Carmel College, Prescot Road, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 3AG

01744 452200

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have studied a subject at GCSE to study it at A Level?

The majority of A Level courses require you to have studied that subject at CGSE but this is not the case for every single subject. Further information can be found on individual course leaflets which can be downloaded, click here. Leaflets are also available at Open Evening.

Can I take GCSEs as well as A Levels?

If you are following an A Level programme, GCSEs can only be taken as re-sits if you need to improve your grade in a particular subject.

What is the Preliminary interview like?

The interview is very informal; we will discuss your career aspirations, predicted GCSE results, choice of subjects and entry requirements.

What's the typical timetable?

All students study full-time at Carmel. The college day starts at 9.00 in the morning and ends at 4.05pm with a break in the morning and an hour for lunch. As well as your chosen subjects you can take part in an enrichment activity once a week. You will also have free study periods and will attend sessions with your Personal Achievement Tutor.

Can I change the subjects I've applied for?

Yes, the subject choices you give at your Preliminary interview can be changed. For example your actual GCSE grades may differ from your predicted grades which may impact on your subject choices. On enrolment day, you will be able to choose an alternative course provided that it is not already full and you have met the entry requirements for this subject. Our admissions team will be on hand to help you make the right choice for you.

How will the new A Levels affect me?

The new A Levels will be two year courses so you will sit your exams in May/June of your second year. There will be less coursework so you will be able to concentrate on their final exam rather than modules throughout the course.