Delivery of 16-19 study programme

The Sixth Form study programme combines qualifications and other activities which are tailored to each student’s prior attainment and career goals by offering four pathways:

·      Pathway 1 involves studying three A Levels

·      Pathway 2 involves studying a mixture of A Levels and Level 3 Technical subjects

·      Pathway 3 involves studying Level 3 Technical subjects

·      Pathway 4 is the Transition Course which involves Level 2 Technical courses and GCSEs in English and Maths.

All students who do not hold a GCSE grade 4, or grade C, in Maths and/or English are required to continue these subjects as part of their study programme.

In addition to the Academic Pathways, our study programme also includes 30 minute each day in tutor groups.  These sessions combine elements of pastoral care and academic development in order to ensure our Sixth Form students achieve their full potential.  This element includes the UCAS process, careers advice and guidance, study skills and Living Well. The Transition Course also includes work-experience, although many other Sixth Form students are able to undertake work-experience when appropriate to their needs.

All students are on courses which enable them to have 600 planned learning hours.  This is delivered through timetabled lessons and supervised independent study. Flexible working hours can be authorised through mutual consent in cases where there is a genuine need.

The Sixth Form is inclusive of all educational needs. Where students have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, we assess what type of programme is most suitable given their career aspirations. Students with SEND are on study programmes which enable them to achieve qualifications which prepare them for employment and adult life.

Extra-curricular activities are delivered alongside study programmes. We keep a record of all of our Sixth Form students’ achievements – both Academic and Extra-curricular – in order that they may qualify for the Bishop’s Diploma. Other opportunities on offer for students to apply for are: Cheltenham Town Football Club’s Development Squad and the National Citizen Service (NCS).