We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, of both academic and applied general (vocational) qualifications, supporting every student to achieve the profile of qualifications they need for their future.

Our partnership with Cardinal Griffin Catholic College enables us to offer qualifications in a broad range of subjects.

In our 2016 Ofsted inspection, inspectors commented that 'The curriculum offered is broad and balanced, benefiting from the consortium arrangements with Cardinal Griffin Catholic College. A suitable range of academic and vocational courses meet the needs and aspirations of a range of learners' (Ofsted 2016). 

In addition to their core studies, students are offered the opportunity to pursue additional 'non-qualification activity', what we refer to as our Guidance Programme. This programme comprises of three core areas:

  • Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance, including work experience
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Study Skills

Please see the Guidance page of the Sixth Form section of our website for more details. 

Students who wish to pursue particular pathways are also supported to undertake additional qualifications including the Extended Project Qualification (designed to extend students' writing, communication, research and self-motivation skills) and Core Maths.

In addition, those students who did not secure a grade A*-C or equivalent in GCSE English and/or Maths by the end of Key Stage 4 (Yr11) are supported to resit these qualifications during their time in the Sixth Form. 

For more information regarding Level 3 courses on offer for a September 2017 start, follow the links to Subject Information and Option Blocks for September 2017.  


Level 3 Pathway

The Level 3 pathway is the traditional programme of study in Sixth Forms: a two year programme specifically for 16-19 year olds who wish to continue studying and who meet the entry criteria for A level and BTEC Level 3 programmes (please see the 'Entry Criteria' link for more information).

Students studying this pathway will typically achieve the equivalent of 3 A levels at the end of Year 13 in order to progress to university, apprenticeships or employment post Sixth Form.

We encourage students to choose the equivalent of four qualifications in Year 12 and continue with three in Year 13. In Year 12, students will undertake the equivalent AS qualification in each of their academic programmes and the BTEC Nationals Certificate in each of their applied general qualifications, meaning they will complete Year 12 with externally certified qualifications.  

Level 3 courses currently open to applications for a September 2017 start include*:

Academic (A level) Applied General (BTEC)

Art & Design (Fine Art)




DT Product Design

English Language

English Literature






Maths (Further)

Philosophy & Ethics

Physical Education




Applied Law

Applied Science

Child Development

Health & Social Care



Performing Arts (Acting)


Travel & Tourism

*All curriculum offers are provisional and subject to change.

Level 2 Pathway

The Level 2 pathway is a 12 month programme specifically for 16-19 year olds who wish to continue studying and who meet the entry criteria of 5 A*-D/9-4 qualifications achieved at Key Stage 4 (Yr11).

Students pursuing the Level 2 pathway will receive 10 hours of teaching in the pathway subject of their choice and will achieve a Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma after 12 months of study. Students may then wish to apply to study Level 3 programmes as part of the Sixth Form.

Students pursuing the Level 2 pathway will also undertake work experience, enrichment and resit GCSE English and/or Maths where appropriate.

For September 2017, students studying as part of the Level 2 pathway can choose one of two pathway subjects: Level 2 Health & Social Care (studied at Cannock Chase High School) or Level 2 Sport & Physical Activity (studied at Cardinal Griffin Catholic College).