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Sixth Form Learning Pathways

At Sixth Form, there is a choice of five different learning pathways:

Pathway One

One year programme Level 2

This pathway is for students who need one year to add to their level 2 qualifications and VI skills before progressing onto A Levels, Vocational Qualifications or a Supported Internship.
This will include a volunteer or work experience programme based in school and leading to an external placement in the local community.

Pathway Two

Two year programme A level / Level 3

This pathway consists of three A levels or a combination of A levels and level 3 vocational courses, such as BTEC and an Extended Project Qualification. From this pathway, students would usually want to go onto university or a level 4 apprenticeship.

Most A levels can be studied for one year to gain an AS qualification or 2 years to gain a full A level. A levels are taught over 5 hours a week and students are expected to do 5 hours a week private study for each subject (unless otherwise stated).
Assessments are largely through examinations.

Pathway Three

Vocational Pathway

This pathway consists of level 2 and level 3 vocational courses such as BTEC and Extended Project Qualification, with the opportunity to do work experience in the local community.
These courses are more practical and contain more coursework elements. Assessments are balanced between controlled assessments and exams.
There is also the option to access additional qualifications such as First Aid and the Duke of Edinburgh Award as well as the possibility to access some awards such as the Personal Trainer Award from other local providers.

From this pathway students would usually want to go onto higher education courses, university or a level 4 apprenticeship.

Pathway Four

Malvern Room

This pathway offers a bespoke skills-based programme based around the NATSIP 8 additional learner outcomes and the students’ EHCP targets:

  • Learning to access
  • Use of equipment
  • Independence and negotiation skills
  • Participation
  • Meeting others
  • Getting round
  • Looking after yourself
  • Life after college.

The programme will include community-based projects. From this pathway, students would be looking towards further education or the world of work.

Pathway Five

Supported Internships 

This pathway is for students who are looking to start work and need some support to do this. Most learning is done in the workplace, and students will also get a chance to study for qualifications to ensure they are ready for work. This will usually be offered as a 3rd year in the Sixth Form.

This pathway prepares students to go forward into the workplace.

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