Baccalaureate (AQA Level 3) | New College Courses

Baccalaureate (AQA Level 3)

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  • The Award


Stand out from the crowd with the AQA Bacc!  This qualification recognises your ‘all-round achievements’.  It combines:


  • Academic Study - 3 A Level subjects (your main subject choices)
  • Broader Study   - One AS level, A level or Level 3 Core Maths qualification, provided this differs from your main programme of study.
  • Enrichment Activities - may include work-related learning, community participation, or taking part in various clubs and societies as part of personal development
  • Level 3 Extended Project- independent study: see InfoSheet NC826


  • Where It Will Lead


AQA Baccalaureate is an additional qualification, not a replacement for your A Levels.


Your A Levels carry grades and UCAS points in their own right, but the Baccalaureate award covers a much wider achievement, so it will really help you stand out from other candidates when you are applying for university or employment.  By combining core A-level subjects with wider learning and enrichment activities, the AQA Bacc enables students to display necessary personal skills and academic abilities.


  • Course Requirements


You must have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths.  Two of your subjects must be a grade B or above.


You must be able to undertake the necessary amount of Enrichment required for the Baccalaureate, some of this will be available in college, or with college support.


  • Study Programme


  • Academic Study


You must take at least three full A Levels and achieve a pass in each of them.  These can be taken with any exam board – you have over 60 subjects to choose from at New College!


  • Extended Project


Equivalent to half an A Level, graded on an A*-E scale; gives you half the equivalent A Level UCAS points.


  • Broader Study


You can take any AS level, A level or Level 3 Core Maths qualification, provided this differs from your main programme of study. 


  • Enrichment


You cover a range of activities involving at least 100 hours, over one or two years.  These activities are in addition to the compulsory elements of your AS/A Levels.


You must include at least two of the core areas listed below, with a minimum of 30 hours spent on any area you include:


  • Work-related learning

(eg work experience, paid employment, work shadowing)

  • Community participation

(eg voluntary service/community support: in schools, hospitals, residential homes, sports centres, Millennium Volunteer Award, St John’s Ambulance, charities, Guides, Scouts, mentoring…)

  • Personal development activities

(eg Sport, Music, First Aid, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Drama, Sign Language, Foreign Language Skills…

– these could be College eXtras)

Examples of Enrichment profiles:


How much time you spend on activities in each area will vary.  Examples are shown below:




Student 1


Core Area

Number of Hours

Improvers’ Spanish

Personal Development


Work Experience

Work-related learning


Voluntary Service in a local hospital

Community participation







Student 2

Paid Employment

Work-related learning


First Aid Course

Personal Development


Sport – varied activities

Personal Development




  • Assessment


To gain the AQA Bacc, you have to:


  • pass three full A Levels (A2s)
  • pass an additional AS level, A level or Level 3 Core Maths qualification.
  • complete the Enrichment requirements
  • complete a Level 3 Extended Project (‘Independent Learning’).


The final level of your Baccalaureate will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction, depending upon your A Level and Extended Project grades.


  • Time


This course will normally be around 18 hours per week.  You also will need time for Enrichment activities, and the Extended Project.


  • Further Information


For more information about the AQA Bacc, please contact:

Julia Merlo, Baccalaureate Coordinator -

For general enquiries, please contact