When students enter the Sixth Form they do so to build on their successes at GCSE, further developing those areas that they have shown are their strengths. With this in mind our curriculum is designed along three pathways, each designed to support students in achieving the best possible outcomes. All of our courses are Level 3 courses and offer progression routes to employment, further study or university. Any student who has not achieved both English and Maths will be required to work towards achieving this during their Sixth Form studies. This is required by the Department for Education.
This pathway offers some of the most traditional academic subjects and is most suited to students who have gained an average GCSE point score of six and above (A*/A/ B in all of their subjects). This is because the subjects within this pathway represent the greatest academic challenge to students. National data and school experience has shown us that those students who have an overall GCSE profile below a B grade are unlikely to be successful on these courses. We will consider on an individual basis those students whose profile does not exactly match with these criteria.
This pathway offers a traditional A level route as well as offering other less traditional Post 16 courses. This pathway is suitable for students who have a GCSE point score of five and above and who have B grades or higher in the A level subjects that they wish to take forwards. Separate subject-specific entrance requirements exist for those subjects not studied at GCSE. All students on this pathway must also have achieved both English and Maths at grade 4 or higher. As with Pathway 1, students who meet the criteria for this pathway may select courses which are all in Pathway 2, or study these in combination with courses in Pathway 3.
The third pathway offers a predominately BTEC route and is most suited to students who wish to follow an applied or vocational route to Level 3. Students need to have achieved as a minimum, the equivalent of four A-C grades at GCSE and either English or Maths a C grade or higher. For non-BTEC subjects, students must meet the specific entry requirements for the courses.