Extended Pathway

We are very pleased, for the first time at Sprowston Community Academy Sixth Form, to be offering an Extended Pathway for our most highly achieving students. This specifically tailored programme will cater for those students who gain an average GCSE grade of 6 and above, including English and Mathematics. 

Students will undertake either four full academic A Levels or three academic A Levels with an Extended Project Qualification, in a range of disciplines, including the key facilitating subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Maths, History, Geography).

This pathway will prepare students for study beyond school. At university level, it is essential that our young people are able to think independently and creatively, to articulate their views confidently, to write academically and critically, to read incisively and to debate passionately. We envisage that this route through Post-16 will prepare them sufficiently for the demands of Higher Education. 

Students who opt for this pathway will be expected to have excellent attendance, attitudes to learning and levels of independence and academic curiosity. They will also be encouraged to take an active role in the school community, enabling them to become well-rounded, mature and competent individuals.

Additional Information

Course Viability

Please be aware that the courses offered here are for the curriculum offer for September 2020. If numbers of students for a course are low then the decision not to run the course may be taken.

Financial Assistance

For students from low income families there is a financial bursary package available to help pay for stationary, text books, residentials, transport and equipment.

Academic Pathway

Our Academic Pathway is aimed towards those students who are interested in taking the traditional A Level route through Post-16, leading to either a place at university or the increasingly popular Degree Level Apprenticeship schemes. 

To access this pathway, students should gain an average GCSE grade of 5 and above, including English and Mathematics – although some courses may have an entry requirement of a GCSE grade 6. Students will undertake three academic A Levels, in a range of disciplines, including the key facilitating subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Maths, History, Geography). 

This pathway will prepare students for the demands of work beyond school, whether this is a degree or a work-based apprenticeship. It is essential that our young people are able to be resilient, creative and collaborative, as well as having highly developed skills in the presentation of ideas, interpretation of reading materials and application of academic language. We foresee that this route through Post-16 will prepare them appropriately for the demands of degree-level study. 

Students who opt for this pathway will be expected to have excellent attendance, excellent attitudes and high levels of independence. They will be encouraged to take ownership of their own studies, fostering a desire to learn and a willingness to exceed classroom expectations. In addition, as a role model to younger students, they should play an active part in the school community, making the most of the opportunities afforded to them. 

In addition to the traditional academic qualifications, we will also offer some ‘extras’ to the Extended and Academic Pathways:

  • Team Building and Leadership – a bespoke package of work experience, access to the Sixth Form allotment (supported by the Papillon Project) and a residential led by the Norwich Community Sports Foundation and National Community Service.
  • Careers Guidance – a coherent system of support through the process of applying for university, with specific provision for those applying for Oxford and Cambridge, as well as dedicated careers guidance.
  • Access to ICT and Study Support – all students following this pathway can lease their own Chromebook and text books to assist with their studies, as well as dedicated study skills sessions.