Pathways at SMSF

Pathways 

St Mary’s Catholic School Sixth Form is the natural choice for students as they prepare for University, apprenticeships or employment with all the benefits that our school community offers to all students. Our newly renovated Sixth Form Centre is bright and welcoming, with brand new facilities and study space with its own teaching, private study and recreation areas top support the Sixth Form experience. A focus for Sixth Form students is to becoming involved in a wide range of exciting super curricular and extra-curricular activities. Students are expected to make a commitment to the life of the school by serving as important role models and ambassadors for the younger pupils and are encouraged to take up leadership posts. The Sixth Form curriculum is flexible and wide ranging, from diverse selection of A levels to a range of vocational courses. Our students benefit from the highest standard of pastoral care, with a comprehensive tutorial and careers programme, including full support for Oxbridge, Medicine and all university applications, apprenticeships and other post 18 routes.

Advanced Pathway

Where will this take me?

Application to the best universities, or to degree level apprenticeships. This includes Oxbridge, medicine, veterinary medicine and tailored support as appropriate.

What will I study?

Three A Levels alongside the EPQ/ Financial Diploma and other enrichment offers.

What are the benefits?

Students on the Advanced Pathway will benefit from University preparation, apprenticeships guidance and coaching, targeted work experience, five day visits to university open days and a tailored enrichment super-curricular programme.

Entry Requirements

APS of 4.50+ and at least a GCSE grade 6 in each of the subjects selected at A Level

Flexible Academic Pathway

Where will this take me?

Application to University or to degree level/ higher apprenticeships.

What will I study?

A combination of at least three A Level or vocational choices, alongside the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or other enrichment offers.

What are the benefits?

Students on the Flexible Pathway will benefit from the ability to study both academic and vocational courses in combination. A package of University preparation, apprenticeships guidance and coaching, targeted work experience, five day visits to university open days and a tailored enrichment super-curricular programme.

Entry Requirements

APS of 4.50+ Normally, at least a GCSE grade 6 in each A Level subject selected

Enterprise Pathway

Where will this take me?

A career in Business awaits! This course will lead to university, apprenticeship or direct employment.

What will I study?

Business NVQ and the Financial Diploma alongside one further A Level or vocational option, plus a choice of enrichment offers.

What are the benefits?

Enterprise Pathway students will benefit from apprenticeships guidance and coaching, university preparation, targeted work experience, five day visits to university open days and a tailored enrichment super-curricular programme including the Dragon’s Apprentice Scheme.

Entry Requirements

APS of 3.83+

Flexible Vocational Pathway

Where will this take me?

Application to study an applied course at university, apprenticeships or employment in a position within the chosen sector. 

What will I study?

At least two vocational courses in combination with another course of choice.

What are the benefits?

As a student on the Flexible Vocational Pathways, you will be able to choose at least two vocational courses and one other in order to have an applied curriculum. There will also be apprenticeships guidance and coaching, university preparation, targeted work experience, five day visits to university open days and a tailored enrichment super-curricular programme.

Entry Requirements

APS of 3.83+ Normally at least a grade 6 in any A Level course chosen, except Film Studies (4 in English Language or Literature). Sociology pairs well with this Pathway.

Creative Industries Pathway

Where will this take me?

Application to study a creative industries related course at university, creative apprenticeships or employment in a position within the sector. 

What will I study?

The Media Studies BTEC Extended Diploma, alongside a choice of enrichment offers.

What are the benefits?

As a student on the Creative Industries Pathways, you will benefit from a single focus on the BTEC Diploma, undertaking in-depth study and creative work within a dedicated studio facility. There will also be, apprenticeships guidance and coaching, university preparation, targeted work experience, five day visits to university open days and a tailored enrichment super-curricular programme.

Entry Requirements

APS of 3.83+

 

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