Academic Subjects and Work Experience

As part of their Programme of Study, most students take three subjects in Year 12, and continue to complete three full A levels or equivalent qualifications in Year 13.  Students on the Applied Pathway take two A levels over the course of Sixth Form, complemented by a work experience placement to develop key employability skills.  Students make their subject choices from five option blocks, which can be found under the ‘Joining our Sixth Form’ tab.

We offer an extensive list of subjects:

Applied Science
Art and Design
Art: Graphics
Art: Photography
Drama & Theatre Studies
Design and Technology: Product Design
English Literature
Food Science and Nutrition
Further Maths
IFS Finance
Information Technology
Media Studies
Music (BTEC)
Philosophy and Ethics
Physical Education

For further details of each subject, the exam board, how the subject is examined, and the content covered, please see the Sixth Form Prospectus on the ‘Joining our Sixth Form‘ tab above or each subject page under the ‘Curriculum’ tab.

Additional Academic Opportunities

During Year 12, students can apply to take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) on a research question of their choosing.  They are allocated a member of staff as a supervisor, devise their own question and complete independent research to produce an extended essay or piece in response.
As well as the Level 3 qualifications outlined above, students have the opportunity to resit their GCSE English Language and Maths, if they did not achieve a 4 grade or above at GCSE.

Work Experience

We organise for each Year 12 student to complete relevant work experience in the summer term annually, to complement our Employability Skills programme.  Students undertake appropriate preparation activities, including CV creation, professional behaviour, and health and safety information ahead of their work experience, with a formal reflection activity afterwards.

A small number of Year 13 students have a weekly work experience placement as part of their Programme of Study.  In the past, these placements have included work with a local accountancy firm, a local bank, a nursery school, and mechanics. All students are encouraged to seek a short work experience placement in the holidays and virtual work experience opportunities are continually advertised, to further develop key employability skills.