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The Core Curriculum

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The Core Curriculum

Every student will be assigned to a tutor group with a personal tutor.

At the moment every student in Year 12 chooses 4 AS level subjects to study. These are chosen from the 6th form option blocks. There are 5 option blocks so students have one block 'free'.

  • Tutorial - the tutorial is an opportunity for you to get to know your tutor. This is more important than you may think. Your tutor is the person who will write your academic reference if you apply to university, college or a job.

It is very important that you get to know your tutor and they get to know you. Your tutor will register your attendance every morning. In addition you will have the opportunity to meet with your tutor on a 1:1 basis once every two weeks and discuss any appropriate issues that concern you. You will also have a group tutorial every fortnight where you will follow a programme designed to encourage your continued development of independent study skills, receive advice on the UCAS and college application process, develop interview skills, C.V.s and letters of applications as well as look at current issues such as sexual health and personal finance.

  • Core Maths – All students not taking maths at AS and A2 will complete the core maths programme. This is a Level 3 maths course that will be examined at the end of Year 13. This will give you valuable UCAS points and is a course that helps you to continue to develop valuable numeracy skills.
  • Advocacy – All students in Year 12 will be required to sign up to at least 1 hour of advocacy each week. This is an opportunity to ‘give back’. There are a number of options to choose from, including peer mentoring, academic mentoring and paired reading. Some students choose to do work in the community outside school.
  • Financial Capability - This is a level 3 course that produces AS level and A2 equivalent grades and, as a consequence, the same UCAS points.

The aims of the course include:

  • Help individuals to make confident and informed financial planning.
  • Develop key skills that are relevant to everyday situations.
  • Help individuals to plan their finances.
  • Enhance future employability prospects.

through units of work that focus on:

Mortgages, personal borrowing and debt management, personal financial risk, savings and investments, tax and benefits.