Sixth Form Curriculum Intent, Implementation, and Impact


“Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement” - Ken Robinson.

Post-16 Courses

Ark Putney Academy Sixth Form is committed to providing a post-16 curriculum which caters for a diverse set of academic abilities, designed to provide intellectual and cultural capital and empowering social mobility for all; so that students can become effective members of society with informed career prospects.

We are proud to offer a STEM-enriched offer at A-Level which includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, and Design and Technology (Product Design/Fashion and Textiles). On average, 40% of students study at least one STEM subject (September 2021), and a significant proportion go on to study within a STEM field at university (25% in September 2021).

In addition to offering facilitating subjects, we also offer a range of popular broadening subjects: Sociology, Psychology, Media Studies, Art and Photography A-Levels. The role of broadening subjects in the curriculum encourages freedom of original thought and engagement with relevant societal issues, essential for students to think critically and with empathy, shaping society in the future.

We recognise that not all students are suited for the assessment demands of linear A-Level courses, and would instead thrive in courses with alternative modes of assessment. For this reason, we offer three vocational BTEC Applied General Extended Diploma courses in Business, Creative Digital Media and Sport and Exercise Science. On average, 40% of our post-16 learners are studying towards an Extended Diploma qualification. The BTEC Extended Diploma course has achieved excellent results, in the top 25% nationally for student progress from KS4. From this course, 85% of students went on to study Business, or a Business-related subject at university.

All vocational courses in the Ark Putney Academy curriculum offer are supported by the Professional Pathways programme from Ark. This programme allows all BTEC students access to networking conferences, work experience opportunities and a comprehensive “work readiness” curriculum to prepare students to make informed career choices after post-16 and to be successful in the world of work.