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 1involves studying three A Levels
  • Pathway 2involves studying a mixture of A Levels and Level 3 Technical subjects (BTEC subjects)
  • Pathway 3involves studying Level 3 Technical subjects and may include GCSE retakes for English or Maths
  • Pathway 4is 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 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 time each day each day in tutor groups.  These sessions combine elements of pastoral care and academic development to ensure our Sixth Form students achieve their full potential.  This element includes the UCAS process, careers advice and guidance, study skills and PSHE (personal, social and Health education). The level 2 Key Skills course also includes work-experience, although many other Sixth Form students are encouraged to undertake work-experience.

All students are on courses which enable them to have 600 planned learning hours.  This is delivered through timetabled lessons and supervised independent study.

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. 

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