Curriculum

Please find below our Prospectus  and the  Options Brochure; this contains details of the subjects offered and our entry criteria for September 2022.

You can find more about each individual subject on the main website under curriculum. The post-16 options are described under the appropriate KS5 tabs.

Sixth Form Curriculum Overview

By the end of KS5 our pupils should be well educated, active citizens, ready to move onto the next steps in their adult life.

We pride ourselves on the inclusive nature of our Sixth Form, we offer an extremely successful academic programme, and a vocational route where pupils can study BTEC Level three courses. It is also possible to study a combination of both pathways.

We offer pupils an excellent academic education. Pupils gain an in-depth understanding of subjects as well as study skills required to go onto university. Every pupil studying three A Levels takes the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification - see the below tab) which allows them to gain the independent study skills required at university. The curriculum is bolstered by the “Access project” which supports pupils to gain entry into top universities. We have dedicated support for those wishing to apply to Oxbridge which runs throughout Year 12 and 13. We have high expectations for our pupils and the vast majority of our pupils go onto university. 25% of our pupils attend top Redbrick Universities and we are proud of our dedicated, personalised support for every UCAS application.

At the same time we offer a vocational programme of study- pupils can choose a range of BTEC Level three courses. We also offer GCSE English and Maths to reinforce pupils’ understanding of these vital subjects. Most pupils taking BTEC Level three courses go onto university, however we also offer one-to-one apprenticeship mentoring.

It is important that pupils leave the Sixth Form not only with an Outstanding education to prepare them for the next stage of life, but also the skills and confidence they need to understand the world around them, and their place within it. Our academic programme is supported with careers guidance. All pupils undertake work experience in Year 12, and have the opportunity to attend careers fairs.

We also have a huge range of opportunities for students to develop their confidence and resilience. We offer a range of trips from skiing in France to a cultural trip to Beijing. We strongly encourage pupils to take part in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Programme. Sixth Form students are encouraged to play an active role in our local and school community and our volunteering programme is a real strength of our Sixth Form.

Sixth Form Curriculum Map

 

All A-Level Students in Year 12 are expected to complete a Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (Edexcel)

The EPQ is a coursework subject where students are invited to design their independent essay question that they then complete. They do their own research, craft their own argument and then evaluate the process. The average length is 6,000 words.

Students have 2 timetabled lessons a week and will complete the EPQ step by step throughout the year. EPQs are submitted just before the Easter holidays each year and then submitted for moderation.

We have found the EPQ grade has been a real asset for students in Year 13 when applying to universities. Many universities reduce their offers and it gives student a great example of academic independence in their UCAS statements.

Our results are excellent, with 100% A*-B in 2019 (last normal assessments)


Some interesting titles from recent years:

Evaluate if Football is no longer a working-class sport in England

At what point in history can Portugal be considered an independent nation?

What was the most significant impact of Thatcherism?

Is it ethical for doctors to support euthanasia?