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Sixth Form Curriculum

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.

Curriculum Enrichment is aimed at broadening experiences to support applications to students’ desired destinations beyond our sixth form. These may include:

  • The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
    This is a research project where students decide upon the theme themselves based on an area of personal interest. The aim of this qualification is to give students the opportunity to be taught, develop and use the skills which will be essential both in their A Level studies as well as in their future education or employment. It attracts UCAS points and looks great on a CV or personal statement.
  • Online open courses – through Future Learn
  • Work Experience placements
  • Level 3 Core Maths
  • Additional Private Study

Personal Enrichment is an hour a week where students can opt to partake in an activity they are interested in. These may include: participation in our Community Service Programme, mentoring younger students in school, becoming a subject ambassador, a full range of competitive and noncompetitive sport and fitness options, Young Enterprise, Arts Award or the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Courses at a glance

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

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.