Sixth Form

Post-16 Curriculum

Our post-16 curriculum offers opportunities for high achievement and a range of experiences in a friendly and caring atmosphere.

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We offer a wide range of subjects at different levels to meet the both the interests and potential of our students.

Subjects offered in past years are:

Art & Design (A-Level and BTEC National), ASDAN AOPE, Biology, Business Studies (Applied A-Level and BTEC National), Chemistry, Design & Technology (Graphics, Product Design & Textiles), Drama & Theatre Studies, English Language, Economics, English Literature, Extended Project and Critical Thinking, French, Geography, Health & Social Care (BTEC National), History, Hospitality (BTEC National), ICT, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy and Ethics, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Sport (BTEC National) and Science (BTEC National).

We also provide courses with different methods of assessment and qualifications to meet the different learning styles of our students. These subjects and course are reviewed annually taking into consideration student interests and preferences.

Students are expected to embark upon the equivalent of four AS courses in year 12 and to continue with at least three full A Levels in year 13.

´Curriculum development and guidance increasingly look forward to where students want to be viewed as adults and endeavour to ensure that appropriate progression routes are provided.´ (Ofsted, 2011)


GCE A & AS Level:

These Level 3 qualifications are assessed for most courses through examination (typically 70-80%) but controlled assessment and/or practical assignments are a significant contribution (20-30%).  AS (Advanced Subsidiary) is the first half of an A level, and is also a qualification in its own right. A2 is the second half of an A level. A & AS -Level units will be assessed in January and/or June.

GCE Applied A & AS Level

These A levels involve a greater study of a sector of industry and the development of work-related skills. They are usually assessed through a greater proportion of coursework assignments, which are set in a vocational context. They also include an examination, which will be assessed in January and/or June.

BTEC National Level 3:

This Level 3 qualification has the equivalency to A Levels and has a strong practical and vocational element to its assessment. Assessment is entirely through assignments, practical work and portfolio of evidence (100% coursework). They can offer the equivalency of 3 A levels (Extended Diploma), 2 A levels (Diploma), or 1 A level (Subsidiary Diploma).

They are graded Distinction Star (Equivalent to grade A*), Distinction (Equivalent to grade A), Merit (Equivalent to grade C) and Pass (Equivalent to grade E).

GCSE English and Maths:

These are essential qualifications for life, learning and work. Students who do not achieve A*-C grades at the end of Key Stage 4, must retake these qualifications in Sixth Form. They will be studied alongside the qualifications listed above.

´It feels great to give something back to the school.´ (Dan, Sports Prefect, Year 13)


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