Sixth Form Study Pathways for September 2017

There are five pathways available to students in the Sixth Form, which helps to ensure that all students are enrolled on an appropriate programme of study that is suited to their interests and aptitudes. The BTEC pathways offer an alternative route for students to go onto Higher Education or to secure a Level 4 or Level 5 Apprenticeship. . The structure of BTEC courses differs from A-Level courses, in that the final grade is mainly determined by coursework which is completed outside of timed conditions.  This enables students who are stronger in the areas of independent study and work-related skills to excel.

Pathway 1
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Business
  • BTEC Diploma in Business and the BTEC Extended Certificate in Digital Media
  • Grade 9-4 in GCSE English Language or Literature and GCSE Mathematics
  • Grade A*-C in at least 3 additional GCSE subjects or Grade MM or higher in the BTEC L2 Business course and Grade A*-C in 1 additional GCSE subject
Pathway 2
  • BTEC Diploma in Business and 1 A-Level course
  • BTEC Extended Certificate in Digital Media and 2 A-Level courses,
  • Grade 9-5 in GCSE English Language or Literature and GCSE Mathematics
  • Grade A*-C in at least 3 additional GCSE subjects or Grade MM or higher in the BTEC L2 Business course and Grade A*-C in 1 additional GCSE subject
  • Students must also have met the subject entry criteria for the A-Level courses selected
Pathway 3
  • 3 A-level Programme
  • Grade 9-5 in GCSE English Language or Literature and GCSE Mathematics
  • Grade A*-C in at least 3 additional GCSE subjects or Grade MM or higher in the BTEC L2 Business course and Grade A*-C in 1 additional GCSE subject
  • Students must also have met the subject entry criteria for the A-Level courses selected
Pathway 4
  • 3 A-level Programme and the Extended Project Qualification
  • Grades 9-8 in GCSE English Language and Literature
  • Grades 9-7 in GCSE Mathematics
  • Grade A* in at least two additional GCSE subjects and Grade A in the rest of their GCSE subjects.
  • Students must also have met the subject entry criteria for the A-Level courses selected.
Pathway 5
  • 3 A-level Programme and A-Level Further Mathematics
  • Grade 9-8 in GCSE Mathematics
  • Grade 9-6 in GCSE English Language or Literature,
  • Grade A in 4 additional GCSE subjects.
  • Students must also have met the subject entry criteria for the A-Level courses selected.

For more detailed course information, please see below. Details about the entry criteria for each subject is detailed in the Sixth Form Course booklet.