Key Stage 5 Curriculum
Year 12 and 13
Students entering the Sixth Form will choose three subjects to study at A level. We do not offer AS courses and as such, every subject is taught as a two-year linear programme. Some students may choose to take four subjects for A level however, this must be agreed in advance with school; students will be expected to continue all four subjects to the end of Year 13. The EPQ is a valuable additional qualification at advanced level and is offered to all students in March of Year 12. The focus on post-16 options continues throughout Year 11 and, again, individual discussions with pupils inform our option planning.
The timetable is constructed to meet the greatest number of student preferences and certain subjects and combinations are dependent on student demand and the availability of staff.
Choosing your subjects
It is very important that you make the correct subject choices for you. You will have to study three of these subjects for two years and you will want to get the best grades that you can in them. It is therefore important that you select subjects that you are good at but also subjects that you enjoy.
Opportunities for initiative and leadership
Within the Sixth Form and as part of a much larger school community there are opportunities for everyone. Students are encouraged to take advantage of them or establish new opportunities for others to share. Examples include:
- Working with younger pupils as a peer mentor or subject mentor
- Developing services, such as Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
- Leading junior workshops
- Attending conferences, lectures and university open days
- Being on the Charity Committee
- Taking part in Young Enterprise competitions
- Taking part in the National Mock Trial
- Helping out at Front of House at school events
- Work Experience
- All students must participate in some extended period of work experience or community service in the North West region. It is essential for some university courses, especially vocational courses such as physiotherapy, teaching and medicine. It will also help the student to develop a broader range of skills. The opportunity, guidance and time to do this is offered at the end of Year 12.