Sixth Form Curriculum

Whatever future job or course you are aiming for, there are different post-16 qualifications you can take to get you there. At Ernest Bevin Academy Sixth Form we offer five different pathways to suit your needs and support your progression to your next steps.

  • Scholarship Pathway

Suitable for those who aspire to go to Oxbridge, study a Medical related field or are aiming for a top Russel Group university. Our scholarship programme provides personal, 1:1 support with the rigour required to make a successful application. This includes a tailored super curriculum programme, pre-admissions test preparation, personal statement and interview support. Available for students only with a minimum GCSE average point score of 6. By invitation only.

  • Academic Pathway – includes the suite of all our A Level subject offers
  • Vocational Pathway – includes the suite of all our BTEC subject offers
  • Hybrid Pathway – enables you to choose a combination of the academic and vocational courses above
  • For Internal students ONLY - GCSE English and Maths  retake.

T Levels available from September 2025

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Academic Pathway

5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at Grade 9-4.

Vocational and Hybrid Pathway

4 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at Grade 9-4

Qualification Level Entry Requirements
A Level Art and Design LV3 GCSE English 4+ GCSE Art 5+
A Level Biology LV3 GCSE 6+ Biology /Combined Science 6-5, Maths 5, GCSE English 5+
A Level Chemistry LV3 GCSE Chemistry 6 or Combined Science 6-5, Maths 6, GCSE English 5+
A Level Computer Science LV3 GCSE Maths 7+  OR GCSE Computer Science 6+, English 6
A Level Drama LV3 GCSE Drama 4+ OR  GCSE English 5+
A Level Economics LV3 GCSE English 6+ (OR 6+ in a Humanities) Maths 6 (Economics 6 if taken)
A Level English Literature B LV3 GCSE English Literature  6+ GCSE English Language 6
A Level Further Mathematics LV3 GCSE Maths 8+ and expectation of an additional maths course at a high grade (Statistics/Add maths)
A Level Geography LV3 GCSE English 5+, GCSE Maths 5+,  GCSE Geography 5+ OR  A GCSE in a Humanities 5+
A Level History LV3 GCSE English 5+  GCSE History 5+ OR A GCSE in a Humanities 5+
A Level Mathematics LV3 GCSE Maths 7+
A Level Media Studies LV3 GCSE English 5+
A Level Physical Education LV3 GCSE English 5+ GCSE Science 5+  GCSE PE 5+
A Level Physics LV3 GCSE Physics 6+/Combined Science 6-5,  GCSE Maths 6+, GCSE English 5+
A Level Product Design (Design Technology) LV3 GCSE English 5+ GCSE Maths 6+, GCSE DT 5+
A Level Psychology LV3 GCSE English 5+  GCSE Maths 5+
A Level Sociology LV3 GCSE English 5+   Or  5+ in a Humanities
BTEC Applied Science Diploma LV3 GCSE Combined Science 5:5  Or 2 GCSE Single Science 5+, Maths 4
BTEC Applied Science Extended Certificate LV3 GCSE Combined Science 5:5  Or 2 GCSE Single Science 5+, Maths 4
BTEC Business Diploma LV3 GCSE English  4+ or Maths at 4+  Or L2 Pass Business
BTEC Business Extended Certificate LV3 GCSE English 4+ or Maths at 4+  Or L2 Pass Business
BTEC Engineering Extended Diploma LV3 GCSE Maths 5+  GCSE English 4+
BTEC Information Technology Extended Certificate LV3 GCSE English 4+ or L2 Pass DIT
BTEC Sport Extended Certificate LV3 GCSE English 4+  Sport level 2 Pass
RESIT GCSE English Language LV2 Retake GCSE English Language
RESIT GCSE Mathematics LV2 Retake GCSE Mathematics

At Ernest Bevin Academy Sixth Form, we pride ourselves on the academic development of our students. Excellence! Aim High! Seize the Day, All Day! are our mantra. With committed dedicated specialist Sixth Form teachers with the highest level of subject knowledge and experience.

We also offer learning support through our dedicated teaching and learning hub, where our students are supported by our Sixth Form academic mentor.


In the Sixth Form, homework is referred to as independent study, as students will increasingly be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning in preparation for higher education and workplace training.

Independent Study is required to:

  • Reinforce and consolidate work covered in lessons;
  • Encourage independent and reflective learning;
  • Develop a deeper knowledge and understanding;
  • Prepare students for future lessons or assessments;
  • Promote an interest and joy in learning;
  • Enable teachers to make a judgement about students’ progress and level of attainment.

All students at Ernest Bevin Sixth Form, are expected to study outside of their lessons. This additional study is essential if students are to achieve or exceed their target. We recommend that for all level 3 subjects (AS, A2, BTEC, Applied qualifications), students should engage in independent study for a minimum of five hours per week for each subject.

Independent study will be set as specific tasks by subject teachers. This might include:

  • Coursework research and writing;
  • Essays;
  • Practice exercises;
  • Practical tasks;
  • Practice exam questions;
  • Flipped learning and note taking to be undertaken before the next lesson;
  • On-going work on BTEC assignments.

During examinations or controlled assessment periods, this may include:

  • Revision;
  • Completion of past exam questions.

Some work may not be set by teachers, but students are required on a weekly basis to:

  • Review work completed in class each day;
  • Write up/extend notes as necessary;
  • Read/extend their learning;
  • Undertake super curricula activities

Students will need to develop the organisational and independent study skills to enable them to cope with the level and quantity of learning required for success in the Sixth Form and manage their time effectively. The tutorial programme will provide study skills support to help students manage the transition from Year 11 to Year and from Year 12 to Year 13.

Through our programme of academic monitoring and support, we will identify students who are finding independent study a challenge or who need to manage their workload well. The Sixth Form Team will work closely with curriculum areas and, where necessary, parents to offer guidance and support through our pastoral system as appropriate.

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