CoursesChoosing the right courses

Making your choices for Post-16 study is a very important decision; speak to subject teachers, attend our Sixth Form Open Afternoon/Evening in January, carry out your own additional research, and speak to our careers advisors. For example, if you want to study Engineering at university, what subjects are essential; if you want to work as a nursery nurse and are considering an apprenticeship, what should you study?

All students joining our Sixth Form be required to attend an induction week in early July when will take part in taster sessions for your chosen subjects and you will be given transition work to complete before the term starts in September. This will allow you to make sure that your course choices are right for you, and allow your teachers to ensure that you are capable of achieving your full potential through your chosen courses.

We appreciate that students may wish to change their course choices between applying in January and receiving their GCSE results in August and are happy to reconsider reasoned choices based on exam grades achieved. However, once you start a course in September you will have a very limited, two week window, in which to request a change between courses. After this time, no further changes will be approved.

We cannot stress the importance of choosing the right courses and although we are happy to advise you, it is essential that you take responsibility for your own research.

Making your Post 16 choices

At Barr’s Hill Sixth Form, we’re committed to providing students with the best independent careers advice and guidance. To make your course choices as simple and effective as possible we have simplified the process into 2 simple steps which are detailed below.

Step 1: Which is the right programme for you?

Your predicted grades show that: The best programme for you is:
You are unlikely to achieve 5 GCSEs at grade C or higher ACCESS
You are likely to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language PROFESSIONAL
You are likely to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, but this will NOT include (one of) either Maths or English Language BRIDGE

 

The professional programme:
Students select three Level 3 courses from the Year 12 blocks below. In addition, all students will study a ‘Life skills’ course (2 hours per week).

The bridge programme:
Students may resit either Maths or English GCSE and to study two Level 3 subjects. Level 3 choices must be agreed at enrolment depending upon whether a Maths or English resit is required.

The access programme:
Students follow a one-year GCSE booster programme which includes Maths and/or English resits and a range of other Level 2 courses.

Step 2: Choose your subjects

The blocks for 2016 will be:

Block A Block B Block C Block D Block E
Year 12:
English (A)
IT (A)
Year 12:
Film (A)
Psychology (A)
Science (V)
Year 12:
RE (A)
Engineering (V)
Business (V)
Year 12:
Theatre (A)
Sport / PE (V)
Maths
“Skills for life”
(2 lessons)To include:
Citizenship
IAG
EPQ (where appropriate)
TuitionIn vertical ability groups
Year 13:
Sociology (A)
RE (A)
Biology(A)
Year 13:
Film (A)
Maths (A)
Chemistry (A)
Business (V)
Applied Science (V)
Year 13:
Applied ICT (A)
English (A) 
Year 13:
Theatre (A)
Psychology (A) 
ACCESS – LEVEL 2 OPTIONS
Option 1:
Business (TBC)
IT (TBC)
(3 lessons)
Option 2:
Science (TBC)
Sport (TBC)
(3 lessons)
Core / Re-sits
Maths (GCSE)
English (GCSE)
(3 lessons)
Core / Re-sits
English (GCSE)
3 lessons
Maths (GCSE)
3 lessons
English (L1)
5 lessons 

Option choices:

  • Professional route: 3 blocks (From A-D) + Block E = 18 lessons per week  (+ 2 hours tutor)
  • Bridge route: Typically 2 x Level 3 blocks + Eng or Ma Re-sit (in either B or C) + Block E = 16 lessons per week (+ 2 hours tutor)
  • Access route: All 4 level 2 blocks + Block E = 15 (or 17) lessons per week (+2 hours tutor)