Our teachers are passionate about their subjects, and we have designed a curriculum that will enable you to succeed at the highest levels. There will be six hours of learning time for each subject you choose for A Level, including small group supervisions with your teacher so you can receive high-quality, in-depth feedback that is specific to you.

Curriculum Offer

At Reach Academy Sixth Form we offer both highly academic pathways  (A Levels) and rigourous vocational pathways (BTECs). Both pathways facilitate progression
to competitive university courses, apprenticeships and employment options.

You will choose three A Level subjects or 1 BTEC course to study during your time at Reach Academy Sixth Form. This decision will be based on your aspirations, interests and achievements in your GCSEs. All courses are significantly more challenging than GCSEs, and therefore we have high academic entry requirements.

A Level subjects are linear, which means that you’ll take all your exams at the end of Year 13. BTEC courses involve both assignments throughout the course and examination elements.

The table below explains our curriculum offer from September 2019. Please click on the subject to view and download the subject prospectus.

Academic Vocational
Maths Mathematics*
Further Mathematics*
Sciences Biology*
Humanities / English English Literature*
Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
Languages French*
Arts Art and Design
Entry Requirements
* 6 x Grade 6s or above, including English and Maths with 7s in the subjects that you wish to study and for BTEC 6 x Grade 5 or above including 6s in English and Maths.
* Minimum Grade 7 in the subject you wish to study. You can find out more about what you need for each subject on our website.
BTEC Business
BTEC Health
and Social Care
Entry Requirements
6 x Grade 6s or above, including English and Maths with 7s in the subjects that you wish to study and for BTEC 6 x Grade 5 or above including 6s in English and Maths.

Independent Learning

In order to succeed in rigorous academic or vocational study, you’ll be expected to complete independent learning for each subject every week. The purpose of this independent learning will be to consolidate classroom knowledge, practise exam skills and prepare for your next lessons. Your teachers will mark your work and discuss it with you in your one:one and small group tutorials.

Reach Scholar Studies

A Level and BTEC courses require you to think critically and work independently. You’ll be expected to use analytical skills, alongside adept technological expertise, to maximise your learning and your impact on the world. To support you with this, we’ve designed a unique Reach Scholar Studies course that will equip you with knowledge and skills for Post-16 study and beyond. The course includes topics such as: I.T. skills, research skills, presentation skills and critical consideration of academic arguments.

Elective Curriculum

Alongside the academic curriculum, you’ll also have the opportunity to choose a from a wide range of ‘Electives’ that will add depth and breadth to your Reach Academy Sixth Form experience. Our staff have chosen all sorts of electives that they are passionate about, from Middle Eastern Studies to Photography, Astronomy to designing your own political campaign. These electives will give you a springboard from which to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (worth an AS Level), which can further support your university application.