Your Course Options
During an Ofsted inspection, our curriculum was described as the “jewel in the crown” of the school and we hope that you will be similarly impressed by the vast variety of choices that we offer. We pride ourselves on the breadth of opportunities that are available to our Sixth Form students.
Alternative to A-Levels
Our Level 3 courses offer a wide range of work-related & vocational qualifications. Many have been designed in collaboration with industry and equip you with the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for, using a mixture of theoretical and practical activities. Don’t forget: You can combine many of these qualifications with the IBCP diploma courses to benefit from this route of study.
GCSEs and equivalents
These one year courses offer a pathway for students who wish to progress onto a Level 3 or A Level qualification or onto employment. We offer a mix of GCSE and vocational courses which allow you to choose qualifications that suit your learning style. See All Courses
The Career Related Programme Core
The components of the core are at the heart of the Career Related Programme and are designed to enhance students’ personal qualities and professional development. The Career Related Programme core contextualizes the Diploma Programme courses and the career-related study and draws all aspects of the framework together. The core is designed to develop many of the characteristics and attributes described in the IB learner profile. All components of the core are mandatory. They are:
- Personal and professional skills
- Service learning
- Language development
- Reflective project
Learning Pathway (Your Courses)
When selecting your courses, first identify the likely pathway in the table which best suits your projected GCSE grades. You will be able to find a wide range of suitable courses at whatever level you wish to progress on to and in whatever field you aspire to study and eventually to work.
Students can follow a route to suit their individual needs in studying an A Level based, vocational or combined pathway. Expert advice is on hand to support students in making the right choices and to guide their next steps in whatever direction these might take: to university, into further training or towards a career.
Entry to Homewood Sixth Form is based on meeting the individual grade requirements for the courses you wish to study and is dependent on you selecting a programme that allows for progression and that suits your profile of achievement. Our subjects are arranged into four option blocks in which you may only select one course. These blocks will be available at our Virtual Open Event and it is advisable to consider more than three possible course choices to give you the most flexibility. Please note, if you do not achieve a grade 4 or above in English or Maths, you will also need to study these subjects at Homewood Sixth Form.
Please remember that once you have an offer from us, we will stick with you. If needed, we will review your courses after you receive your GCSE grades, but you will have a place at Homewood.
|Current GCSE Expectations||Which Pathway? (Courses)|
|8 or more 9-4 GCSE grades including English and Maths||Advanced Extended (4 A Levels)|
|5 or more 9-4 GCSE grades including English and Maths||3 A Levels and/or Level 3 Applied courses|
|5 GCSE grades 9-4||3 BTEC courses or the International Baccalaureate programme|
|4 GCSE grades 9-4||International Baccalaureate programme|
|5 GCSE grades 9-3 incl. English and Maths||A mixture of Level 3 Applied courses and Level 2 courses in a year’s time or the Ready for Work programme.|
|A mixture of GCSEs grades 3-1||Level 2 courses (GCSE) to enable access to Level 3|
UCAS Points Comparison
All Level 3, International Baccalaureate and A Level routes attract UCAS points, which are the entry tariff into universities. Universities accept all routes. The table below compares the number of UCAS points that each grade attracts in the three routes.
It is worth noting that if students take at least two IB subject qualifications and one BTEC or other applied qualification they qualify for the International Baccalaureate Career Related Programme (International Baccalaureate), which carries up to an additional 12 UCAS points.