Felixstowe School

16-19 Study Programmes

Students taking A-levels

At Felixstowe School Sixth Form we offer a range of A-level courses (see sixth form choices brochure for more detail) which cater for a wide range of learners. In addition to studying A-level courses, students will also have 100 minutes a week for tutorials. The tutorial programme covers a range of topics such as study skills, support for progression into employment or HE and current affairs.

Students taking applied and technical qualifications

At Felixstowe School Sixth Form we offer some applied general qualifications-BTECs-which may be appropriate for some learners to achieve their career goals. BTECs are rigorous advanced qualifications that equip students with transferable knowledge and skills. These qualifications are for learners who want to continue their education through applied learning. These can be taken alongside A-level qualifications. We do not currently offer any technical qualifications.

Students with special educational needs and/or disabilities

Students with special educational needs and/or disabilities will be supported through their choice of post-16 courses to ensure they follow a programme which stretches them, prepares them for adulthood and supports progression into work or further study. We work closely with students who have special education needs and/or disabilities (and their parents/carers) to ensure their choice of courses is appropriate given their career aspirations.

GCSE Maths and English

Any student in post-16 education at Felixstowe School Sixth Form who has not secured a 4 in GCSE English Language and/or maths will have timetabled lessons as part of their study programme. Most employers, and universities, expect applicants to hold GCSEs in Maths and English Language. Therefore, students who have yet to secure a 4 must retake these examinations following a period of study in Year 12 and, where necessary Year 13.

Work Experience

All Year 12 students at Felixstowe School Sixth Form will have the opportunity to take on a work experience placement for a minimum of one full week in the summer term and a more regular work experience if needed for a vocational course. This placement will be arranged by the student and should be related to career aspirations or help to inform career choices. Some students may gain work experience for a longer period which supports university application or employment beyond sixth form. This work experience will be planned, taking account of the students’ prior attainment, career and learning goals and linked to future aspirations. This work experience is clearly timetabled.

Other activities within a study programme

As part of the offer at Felixstowe School Sixth Form, all students get the opportunity to take part in meaningful activity alongside work experience. This currently includes: The EPQ qualification, mentoring opportunities, the “Chance Your Mind” programme, Sporting activities and University Open Day visits.