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 2018 Ofsted inspection, inspectors commented that 'As in the main school, the quality of teaching is good. Students have mature conversations with their teachers and engage thoroughly with their learning, which accelerates progress.'
For more information regarding Level 3 courses on offer for a September 2023 start, follow the links to Subject Information and Option Blocks for September 2023.
The Guidance Programme
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
SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural education)
Please see the Guidance page of the Sixth Form section of our website for more details.
As part of the Sixth Form Enrichment programme, which runs on a Wednesday afternoon for all Sixth Form students, students are offered the opportunity to undertake one of the following options:
Extended Project Qualification (designed to extend students' writing, communication, research and self-motivation skills)
LAMDA Speaking in Public
Sport (undertaken at Cardinal Griffin Catholic College)
'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.' Ofsted 2018
Level 3 Courses
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 three 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 2023 start include*:
Academic (A level)
Applied General (BTEC)
Art & Design (Fine Art)
Law (at CGCC)
Philosophy & Ethics (at CGCC)
Physics (at CGCC)
Health & Social Care
Performing Arts (Acting)
Sport/PE (at CGCC)
Criminology (at CGCC)
*All curriculum offers are provisional and subject to change.