Key Stage 5 Curriculum 

At Sixth Form students can expect a curriculum offer which links to the eight pillars of the whole school totality of experience. We offer the following provision at KS5: 

Broad and Balanced Taught Curriculum

Academic Additional Learning

Extended Co-Curricular, St Phils + and Trips

Cultural Capital

Careers, Progression and Destinations

Reading, Vocabulary and Oracy

Digital Learning 

PSHEC/ RSHE and Mental Health

Sixth Form students study a personalised programme of courses, which has been determined after interviews with senior leaders and subject to meeting entry criteria. Usually this programme consists of three Level 3 subjects of study (either A Levels, BTEC Diplomas or a combination of the two). Students may also undertake enrichment courses (see below).

‘A’ Level and BTEC National Diploma, Certificate and Extended Certificate courses are taught for nine periods per 2-week cycle. BTEC National Diploma courses have eighteen periods per 2-week cycle.

We also offer Level 2, First Extended Certificate in Hospitality.

In line with national requirements, if a student has not achieved a grade 4 in GCSE maths or English at KS4, they will continue to study these subjects, until they have achieved a grade 4.

Note: BTEC Diploma and Extended Certificate courses are two years in duration. BTEC Health & Social Care, BTEC Sport and Leisure and BTEC Business Studies are the equivalent of 1- 2 A levels.

As a Roman Catholic Sixth Form, the spiritual development and engagement of our students is a priority. Students receive a weekly Core RE lesson for both Year 12 and 13 in which we continue to study, discuss and explore areas of Theology, Philosophy, Ethics and Spirituality within modern Britain. Topics include core values, world religions, faith and reasons to believe, discernment and decision making and love and relationships. Attendance on these lessons is a requirement of each student but there is no set homework, coursework or formal examination.

Students are encouraged to take an appropriate Enrichment Course in addition to their core options. The certificated enrichment courses currently available include: Extended Project Qualification (Level 3; equivalent to half an A Level); Sports Leadership Award, Art Life Drawing classes or and Student Leadership Positions.

All Sixth Form students participate in our “Future Pathways Programme” which runs over the two years of study in order to ensure that students transition smoothly through their Sixth Form experience and then onto age appropriate age and stages after Sixth Form. 

To see our curriculum offer in more detail please click the Curriculum Information Booklet below