Programme of Study

Choosing a suitable Post-16 Programme of Study is crucial and a student’s future career could depend on it. Students should take account of a number of factors when making decisions about which courses to study in the Sixth Form. They should:

  • choose subjects that they enjoy and succeed in
  • think carefully about the advice of their teachers, tutors and careers advisors
  • think about the assessment methods of the courses they choose. Students who find examinations particularly difficult may wish to consider vocational or applied courses
  • consider which subjects complement each other in terms of both content and skills
  • look carefully at the entry requirements of the courses they wish to study and ensure that they meet them
  • research the requirements of universities and employers. Universities often specify required and preferred qualifications for entry onto their degree choices

Students at Tytherington Sixth Form follow a two-year programme of study incorporating three or four A Levels To support students to make an informed choice about their study programme, we ask all students to select and study 4 subjects from the start of Year 12. Then, during our ‘right-choices’ process in the first half-term, students will be supported to confirm the 3 subjects that they wish to continue. A small number may choose to continue to study four subjects and would be expected to have achieved predominantly grades 8/9 at GCSE to do so. This fourth subject may be one of our ‘enrichment’ AS Subjects, which are studied over a 2-year period.

We have also introduced the opportunity to study AS Core Maths as part of a study programme to support post-18 progression. This is to support students who wish to continue the study of a maths qualification to complement and enhance particular A Level subjects and career routes.

Through a supported application process, applicants can be assured that they will be supported in choosing a suitable study programme.

In order to ensure that students enrol on courses that they will be able to complete and in which they will gain success, we set the following minimum entry requirements. Applicants are expected to achieve a minimum of five grades at GCSE 9-4. In addition, students are expected to meet the subject specific entry requirements listed below and in the course information booklet accessed via our website. Students who achieve below grade 4 in English and Mathematics will have to re-sit the examination in Year 12. Students who achieve grade 4 will be given the opportunity to re-sit the examination in Year 12 in order to achieve a grade 5.

Example Programmes of Study

Academic Study Programme
Planned hours Core Aim?
Qualification hours Non-qualification hours
A level 1

180

Progression to University, employment or apprenticeship

A level 2

180

A level 3

180

Form time (including tutorials, assemblies, employment and UCAS preparation)

100

Work experience

35

Enrichment

40

Total

540 hours

175 hours

Mixed Academic and Vocational Study Programmes

Planned hours

Core aim?

Qualification hours

Non-qualification hours

A Level 1

180

Progression to University, employment or apprenticeship

A Level or Vocational Subject 2

180

A Level Vocational Subject 3

180

Form time (including tutorials, assemblies, employment and UCAS preparation)

100

Work experience

35

Total

540 hours

135 hours