Key Stage 5

The Academy operates a two-year Key Stage 5 where pupils sit A-Levels or Level 3 Vocational qualifications. Pupils make their preferred option choices towards the end of Year 11, led by a formal interview process. Pupils will embark on one of two pathways:either the vocational route or the traditional academic route (where they are also offered extra time for English and mathematics where necessary).  The primary focus is to ensure that every pupil is enrolled on the correct courses based on their options and ability, and that all pupils leave with a GCSE in English and Mathematics if this was not obtained at Key Stage 4.

Courses Available at Key Stage 5 (subject to demand)
Subject Qualification Exam Board Specification
Biology AS Level AQA 7401
Chemistry AS Level AQA 7404
English Literature  AS Level AQA 7716AA
Mathematics AS Level Edexcel 8MA0
Psychology AS Level Edexcel 8PS0
Biology A Level AQA 7402
Chemistry A Level AQA 7405
English Literature B A Level AQA 7717AB
Law A Level AQA 7162
Mathematics A Level Edexcel 9MA0
Psychology A Level Edexcel 9PS0
Extended Project Level 3 AQA 7993
Criminology Applied Certificate progressing to Diploma WJEC N/A

Pupils will study four options on the academic pathway in Year 12. However, moving into Year 13 they will have the option of dropping a subject to focus on the remaining three courses.

Courses Available at Key Stage 5 (Level 2 and 3 Vocational – subject to demand)

For students who have not achieved a Level 4 in English and maths, we have a pathway to help you move forward. 

Subject Course Title Exam Board Specification 
BTEC  Public Services BTEC Level 1/2 Certificate in Public Services Edexcel N/A
BTEC Business BTEC Level 2 Business    
BTEC Leisure and Tourism BTEC Leisure and Tourism    
BTEC Food/Hospitality BTEC Food/Hospitality    
Students will also study as relevant GCSE Maths resit and/or GCSE English resit


For students who have achieved a Level 4 in English and/or maths and want to pursue a vocational course.  This is a mixture of coursework and exams.  We have the below offering:

Subject Course Title Exam Board Specification
BTEC Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Edexcel N/A
BTEC Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Edexcel N/A
BTEC Business BTEC Level 3 National Diploma Edexcel N/A
English and/or Mathematics GCSE English Language AQA 8700
GCSE Mathematics Pearson 1MA1

Pupils will select one of the three options on the vocational pathway to study for both Year 12 and Year 13. If pupils have not already passed English or Mathematics at Key Stage 4, they will also attend additional lessons to achieve English or Mathematics.