Our engineering diploma courses, complemented by A-levels, are the most demanding and rewarding of our pathways. Learners work with industry professionals, both our own and those of our partner companies, to develop engineering knowledge and skills and to apply these to solve genuine engineering challenges.
The problem-solving skills and technical mastery that learners develop on this course are sought after by universities, industry and business with many of these actively recruiting from our roll. Learners are encouraged to push themselves to establish their professional skills as a complement to their academic achievements giving them a huge head start in securing the next step in their career.
Please don’t forget that you can mix and match your courses, you can choose a diploma and also add up to two A-levels alongside. See our Pathways chart for further information.
Our business diploma courses are quite different to the conventional way in which these courses are delivered, offering significant enrichment to the learners who follow this vocational pathway. The opportunity to work with a variety of our partner companies; Trentham Gardens, PWC and JCB to name but a few, provides our learners with authentic organisational issues to examine. Learners are encouraged and guided to become more effective independent learners, whereby they recognize how to approach and tackle problems, whilst never losing sight that there is an effective support network as they require it.
The combination of the knowledge and skills developed following the completion of this course are equally transferable to university or industry, giving learners the ability to choose the most effective next step for them.
Please don’t forget that you can mix and match your courses, you can choose a diploma and also add up to two A-levels alongside.
We also offer Business Studies as an A-level, please click the A-level tab above.
A-levels / BTECs (subject to availability)
There are a total of six units in the specification – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by written exam. Two units assess investigative and practical skills which can be marked by schools, colleges or by AQA.
This specification allows all learners to show what they can do, as well as being suitable for those looking for a challenge.
A-level Biology builds on the concepts and skills developed in the GCSE and it is particularly suitable for learners who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent. Learners who study A-level Biology may go on to a Biology-related degree course.
The Edexcel business course will provide learners with the opportunity to explore the theory to how businesses work. Learners will apply their knowledge and understanding to real-life business contexts and be encouraged to reflect the issues impacting on modern businesses. The course is enriched by a range of trips, guest speakers and our many business challenge partners who work closely with learners to enliven concepts.
Learners will develop transferable skills that support higher education study and the transition to employment, including numeracy, communication and teamwork skills. As part of the course, we encourage learners to take part in Young Enterprise or the IFS investor challenge.
Chemistry opens up many career opportunities for our learners; such careers are within Medicine & Healthcare, Chemical Engineering and Forensic Science.
There are two mandatory units and one optional unit in the AS course. The mandatory units are called “Communications and Employability Skills for IT” and “Information Systems”. The optional unit that completes the AS award will be chosen by JCB Academy staff.
Unit one will prepare learners to effectively use various communication channels, within a working environment and to understand what an employer expects of an individual and how to communicate effectively, whilst developing their own personal development needs.
Unit two will provide the learner with a greater understanding of how organisations such as Fujitsu use information internally and externally and the types of information they will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give the learner knowledge of the functionality of information and enable them to produce management information systems.
To achieve the full A2 course learners must complete three additional units. These additional units are selected from an optional list. JCB Academy staff will consult with the learners progressing on to the A2 course as to which units will be delivered. The following is a list of some of the units that can be studied; Understanding Social Media, Website Production, Computer Animation and Digital Graphics.
Assessment at A-level
This qualification is internally assessed by JCB Academy staff and externally moderated by OCR Visiting Moderators. Learners can achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
Career and higher education
Learners who study IT at A-level can use the course to progress on to higher education courses or careers in Computing, Accounting, Law, Business, Management or Teaching. Learners will also develop their skills in time management, team working and project management.
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