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In Short

Routes into A Level is a Foundation Year course designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore their academic interests, develop their skills, and gain Routes Into and the possibility of Advanced Subsidiary (AS) qualifications.

This course combines the study of up to two AS Levels, serving as a taster experience, with a Routes Into qualification that aims to widen participation. If you can demonstrate an aptitude for academic learning, there may be an opportunity to sit AS exams at the end of your foundation year.

Students will benefit from weekly tutorials and learning facilitator slots, ensuring maximum support throughout their academic journey.

Entry Requirements

Comparison of Entry Requirements for A level programme and Routes into A Levels:

Course Content

Routes into A Level: This component of the course enables students to study up to two AS Level subjects as taster students. Students will gain a deeper understanding of their chosen subjects, helping them make informed decisions about their future academic and career paths.

Entry requirements may differ based on the chosen route, with specific pathways tailored for STEM, Arts, and Humanities subjects. These are shown in the section above. Students will sit 4 Common Assessment Point exams (Mock Exams) during the year.

Foundation Year: The Foundation Year component aims to offer a solid academic basis to students who may have previously faced barriers in accessing A Level subjects. This segment of the course focuses on developing fundamental skills in areas such as critical thinking, research methods, academic writing, and study skills.

Weekly Tutorials and Learning Facilitator Slots

To ensure students receive comprehensive support throughout their studies, our course offers weekly tutorials and learning facilitator slots. These sessions provide opportunities for students to ask questions, seek guidance, and address any challenges they may encounter.

We provide a high level of experienced specialist support and we are committed to offering everyone the opportunity to achieve their qualifications and embrace college life.


By completing the Routes into A Level Foundation Year course, students will gain valuable qualifications, enhance their academic skills, and broaden their future academic and career prospects. Successful completion of the year including good attendance, homework and minimum grade Cs in Common Assessment Points will allow for progression onto the A Level Programme.


If you are aged 16-18 as of 31st August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31st August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases, please contact us for full information.

Rehabilitation of offenders: To help us look after students and assess risks, you will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions when you apply to do a course at Weymouth College.

We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all. We welcome people with additional learning needs and/or disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds in all minority groups within the community, ensuring students receive fair treatment when studying at Weymouth College.

Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT are assessed through formal exams, which can be taken when the student is ready.

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