What will you study...?

Our students take 3 A Level courses, or the vocational equivalent, alongside tutorial, supervised study sessions and, of course, independent study, where you can dictate your own pace of learning. Those students who qualify for A+ may, in exceptional circumstances, choose to take a 4th A level if this supports their career intentions.

Clubs and Societies

On Wednesday afternoon you will have the opportunity to take part in Clubs and Societies.


You will have a weekly tutorial as well as access to your personal tutor and StudentServices throughout the week.

Independent Study

Your time at Paston will form a bridge between school and university or employment, so it needs to offer you the opportunity to develop time management skills that will be vital later on in life, but with the support in place to help you learn.  About 25% of your time each week is not timetabled and you decide how to use it.  Apart from keeping on top of your workload, you may go swimming at the nearby Victory Leisure Centre, socialise in the Student Centre, Madisons café or even decide to come into Paston late or leave early if you don't have a lesson.  Establishing the right balance of independence, and making these decisions successfully gives you excellent skills to use in the future.

Out of lessons you can use learning facilities such as the Library, I.T areas and the Study Centre.  Additional work and research outside the classroom is encouraged by all our departments and is one of the reasons for our outstanding results.  Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops, netbooks or tablet devices to work in our variety of study spaces.  Study areas include:

  • The Study Centre: The Study Centre has been created to help you organise homework, complete coursework and conduct research. Students often choose to bring their own devices into this area and utilise the college-wide Wi-Fi network. We have a team of staff who are on hand to help you individually where necessary. In addition, there is a dedicated Moodle page for independent study, giving tips and techniques for research and revision. 

  • The Digital Support Centre: Our Digital Services Team is based in the Digital Support Centre located on the Lawns site.  Their main role is to provide support to both staff and students with regard to their IT needs, whatever they may be. Our Moodle Virtual Learning Environment and our Office 365 system are available both within and outside of College to all students. If you have any questions or problems, the Digital Services Team will help you resolve them. 

  • Learning Support: All students joining Paston do an initial assessment to test for dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties for which we can then provide support through our Study Centre. Staff in the centre offer help in a number of areas which support your needs and enable you to get the most out of your studies. They include time management, essay writing and revision skills. Follow this link for more information about our Special Education Needs and Disabilities.