language or Maths.
Students who have not achieved D in either subject will need to consider very carefully whether the AFP is the right choice. Studying BTEC First Diploma or foundation level courses may offer better progression opportunities.
What will I study?
The programme consists of a number of GCSEs:
- GCSE English
- GCSE Maths
- GCSE Science (single award)
- GCSE Media Studies
- GCSE Photography
- GCSE Film Studies
- GCSE Catering
- GCSE Graphic Communication
- GCSE History
- GCSE Religious Studies
In addition to their study, AFP students will be required to complete an ICT Key Skills course if needed; and where appropriate will be required to attend support classes in key subjects. Students are placed in the AFP specialist Tutor Group as they follow a slightly different pastoral programme.