All students at The Blue Coat School Sixth Form are enrolled on a study programme which combines qualifications, work shadowing and other non-qualification activities. All students who enter the Sixth Form do so from an informed viewpoint, which is based on advice and guidance that is delivered through a comprehensive enrolment programme that involves a dedicated open evening, preliminary guidance discussions and a more detailed pathway meeting conducted by members of the Senior Leadership/Sixth Form Team.
With over 30 Level 3 courses on offer, students at Blue Coat have the choice to construct a study programme that is shaped around their individual needs, prior attainment, education, and future career goals.
Study programmes include substantial academic qualifications in the form of A-levels (with some AS levels available where applicable), applied and Cambridge Technical qualifications.
Most students in the Sixth Form follow a two year fully linear A-level programme where the final grade is based on examinations taken in Year 13 at the end of the two-year course.
Subjects available for A-level study from September 2023:
|Art||Biology||Business Studies||Chemistry||Computer Science|
|Design & 3D Technology||Drama & Theatre||Economics||English Language||English Literature|
|Politics||Psychology||Religion, Philosophy & Ethics||Sociology||Textiles|
The Level 3 Applied Science course and Cambridge Technical course in PE can be taken in conjunction with A-level subjects. The Applied and Technical qualifications are equivalent to one A-level and require 2 years of study to achieve full accreditation. Both courses contain a substantial coursework element which goes towards the final grade awarded at the end of the 2 years.
In addition to their 3 chosen A-levels all students in Year 12 choose an option from the ‘Futures Pathway. Students are given advice and guidance as to which option best suits their choice of A-level subjects together with their future career aspirations. All 3 options result in external examination and certification at the end of Year 12.
All students must select one option from the list below:
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All Year 12 and 13 students have additional timetabled study support sessions linked to each of their A-level courses. These sessions are timetabled and supervised and take place in a dedicated Independent Learning Resource Centre (ILC)
Character education is an inherent part of life at Blue Coat, and our students in the Sixth Form spend upto 30 minutes each day with their Sixth Form Tutor. Tutor time is used to discuss a range of important issues and develop key knowledge and skills to effectively develop a students’ character, attitudes, and confidence and to support their continued progress post-18. Our pastoral support and personal development education is further supported by assemblies, personal development provision, lectures and external trips/guest speakers.
All students in the Sixth Form are full time and are expected to follow a two-year academic programme of study which in Year 12 comprises of 4, Level 3 subjects (3 two-year linear subjects plus 1, one-year AS/AS equivalent). Students in Year 13 continue with their 3 linear subjects and following guidance a small number choose to continue their AS Futures option.
Students on an A-level/A-level equivalent course have 10 hours of timetabled study per fortnight. All students are provided with a personalised timetable that ensure that their allocated hours meet the minimum requirement of 580 hours per year.
|Study Programme Activity||Hours Per Fortnight|
|Daily Form Time||2 ½ Hours|
|3 x A-level Subject||10 Hours per subject|
|Futures Pathway Option 1 Extended Project Qualification||3 Hours|
|Futures Pathway Option 2 Global Perspectives||4 Hours|
|Futures Pathway Option 3 Core Maths||4 Hours|
|Futures Pathway Option 4 AS Subject||10 Hours|
|ILC Supervised Study Year 12||9 Hours|
|Personal Development||1 Hour|
|Sixth Form Lecture||1 Hour|
Year 12 and 13 Average Hours: 760 Hours
The Blue Coat Sixth Form is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust
Cranmer Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity registered in England. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o The Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ. The website address is www.cranmereducationtrust.com and the phone number 0161 785 5082.