Post-16 Study Pathways



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

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

For those choosing 3 or fewer linear subjects, a minimum grade 5 in the appropriate subject is required.



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

Entry Guide: At least a Level 5 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 and above 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.

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

• 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 this course.

Entry Guide: Students will be interviewed individually to access this course.

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.