We offer three pathways at Post-16 (core aims):

Route A - Academic

offers students the opportunity to study A level Maths, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Engineering plus a further two A level equivalents

Route B - Technical

offers students the opportunity to study Core Maths (AS) and three A level equivalents of which a BTEC in Engineering is compulsory.

Route C - Technical Foundation

is a Science route offering students the opportunity to study three A level equivalents excluding engineering, and to retake GCSE English and/or Maths if necessary.

The Pathways Options List and Level 3 Course Profiles can be found in our downloadable booklet "Post-16 Course Profiles"

Work Experience

All routeways will have an associated work experience programme in the form of a two-week block or a day per week.

Enrichment

Post-16 routeways comprise an element of enrichment which may include STEM activity days, employer engagement, university experience and weekly wider-curricular activities.


Subjects

Engineering

Students study BTEC Diploma Level 3 and there are 3 different pathways that can be followed depending on other options that the students choose at A Level.

Engineering Routes:

Sub Diploma

Diploma

Extended Diploma

Units to be completed:

Unit 1

Unit 4

Unit 6

Unit 16

Unit  21

Unit 22

 

Units to be completed:

Unit 1

Unit  2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5

Unit 6

Unit 8

Unit 21

Unit 26

Unit 28

Unit 31

Units to be completed:

Unit 1

Unit  2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5

Unit 6

Unit 8

Unit 16

Unit 17

Unit 20

Unit 21

Unit 22

Unit 26

Unit 28

Unit 31

Unit 35


English

GCSE Resit

All 6th form students that have not achieved a grade 4 / grade C will re-take their GCSE English Languge course and exam.

Course content: Explorations in creative reading and writing and Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives. 

KS5 English Literature

We are pleased to also offer A-Level English Language and Literature at A-Level.  Please speak to the Head of English for further information.

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment type % of award
English Lit/Language
(AS Level)
601/4642/4
AQA 3 1 year 7706/1 Written Exam 50
7706/2 Written Exam 50
English Lit/Language
(A Level)
601/4641/2
AQA 3 2 Years 7707/1 Written Exam 40
7707/2 Written Exam 40
7707/C Non-Exam Assessment 20

Mathematics

GCSE Resit

All 6th form students that have not achieved a grade 4 / grade C will re-take their GCSE Mathematics course and exam.

KS5 Courses

Route A:

Mathematics A-Level (Examination Board AQA)

The course runs over two years and will be assessed using 3 x 2hr examination papers at the end of the course.

It is a mixture of Pure Mathematics (algebra, geometry, calculus, proof etc) alongside Mechanics (Newton’s Laws of Motion and Kinematics etc) and Statistics (Data analysis and Probability.)

The minimum entry requirement is Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.

Further Mathematics A-Level (Examination Board AQA)

Again, this is a two year course and delves much deeper in to the vast expanse of mathematics. This is a course for students who have a real passion for mathematics and is recommended if you wish to study Mathematics or Physics at university. The course comprises of a mixture of Pure and Applied Mathematics.

The minimum entry requirement is Grade 7 at GCSE Mathematics.

Route B:

Core Mathematics (Examination Board AQA)

This is a Level 3 course which is the equivalent of an AS Level. It explores real life mathematics such as finance and also helps to develop the mathematical skills needed to support other subject such as the sciences and humanities

The minimum grade requirement is a Grade 5 at GCSE Mathematics.

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment type % of award
Maths
(A Level)
100/3418/3
OCR/MEI 3 2 years 4751 Written Exam 1/6
4752 Written Exam 1/6
4753 Written Exam 1/6
4754 Written Exam 1/6
4761 Written Exam 1/6
4766 Written Exam 1/6
Further Maths
(A Level)
100/6018/2
OCR/MEI 3 2 years 4755 Written Exam 1/6
4756 Written Exam 1/6
4771 Written Exam 1/6
4762 Written Exam 1/6
4758 Written Exam 1/6
4767 Written Exam 1/6
Core Maths
601/4783/0
OCR/MEI 3 1 Year H866/1 Written Exam 50
H866/2 Written Exam 50

Science

Students study science to understand the world around them and their role in that world, understand the role that Science plays in our society, develop skills of planning and conducting investigations, gathering information, team work and evaluating their findings, act responsibly when using scientific equipment and applying scientific knowledge, develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to find answers to their own questions about the workings of the biological, chemical, physical and technological world and become better informed citizens.

