Key Stage 5 overview
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)
We try to ensure that our Post-16 curriculum is accessible to, and appropriate for, as many of our Year 11 students as possible by providing a range of A- level and BTEC qualifications. Our aim is to enable students to progress to a range of aspirational pathways dependent upon their interests and academic ability. Students can combine academic subjects and more vocational or applied subjects but all are expected to study three subjects. This decision will be individual to the student and will be based on GCSE grades and personal circumstances.
For 2019 entry, we welcome applications from all students with 5 GCSE grades 9-5 including Maths and English. There are different entry requirements for different subjects as detailed in The Consortium Sixth Form Partnership prospectus. Students wishing to take Maths and Science A- Levels for example require a minimum grade 6 (Science) and 7 (Maths).
Students who enrol with at GCSE GPA below 5 will be expected to follow a BTEC or a mixed BTEC/A Level programme depending on their individual strengths and weaknesses. We also consider entry for students with 5 GCSE grades at 4+ but who have not achieved a minimum grade 4 in GCSE English or Maths. Students who have not achieved a good grade 4 equivalent in the core subjects will be timetabled to follow a full course working towards a GCSE Qualification in the sixth form.
It is Consortium policy that students no longer sit external AS exams at the end of Year 12, as these no longer count towards the final A Level grade. All students will however sit formal pre-public examinations (PPEs) in January and June and progression from Year 12 to Year 13 is dependent on success in these examinations and on the achievement of positive ‘Attitude to Learning scores’ in our regular internal progress checks. We would expect that in all but exceptional circumstances, students will continue with their 3 or 4 chosen subjects to complete the two-year linear course.
Students have four hours lessons per subject with their teacher and an additional one hour of timetabled independent study during which they must complete a defined piece of work. In addition, students have an hour of PSHCEE in Year 12 and Year 13. In Year 13 this takes the form of individual monitoring interviews as soon as the UCAS process is completed in January.
Students in Years 12 and 13 have four additional timetabled study periods in the Independent Learning Centre. If any student is at risk of failing to complete a course successfully, they are required to attend the Independent Learning Centre during any other ‘free’ periods to ensure that they do not fall further behind.
Full details of the courses on offer are available in the Sixth Form section in the online prospectus.