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Meeting 16-19 study programme requirements:
All ESFA funded education for 16 to 19 year olds must be delivered as a study programme which combines qualifications and other activities, and which is tailored to each student’s prior attainment and career goals. Every study programme must have a core aim. For the majority of students, this will be either the study of substantial technical, applied or academic qualification(s) or preparation for employment
- Every student at APA Sixth Form is enrolled on a programme of:
- Four A-levels;
- A BTEC National Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A-levels) alongside an A-level; or
- A BTEC National Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A-levels) alongside a GCSE re-take.
- The choice of programme is dependent on the student’s prior attainment and their career goals.
- Entrance requirements for each programme are set to maximise choice for students while ensuring that they have reached the minimum standard to be able to access their chosen course.
- Each student has a one-to-one interview at enrolment to ensure the appropriateness of course choice.
- Students are all enrolled on four A-level equivalents (unless they are doing a re-take) to ensure that they have some flexibility in course choice during the programme.
Young people who do not hold a GCSE grade 4 (reformed grading) or grade C (legacy grading) in maths and/or English are required to continue these subjects as part of their study programme
- All students who do not hold a maths or English Language GCSE at grade 4 or above are required to continue these subjects in Sixth Form.
- We provide opportunities for students to re-sit these exams in November and June.
- Students are timetabled for maths/English lessons and are expected to attend additional booster lessons.
All study programmes should include work experience and non-qualification activities, which complement the other elements of the programme and support the student to progress to further or higher education or to employment.
- All students have daily form time with a tutor with whom they reflect on academic progress and progression into education and employment.
- All students have a weekly PSHE session which is focused on preparation for employment and education.
- All students attend at least two university/careers fairs during their time in Sixth Form.
- Students spend four days in preparation for the world of work or further study in partnership with Into University
- A wide variety of extra-curricular activities supplement the taught programme – these include university visits and visits to employers.
- All students take part in a weekly enrichment session – including debating, sports, Amnesty, volunteering, chess and book clubs.
- All students attend a weekly talk, often given by a visitor, which is focused on different careers and industries.
- All students undertake at least one week of work experience during their time in Sixth Form.
- Most students attend a pre-university Easter School or Summer School in preparation for further study.