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Overview of core programme

The Cherwell Sixth Form curriculum provides a wide range of academic qualifications designed to challenge and engage our students, as well as to enable them to pursue their interests and to achieve their future aspirations. In line with the experience up to 16, our students study high value academic courses. We provide targeted support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including the 16-19 Bursary,  academic mentoring and one-to-one support. 

Carefully planned opportunities support students to make informed decisions about their futures, be those at university, on a degree/higher apprenticeship or through employment.  There is a focus on independence and agency through “Beyond Cherwell”,  the EPQ and self-managed study periods.  Our linear approach to A levels allows flexibility and additional time, to tailor the curriculum to students’ needs. There are numerous opportunities for students to develop knowledge and skills through the weekly Social Wellbeing programme as well as annual work experience and Student Leadership programmes. Skills are recognised in our Beyond Cherwell Awards at bronze, silver or gold level. We ensure students are well-informed about contemporary issues, including politics, ethics, safety, relationship and sex education, health & well-being in Social Wellbeing and the assembly programme which enables them to be healthy, well rounded young people. The curriculum is enhanced through numerous visits across the year, including via the Turing Scheme and a World Challenge expedition every other year. As well as an enriching two years in terms of our students’ academic and personal development, a strong emphasis is placed on Life beyond Cherwell and future aspirations. Students get explicit guidance, supported by outstanding individual support by the Sixth Form team.

The Core Programme

In the sixth form we would expect most students to follow a programme which includes:

  • Three full A level courses* 
  • An Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Social Wellbeing Programme 
  • Tutor time, including a weekly assembly 
  • A week of work experience in Year 12 
  • Opportunities to take part in a range of other activities and programmes including becoming a student ambassador, a sixth form lead, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Peer Support/Mentoring, sports and sport teams, drama, and our unique ‘Beyond Cherwell’ enrichment programme.

At Cherwell we offer a package that we believe maximises the students’ opportunities, choices and success. 

* Some students may study more than three courses. For instance, students who follow a programme which includes mathematics and further mathematics will study four A levels.


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