Progression Pathways and Programmes of Study

Within The Vale Academy Sixth Form, we offer a series of progression pathways for students. These consist of a wide range of personalised study routes providing a flexible combination of subjects to suit the individual aspirations of every student and maximise their chances of future success. Each pathway is linked to a comprehensive range of A-level subjects, supplemented by a number of key technical and vocational courses. The academy also offers a bespoke pathway for students who do not wish to specialise too early or who may be unsure of their future progression.

As part of the interview process, we discuss the various pathways on offer to ensure that students select the best combination of subjects which in turn relate to their end goal and academic potential. Students are fully prepared for the next phase of their education or to enter employment.

In addition, all Year 12 students are entered for the Progression Module, in conjunction with Leeds Beckett and Huddersfield Universities. This module is taught as part of the tutorial programme and is designed to develop essential skills in order to prepare students for university and work. Students are supported through the module by their personal tutor. Further information is provided by external speakers from a wide range of institutions and employers, including universities and higher-level apprenticeship providers, who address a number of specialist areas. These include careers guidance, making applications and financial advice.

We also have strong links with the local area Rotary Club, whose members provide mock interviews for all Year 13 students in preparation for UCAS and employment applications. In addition, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is offered as part of the enrichment programme.

Our Level 2 learners for maths and English are given a bespoke package of tuition to prepare them for exams in November and June.

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