Each subject has at least 8 hours a fortnight taught lesson time (4 AS subjects x 8 = 32 hours/ a possible 50). There are some non-contact periods – 1 or 2 lessons per day as well as timetabled private study slots. All students should complete wider reading, lesson preparation and research in addition to their taught hours to cope with the demands of Post 16 study. There is a strong emphasis at A level on independent learning; students need to be prepared to be well organised and disciplined and complete work out of lesson time.
Students who opt to follow our Baccalaureate Route, having achieved at least 7 A*-B grades at GCSE and are under increased pressure to also fit into their own time the 100 hours of enrichment through volunteering, Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh etc.to fulfil the requirements of the AQA Baccalaureate.
All students in Year 12 and Year 13 have a Life Skills lesson once a fortnight which covers aspects from preparing for work, self-evaluation and study habits, to health matters and applying to university or apprenticeships. In Year 13 we split students into either university or employment groups so that their careers guidance is appropriately geared towards supporting them through the next steps.