What can I study?

Chesterfield High School is a Comprehensive School and the ethos of open access and equality of opportunity extends to our Post-16 provision. However, appropriateness is the key to building successful programmes for individual students and as such we advise students on the basis of their prior achievement.

 

The structure of qualifications at 13+, together with information about individual students, is our guide in placing students at the appropriate levels. Students will follow programmes at Level 3 for two years. We avoid setting rigid rules about access to courses at particular levels given that there will always be exceptions in personal circumstances. However, we do work to clear guidelines. Students entering the Sixth Form must have a very good record of attendance, punctuality, application to work and conduct pre-16.

 

We see our provision as representing one stage in a process of lifelong learning for our students. Allowing a student to follow inappropriate courses at this stage may be very costly in terms of their long term future.

 

The Curriculum

 

The ultimate aim of a Sixth Form programme is success in terms of formal qualifications and broader personal development. Chesterfield students have a record of high achievement. Many Advanced Level students each year go on to do degree courses at University, including the most prestigious and selective Oxford and Cambridge colleges. Courses pursued by our former students are many and varied.

 

We care about every student and offer the appropriate individual advice and guidance to ensure students are following the right course for them. We tailor their programme of study to match their current interests and future ambitions, resulting in a curriculum which allows students to develop their potential and to acquire a range of qualifications which will open doors for them in an increasingly competitive world.

We are proud of the fact that the majority of our students gain considerable success in University entrance with many students achieving their first choice of University. The size and success of Chesterfield is such that we have a large and highly qualified staff, this being a key factor our students value about their Post 16 education.

 

We are able to offer a range of Advanced (Level 3) GCE, Level 3 BTEC courses and Level 3 OCR Nationals within a curricular structure which allows breadth and flexibility while at the same time offering the necessary opportunities for specialisation and depth.

 

Opportunities for accredited additional studies are also available, including Leadership Awards, Extended Project Qualification and personal development accreditation including the PIXL Graduate/ Master program. We will continue to develop and diversify our curriculum provision at Chesterfield in our endeavour to offer our students the very best opportunities.

Sixth Form Courses currently offered include

Subject area Qualification at Level 3 Exam Board Qualification title
Applied Science Single Vocational Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science
Applied Science Double Vocational Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science
Art GCE Eduqas Level 3 Advanced GCE in Art & Design
Biology GCE AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology
Business Studies Vocational OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business
Chemistry GCE AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Chemistry
English Language GCE Eduqas Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Language
English Literature GCE Eduqas Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Literature
Extended Project AS AQA Level 3 Extended Project Qualification
Further Mathematics GCE Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Further Mathematics
French GCE AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in French
Geography GCE AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Geography
History GCE AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in History
IT Vocational OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT
Mathematics GCE Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics
Media Studies GCE Eduqas Level 3 Advanced GCE in Media Studies
Performing Arts Vocational Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts
Physics GCE AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Physics
Psychology GCE AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Psychology
Spanish GCE AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Spanish
Sport 1 Vocational Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
Sport 2 Vocational Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport
Sport 3 Vocational Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport