Programme of Study

Programme of Study

A typical programme of study for a Year 12 student can consists of:

A full registration programme

Sixth Form students are in form groups of about 23 (mixed year 12 & year 13) , supported by a tutor. Daily registration (8.45-9am) includes a programme of planned activity, which varies through the year. Activities include: themed weekly assemblies, guidance on how to study post-16, careers guidance, current affairs, student celebration & problem-solving challenges.

One of the following academic routes:

  • Three Advanced Levels (some students with a high APS, may choose to study four)
  • Three Advanced Levels plus Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • A combination of A’Levels and BTEC’s
  • A combination of A’Levels and BTEC’s plus EPQ
  • Three BTEC’s

The combination of A level, and BTEC’s will depend on GCSE Average Point Score (APS)

An enrichment session, including the option to choose two taught Extended Project lessons, a Classroom and Study Support lesson (CASS), Business Gold Dust, Duke of Edinburgh Gold, Sports.

Several private study lessons

Academic mentoring sessions with their tutor

Charity week (compulsory for all students)

Work Experience session (optional)

Two timetabled GCSE English and Maths retake lessons, for those students with a Grade 4 or below.

 

Year 13 Students:

A full registration programme

Sixth Form students are in form groups of about 23 (mixed year 12 & year 13) , supported by a tutor. Daily registration (8.45-9am) includes a programme of planned activity, which varies through the year. Activities include: themed weekly assemblies, guidance on how to study post-16, careers guidance, current affairs, student celebration & problem-solving challenges.

One of the following academic routes:

  • Three Advanced Levels (some students with a high APS, may choose to study four)
  • Three Advanced Levels plus Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • A combination of A’Levels and BTEC’s
  • A combination of A’Levels and BTEC’s plus EPQ
  • Three BTEC’s

The combination of A level, and BTEC’s will depend on GCSE Average Point Score (APS)

Several private study lessons

Individual meetings with tutor and Sixth Form Support Officers to discuss future plans

Enrichment Talks

Academic mentoring sessions with their tutor

Two timetabled GCSE English and Maths retake lessons, for those students with a Grade 4 or below.

A Classroom and Study Support lesson (CASS)  (Optional)

Work Experience session (optional)

Enrichment sessions (optional)

Extended Project Qualification – Please contact Mr Kearney or Mr Hill for more information

EPQ or Extended Project Qualification is a piece of work specifically designed by the students to further broaden their own development, be this towards an external interest outside of their A-Level studies, or something designed to further develop their intellectual capacity in order to maximise their own academic potential.

This is an incredibly diverse qualification, that has been designed to help students to flourish in their own field of study, which is then in turn monitored by two members of staff. Examples of some questions include:

‘Is private education fair?’

‘What are the biggest influences on customers’ buying decisions in clothing and fashion?’
‘Is the internet addictive, or are addicts using the internet?’
‘To what extent has existentialism influenced French literature since the 20th century?’

Peter says:
“EPQ is very good for proving you can develop research skills and shows you have interests and commitments. It is also great for your university application! If I had to sum EPQ up in three words, I’d say it’s insightful, developmental and independent.”

Ben says:
“EPQ is good because it allows me to explore the topic I actually want to explore, which I might then study at university. In three words, EPQ is explorative, interesting and facilitating.”

Becky says:
“When I was looking at universities, they said they can take into account your EPQ grade and actually can give alternative offers for places. It teaches you the skills you need at uni, like research and writing a dissertation.  In three words, I’d say: good for university.”

Further Opportunities

Senior Students and Sixth Form Council

Students can immerse themselves into sixth form life further by joining the Senior Student team.

The team consists of Head Boy/ Girl, a Sixth Form House Leader for each house and Subject Ambassadors. The application process starts in April each year, with successful students taking up their roles in May.

We have a Sixth Form Student Council, they meet periodically and have recently been discussing yearbook, prom and the new student rewards scheme. They are pivotal in being a student voice in the sixth form, and often suggest and lead on ideas.

 

Subject Information

The Academy offered the following range of courses in the Sixth Form, please click on the subject titles for more information.

Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies

Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition

BTEC Health and Social Care (single and double award)

BTEC Science (single and double award)

BTEC Forensic and Criminal Investigation (double award)

BTEC Nationals Diploma in ICT (single award)

BTEC Nationals Extended Certificate in ICT (double award)

BTEC National Diploma Creative Digital Media Production (double award)

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport (single award)

GCE Art Textiles

GCE Photography

GCE Film Studies

GCE Sociology

GCE English Literature

GCE Geography

GCE History

GCE PE

GCE Product Design

GCE Art

GCE Government and Politics (2018)

GCE Business

GCE Psychology

GCE-MFL

GCE Maths

GCE-Physics

GCE-Chemistry

GCE-Biology