Personal Enhanced Offer
Students will be studying the equivalent of 3 A level or BTEC options. On top of this students will be dedicating curriculum time to studying one of the options outlined below.
With the revised linear A level approach, many schools are offering students a package of 3 A levels plus the Extended Project Qualification and this is certainly a popular package with universities. However, there are other options available. Please look at the information and consider which option you would like to take as part of your Personal Enhanced Offer.
Extended Project Qualification
The Extended Project is a stand-alone qualification which will develop and extend from one or more of the student’s study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. It will be based on a topic chosen by the student(s) and agreed as appropriate by the school.
Delivery of the Extended Project Qualification involves some teaching of the necessary skills, supervision and assessment of the student’s progress. It will involve extended autonomous work by the student.
Students are required, with appropriate supervision, to:
- choose an area of interest
- draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the school
- plan, research and carry out the project
- deliver a presentation to a non-specialist audience
- provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment.
This qualification carries a UCAS points value of 50% of a whole A level. This reflects the fact that the qualification is very well recognised by universities who like the independent research and learning skills that the project assesses.
If you’d like to know more about this qualification and have examples of the project titles students have done in the past, please talk to either Mrs Littleworth.
Level 3 Qualification in Sports Leadership
The Sports Leaders UK Level 3 Qualification in Sports Leadership builds upon the leadership skills and experience gained through the Level 1 or Level 2 Sports Leadership courses. This course gives students the opportunity to learn the skills needed to plan and deliver sessions for specialist community groups and schools to develop their knowledge on coaching/leading on different sports. It helps to develop confidence and the ability to communicate effectively with other people and peers. The course is of value to those who wish to further develop their coaching skills or progress onto a career in Sport or PE teaching. There is no requirement to have completed the Level 1 Sports Leadership Course.
Level 3 Award in Higher Sports Leadership has been awarded 16 tariff points by UCAS.
Further Maths is a separate and second AS/A level to Maths; it is also more challenging. You must be opting to study AS/A level Maths if you wish to study Further Maths and have gained a grade 8 or 9 at GCSE. Further Maths supports higher study of applied sciences and is a popular choice for students who enjoy doing maths and the challenge of the subject.
- The 2 units for AS Further Maths are sat in the summer of Year 12.
- The 4 A level modules are sat in the summer of Year 13.
There will be regular internal assessments, above and beyond those completed in AS/A level Maths.
A student may select to spend one hour per week in a regular work experience
placement. Students normally find a placement that is linked to their interests and their future ambitions. Students find their own placements that then have to be approved by the school. Any students interested in doing this should see Mrs Baldwin for further advice.
All students will complete a week of work experience in term 6 of Year 12, this is in addition to the work experience for the Personal Enhanced Offer.
Fourth A Level
For students who achieve 8 or more grade 7 at GCSE, studying a fourth A level will be considered.
Re-sit GCSE Maths and English
Students entering the Sixth Form without a level 4 or above in GCSE Maths or English will re-sit these qualifications. If you’d like to know how this currently works, please talk to Mrs Perks regarding GCSE Maths and Mrs Gilvin for GCSE English.