St Philomena's Sixth Form - Curriculum Information

Key Stage 5 Curriculum 

In Year 12 Sixth Form students study a personalised programme of courses, which has been determined after interviews with senior leaders. Usually this programme consists of three Level 3 subjects of study (either A Levels, BTEC Diplomas or a combination of the two). Students may also undertake enrichment courses (see below).

‘A’ Level and BTEC National Diploma, Certificate and Extended Certificate courses are taught for nine periods per 2-week cycle. BTEC National Diploma courses have eighteen periods per 2-week cycle.

We also offer Level 2, First Extended Certificate in Hospitality.

In line with national requirements, if a student has not achieved a grade 4 in GCSE maths or English at KS4, they will continue to study these subjects, until they have achieved a grade 4.

Note: BTEC Diploma and Extended Certificate courses are two years in duration. BTEC H&SC, BTEC Sport and Leisure and BTEC Business Studies are the equivalent of 1- 2 A levels.

As a Roman Catholic Sixth Form, the spiritual development and engagement of our students is a priority. We run regular drop-down days for both Year 12 and 13 in which we continue to study, discuss and explore areas of Theology, Philosophy, Ethics and Spirituality within modern Britain. Topics include faith and reasons to believe, discernment and decision making, love and relationships, the value of silence, religions of the world, and how we should read sacred texts. Attendance on these days is a requirement of each student but there is no set homework, coursework or formal examination. Students are assessed to ensure that they are progressing in confidence and ability as young women who engage with issues and people from a spiritual perspective within a Catholic school and culture. 

Year 12 students take an Enrichment Course in addition to their core options. The certificated enrichment courses currently available include: Extended Project Qualification (Level 3; equivalent to half an A Level); Sports Leadership Award, Art Life Drawing classes or student leadership positions. All 6th Form students participate in our “Future Pathways Programme” on Wednesday afternoons. This programme covers Higher Education & Careers, PSHE, and Citizenship


Click to view: Curriculum Information Booklet 2020-2021