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 St Michael’s Catholic College Sixth Form: Pathways to the Future

Our Sixth Form curriculum is shaped to offer students both academic and personal challenges, as well as the space to develop and pursue their own interests; preparing them for the competitive world of either work or university. As a Catholic College we ensure that our students have continued opportunities to develop and reflect on their own faith and we expect them to participate as members of the college in community acts of worship; beyond this,the sixth form students have a full part to play in the life of the college.

Transition to KS5 is also used to promote challenge and high expectations at KS4. To this end, scholarships and exhibitions are available subject to student performance at GCSE allowing access to differentiated support for university applications and appropriate enrichment opportunities. All students receive timetabled enrichment and study periods to enable them to study for an EPQ and work towards the Duke of Edinburgh qualification, as well as access to an extensive range of experiences from partners such as KPMG, NCS Challenge, PWC and King’s College.

The curriculum has three pathways:

A Level + A level Pathway Technical Pathway
Offer: 4 A levels in:

Science

Maths

Further maths

 

All courses come with exhibitions to be awarded to those students who achieve a grade 9 or an A* in a subject that they continue at A level.

 

 

Students with: 4 A*/ Grade 8/9 will considered for the Oxbridge Scholarship Pathway. This is subject to students meeting transition task and December mock exam results criteria in year 12

 

Offer: 3 A level Courses

 

 

 

 

All courses come with exhibitions to be awarded to those students who achieve a grade 9 or an A* in a subject that they continue at A level.

 

 

Students with: 4 A*/ Grade 8/9 will considered for the Oxbridge Scholarship Pathway. This is subject to students meeting transition task and December mock exam results criteria in year 12

 

Offer: OCR National Qualifications in:

Sport

Business

ICT

 

All courses come with leadership opportunities within the college: Sports ambassadors, Business mentoring and ICT college support shadowing.

 

 

All Courses offer two weeks of relevant work experience

 

Enrichment: EPQ, Duke of Edinburgh, K+

 

 

Enrichment: EPQ and Duke of Edinburgh

 

Enrichment: Duke of Edinburgh

Entry requirements: 8 GCSE qualifications at grade 6 or above to include grade 7 or above for maths and science

 

 

 

Average Point scores: 6+

Entry Requirements: 8 GCSE qualifications, to include 5 at grade 6 or above, including grade 5 for English and maths. Students must also meet any specific requirements for subjects as set out in the Sixth Form Prospectus.

 

Average point scores: 5.6 +

Entry requirements: 5 GCSE qualifications at grade 5, to include English and maths at grade 4 or above.

 

 

 

Average Point scores: 4.6 +

 

Next Steps: Russell Group or Oxbridge University

Higher apprenticeship with Degree

Apprenticeship

Next steps: Russell Group or Oxbridge University, University

Higher apprenticeship with Degree

Apprenticeship

 

Next Steps: Russell Group or university

Higher apprenticeship with Degree

Apprenticeship

 

 

Average point scores are based on a scaling for each grade at GCSE where: 9 =9, 8 = 8, 7 = 7 and so on.

Transition:

Part of the support we offer to all our students lies in how we prepare you for the next stage of your academic career – whether that be moving from year 11 to year 12 or year 12 to 13 or indeed year 13 to the world beyond college.

Year 11 to 12: Each applicant will have an individual interview to establish their strengths and interests, before acceptance into the college. In July, students are invited to attend a two day induction where they will experience taster lessons in the subjects they are interested in and they will also be provided with transition tasks to complete over the summer holiday. On Enrolment day in August, students again have a one to one interview to ensure that they choose absolutely the right courses to suit their interest, capability and aspiration. Once they begin team building days ensure that they settle in as a productive team.

Year 13 to the Future: students are provided with one to one guidance in making choices about their future and form tutors and sixth form staff support them closely with the writing of applications and student statements.

Subjects offered: A level subjects
Art and Design
Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
Computer Science
Drama and Theatre studies
Economics
English Literature
English Language
French
Geography
History
Law
Maths
Maths and Further Maths
Media Studies
Music Technology
Spanish
Philosophy and Applied Ethics
Physics
Product Design
Psychology
Textiles
Vocational Level 3 Courses:
Business Studies (2 A level Equivalence)
Sport extended diploma (2 A level Equivalence)
ICT (2 A level Equivalence)