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All post 16 students are expected to follow a minimum of three study programmes (A Level or Level 3 BTEC) plus an additionality qualification, for example, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths. In addition to these programmes there will be a wide-range enrichment activities following an Academic tutor programme and reading time.
Each programme of study is given 5 hours of teacher contact time. The Extended project is given two hours contact time and Core Maths has three hours. There is an expectation that students use their independent time to carry out an activity under this programme in an area of personal interest.
Hours that contribute to the typical student programme over two years:
3 Programmes of Study at 5 hours each per week over two years = 360 per qualification total hours 1080
EPQ or Core Maths – Extended Project Qualification or Core Maths 2 hours per week = 144 hours contact time
Academic tutorial and reading time 40 minutes a day = 240 hours
In addition to these programmes of study students will be expected to take part in a work experience exercise and will have the offer of Duke of Edinburgh Award.
All post 16 students must have a minimum of 5 grade 5-9 GCSE subjects including English and Maths at Grade 4 above. They must have a grade 6 in the subject they intend to study at A Level, a Grade 5 as a minimum to study on our BTEC programmes, or a recognised alternative. They should be choosing three A Levels, or a combination of A Levels and BTECs. Students with the appropriate academic profile may choose four subjects.