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16-19 Study Programme at St. Crispin’s

16-19 students at St. Crispin’s take a study programme that reflects their prior attainment and education, interests and career goals. Students are able to choose a post-16 programme of study from a range of A Levels and other Level 3 qualifications (Applied Science, Health and Social Care, Business and Sport), each of which have a set of entry requirements to ensure that students access a study programme successfully and appropriately. Students are guided through the process of selecting their programme of study through an Open Evening, assemblies, individual meetings with a member of the sixth form team, and taster days. Throughout, we aim to ensure that each student selects a programme that best meets their aspirations and strengths, provides an appropriate level of challenge and prepares them for their future career goals. We also provide resit classes in English and Maths for those who don’t have a grade 4 or above in either of these GCSEs. Most students study three A Levels, but some take a combination of A levels and Level 3 qualifications or opt for three Vocational subjects.

The ‘Be the Whole Package’ bespoke programme is designed to enrich students learning outside of the classroom. Students complete a range of activities including MOOCs, EPQ, Leadership opportunities, and Cultural activities followed by a reflection activity resulting in a portfolio of evidence of transferable skills and allow them to stand out to potential universities and employers.

Many of our students go on to study at University (typically 70-75%) but a number of our students go into Apprenticeships. Our programme of Career Guidance is designed to inform and support them through the process of their selecting their next step post-19 from the start of their time in the sixth form. We offer a range of careers and further education information and guidance to help students choose the most suitable path. During the Year 12 weekly skills development sessions and our Future Focus Days, students benefit from being exposed to the knowledge of both experienced external speakers from a range of industries and also current apprentices. These sessions also provide the opportunity to learn valuable skills such as interview techniques, CV writing and how to complete application forms for both UCAS and Apprenticeships. For students considering University we have speakers from a variety of institutions who provide information and support on a range of related topics. We also host a Futures Fair with both employers and universities in attendance giving students the chance to see the broad variety of options available to them post sixth form. To assist students to narrow down the options available to them, St. Crispin’s provides all students with access to Unifrog; a website which allows them to compare opportunities, select the best Universities or Apprenticeships for students and then apply successfully.