6th Form - Curriculum
The Ilfracombe Academy offers students a broad and balanced curriculum to support their wide variety of interests and career aspirations. Our range of courses cater for all students, ensuring their time in Sixth Form is both academically challenging and enjoyable. We strive to provide all our students with ample opportunities to celebrate creativity, diversity and independence.
We offer highly successful courses in a wide range of A Level subjects, which support progression to university and have a proud track record of delivering positive outcomes in even the most academic subjects. We also offer an increasing range of more vocational and practical BTEC subjects. These courses are mainly assessed through ongoing coursework and practical assignments rather than just exams.
Both qualification types (A level and BTECs) are stepping stones to higher education, apprenticeships and the world of work.
The collection of different courses a student takes in the Sixth Form is called a ‘Study Programme’. Within a study programme, students are expected to study three subjects though certain students may wish to consider studying a fourth subject. Students can choose a study programme of A Levels only, vocational courses only or a combination of the two. Each subject has four timetabled teaching hours a week as well as two timetabled ‘Independent Study’ periods.
Level 3 Courses
Nearly all the courses offered in the Sixth Form are level 3 qualifications. These are a step up from GCSEs and a stepping-stone to higher education and university. Level 3 courses include both traditional A levels and more vocational BTEC qualifications. For September 2019, there are 22 Level 3 courses on offer. These can be seen in the two tables below:
To study Level 3 courses you need to have gained a grade 4 (or higher) in at least four subjects at GCSE. You must also obtain a grade 4 (or higher) in either English or Maths. Certain subjects also require additional entry requirements, for example to study a Science subject requires you obtaining a grade 6 or higher at GCSE. For full information about entry requirements please see the prospectus supplement.
Level 2 Courses
Level 2 courses are for those students who have failed to meet the entry requirements for Level 3 courses. Level 2 courses are the same standard as GCSE and are studied for 1 year only. Students tend to study Level 2 course in order to meet the requirements for Level 3 study in the Sixth Form.
In addition to GCSE re-sits in English and Maths, we offer a Level 2 vocational course in Sports Leadership. This is a full time course, which students study alongside ‘Workskills’
To study Level 2 courses students need to obtain a grade 3 (or higher) in at least four subjects at GCSE.
English and Maths Resits
Students who have not successfully gained a grade 4 or higher in GCSE English and Maths at the end of Year 11 are required to re-sit the exams in either November 2019 or summer 2020. Retake lessons are timetabled and students are expected to attend all of these lessons as it is a legal requirement. Students will be well supported in their retakes.
Ideally however all students wishing to progress into the Sixth Form will have gained at least a grade 4 so that they can focus on their chosen courses.