The Curriculum, Reforms and Programmes of Study

The College is a large provider of comprehensive sixth form education – (3,000 students - full time 16-19).

We offer an extensive and challenging range of examination subjects and courses. Students are able to choose programmes from over 50 A Level and Applied General subjects as well as the option of the IB Programme and a variety of other courses leading to GCSE and other qualifications. A one-year Level 2 ‘improvement’ (Advanced Foundation) programme is also offered.

Our Additional Studies and extra-curricular programmes offers students over 70 options each year and provides enrichment and skills development opportunities and offers considerable scope for broadening of education. They allow students to develop personal interests and individual skills.

The 2019 A Level examination cohort will be the first to complete reformed A levels in all subjects. The majority of students in this cohort will have undertaken a relatively heavy Programme of Study comprising 4 AS Levels in Year 12 and 3 A Levels in Year 13. They may also have added additional qualification-based or enrichment activities to their programme of study.

Taking AS Levels at the end of Year 12 has enabled students to make positive and well informed decisions about their Year 13 Programme of Study. It has also enabled the College, as a large A Level provider, to manage the examination series more effectively and meet the needs of all students.

The College has reviewed this position for the 2018 student intake. In the light of all A level subjects now being on reformed linear specifications and funding for post-16 education, the 2018-2020 cohort will generally follow a programme of 3, 2 year, linear A Levels with the opportunity to add additional qualifications in Year 12 or Year 13 e.g. Mathematical Studies, Financial Studies or an EPQ.