Gloucestershire College axe A-Level courses in the Forest of Dean

By George Henderson in Education

IT’S official - it’s been on the cards for weeks but A-Level courses at Gloucestershire College’s Forest of Dean campus were formally and finally axed this week.

And Dene Magna School, which last week announced plans to plug the A-Level gap - if possible - remains the only prospect for university hopefuls wishing to avoid a lengthy commute.

In early April, the college entered a 45-day consultation period to discuss discontinuing A-Levels, the normal pathway to a university education.

And this week, with no alternative on the table, the college made the final decision to cease A-Level admissions immediately, although the current crop of A-Level students will be allowed to complete their courses.

Dr Karen Morris, assistant principal at the college, has written all applicants for entry to A-Level courses in September and said: “The College has taken this difficult decision due to declining student numbers applying for A Level courses.

"There is primarily because there is a significant drop in the number of young people aged 16 to 18 in the county combined with an increase in the number of sixth form places available in the county’s secondary schools.”

The college said it now intends to concentrate on more technical and vocational courses including Level 3 BTECs which are equivalent to three A Levels and are an alternative route to university.

University hopefuls will now face a lengthy and expensive daily commute to other providers in Newent, Lydney, Ross, Monmouth or Gloucester.

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