CoursesOfferedPencils2We offer a very wide range of Advanced level courses (Level 3 qualifications) as you can see from the menu to the right called 6th Form Courses OR from the Courses drop down menu in the 6th Form menu.

You will be taught by highly skilled, well qualified graduate subject specialist teachers in state of the art teaching facilities.

You can view subject option chioces in the table further down the page.

Qualifications explained

Most qualifications have a difficulty level. The higher the level, the more difficult the qualification is. There are nine qualification levels ranging from Entry level to Level 8. Qualifications at the same level sometimes cover different amounts of the same subject. For example AS levels and A levels are both level 3, but you study AS levels over 1 year and A levels over 2 years. So you learn more about the subject at A level.

DFE 03You can find out more about qualification levels on our webpage Qualifications explained or the Department for Education's website.

AS Levels These are designed to be one year courses; the first year of 6th form. The assessment is designed to be appropriate for a student having undertaken only one year of study. Although AS levels are taught alongside A level courses the result of an AS level no longer counts towards the final A level grade awarded. AS levels are now assessed only by exams. All AS-levels are known as Level 3 qualifications.
A Levels These are two year courses. Due to national reforms, A Level subjects will now be assessed only by exams at the end of the second year of study. All A-levels are known as Level 3 qualifications.
BTEC Programme We offer the Level 3 BTEC Diploma in IT Networking, Business, and Sport. The Diploma (worth two A Levels) can be studied in combination with 2 other AS Level subjects in Year 12, or the Subsidiary Diploma in IT (worth 1 A Level) can be studied alongside 3 AS Level subjects in Year 12.
GCSE Programme All students must resit English Language or Maths GCSE if they have not attained at least a Grade 5 prior to entering the 6th Form.

 

Currently we timetable over 15,000 combinations of courses. Although we always try to accommodate course combinations and requests beyond these, we can't provide every combination possible. You will be told if your chosen combination is not possible. 

Very occasionally there is not enough interest to make a course viable, therefore if a course has insufficient take up it may not run. For detailed information about each course, click on the course/subject you are interested in from the 6th Form Courses menu on the right.

 

Informed choices

WhichWayNow02 Click the picture to see our University Requirements page that shows what A-levels are needed for University courses after 6th form. If you are thinking about an elite university like Oxford or Cambridge or are thinking of taking medicine look at our programme of support for those wanting an Oxbridge place or a place on a medicine course.
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The Department for Education commissioned the Institute of Fiscal Studies to produce a report into graduate earnings for differing subjects in differing universities. In June 2018 it published its report that shows differences in graduates earnings. Read the report here: Undergraduate degrees: relative labour market returns

For a shorter, more easily understood summary, you may want to read this BBC news story about the report: Background, subject and university 'all impact earnings'

Also the BBC website has a page where you can compare which University course has the best graduate earnings. Click here for that page.

 

Option choices

Further down the page you can see a table showing the subject option blocks we used for last year's timetable. This will be the starting point for the construction of this year's timetable. Most students make four choices from the five option blocks shown. All students will take General Studies in the fifth block.  

If you choose courses from the blocks below we are very confident your personal combination of courses will be possible.

However if you want a combination of courses that doesn't fit into this arrangement please contact the 6th form team to discuss it further. If sufficient numbers of students also want such a combination, then we will try our best to accommodate this, however we cannot guarantee to timetable combinations outside of the blocks below. These option blocks provide over 15,000 combinations of courses and experience has shown us that this arrangement is the best for the vast majority of students.

Sometimes a course doesn't attract sufficient student numbers to make it viable and it cannot run in a particular year, if this occurs you will need to choose an alternative. Students choosing a course that cannot run due to low numbers will be informed and helped to make an alternative choice.

Subject Options Blocks

Option Block

A

Option Block  

B

Option Block

C

Option Block

D

Option Block

E

Art

Chemistry

 Biology

Business Studies

Economics

Biology

Design and Technology

ENGLISH LANGUAGE GCSE Re-sit

English Language

French

Business Studies

English Language

 English Literature

English Literature

Further Maths

Computer Science Maths Drama & Theatre Studies  Film Studies History

Dance

Music

Further Maths

Geography

Media Studies

Government & Politics

Philosophy

History

Physics

Psychology

Media Studies 

 Psychology

Maths

 

Sociology

Sociology 

 

Core Maths - Level 3 Qualification

 

 

    MATHS GCSE Re-sit    
  Sport BTEC National IT Technical Single Award   Sport BTEC National
Business Studies BTEC National 

 

IT Technical Double Award with Cisco networking

Business Studies BTEC National 

IT Technical Double Award with Cisco networking

    Health and Social Care BTEC National Health and Social Care BTEC National  

 

Explanatory Notes

Further Maths

Maths and Further Maths lead to two A-level qualifications and so require the time for two A-levels. Therefore they occupy two subject option blocks and you must choose it in both blocks. If you wish to take Maths and Further Maths you will need at least grade 8 at GCSE and recognise you will only be able to choose other courses you wish to do from subjects in Blocks A, B and D. Students taking Maths and Further Maths will complete the full A-level in Maths in Year 12 and complete Further Maths A-level in year 13. This is a very demanding course. You can, of course take Maths without Further Maths and then choose two other courses.

Business Studies Btec National

The Business Studies Btec National course is the equivalent of two A-levels and therefore takes the time of two A-levels. You must choose this course in both the blocks it appears in. If you choose this course you can only choose a maximum of one more course from the remaining blocks.

Btec Business Studies appears in 3 blocks, A D and E. if you wish to choose the Btec Extended Diploma course (3 A-level equivalent) you must choose it in each block. If you wish to choose the Btec Diploma 2 A-level equivalent) it will occupy your option choices in Block A and D.

Sport Btec National

The Sport Btec National course is the equivalent of two A-levels and therefore takes the time of two A-levels. You must choose this course in both the blocks it appears in. If you choose this course you can only choose a maximum of one more course from the remaining blocks.

IT Technical Double Award with Cisco networking

The IT Technical Double Award with Cisco networking course is the equivalent of two A-levels and therefore takes the time of two A-levels. You must choose this course in both the blocks it appears in. If you choose this course you can only choose a maximum of one more course from the remaining blocks.

IT Technical Single Award

The IT Technical Single Award course in Option Block C is a one A-level equivalent course and therefore only apppears in one block. It is taught alongside the IT Technical Double Award.
Health and Social Care BTEC National  The Health and Social Care BTEC National course is the equivalent of two A-levels and therefore takes the time of two A-levels. You must choose this course in both the blocks it appears in. If you choose this course you can only choose a maximum of one more course from the remaining blocks.

Core Maths -Level 3 Qualification

Core Maths is a Level 3 course (A-level standard) that builds upon the work that was covered in GCSE and it offers an equivalent number of UCAS points as an AS level qualification. It will be taught over the course of one year and must be taken as a fourth subject, alongside 3 other subjects, or the equivalent of 3 other subjects (for example a Double award BTEC and one A Level).
Russell_Group The Russell Group, is an organisation that represents some of the top universities in the UK. They have published a guide called "Informed Choices" to choosing subjects at Advanced level if you have university in mind. All potential 6th form students should read it if you are considering applying to university, especially the elite ones, after 6th form.
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