There has, for some years, been established a framework of qualifications for 16-19 year olds that encourages breadth of study. All schools and colleges now offer broader, more flexible programmes including the opportunity to combine academic and vocational study, whilst maintaining rigorous and demanding standards for all advanced level students.
Our structure aims to:
- Provide a range of qualifications from which learners can choose programmes which meet their needs and gain credit for their achievements
- Ensure that the qualifications provided are worthwhile and valued and that learners can combine academic and vocational studies appropriately and coherently
- Offer scope for specialisation to support progression and encourage a broadening of knowledge, understanding and skills
- Offer clear progression routes into higher education, employment and further training
GCE A Levels
Students receive four hours of dedicated teaching per subject – the teaching generally split between two different teachers. In addition, students are expected to use three hours per subject non-contact time for research and private study during the college day. Extra assignments will be regularly set as homework.
These are available in Art and Design, Fashion Design, Music and Physical Education and are modular based with the emphasis on coursework. Advanced Level and BTEC success can also significantly enhance career prospects for those who wish to enter employment at the end of two years in Sixth Form.
PSHE is delivered by tutors, directors and a series of visiting speakers to discuss important PSHE topics. These are interactive sessions brought to our students by experts in their field and include topics such as driving, relationships, personal health and money management.
Students have a personal tutor to enable their academic progress to be monitored and supported. Students are also supported through any personal issues they might encounter during the time of their course through personal tutor sessions.
Careers Education, Information & Guidance
Our guidance, including application for employment, apprenticeships and University is delivered by specialist careers advisors and is also part of the personal development programme.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment activities. The following are only a selection of those which already exist. Further ones are likely to develop when the links between the centres open further opportunities for students.
National Citizenship Service - Students can gain valuable life skills, experience and help within their local community by engaging with the NCS, details can be found here
Travel opportunities - Paris trip, SCUBA Diving in Turkey,World Challenge, Outdoor activities in lake District, Field trip to Wales, Berlin Trip, Theatre Visits, Go Ape and Xscape
Activities - Archery, Football, Badminton, Tennis, Skiing, Snowboarding, Dance, Music, Drama, Film club and Gig club
Student Leadership – Head Boy/Head Girl, Heads of House, Sixth Form Council, and Mentoring,
Sporting opportunities would be available between the different providers as part of a planned programme of extended opportunities.
Academic Study Support
Sessions designed to support students to achieve to the best of their ability will again form part of the programme