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Everyone is unique, so find and follow your own path.

Everyone learns differently, so choose the path that's going to get you where you want to go. Whatever you choose, you'll continue to develop and improve your maths and English skills and qualifications*, and benefit from work experience, so you are prepared for the workplace.

SIXTH FORM ACADEMIC ROUTE (LEVEL 3)

A Levels or A+ programmes are great options if you want to progress to university or on to a higher apprenticeship. All courses are two years long and the majority of students will study three subjects over this period. Students who can demonstrate a track record of high academic achievement may decide to study four subjects from the A Level and A+ subject options, or take an Extended Project Qualification as their fourth subject.

The majority of A Level subjects are assessed by external examinations at the end of your two year studies so it’s important you are comfortable studying for, and taking external examinations.

An A+ programme allows you to combine A Level subjects together with a BTEC Extended Certificate and provides a greater balance of examinations and coursework.

This is you:

• I am good at exams

• I like theories, ideas and facts

• I want to study three subjects in depth

• I intend to go on to university or get a higher apprenticeship

• I’m happy to complete independent study and further research outside of the classroom


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You’ll need:

• A high overall GCSE score with a minimum of five 9-4 grades, which should include three or more at grade 5 or above. Your GCSEs should include maths and English Language at a minimum of grade 4. Please note there are additional entry requirements for some subjects.

Your Study Programme:

• Usually three subjects over two years

• Relevant work experience

• Tutorial sessions

• Enrichment opportunities

• Independent study and regular homework

• Progression examinations in year 1 and final examinations in year 2

SIXTH FORM VOCATIONAL ROUTE (LEVEL 3)

Advance your job and university progression credentials with our wide range of high performing vocational courses. A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is studied over two years and is equivalent to three A Levels. The focus here is on coursework, with a balance of hands-on practical experience and some external assessments, making these courses a great choice if you know the broad area of employment you wish to pursue. Level 3 vocational courses are widely recognised as suitable qualifications for entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

This is you:

• I’m organised and meet strict deadlines

• I like working on multiple assignments at the same time

• I want to study units that relate to my chosen career

• I’d like to go on to university, get an apprenticeship or get a job

You’ll need:

• A minimum of four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects that are relevant to the course you’d like to study, including

maths and/or English Language

• Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and/or English Language at GCSE grade 4 or above

Your Study Programme:

• Your chosen subject over two years

• Maths and English*

• Relevant work experience

• Tutorial sessions

• Enrichment opportunities

• Independent study

• Internal and external assessments during year 1 and year 2

PROGRESSION & SKILLS PATHWAYS (LEVEL 2, LEVEL 1 AND ENTRY LEVEL COURSES)

If you are looking to undertake specialist vocational training in areas such as Hairdressing & Beauty or Construction, or are not quite ready to jump into a Level 3 programme, then our full-time Progression & Skills Pathways are designed to help you progress to further study or to the world of work. You will continue to develop your maths and English knowledge and understanding throughout your one year programme, and will apply your learning and skills in a work related context.


This is you:

• I like applied learning, but I want to build up on my skills, knowledge and confidence first

• Then I’d like to study a higher-level vocational or skills programme, get an apprenticeship or get a job

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You’ll need:

Our Progression and Skills Pathways have three different levels:

• Level 2 – four GCSEs at grade 3 or above

• Level 1 (Foundation) – two GCSEs at grade 2 or below

• Entry Level (Foundation) – no formal qualifications needed

Your Study Programme:

• Your chosen subject over one year

• Maths and English*

• Relevant work experience

• Tutorial sessions

• Enrichment opportunities

APPRENTICESHIPS

An apprenticeship is the perfect option if you are looking to jump straight in to the world of work, earn a real wage and gain practical skills whilst completing nationally recognised qualifications. Our Apprenticeship Hub team will help and support you on to the career ladder and is available at Open Events and throughout the year to discuss your options and find the best apprenticeship for you.

This is you:

• I know what job I want and I’d like to start working now

• I want to experience student life and work life

• I want to get the right qualifications for my job

• I want to start earning money

• I want to study something that can help kick-start my career or get me into university


You’ll need:

• Usually two or more GCSEs at grade 4 or above in subjects that are relevant to the course you’ve chosen. You should be looking for a job, already have one or ask us to help find you one through The Apprenticeship Hub.

Your Study Programme:

• 20% off-the-job study time at college or in the workplace

• An apprenticeship (Intermediate Level 2 or Advanced Level 3)

• Maths and English*


* If you haven’t yet achieved grades 9-4 in these important subjects, you'll continue with timetabled maths and/or English sessions and retake appropriate qualifications alongside your main course.

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