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 options towards the end of Year 11, led by a formal interview process. Pupils will embark on one of two pathways: the Academic Route for those who have achieved high grades in equivalent GCSE courses, or the Vocational 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 (Academic)
Subject Course Title Exam Board Specification
Option A GCE Psychology AQA 7182
Option B GCE Sociology AQA 7192
GCE Mathematics Pearson 9MA0
Option C GCE Chemistry AQA 7405
GCE Religious Studies Eduqas 601/8771/2
Option D GCE Biology AQA 7402

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 (Vocational)
Subject Course Title Exam Board Specification
Health & Social Care Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care Pearson XFJ83
Applied Science Extended Diploma in Applied Science Pearson XFJ82
ICT & Business Foundation Diploma in ICT Pearson YGP42
Foundation Diploma in Business Pearson UCM90
English 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 a GCSE in English or Mathematics.

For further information about our KS5 curriculum offer, please contact the school directly at