Subjects offered at Post-16

An Inspiring Curriculum

Within our Sixth Form, students have the option of studying A-levels and Level 3 BTEC qualifications. We have built a curriculum model that allows students the flexibility to study purely A-levels, purely BTECs or a combination of both course types. If these qualifications aren’t suitable, then a student can access the Work Skills Programme offered at Level 2.

Possible pathways for Year 12

Example pathway 1 - a student studies four different A-Level qualifications within Year 12

A-Level

A-Level

A-Level

A-Level

RE Enrichment/Core Maths/ EPQ

Example pathway 2 - a student studies three different A-Level qualifications within Year 12 and one single Level 3 BTEC qualifications

A-Level

A-Level

A-Level

BTEC Single

RE Enrichment/Core Maths/ EPQ

Example pathway 3 - a student studies two double Level 3 BTEC qualification (each equivalent to two A-level qualifications)

BTEC Double

BTEC    Double

RE Enrichment/Core Maths/ EPQ

Example pathway 4 - a student studies one double Level 3 BTEC qualification and two different Level 3 BTEC qualifications

BTEC Double

BTEC Single

BTEC Single

RE Enrichment/Core Maths/ EPQ

Example pathway 5 - a student studies one A-Level qualification, a double Level 3 BTEC qualification and one Level 3 BTEC qualifications

BTEC Double

BTEC Single

A-Level

RE Enrichment/Core Maths/ EPQ

Example pathway 6 - a student studies the Work Skills programme in which they are on work placement for 2 days per week, and for the remaining 3 days in school they complete Maths and English level 2 and a further skills based level 2 qualification

 

Work Skills Programme offered at Level 2

Deciding which course to study

You may already have very clear ideas about what you want to study but it is important that you get as much information as possible. Ideally you should have an idea of a future career route, then work backwards to identify appropriate course combinations within Sixth Form.

Study 2

If you are unsure how to proceed, then please ask for support and guidance when making your choices and we will advise you of suitable course combinations to keep your options open for the future.

Your GCSE results may determine what subjects or courses you choose but ask yourself:

  • Which courses and subjects best support each other when applying to university ?
  • The career implications of your choices
  • Will I enjoy this subject or course; did I enjoy the course at GCSE?
  • Am I good at this subject and will I achieve a suitable grade for entry onto the Sixth Form course?
  • Will I cope with any coursework that is set, the reading and the volume of hard work?
  • Which subjects or courses are best suited to my skills and abilities?
  • Will these subjects or courses fit in with my future career plans?
  • Am I more successful with coursework or examinations?

Speak to your teachers, to careers staff, to your parents, to your friends. Ask current students what they feel about the workload, what they enjoy, what they dislike or find difficult. Whatever you decide to do, we will help you choose what is right for you.

Deciding how many courses to study

We expect the majority of our students to study a combination of courses that are equivalent to four A-Level courses. You should discuss your options with the Sixth Form team to ensure you have sufficient challenge.

Entry requirements for Level 3 courses

Automatic entry onto Level 3 courses includes students achieving 5 x A*-C or equivalent at GCSE. Students should also have achieved a grade 5 or above in English and Mathematics or still be working towards achieving a grade 5 in Mathematics.

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