There are three pathways available in Key Stage 5:
The courses on offer in the sixth form will allow you to gain either Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications. Depending on prior attainment at Key Stage 4, students will either select all Level 3 qualifications or a blend of Level 2 and Level 3.
EPQ is a qualification that showcases your ability to take learning to a higher level. It allows you to explore a chosen subject venturing into aspects that really interest and inspire you. It can help persuade universities that you have skills and knowledge to achieve at higher level of study and work independently. Employers will value it because you can design it around your chosen career and therefore show both commitment to a specific career path and demonstrate an accelerated level of knowledge in a specific area.
It is a single piece of work, chosen by the student, which can take two forms:
EPQ is the equivalent to half an A Level; it takes one year to complete and graded in the same way as all other AS Levels, however there is the opportunity to be awarded an A* grade. Undertaking EPQ is seen as an addition to your compulsory curriculum of 4 subjects in Year 12 and 3 in Year 13. Students in either Year 12 or 13 can opt to do EPQ however this must be agreed through your Learning Manager.
You will be allocated two teacher-led periods each week for EPQ and three hours will be registered and supervised in the library.
Core Maths is the equivalent to half an A Level; it takes two years to complete is graded in the same way as all other AS Levels. It is seen as a course to booster the mathematical skills that complement science and social science based Level 3 courses, such as biology, psychology, geography and sociology.
The course is taught for three hours a week during Year 12 and 2 hours a week during Year 13 so that the skills needed are embedded over the duration of your post 16 studies. The course is most suitable for students who attain a C or low B at GCSE.
All our Post 16 pathways are designed to provide structure and a challenging personalised learning programme. Every student in Years 12 and 13 will study a combination of academic and/or vocational qualifications that are linked to their future plans.
Students who embark on a study programme who do not yet have a grade 4 or higher (C or higher) in mathematics or English will be required to work towards the achievement of these qualifications as part of their programme.
The pathways that students follow will maximise progression opportunities onto the next stage of their education, employment or apprenticeship.
The following qualifications are currently delivered in Years 12 and 13: