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We are proud to offer a wide range of high quality subjects and qualifications within our Sixth Form. We provide various pathways of study that enable all students to progress and succeed in their journey beyond the Sixth Form. Students are able to follow either an Advanced Level Academic pathway, a Level 3 Vocational pathway or a Level 2 Vocational pathway depending on which is most suited to them as an individual.

Our curriculum:

  • provides students with choice and flexibility
  • allows study of a range of subjects
  • enables students to combine subjects requiring different styles of learning (e.g. conceptual, experiential or practical)
  • eases progression from GCSE to A Level study
  • maximises future options and prospects
  • offers a range of learning experiences.

You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your work and to demonstrate a mature outlook in an environment that is very different from anything you have experienced so far in your education. In addition, students have the opportunity to study additional qualifications and undertake enrichment activities.

Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an opportunity to undertake a project investigating a subject about which you feel strongly. You may choose a topic related to your other courses or take the opportunity to follow a personal passion. It provides a context for critical thinking and project management skills. EPQ is only offered at AS Level.

The taught element of the EPQ is delivered over two scheduled sessions per fortnight. In addition to the whole group lessons, you are likely to have small group and individual sessions with your supervisor for further support at each of the review stages of your project and you should be in regular contact with your supervisor by email. AQA expects 120 hours of study, which means a significant commitment of your own time, preparing you for the way you will be expected to work at university.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

At Lytchett, we encourage our students to develop their wider knowledge and understanding of the world, and one way we do this is through the use of MOOCs. A MOOC is a massive open online course. They are usually developed by universities and can be on any topic at all, from the history of football to understanding biodiversity, and from an introduction to Mandarin to preparing for university. MOOCs usually take the form of a selection of articles, online questions and videos and often offer participants the opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and experiences with fellow learners online. Participation is usually free and is always flexible. Courses can be as short as a few hours over the course of a week through to six or more hours a week over a period of months. Some providers require participants to pay for a certificate but these are rarely necessary. MOOCs can be undertaken to help students see if a particular subject is something they might want to study at university, to find out more about something that really interests them or to do some extra work around a subject they are studying.

Universities and apprenticeship providers like to see some evidence of further study beyond the classroom, and MOOCs are a great way of showing this. Some parents have also enjoyed studying a MOOC! A wide range of MOOCs can be found in the search on Unifrog on their dedicated MOOC page, or through Future Learn – a website managed by the Open University, drawing together a huge selection of MOOCs starting each week from a diverse range of institutions.