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Pathways through the Sixth Form

There are many pathways through Sixth Form Education at Plympton Academy, all of which provide a wide range of choice and opportunity.

Generally students will choose a programme of either: Advanced Level Study, Additional Level 3 Courses, a combination of these two types of course or a Vocational course. The choice is dependent on the student’s likely GCSE grades and their career aspirations. However, there is flexibility in the system which enables students to mix and match between these programmes allowing students to follow the programme which best suits their interests, skills and career aspirations.

Programmes can also include additional courses such as GCSE English and Maths re-sits. There is also the opportunity to be involved in community voluntary work and work experience. The Sixth Form subject blocking arrangements may not allow for every choice combination but our links with the Plym Consortium (a collaboration between Plympton Academy, Coombe Dean, Hele’s School and Plymstock School) and the Plymouth Learning Trust (a service that links schools with training providers) expands that choice.

Advanced Level Pathway/Additional Level 3 Qualifications

Plympton Academy offers one of the widest choices of Level 3 courses in the city. A levels and BTECs are Level 3 qualifications that allow access to university and high level apprenticeships. The minimum requirement for Level 3 courses is 5A*-C grades including English and Maths - some A level courses have additional requirements (see prospectus entry). All Students are expected to study 4 subjects in Year 12, 3 x A level or equivalent, plus 1 x AS level or equivalent across a broad curriculum.

A Levels

Fine Art (A level only) Biology Chemistry Drama & Theatre Studies English Literature Geography History (A level only) Applied ICT Mathematics Philosophy and Ethics Photography (A level only) Physics Psychology Sociology Spanish

Additional Level 3 Qualifications

Business Studies - BTEC Level 3 Engineering - BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care – BTEC Level 3 Hospitality and Catering - BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism - Applied A Level Performing Arts - BTEC Level 3 Applied Science - BTEC Level 3 Sport - BTEC Level 3


Vocational Pathway

You will find a separate section dedicated to vocational courses in this prospectus. Plympton Academy Sixth Form is one of the largest providers of vocational education in the city, working with over 30 training providers to deliver courses from Sound Engineering, through to Plumbing, Childcare, Sport and Recreation.

Sixth Form Vocational Qualifications

Animal Care • Art & Design• Beauty Therapy Business Admin• Bricklaying • Childcare • Construction • Customer Services • Fabrication and Welding • Horse Care • Legal Studies • Marine Construction • Mechanics • Music Production Media• Nail Services • Outdoor Adventure Painting and Decorating • Photography •Plastering • Plumbing • Professional Cookery • Public Services Retail • Skills for Working Life • Teaching Support