The Curriculum offering and Student Programmes of Study
The College is a large provider of comprehensive sixth form general education – (3,000 students - full time 16-19).
In the 2019-21 academic cycle we have offered an extensive and challenging range of examination subjects and courses. Students can choose programmes from over 50 A Level and Applied General subjects as well as the option of the IB Programme (final cohort completing in 2021) and a variety of other courses leading to GCSE and other qualifications. A one-year Level 2 ‘improvement’ (Advanced Foundation) programme is also offered.
Of the nine Applied General qualifications offered by the College (equivalent in size to one A Level), eight are delivered and assessed on the reformed subject specifications. Students taking Applied General qualifications have, in general, completed the Certificate qualification in Year 12 and will take the Extended Certificate/ Diploma in Year 13.
Our Additional Studies and extra-curricular programmes offer students over 80 options each year and provides enrichment and skills development opportunities and considerable scope for the broadening of their education. The programme allows students to develop personal interests and individual skills alongside academic qualifications.
In the light of all A level subjects now being delivered and assessed on reformed linear specifications and funding for post-16 education, the 2019-2021 cohort has, in general, followed a programme of 3, 2-year, linear A Levels and/ or Applied General Certificate and Extended Certificate qualifications with the opportunity to add additional qualifications in Year 12 or Year 13 e.g. Mathematical Studies, Financial Studies or an EPQ. The majority of students will have added additional qualification-based or enrichment activities to their programme of study over the 2 years of their sixth form experience.
During the lockdown period (from 20 March to 15 July 2020) Year 12 students were engaged in remote learning. From 10 June 2020, students were offered face to face contact, culminating in a week’s on-site teaching 6-10 July 2020. Students commenced Year 13 teaching from 10 September 2020. Owing to the large size of the College and each year cohort, the teaching pattern adopted has been to engage students in on-site face to face teaching for 2 ½ hour sessions with an equal amount of teaching delivered off-site/remotely each week per subject. The majority of students have embraced the opportunities offered by College and have risen to the challenges, responding successfully to the demands of the blended learning approach with resilience and good humour. Large numbers, despite current difficulties and constraints, are engaging with additional extracurricular activities. Many students have adopted study habits and skills which will stand them in good stead in Higher Education.