Curriculum pathway

A flexible personalised package will be discussed to support all students’ needs on enrolment and students will be placed on one of three pathways.

  • Pathway 1: Most students will study 3 A Levels and an enrichment subject, continuing with all 3 subjects to the end of Year 13.
  • Pathway 2: Students who achieve exceptionally well at GCSE may take 4 A Levels and choose an enrichment option, continuing with all 4 subjects to the end of Year 13. Students beginning with 4 A Levels can drop to 3 A Levels but will not take an AS in the dropped A Level.
  • Pathway 3: A few students will study 2 A Levels from a given range of subjects and at least one enrichment option. Students will complete work experience connected with their course in order to enhance their future options and GCSE English or maths as appropriate. Students will be expected to continue with all courses to the end of Year 13

Academic entry criteria (for September 2020)                                                                           

3+ A Level study: 5 GCSE grade 5 or above (or equivalent), grade 4 GCSE in English and maths; for each proposed course of study, the minimum entry criteria for each must be met. This is usually a grade 6 (grade 7 science) in the subject at GCSE or associated subject.
2 A Level study: 5 GCSE grade 4 or above (or equivalent), grade 3 GCSE in English and maths, grade 5 in subjects studied or associated subject.

Monitoring of Students’ Progress:

  • The quality and effort put into KS4 –KS5 holiday work will be taken into account when courses and pathways are offered.
  • All students will be closely monitored in the first six weeks of Year 12 and where progress is insufficient their continuance considered.
  • Subjects will only be examined at the end of Year 13 and as a full A Level course.
  • Subject will not be examined at AS Level.
  • Students will be rigorously tracked throughout Year 12 and interventions put in place where necessary.
  • A formal end of year examination schedule will be in place for Year 12. Students will have study leave over the exam period.
  • Following Year 12 exams a review of a student’s potential and decisions about the number of A Levels they will continue to study will be made. In exceptional cases students may be invited to re-sit their end of Year 12 examination before a decision about continuance is finalised.
  • In exceptional circumstances we will allow subjects to be dropped in Year 12 to a minimum of 2 A Levels. These few students will then pick up an enrichment course.
  • Students beginning with 4 A Levels can drop to 3 A Levels but will not take an AS in the dropped A Level.
  • Any changes of A Level course have to be made by the 26th September 2019

How do I choose which A Level subjects to study?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What am I good at?
  • What do I enjoy?
  • What do I want to study at university?
  • Look at courses you may be interested in on the UCAS website, and look at the entry requirements:
  • The Unifrog and U-Explore websites can also help:
  • Look at prospectus and other information in the careers section of the Learning Hub.
  • If you are not sure about what career you would like you can request a careers interview which will help you decide.