Curriculum

 

 

We are a small sixth form and our curriculum, whilst focused on academic GCE advanced level subjects, aims to be as broad as possible and cater for a wide range of interests and academic starting points.  The majority of our students go on to study at university and a significant proportion of these go on to Russell group universities and highly competitive courses.  In addition to A‘ levels, we also offer Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science, Business Studies and Media which are accepted by universities but have a greater amount of portfolio style assessment than other A’ levels.  For students who have missed the grade requirement to study level 3 qualifications in our sixth form, we have a foundation programme that lasts for one year and aims to provide the skills and qualification needed to progress to level 3 (A’ level) study.
 
The majority of our students will study 3 A’ level qualifications, however in some cases students may study 4 A’ levels (subject to academic performance both at GCSE and during the course).  In exceptional circumstances, some students may study fewer than three A’ levels.  All A’ level courses are linear with all examinations taken at the end of the two-year course.
 
The sixth form operates a 2-week timetable and students receive 11 x 50 minute lessons for each A’ level per fortnight.  In addition, all students attend form registration for 20 minutes at the start of each day.  This time is used for assemblies as well as tutor mentoring and other activities to support students’ development.  Students also receive 1 x 50 minute lesson of Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) per week and, for those not studying Philosophy and Ethics at A’ level, 1 x 50 minute lesson of General RE per week.
 

Option Blocks

Students can choose to study ONE subject from each block:

BLOCK A BLOCK B BLOCK C BLOCK D
Biology Chemistry Biology History
Maths Psychology Physics Maths
Philosophy & Ethics English Literature Applied Business Studies Sociology
Applied Science Media Studies Sociology Further Maths
Geography Art Economics French
Government & Politics Psychology Spanish

 

Foundation Course
BLOCK A BLOCK B BLOCK C BLOCK D
GCSE Sociology BTEC Business GCSE English GCSE Maths

 
Sixth Form Course Entry Requirements

COURSE NAME MIN. GCSE ENGLISH GRADE (LANGUAGE OR LITERATURE) MIN. GCSE MATHS GRADE OTHER SUBJECT SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS (ALL SHOW MINIMUM GRADE REQUIREMENTS)
A Level English Literature 6 4 6 in English Language and English Literature at GCSE
A Level Mathematics 4 7
A Level Biology 5 6 7 in 2 GCSE Science subjects

(incl. Biology if taken)

A Level Chemistry 5 6 7 in 2 GCSE Science subjects

(incl. Chemistry if taken)

A Level Physics 5 7 7 in 2 GCSE Science subjects

(incl. Physics if taken)

AS Level Further Mathematics 4 8
A Level History 6 4 6 in GCSE History
A Level Geography 6 4 6 in GCSE Geography
A Level Economics 6 6
A Level French 5 4 6 in GCSE French
A Level Spanish 5 4 6 in GCSE Spanish
A Level Art 5 4 6 in GCSE Art
A Level Sociology 5 4
A Level Philosophy & Ethics 5 4 5 in GCSE RE
A Level Government & Politics 5 4
A Level Psychology 6 6 5 in 2 GCSE Science subjects
L3 Extended Certificate in Media Studies 4 4
L3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science 4 4 4 in 2 GCSE Science subjects
L3 Extended Certificate in Applied Business Studies 4 4
Foundation Programme

(1 Year)

GCSE English Language

GCSE Mathematics

GCSE Sociology

BTEC Business Studies

 

 

3

 

 

3

 

2 other GCSE passes at grade 4

**The grades for this programme are a guide and individual situations can be discussed on results day**

 

**With the exception of the Foundation Programme, it is expected that all students will hold at least 5 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above**