Students in Sixth Form have the opportunity to follow one of four pathways. These are outlined in the Curriculum Overview document – please click here to access. Typically, students will follow a three course pathway (A Level, BTEC or a combination of both). Those who have a very high attainment at GCSE and who demonstrate the academic potential and capacity to cope with a more academically demanding curriculum will be able to select four A Level courses and will study all four subjects during Years 12 and 13.
In addition to meeting the minimum entry requirements for the chosen pathway, students must fulfil the entry requirements for each subject they intend to study. Please click here to view the Entry Requirements by Subject.
A wide range of A Level and BTEC courses are offered to students, all taught by experienced subject specialists. All courses will last two years in duration with examinations taken at the end of Year 13.
A Level Courses
- Ancient History
- Computer Science
- Drama and Theatre Studies
- English Language and Literature
- English Literature
- Film Studies
- French or Spanish**
- Further Mathematics
- Government and Politics
- Music Technology
- Physical Education
- Religious Studies
- Business Studies
- Information Technology
- Performing Arts (Dance)
**Both French and Spanish will be offered – a decision as to which course will proceed in September 2017 will be taken at a later date and will be dependent upon uptake.
In the event of insufficient numbers of students (fewer than five) electing to take a subject, the subject will not be offered and the school will inform individuals affected before the start of the course.
GCSE English and Mathematics
Any student who joins Sixth Form without having previously attained a grade 4 in GCSE English and / or Mathematics will retake the GCSE during Year 12. They receive additional teaching and resit the examination(s) when their teachers feel they are ready to do so.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) / Project Based Learning
Some students will have the opportunity to complete the EPQ. It provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond A Level specifications and prepare for university or their future career. It can also be used to earn extra UCAS points. It allows students to embark on largely self-directed projects.
By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project, students become more reflective and independent learners, develop decision-making and problem-solving skills and improve their research, analysis and presentation skills. Projects carried out last year included research on Shakespeare’s representation of women, black holes and capital punishment. In addition to the EPQ, some students choose to engage in other project-based learning activities, including the Nuffield Research Project.
Progression from Year 12 to Year 13
Progression into Year 13 will depend on students maintaining a minimum of three viable subjects in September of that year.
Considerations on progression will take into account a number of factors. Where a student is making good progress in all three courses, demonstrates a positive attitude to learning and has a good attendance and behaviour record during Year 12, s/he will be allowed to progress to Year 13.
Where there is clear evidence at the end of Year 12, based on internal assessment and tracking data, that a student is not meeting the standards required for the course, he or she will be offered guidance on alternative pathways. Similarly, issues such as poor punctuality and attendance at lessons along with concerns over attitude to learning would result in students not being allowed to progress to Year 13. In such circumstances, it may be appropriate to offer the student the opportunity to re-sit Year 12 at the school or pursue other options. In cases where a student is repeatedly failing to follow the academic instruction of his/her teachers or the Sixth Form team, s/he will be asked to withdraw from the course. Finally, the school reserves the right to remove a student from Sixth Form in the cases of serious breaches of the school’s Behaviour Policy.
Students who take Level 3 BTEC courses must be aware that a failure to attain at least a pass grade in controlled and external assessments completed during Year 12 or Year 13 will be subject to a stringent review where a decision on continuing the course will be made based on the additional evidence outlined above.
Where there are concerns, the school is always prepared to take into account genuine mitigating factors, such as long term health problems, when considering progression into Year 13.