Outwood Post 16 Centre – Post 16 Curriculum Overview
The outstanding delivery within the classroom is linked directly to the innovative curriculum structure offered at Outwood Post 16 Centre.
There are 2 pathways available in Key Stage 5: academic, or academic / vocational
• Academic – A levels. These are mainly exams and coursework.
• Vocational – BTECs, Cambridge Technicals, AAT. Level 3 courses assessed through assignments and examinations, linking with North Notts College for Accounting and Engineering and in the Post 16 Centre for Health & Social Care and ICT.
Levels and Qualifications
The courses on offer at Post 16 will allow you to gain Level 3 qualifications.
Depending on prior attainment at Key Stage 4, students will either select 3 or 4 Level 3 qualifications.
• Level 3 courses: AS Levels, A Levels
• Level 2 courses: O’level English and GCSE Maths. If you have not gained a grade C / grade 5 or better in GCSE English or Maths you must continue to study to gain either of these qualifications throughout your time in Post 16. University entry requirements vary but all require a minimum of grade 5 or better in GCSE English and GCSE maths. Employment opportunities that require A levels normally require a grade 5 in GCSE maths and English.
Specification Changes September 2016 onwards
In many subjects the AS and A2 qualifications have already been ‘decoupled’ since 2015. This means that they are standalone qualifications where attainment at AS does not have any impact on the final A Level Grade at the end of Year 13. Content that was assessed at the end of Year 12 in the AS will be assessed again at the end of Year 13 as part of the A Level. The A-Level subjects below are based on new reformed specifications since September 2015:
• A Level Art & Design
• A Level Biology
• A Level Business
• A Level Chemistry
• A Level Computer Science
• A Level Drama & Theatre Studies
• A Level English Language
• A Level English Literature
• A Level French
• A Level Geography
• A Level History
• A Level Music
• A Level Philosophy & Ethics
• A Level Photography
• A Level Physical Education
• A Level Physics
• A Level Psychology
• A Level Sociology
• A Level Spanish
Legacy Specifications for 2016
The remaining subjects, not reformed in 2015 or 2016, will follow the legacy assessment model where the AS and A2 are coupled. This is where attainment for assessments for the AS at the end of Year 12 will count towards the A2 qualifications at the end of Year 13. Normally, the AS counts for 50% of a full A2:
• A Level Further Maths
• A Level Government & Politics
• A Level Health & Social Care (SA)
• A Level Health & Social Care (DA)
• A Level ICT
• A Level Law
• A Level Mathematics
• A Level Media Studies
• A Level Music Technology
• A Level Performance Studies
• A Level Product Design
• A Level Textiles
Typical Year 12 Schedule
• 3 or 4 courses – academic, vocational, blend
• Course contact time – 5 hours per subject = 15 or 20 hours
• 15/20 hours of learning outside of lessons (minimum)
• Weekly guidance sessions = 1 hour
• Private study on site = 5 hours
Typical Year 13 Schedule
• 3 courses – academic, vocational, blend
• Course contact time – 5 hours per subject = 15 hours
• 15 hours of learning outside of lessons (minimum)
• Weekly guidance sessions = 1 hour
• Private study on site = 3 hours
Extended Project Qualification
EPQ is a qualification that showcases your ability to take learning to a higher level. It allows you to explore a chosen subject venturing into aspects that really interest and inspire you. It can help persuade universities that you have skills and knowledge to achieve at a higher level of study and work independently. Employers will value it because you can design it around your chosen career and therefore show both commitment to a specific career path and demonstrate an accelerated level of knowledge in a specific area.
It is a single piece of work, chosen by the student, which can take two forms:
• 5,000 dissertation (10-15 typed pages)
• 2,000 project plus an ‘artefact’
EPQ is the equivalent to half an A Level; it takes one year to complete and graded in the same way as all other AS Levels, however there is the opportunity to be awarded an A* grade. Undertaking EPQ is seen as an addition to your compulsory curriculum 3/4 subjects in Year 12 and 3 in Year 13. Students in either Year 12 or 13 can opt to do EPQ however this must be agreed through your Learning Manager.
You will be allocated three teacher-led periods each week for EPQ and 2 hours private study periods.
Core Maths is the equivalent to half an A Level; it takes two years to complete and is graded in the same way as other AS Levels. It is seen as a course to boost the mathematics skills that complement science and social science based Level 3 courses, such as biology, psychology, geography and sociology.
The course is taught for three hours a week during Year 12 and Year 13 so that the skills needed are embedded over the duration of your post 16 studies.
The course is most suitable for students who attain a C or low B at GCSE.
Core Maths is in addition to your compulsory curriculum of 3/4 subjects in Year 12.
North Nottinghamshire College Students
We work in partnership with North Nottinghamshire College to ensure students can study A levels alongside a North Nottinghamshire College course including BTEC Level 3 Engineering and AAT L2/3 Accountancy.
• We will endeavour to personalise the learning of all students to match their needs.
• Individual A Level subjects may have specific minimum GCSE grade requirements.
• The subjects listed will be offered at the Post 16 Centre subject to sufficient demand and staffing availability.
For further information about the curriculum, please contact Jacqui Bilham on 01909 504090.