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Here at Temple Moor we offer a wide variety of courses in our Sixth Form, both traditional A Levels and vocational BTEC courses and a combination of the two. All students will need to achieve 5 GCSEs at grade 4 to enter Sixth Form, although some subjects have specific entry requirements. For example, to study Biology at A Level, students need to have achieved 6-6 in Combined Science or 6 in Biology at GCSE and a grade 5 in Maths. Students wishing to study predominately A Levels will also need a 4 grade in Maths and English. If students do not achieve a grade 4 in English or Maths they will need to re-sit that GCSE alongside their Sixth Form choices.
Colleges run a variety of courses, from A Levels to specific work related qualifications. There are courses available at different levels so whatever grades are achieved at GCSE there will be a suitable course at college. There are a number of different colleges in Leeds, some offering a wide variety of courses (Leeds City College) and some focusing on a specific area (Leeds College of Building and Leeds Arts University). Students interested in Agriculture/Horticulture/Animal Care/Equine may also travel to Askham Bryan College in York.
This involves working for an employer and training to do a specific job. Usually this means working four days each week and going to college one day each week. There are over 280 types of apprenticeship for over 1,500 job roles – anything from engineering to boat-building, or veterinary nursing to accountancy.
There are different levels of apprenticeship from level 2 Intermediate to Degree Apprenticeships. A degree apprenticeship involves working 4 days a week and going to University 1 day a week. This means that apprenticeships can be started after Year 11 or at a higher level after Year 13.
Apprenticeships are competitive as they are real jobs not training places. Wages vary greatly, the national minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.90 an hour but many employers pay much more than this.