Partnership across three schools and Abingdon and Witney College means that students have the choice of a wide range of subjects and opportunities to prepare them for the next stage of their lives. Most subjects offered are A levels. They are linear courses with the examination at the end of the two year course. Some courses such as Performing Arts, are vocational Level 3 qualifications, equivalent to an A level, and is once again a two year linear course.
As well as a large number of A level subjects, students have access to vocational courses from different industries, providing students with the opportunity to learn unique practical skills without having to leave school entirely. This combination of ‘A’ levels and Level 3 vocational courses may be a fairly new progression route but it is quickly growing in popularity due to the flexibility and choice it offers.
Vocational courses enable students to learn in a more practical environment, where there are fewer exams to sit and coursework/controlled assessment is used to gauge progression and success. This assessment method may suit some students better than exam-based assessments. Vocational qualifications are the equivalent in UCAS points to ‘A’ levels for those intending to progress to a university course. All vocational Level 3 courses are equivalent to 1 ‘A’ level.
You will find details of the courses on offer via the schools’ sixth form prospectuses:
We are hoping to offer most if not all of these subjects detailed in 2018, but the final curriculum offer will depend on staffing and student numbers opting for each course. The curriculum offer will be confirmed in June.
To study A Levels or our vocational courses you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above. However if these 5 subjects include English or Maths, these will need to be a grade 5 or above. For students who do not have at least a grade 5 in Maths or English, there is an expectation that they will continue to study Maths or English GCSE.