Key stage 5 Courses

Currently there are three subjects on offer at key stage 5:

  • A Level Chemistry
  • A Level Physics
  • BTEC Level 3 Applied Science
     

Key Stage 5 Aims:

Courses encourage students to:

develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other

develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods

develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject

Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
 

AQA Chemistry (7405)

A-level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it’s the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless.

Possible degree options

According to bestcourse4me.com, the top five degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Chemistry are: • Chemistry • Biology • Pre-clinical medicine • Mathematics • Pharmacology.

Possible career options

Studying an A-level Chemistry related degree at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including: • Analytical chemist • Chemical engineer • Clinical biochemist • Pharmacologist • Doctor • Research scientist (physical sciences) • Toxicologist • Chartered certified accountant • Environmental consultant • Higher education lecturer • Patent attorney • Science writer • Secondary school teacher.
 

AQA Physics (7408)

Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.

Possible degree options

According to bestcourse4me.com, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Physics are: • Mathematics • Physics • Mechanical Engineering • Computer Science • Civil Engineering • Economics • Business.

Possible career options

Studying A-level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including: • Geophysicist/field seismologist • Healthcare scientist, medical physics • Higher education lecturer • Radiation protection practitioner • Research scientist (physical sciences) • Scientific laboratory technician • Secondary school teacher • Meteorologist • Structural engineer • Acoustic engineer • Product/process development scientist • Systems developer • Technical author.

You can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more, the opportunities are endless.
 

Edexcel BTEC National Applied Science NQF

Choosing to study for a BTEC Level 3 National Applied Science qualification is a great decision to make for lots of reasons. More and more employers are looking for well-qualified people to work within the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths. The applied sciences offer a wide variety of careers, such as forensic scientist, drug researcher, medical physics technician, science technician and many more. Your BTEC will sharpen your skills for employment or further study. BTEC Level 3 National Applied Science is a vocational or work-related qualification. This doesn’t mean that it will give you all the skills you need to do a job, but it does mean that you’ll have the opportunity to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to your chosen subject or area of work.

You will be assessed using a mixture of exam and coursework for the following objectives:

  • Application of knowledge and understanding
  • Development of practical and technical skills
  • Personal development for occupational roles
  • Application of generic skills
Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment type % of award
Biology
601/4625/4
AQA 2 2 Years 7402 Written Exam 100
Chemistry
601/5731/8
AQA 2 2 Years 7405 Written Exam 100
Physics
601/4747/7
AQA 2 2 Years 7408 Written Exam 100
National Extended Certificate
in Applied Science
601/7436/5
Pearson 3 2 Years 7707/C Non-Exam Assessment 100

 


Computer Science

Our AS and A Level Computer Science qualifications will inspire and challenge students to apply the knowledge they gain with the creative and technical skills they acquire.

Here are some of the key benefits of our new Computer Science specifications for you and your students:

The new qualifications will be focused on programming, will build on GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.

  • There’ll be an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.
  • The AS will consist of two components, which will be externally assessed and weighted at 50% each.
  • The A Level will consist of three components, two of which will be externally marked question papers making up 80% of the qualification. The other 20% will be the coursework project, which will retain its current qualities but will be more focused, with a greater emphasis on coding and programming with a simple assessment model and marking criteria.

AS Computer Science (H046)

Paper 1: Computing Principles (50% of total A-level)

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Programming
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues

Paper 2: Algorithms and problem-solving (50% of total A-level)

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Algorithms.

A Level Computer Science  (H446)

Paper 1: Computer systems (40%)

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues  

Paper 2: Algorithms and Programming (40%)

Section A: Traditional questions concerning computational thinking:

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Programming and problem solving
  • Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition
  • Algorithm design and efficiency
  • Standard algorithms

Section B: There’ll be a scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page-based task, which will involve problem solving.

Programming Project (20%)

Students will select their own user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve.

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment type % of award
Computing
601/4911/5
OCR 3 2 Years H446/1 Written Exam 40
H446/2 Written Exam 40
H446/C Controlled Assessment Project 20

Business

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment type % of award
Business (AS Level)
601/4337/X
AQA 3 1 year 7131/1 Written Exam 50
7131/2 Written Exam 50
Business (A Level)
601/4336/8
AQA 3 2 Years 7132/1 Written Exam 33.3
7132/2 Written Exam 33.3
7132/3 Written Exam 33.3