We are very pleased, for the first time at Sprowston Community Academy Sixth Form, to be offering an
Extended Pathway for our most highly achieving students. This specifically tailored programme will cater for those students who gain an average GCSE grade of 6 and above, including English and Mathematics.
Students will undertake either four full academic A Levels or three academic A Levels with an Extended Project Qualification, in a range of disciplines, including the key facilitating subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Maths, History, Geography).
This pathway will prepare students for study beyond school. At university level, it is essential that our young people are able to think independently and creatively, to articulate their views confidently, to write academically and critically, to read incisively and to debate passionately. We envisage that this route through Post-16 will prepare them sufficiently for the demands of Higher Education.
Students who opt for this pathway will be expected to have excellent attendance, attitudes to learning and levels of independence and academic curiosity. They will also be encouraged to take an active role in the school community, enabling them to become well-rounded, mature and competent individuals.
Please be aware that the courses offered here are for the curriculum offer for September 2020. If numbers of students for a course are low then the decision not to run the course may be taken.
For students from low income families there is a financial bursary package available to help pay for stationary, text books, residentials, transport and equipment.
Our Academic Pathway is aimed towards those students who are interested in taking the traditional A Level route through Post-16, leading to either a place at university or the increasingly popular Degree Level Apprenticeship schemes.
To access this pathway, students should gain an average GCSE grade of 5 and above, including English and Mathematics – although some courses may have an entry requirement of a GCSE grade 6. Students will undertake three academic A Levels, in a range of disciplines, including the key facilitating subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Maths, History, Geography).
This pathway will prepare students for the demands of work beyond school, whether this is a degree or a work-based apprenticeship. It is essential that our young people are able to be resilient, creative and collaborative, as well as having highly developed skills in the presentation of ideas, interpretation of reading materials and application of academic language. We foresee that this route through Post-16 will prepare them appropriately for the demands of degree-level study.
Students who opt for this pathway will be expected to have excellent attendance, excellent attitudes and high levels of independence. They will be encouraged to take ownership of their own studies, fostering a desire to learn and a willingness to exceed classroom expectations. In addition, as a role model to younger students, they should play an active part in the school community, making the most of the opportunities afforded to them.
In addition to the traditional academic qualifications, we will also offer some ‘extras’ to the Extended and Academic Pathways:
We believe that all students in our Sixth Form should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, and as a result, we are pleased to be able to offer a new route through Post-16 education, aimed towards those students who are keen to undertake a combination of the more traditional A Level courses, alongside an Applied General qualification. This pathway is most suitable for a student considering higher education, employment or an apprenticeship after Sixth Form, with an average GCSE grade of 4/5. Students will be able to opt for:
This pathway will prepare students for further study beyond school. It is important that our young people are able to develop skills of independence, creative thinking and resilience. At the end of their Post-16 experience, we want students to be able to speak confidently, to discuss thoughtfully, and to write fluently and knowledgably. We foresee that this route through Post-16 will prepare them appropriately for the demands of their future study.
In addition to the traditional academic qualifications, we will also offer some ‘extras’:
Students who opt for this pathway will be expected to have excellent attendance, attitudes and high levels of independence. They will be encouraged to take ownership of their own studies, fostering a desire to learn, and making good use of the support available to them from their teachers. They should actively seek opportunities to take an active role in the school community.
We are extremely excited to offer our students the opportunity to take their first steps in exploring a possible career pathway in either Health & Social Care or Art and Design. Students will develop the right blend of technical and academic skills in order to become the highly skilled, work-ready individuals employers and universities look for. BTEC Level 3 Nationals are vocational qualifications designed to help students succeed whether they intend to progress to higher education, employment or apprenticeships.
These qualifications take a unit-by-unit approach and provide students with practical, work-related courses. They offer:
This course would suit students who have a real passion for the subject area, can work independently, have good research and analysis skills and prefer a more hands on approach to learning.
Students following this pathway would only study either Health & Social Care or the Art and Design pathways and have an average of grade 4 at GCSE. Students who have not achieved a grade 4 in English or Maths will be expected to undertake GCSE retakes in this block.
We are excited to be offering a bespoke pathway to students who will benefit from an additional year in school to:
This pathway will prepare students for future destinations including apprenticeships, further education at school or college and jobs. It is particularly suited to students who will benefit from the support and personalised care that comes from our school setting and who do not feel ready to make the move to college or an apprenticeship.
Work placements will be set up with the support of our careers lead, Mrs Bugdale.
Students following this pathway are expected to have good attendance and good attitudes to learning. They will work closely with pastoral and academic staff and receive targeted mentoring and support. They will be expected to contribute to the whole school community and act as role models for other students.