The Curriculum offering and Student Programmes of Study
The College is a large provider of comprehensive sixth form general education – (3,400 students - full time 16-19).
In the 2021-23 academic cycle (linear A Levels) the College has offered an extensive and challenging range of examination subjects and courses. In creating their Programmes of Study students have the choice of over 50 A Level and Applied General subjects 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 eight Applied General qualifications offered by the College (equivalent in size to one A Level), all are delivered and assessed on the reformed subject specifications. Students taking Applied General qualifications complete the Certificate qualification in Year 12 and take the Extended Certificate/ Diploma in Year 13.
Our Additional Studies and extra-curricular programmes offer students over 80 options each year and provide 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, the 2021-2023 cohort has, in general, followed a programme of three, 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. All students will have added additional qualification-based or enrichment activities to their programme of study over the 2 years of their sixth form experience.