The majority of courses on offer are A-levels – two year academic courses where grades are almost entirely based on examination performance at the end of Year 13. We also provide BTEC National courses in Business Studies and Applied Science. These courses have an emphasis on coursework with an element of final examination. The two types of courses suit different sorts of learners and form the backbone of different pathways on offer. They are both recognised as ‘Level 3 courses’.
It is important to note that, whilst the entry criteria for access to these courses in Year 12 are outlined in the sixth form prospectus, students will need to meet the necessary standard to pass the end of year assessment in all three courses at the end of Year 12 in order to proceed to Year 13. There will also be an induction test in each subject early in Year 12 to ensure that students are on appropriate courses.
- Most students will embark on a programme of study that includes three A-levels (Pathway 1). After a period of government reform to A-levels, these qualifications are now all stand-alone qualifications that no longer have AS-levels as a contributing component part. Therefore these A-levels will be two year courses. It is clear, from our research and experience, that, in most cases, three A-levels is the benchmark that Higher Education institutions and employers value.
- Pathway 2 is designed for students who, whilst meeting the appropriate threshold, would benefit from a varied package that has a core of BTEC National qualifications. These qualifications are accepted by many higher education providers, although it advisable to check the UCAS website for acceptable entry requirements for specific courses. It will be possible for a small number of students, who achieve an ‘Attainment 8’ score of at least 75.
- To study 4 A-levels (Pathway 3). This will only be recommended for students who achieve extremely high standards at KS4 and where there is a clear rationale for choosing 4 A-levels. (Please speak to a senior member of school staff if you require an explanation of ‘Attainment 8’).
Students at The Broxbourne School also benefit from a General Studies course and an enrichment programme that includes the Extended Project Qualification, extra-curricular activities and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education.
At A-level students can study: Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies and Sociology. All students study General Studies.
We also offer a double or single award A-level in Applied Business and a single award A-level in Applied Science.