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Learning in the sixth form

Curriculum

We aim to give every student a broad academic, creative and cultural education while also preparing them for life after school in higher education and work.

The Timetable

The academic timetable runs over two weeks, Week A & B.  Sports matches take place on Wednesday afternoon while extracurricular activities take place after school. Students are encouraged to participate in work experience and community service.

Years 12-13 

There are a number of different ways in which you can choose to study in the Sixth Form. 

A Level Pathway

Some students pick a purely academic pathway and choose to study only A levels. Most students in year 12 will study four A levels, and then focus on three in year 13. A levels are  assessed through exams at the end of year 12 and at the end of year 13.

BTEC Level 3 Pathway

Other students are keen to take a more vocational route and therefore study Level 3 BTEC courses. These are equivalent to A levels but tend to be assessed through coursework. These courses all run for two years. Some students enjoy studying a mix of both BTEC level 3 courses and A levels. 

BTEC Level 2 Pathway

Finally, we have a Level 2 BTEC Pathway.  Level 2 courses are equivalent to GCSEs.  They are suitable for students who have not achieved the criteria to study Level 3 BTEC or A level courses and last one year.

At the end of the first year, students then ‘step up’ to study level 3 BTEC courses in year 13.

GCSE English and Maths Resits

It is a national requirement that all students must re-sit their English and/or

Maths GCSE if they do not achieve at least a grade C in Year 11.

The Sixth Form options groups are reviewed annually. Students choose four subjects in year 12 being AS Level, BTEC or a combination of the both and continue with three in Year 13. Current subjects offered are:

A-Levels

Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Product Design.

Geography, History, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy.

English Literature, English Language, Media.

Fine Art, 3-D Art, Dance, Theatre studies (Drama), Textiles.

French, Spanish.

Vocational (BTEC)

Business, Law, ICT, Health & Social Care, Music, Travel & Tourism, Science, Sports, Performing arts.

The AQA Extended Project Qualification is offered for suitable candidates