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Curriculum overview

The Sixth Form at Samuel Ryder Academy is currently small in number but this provides opportunities for individualised learning and support. Courses on offer depend to a certain extent on the number of students opting for them. We aim to ensure that all students are able to access their chosen course by building the timetable around student choices at Samuel Ryder, where this is not possible the subject is offered through the consortium schools, Marlborough Science Academy, Townsend School, Loreto College, St Albans Girls' School and Nicholas Breakspear School.

All students on an A-Level programme will be required to study three subjects at A level in year 12 and 13. We also offer a number of Level 3 BTEC qualifications: media BTEC for students with a practical interest in the media; music BTEC for those with a practical interest in music; and BTEC sport based at Marlborough Science Academy.

To join the Sixth Form, students are required to achieve 5A* to C grades at GCSE including English and mathematics in addition to the subjects specific requirements for those subjects they wish to study in the Sixth Form. (Specific subject information can be found in the prospectus as linked): Sixth Form/Post 16 information Evening and Prospectus 2014/ 15.

In addition to your chosen subjects, you will also study PSHE. The Sixth Form PSHE programme is a two year programme that prepares our students for both the world of higher education and employment. Year 12 students are given the opportunity to develop study skills that will facilitate their learning and enable them to take full advantage of the curriculum. They will be given support and guidance in UCAS applications as well as information on other options that they may wish to follow after school. Through an enterprise module students will have the opportunity to learn about business and the ability to debate and discuss topical ethical issues will develop critical thinking skills; allowing students to develop a wide range of skills that will help them become well rounded citizens. Both years will have access to modules on health, finance, survival skills and will have the chance to mentor and support younger students.   

All students in the Sixth Form will have two lessons of PE per week. We offer a range of activities some of which enable the students to gain leadership qualifications.

It is vitally important that students choose the appropriate course and combination of subjects. You will receive guidance from your year 11 tutor, careers staff and also the subject staff who teach you now. In addition, you will have a meeting with the Head of Sixth Form or a member of the Senior Leadership Team prior to being offered a place in the sixth form; this is to ensure you are making appropriate A Level choices that will support future career plans. Read the subject pages later on in this booklet very carefully before making your final choice.

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