Questions about what can be studied
How many subjects can I study?
Students usually take the equivalent of three A levels as this is what they need to go to university or move on to a higher or degree level apprenticeship. Some students also study for an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) to make them stand out to universities and employers.
What courses are available?
We have a wide range of courses available: A levels, level 3 BTEC/CTECs, a T-Level, and some level 2 qualifications. For more information, please look on our course list.
Can I study a BTEC/CTEC with an A-Level?
Yes! Notre Dame will allow you to mix and match BTECs with A-Levels in order to give you the maximum amount of flexibility and future career options.
Can I study four A-Levels and an EPQ?
Even if you are planning to apply for a competitive degree like Medicine, or to a competitive university like Cambridge, three A-levels are enough. However, if you have a very strong GCSE grade profile (an example would be all grade 7/8/9), you could take a fourth A-level or study for an EPQ: we will discuss this with you at enrolment.
What’s the difference between an A level, a BTEC or CTEC, and the T-Level?
An A level is similar to a GCSE: the teacher gives you information to learn for exams at the end of two years. A BTEC or CTEC is more research and coursework based. The T-Level is equivalent to 3 A levels and includes a work placement - or what is described as industry placement - that makes up 20% of your time on the course. You can find out more here.
What is the Notre Dame Pathway?
The Notre Dame Pathway is designed to help students who don’t meet the entry requirements for level 3 courses (e.g. A levels). For one year, you would study level 2 BTEC/ CTEC qualifications and retake GCSE Maths or English if required. Then you would progress to a level 3 study programme at Notre Dame. To take a BTEC/CTEC level 2 qualification, you should have at least four GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent qualifications including at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language or GCSE Maths. Students who haven’t already achieved a minimum of grade 4 in either GCSE English Language or Maths will continue to work towards this.
Can we study two A levels at Notre Dame and study A level Music elsewhere?
All students need a programme of study which puts three things on their TT - this will be A levels, A levels with BTEC/CTEC or a full BTEC/CTEC or T Level programme, plus PTE and Plus tutorial. This also makes each student full time. Unfortunately, we do not offer Music A Level. If you wish to study this elsewhere it would have to be outside of the College Day.
What qualifications do I need?
Entry criteria for A levels are five grade 4s at GCSE including GCSE English Language and Maths, and for BTEC/CTECs it is five grade 4s including GCSE English Language and Maths. Many courses also have specific entry requirements and these are detailed on the individual course pages on our website.
If I don’t meet the entry requirements for my chosen courses, can I change to different ones?
Once you receive your GCSE results, you will attend your enrolment appointment and a member of staff will help you with your next steps. If you change your mind about a course or don’t meet the entry requirements you can discuss this at enrolment.
Applying to start in September 2021
How do I apply?
You apply online. The whole process should take around 30 minutes to complete. You will be taken through different screens to input all your personal details, course choices and predicted grades. If you are in year 11, you can apply from September 2021, and the deadline for applications is Sunday 31st January 2021.
When will I find out if I have secured a place?
After your interview, and once we’ve received a reference from your school, we will contact you to confirm that we’re offering you a place.
When is the application deadline for international students?
There is no set deadline but we do have a limited number of places and the visa process itself can take a while, so we encourage early applications if possible. International students can apply here.
I have applied but I haven't received an interview letter. What should I do?
Please contact the admissions team using email@example.com if you have any queries about your application.
Will you be holding any physical open days?
Yes. We are hoping to host two physical open days on April 24 and 29 2021. However, this will all depend on the government guidelines at the time.
How is college different to high school?
College is a more adult environment than high school. There are no bells to mark each lesson, you are expected to take responsibility for your own learning (with lots of support from us) and you don’t have to be on the college site if you have a study period, which means you might get a lie-in on some days!
Is there a dress code?
There is no uniform, but we ask students not to wear anything revealing, offensive, or really impractical.
What will my timetable look like?
The college day begins at 9 a.m. and finishes at 4 p.m., but students aren’t in from 9 until 4 every day. You will have some periods on your timetable when you aren’t in class. You can use this time to write up notes, complete coursework, revise etc. and a lot of our students will go to the library or the IT suite to work. But you don’t have to be in college when you don’t have a lesson, and you don’t have to stay in college for lunch – just make sure you’re back in time for your next class!
What is PTE?
The PTE programme aims to encourage the formation of the whole person and seeks to be inclusive, challenging and affirming to all, irrespective of faith or perspectives. Through reflections and discussions, we foster a community based on respect and trust where everyone feels valued. In this class, you will discuss the wider issues in life. They look at the big questions, spiritual development and how they relate to their internal and external worlds. There are no exams, no homework and no coursework in this lesson. You will also have the opportunity to gain the Stella Maris Leadership Award.
Can I have a part-time job while I study at college?
Yes, but don’t work for more than 15 hours a week, as otherwise this can affect your grades.
Do I have to be Catholic to go to Notre Dame?
No, we welcome students from all faiths. The diversity of our students is a strength of the college.
I'm not religious. Will I have to pray/go to church if I come to Notre Dame?
We are a Catholic College that welcomes all faiths and none. Our Mission & Ethos is important to us and all staff and students follow this. There are prayer opportunities every week, which you can join in with if you wish or be respectful of those who do. You will see examples in the Catholic Life section of our website of the many charities and volunteering opportunities our students are involved with All students must attend PTE, which you can read more about here
Can I attend Notre Dame as a mature student?
We are a Sixth Form College, which means our A-Level and BTEC Level 3 courses only cater for 16-19-year-olds.
Are lockers available?
Yes, we do have some lockers available.
What are the average class sizes?
Our average class size is 20.
What is the campus like?
A virtual tour of the college is available on our website, which shows you the Notre Dame campus. Once it becomes possible again, we will advertise personal tours and let you know how to book one.
Does Notre Dame have a College bus? I’m not sure how to get there.
We don’t have a college bus but Notre Dame is situated a 20-minute walk from Leeds Bus Station and the train station is a 15-minute walk away. There are a variety of cycle routes into the city and there is the provision to store your bicycle securely within college grounds. Click here to view our sustainable travel page.
Can I go on holiday during term-time?
We do not allow this: once you’ve enrolled, please speak to your personal tutor for further information.
Is there a canteen? What food does it serve?
We do have a canteen; it sells a range of hot food that changes daily. We also have a small shop that sells cold food such as meal deals, and a small shop in the lower study area that sells snacks.
Can you help me to find work experience?
Yes, we have a work experience coordinator who can help you to look for a placement. You can read more about this on the ‘Careers Support’ page of our website: https://www.notredamecoll.ac.uk/students/careers-support
What extra-curricular activities or trips do you offer?
We offer a huge range of enrichment activities. You can find out more on our ‘Enrichment and ND+’ page: https://www.notredamecoll.ac.uk/why-choose-us/enrichment