Post 16

16-19 Study Programme Requirements

All our Post 16 pathways are designed to provide structure and a challenging personalised learning programme. Every student in Years 12 and 13 will study a combination of academic and/or vocational qualifications that are linked to their future plans.

Students who embark on a study programme who do not yet have a grade 4 or higher (C or higher) in mathematics or English will be required to work towards the achievement of these qualifications as part of their programme.

The pathways that students follow will maximise progression opportunities onto the next stage of their education, employment or apprenticeship.


The following qualifications are currently delivered in Years 12 and 13:

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. Level 3 courses assessed through assignments and examinations, linking with North Notts College for 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.

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
• Enrichment

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
• Enrichment

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
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 BTEC Level 3 Engineering.

Please Note
• 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.