Key Stage 5
We offer a variety of pathways to student’s dependant on their learning style, interests and level of study. Our pathways specifically offer recommended subjects that will lead to popular careers and employment routes. We have designed our study programmes by using various sources which include our current sixth form student council, The Russell Group University Post 16 Subject Guide, and the Government 96 Qualifications publication. Additional to the pathways, all students enrol onto either the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), re-sit Maths or English, enrichment or a study skills programme in Year 12.
Our pathways are designed to allow access to popular careers. Students can choose subjects outside of a pathway but the pathway does allow easier transition to access the chosen career path. At the end of Y12, students have the opportunity to complete one week work experience program.
As with most post 16 providers, our courses do have entry requirements to help students select the right course. All entry requirements are reviewed and updated annually and published to students and parents in our course directory. Any student, who achieves a C at GCSE and wants to continue to AS Level, should be aware that nationally, a large majority of students gain a D -U grade at the end of sixth form. Students in this position must think carefully, to ensure they make the right choice. Our final curriculum offer will depend upon the number of students wishing to study a subject, as options with extremely small numbers may unfortunately have to be withdrawn.
The Academic Pathway
The academic pathway below are usually taken by students who have achieved mainly A* – B grades in all subjects. Students on these pathways go on to apply for university after Sixth Form.
|Academic STEM and Medical||Biology
|English Language||English Literature
The Combined Programme of Study
This pathway allows students the freedom to combine AS Levels and vocational courses, giving the flexibility to access a pathway with a combination of exam and coursework assessment, whilst having the option for many different routes post 18, including university, apprenticeships and employment. Students who access the combined pathway will largely have achieved C or Merit grades (or equivalent) in the subjects listed in Year 11. Students who have a mixture of grades between A-G in Year 11 will need to consider the appropriateness of each pathway.
|Combined Creative||Media Studies
|Combined Health Professions||Biology
|Health and Social Care||
Maximum of 2 to go alongside Engineering
The Level 3 Vocational Programme of Study:
This programme allows students to specialise in one or more subject areas. This pathway leaves the option of university open – but only in courses that follow a similar subject area. Students could also access apprenticeships and direct employment after sixth form. Students who access these courses should have 5 A*-C grades and English at a grade C (or equivalent) due to the large amount of written work. If they have completed the course at level 2, the minimum of a Merit is required.
|Childcare and Health and Social Care||Level 3 Childcare and Health and Social Care Subsidiary Diploma||Primary Teaching, Midwifery, Nursing|
|Business and Hospitality||At least a Subsidiary Diploma in each||Business, Administration, Internships|
|Sport||Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (worth 3 A Levels)||Sports Science, Coaching, Nutrition|
The Level 2 Vocational Programme of Study
This programme is for students who will benefit studying another year on level 2 courses. All students will automatically opt into English and Maths re-sit if they haven’t achieved a C in year 11. A lot of students may choose to opt into the level 3 course at the end of the year, but some may go directly into apprenticeships, college courses or employment.
|Level 2 ALL with Re-sit English and Maths|
|Level 2 BTEC Sport with Re-sit Maths and/or English||L3 Sport|
Programme of Study
We are fully compliant with the Programme of Study agenda set by the government as all students:
- Study at least one substantial qualification. The majority of our students study at least 3 substantial L3 qualifications. Due to the de-coupling of A levels, more of our students will enrol onto 4 substantial qualifications than in previous years.
- Those who haven’t achieved a C grade in GCSE Maths or English have 2-3 hours of lessons timetabled. Those who achieve a D grade continue in a resit class, whereas the functional skills qualification in English and Maths may also be an option to those who achieve below a D.
- All students have the opportunity to take part in a quality work placement – vocational students have additional placements due to specific modules. All placements have to be co-ordinated with the teacher to ensure they are appropriate to the qualification.
- Students take part in a structured tutorial programme which incorporates information, advice and guidance for Post 18 destinations, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We also explore issues in modern Britain related to students aged 16 and above.
- An enrichment programme is run through at least 1 hour of timetabled enrichment activities. Students can opt to take part in an extensive programme before and after school and during lunchtime.