Programme of Study

Programme_of_StudyChoosing a suitable Post-16 Programme of Study is crucial and a student’s future career could depend on it. Students should take account of a number of factors when making decisions about which courses to study in the Sixth Form. They should:

  • choose subjects that they enjoy and succeed in
  • think carefully about the advice of their teachers, tutors and careers advisors
  • think about the assessment methods of the courses they choose. Students who find examinations particularly difficult may wish to consider vocational or applied courses
  • consider which subjects complement each other in terms of both content and skills
  • look carefully at the entry requirements of the courses they wish to study and ensure that they meet them
  • research the requirements of universities and employers. Universities often specify required and preferred qualifications for entry onto their degree choices

Most students will take three A level courses. A small number may choose to study four and would be expected to achieve predominantly grades 8/9 at GCSE to do so.

In addition to timetabled lessons students are expected to spend at least three or four additional hours per subject per week studying independently and students will have study periods allocated on their timetable for private study within the school day. On rare occasions it is necessary to allocate a teaching period after school in order to allow for a broad curriculum choice. Where this is the case students receive an additional study period within the school week. There are also a number of BTEC qualifications available to students which are the equivalent of 1, 2 or 3 A Levels.

Example Programmes of Study

Academic Study Programme
Planned hours Core Aim?
Qualification hours Non-qualification hours
A level 1

180

Progression to University, employment or apprenticeship

A level 2

180

A level 3

180

Form time (including tutorials, assemblies, employment and UCAS preparation)

100

Work experience

35

Enrichment

40

Total

540 hours

175 hours

Mixed Academic and Vocational Study Programmes

Planned hours

Core aim?

Qualification hours

Non-qualification hours

A Level 1

180

Progression to University, employment or apprenticeship

A Level or Vocational Subject 2

180

A Level Vocational Subject 3

180

Form time (including tutorials, assemblies, employment and UCAS preparation)

100

Work experience

35

Total

540 hours

135 hours

Vocational Study Programme
Planned Hours Core Aim
Qualification Hours Non-qualification hours
BTEC Extended Diploma 540 Progression to University, employment or apprenticeship
Form time (including tutorials, assemblies, employment and UCAS preparation) 100
Work experience 35
Total 540 hours 135