What Can I Study?
We encourage students to take four A Levels/Level 3 equivalents in Year 12 in order to have the most flexibility and confidence with the courses they start in Sixth Form. Most students will continue with three subjects into Year 13, but it is also possible to continue with four
With the exception of students on the A Level Further Maths course, A Level students will not sit external AS Level examinations. Students enrolled onto Applied subjects (BTEC courses, OCR Cambridge Technical courses or the Financial Studies course) will sit external examinations across Year 12 and Year 13.
Students will sit formal mock examinations at the end of Year 12 to allow progress to be measured prior to application being made to university courses.
Alongside their Sixth Form option choices they will be expected to participate fully in an enrichment curriculum that offers them a chance to build a competitive portfolio for employment, apprenticeships and university applications.
To find out more detail about our courses and their entry requirements can be found within our prospectus.
Enrichment Curriculum Opportunities
HE Plus / Early Applicants
Each year around 80% of our Year 13 students apply to progress onto Higher Education through UCAS.
A number of trips and visits, as well as talks and seminars from our partner institutions throughout Year 12 and Year 13 ensures that students are given the support and information necessary to make a competitive application to a wide range of courses at universities up and down the country.
We are part of HE+, a programme designed for students who are prospective applicants for Oxford or Cambridge universities or for medicine, dentistry or veterinary science courses, or who intend to apply for Russell Group universities. The programme is designed to enable students to receive specific one-to-one support with their university applications and personal statement and to have access to a range of university and course related activities.
Students will be enrolled on the HE+ programme, which is run by Cambridge University in order to support students applying to any of the Russell Group universities, which are the top research focused universities in the UK and therefore have the most competitive application processes. As part of the HE+ and Early Applicants pathway, students will have the opportunity to attend subject seminars, applications workshops university summer schools and residential visits, including the chance to visit both Oxford and Cambridge universities.
Apprenticeship and Employment
We realise that employers are now seeking technical experience and employability skills for their future job roles so it is crucial that we are able to deliver a programme that meets these changing labour market requirements.
This programme is designed to help those students who do not want to go to university develop the key employability skills needed to succeed by increasing their engagement with local employers. Students on this pathway will benefit from industry mentoring, specialist apprenticeship careers guidance, employer networking opportunities , master classes and workshops and trips in order to help reach their career goals, boost their CV’s and create a stand out application.
Employer Led Programme
The Employer Led Programme is a great pathway for students who want to strengthen their employability skills whilst also studying on our A Level programme. This is a demanding programme of study that has been developed in consultation with employers and offers students work-related opportunities that are not available in any other Sixth Form College.
This programme will equip you with key employability skills and give you access to professional industry placements.
If you are aiming for a high profile career, whether via a graduate route or via a traineeship or apprenticeship straight after sixth form, this programme would be ideal to help you develop business contacts in your chosen career sector.
Application forms for the Employer Led Programme can be accessed here.