Sixth Form Curriculum

A-Level Programme of Study

The vast majority of Year 12 students are expected to commence a three subject Advanced level programme, unless they are specifically applying for our Level 2 provision. The school will also support some students, and those studying Further Maths, to study a fourth A-Level. Beyond this students are expected to participate in at least two other areas of our 16-19 study programmes known as the enrichment options. These are made up of curriculum and personal enrichment.

The Sixth Form currently offers the following courses for study post 16:

Art Textiles Health and Social Care – Level 3 BTEC
Biology History
Business Information Technology – Level 3 BTEC
Chemistry Law
Computer Science Mathematics
Design Technology: Food, Product Design and Textiles Mathematics (Further)
Drama and Theatre Studies Media Studies
Economics Music
English Language and Literature Philosophy and Ethics
English Literature Photography
Film Studies Physical Education
Fine Art Physics
French Psychology
Geography Sociology
Government and Politics Spanish
Graphic Communication  

Education for life

All students follow an ‘Education for Life’ (E4L) package that is delivered by tutors, the sixth form leadership team and a variety of visiting speakers. This covers the non-examined areas of the curriculum such as citizenship, study skills, careers advice and guidance. Areas such as road safety, sexual health, personal safety, finance management, applying to UCAS are all but a few of the E4L topics we cover.

Level 2 Programme of Study

Why study on our Level 2 programme?

We offer students the opportunity to study with us if they have not managed to achieve the number of GCSE grade 9 – 4 passes required for our A-Level programmes of study. The aim of the level 2 programme is for students, in year 1 of the sixth form to secure the necessary grades to then access Level 3 programmes of study with us. Following the successful completion of our Level 2 programme, students can then move onto studying 3 A-levels in years 2 and 3 of their sixth form offer. If you choose this route and are successful, you will stay in the Sixth Form for 3 years instead of the usual 2 years.

Entry requirements

We consider any student who does not meet the entry criteria for pathway A, B or C. However, students who wish to study Pathway D must require GCSE Mathematics and/or GCSE English Language retake provision.

What Will You Study?

Our Level 2 programme will consist of the following elements:

  • WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Retail Business is designed to mainly support learners in schools and colleges who want to learn about the retail businesses. It provides learners with a broad introduction to the retail sector and the types of career opportunities available. Successful completion of the course will gain the student the equivalent of a GCSE pass.
  • BTEC First Award in Travel & Tourism Level 2 – equivalent to 1 GCSE (A*-C equivalency dependent on whether pass/merit/distinction/distinction* grade is achieved)
  • GCSE English Language (if a GCSE 9 – 4 grade has not been achieved)
  • GCSE Mathematics (if a GCSE 9 – 4 grade has not been achieved)
  • AQA Level 2 Project qualification which is equivalent to one GCSE.

This will mean that all successful students on the programme will achieve a minimum of 5 C+ grades at GCSE once the programme is completed. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in work experience placements across their year with us.

This is the qualification structure:

Unit no.

Unit title

Assessment

Marks

1

Customer experience

Internal coursework

30

2

Retail business

External exam

30

3

Retail operations

Internal coursework

60

Successful completion of the course will gain the student the equivalent of a GCSE pass.

  • BTEC First Award in Travel & Tourism Level 2 – equivalent to 1 GCSE (A*-C equivalency dependent on whether pass/merit/distinction/distinction* grade is achieved). The units taught include:
    – The UK travel and tourism sector
    – UK travel and tourism destinations
    – International travel and tourism destinations
    – Factors affecting worldwide travel and tourism
  • GCSE English Language (if a GCSE 9 – 4 grade has not been achieved)
  • GCSE Mathematics (if a GCSE 9 – 4 grade has not been achieved)
  • AQA Level 2 Project qualification which is equivalent to one GCSE.

This will mean that all successful students on the level 2 programme will achieve a minimum of 5 C+ grades at GCSE once the programme is completed. Students will also engage in work experience placements across their year with us.