Post 16 Study Pathways

A Level


Linear qualification: A two year course with all exams at the end of Year 13.

Entry Guide: 5 Level, 5/6 grades or more at GCSE including English & Maths and are required to take 3/4 linear courses in Year 12, with Level 5 or 6 grades in appropriate subjects depending on individual entry criteria.

AS Level


Linear AS qualification: A standalone, one year course usually completed in Year 12.

Entry Guide: At least a Level 5/6 grade in GCSE subject required for most courses.
May be taken as well as a full A Level in some linear subjects, but will not carry UCAS points if the full A Level is completed.

Level 3 Vocational Subjects


  • Mainly coursework based and modular in nature, these courses are designed to develop student’s skills as well as knowledge. 75% coursework and 25% exam assessed in both Year 12 and 13
  • Units add together to create the final grade over two years.
  • A Level equivalent qualification carrying the same UCAS points as A Levels but are graded as Pass(E), Merit (C), Distinction (A) or Distinction* (A*).

Entry Guide: Students require 5 level 4 grades including English & Maths to study these courses.

English and Maths GCSE Re-sit Classes (where necessary)


• For students that do not achieve a 4 grade in Year 11.
• It is compulsory for students who do not achieve Level 4 in either English or Maths to take re-sit classes in the Sixth Form.
• Students will receive 4 hours of tuition in each re-sit class per fortnight and can re-sit the exam in either November or June.

Level 2 Courses


  1. One Year Pathway: A mix of Level 2 Vocational courses that lead to Level 3 courses in the following two years
  2. Level 2: Childcare
  3. Level 2 Sport

• Students achieving a mix of Level 2 & 3 grades at GCSE are best suited to this course.
• It aims to give students and additional year’s study before starting Level 3 Vocational courses.

Entry Guide: Students will be interviewed individually to access these courses.
Futures Courses: Medics, Scientists (TASC), Teachers, Oxbridge, Sports Science courses and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

• These sit alongside A Level and Vocational subjects and are extra, optional courses that are designed to give students a broader experience of their subjects away from the exam curriculum.
• Valuable for university applications as it demonstrates a wider interest in chosen subjects.