North Chadderton

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This will be based on safe, inclusive practice which inspires and challenges everyone.
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The post-16 curriculum is designed to provide all students with a structured and challenging individualised learning programme that supports their development and progression.  

We offer programmes of study at levels 2 and 3 and provide a wide range of academic and applied general (vocational) qualifications that link clearly to training, employment or higher education.  Prior to choosing their options, all year 11 students undertake a specially designed Pathways to Success programme which includes Sixth Form Open Evening, career-based guidance lessons, taster sessions and an individual interview with staff before making their final choices.

Our Sixth Form prospectus provides information about the study programmes available to students (approximately 30), the entry requirements and pathways, and the support available to students to help them progress through the Sixth Form and onto their chosen destination.

Students who have not been successful in gaining a Grade 4 in Maths or English have the opportunity to retake one or both of these GCSE subjects alongside leadership courses and GCE A Level and/or Applied General courses. This allows students to develop their learning beyond Level 2 qualifications and provides progression either to further study at North Chadderton Sixth Form or employment/training or education elsewhere.

The courses offered to students are listed below:

A Levels Courses:

English Language English Literature Mathematics
Biology Chemistry Physics
PE Film Studies Government and Politics
History Geography Fine Art
Sociology Psychology Graphic Art
Business Studies Economics Spanish

Applied General (Vocational) Courses:

Performing Arts Applied Science Information Technology
Children’s Play, Learning and Development Applied Business Computing

Creative Digital Media

Applied Law Health and Social Care


As part of the study programme, some students will embark upon the Extended Project Qualification which is a largely self-directed and self-motivated project which encourages creativity and curiosity. 

Work Experience

All study programmes also include a bespoke work placement in Year 12.

These placements help inform students with career choices, develop the relevant occupational skills and help instil the attitudes and behaviours expected at work.

Other activities within the Study Programme

Students also take part in a wide variety of other non-qualification opportunities including mentoring, debating, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, the Young Enterprise Award, the ERASMUS programme and also the Sixth Form Prefect team and Senior Student Team. In addition to this, all students take part in charity work at various times of the academic year and raise money for a chosen charity.

The Personal Development Programme runs alongside this and is a one hour taught lesson that focuses on developing study skills, independent learning strategies, organisation skills and also includes careers advice and guidance.