Professional Pathways is a sixth form programme offered exclusively at Ark Schools. The course is a high quality, vocational alternative to A-levels, ensuring you develop the skills you need to succeed at university and throughout your career.
Over 40% of Professional Pathways students go on to top third universities or top 100 apprenticeships, seven times the national average.
University destinations include University of Exeter, Loughborough University and University of Manchester. Apprenticeship destinations include global firms as Sky and Bloomberg.
Equivalent to three A Levels
As a Professional Pathways student, you'll complete a BTEC Level 3 qualification, equivalent to three A levels.
It has a different assessment style to A-levels, with 60% coursework and 40% exams; many students prefer this compared to exam-based A levels, and achieve higher grades as a result.
You can choose to study one of the following subject areas:
- Applied Science
- Sport and Exercise Science.
- Foundation Year
Connect with top employers
Professional Pathways students attend student conferences throughout their two-year course. You'll get the opportunity to work with top employers to bring your qualification to life and develop key employability skills. With over 80 employer and higher education partners, these networking opportunities are extremely valuable as a way to make real connections and kickstart your career after sixth form.