Sixth Form is the time for discussion and the development of and an understanding of wider issues. It is also important to acquire evidence of the Functional Skills which are increasingly requested by employers. In the core curriculum our students have the opportunity to expand their understanding of current affairs and world issues, to develop their leadership skills and participate in debates. They are also encouraged to build on their Functional Skills through an enrichment activity:-

Religious Education
The Sixth Form General RE course follows a two-year programme. The course consists of broad areas of study including theology, scripture, prayer and moral issues, approached particularly from a Christian perspective. In Year 13, students also explore these issues through the study of other world religions and both Year 12 and Year 13 students have the opportunity to participate in prayer/meditation sessions. The course is designed to challenge and stimulate students and help them reflect on their own beliefs and the beliefs of others.

The Extended Project (EPQ)
The Extended Project is a freestanding Level 3 qualification, equivalent to half an A-Level EPQ encourages students to engage in independent research by exploring and developing their knowledge on a topic of their choice relating to one of their A Level subjects. The EPQ encourages students to work more independently in exploring and developing their knowledge of a subject they have chosen. The outcome is also determined by the learner and can range from a mini-dissertation of 5,000 words to a piece of artwork, film or sculpture. Learners can achieve up to 70 UCAS points on completion of this qualification.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
The Duke of Edinburgh’s award (Dof E) is designed to support the personal and social development of young people. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people aged 14-24 the opportunity to develop skills for life and work. The Award is widely recognised by educationalists and employers.
We offer all three levels of the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold to the Sixth Form. Participants must demonstrate achievement and dedication through activities in four sections:-
1. Volunteering (for example, working with a charity)
2. Skills; a hobby, skill or interest (for example, showing progress with a musical instrument)
3. Physical recreation; sports, dance or fitness
4. Expeditions: from two to four days depending on the level of the award.

Additional Activities

Universities and employers are increasingly expecting more from applicants and it is no longer enough to simply succeed in exams. In order to help our Sixth Form students reach their potential the Year 12 and 13 compulsory curriculum now includes one double period of Enrichment. The Enrichment program offers a wide range of subjects to genuinely broaden our students’ curriculum. This includes the following options: a range of PE activities, debating, book group, mentoring, computing, sociology and beginners MFL. These options change every term so the students may experience a range of activities.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for study outside school. A wide range of theatre visits, retreats, field trips, conferences and exchanges are availalbe, as are trips to Ursuline Schools abroad and also either, Oxford or Cambrdige University.

We also offer a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities that will develop our students both personally and socially.

These include:

- the opportunity to work with primary school children at a local school (ideal for those who are considering a career in teaching or working with children)

- the paired reading scheme

- mentoring younger students

- supporting and teaching GCSE lessons

- a range of sporting activities

-studying conversational modern foreign languages

- developing ICT skills

Work Experience

All students are able to arrange their own work experience which takes place in holiday time. Please note that for BTEC Business students, work experience is a compulsory part of the course.

A week of work experience should also be undertaken during either February or May half-term. This is a chance for students to see what parents, siblings and the wider family do in their working life and provides a deeper insight into the working world.