All 16 - 19 students at Bacon’s are given the opportunity to take a study programme which reflects their prior attainment, education and career goals. Students are expected to meet a set of entry requirements that indicate their ability to access the curriculum offer at 16-19 which is primarily comprised of academic A-Levels with a small vocational offer focusing on IT, Media, Sport and Business. Students are guided through the process of choosing their subjects through a range of assemblies, information and an Open Evening which outlines what students can study, the entry requirements, complementary subjects and the potential career pathways available to them.
Students in Bacon’s College Sixth Form primarily follow academic study programmes, selecting up to four A-Levels to study in Year 12, with the majority focusing on three A-Levels in Year 13. Every student is given an individualised guidance meeting regarding their suitability for their subject choices before they complete enrolment and all students are closely matched to their abilities and interests in these discussions.
The A-Level subjects available to study at Bacon’s College in Key Stage 5 include:
Our Level 3 vocational subject offer includes:
Each curriculum area has their own policy regarding entering students for AS-Levels or waiting until Year 13 and entering students for A-Levels. Art and Design subjects (Fine Art, Graphics, Product Design and Textiles) which pursue a linear course, for example, alongside a UAL Level 2 Drawing Award, whilst other subjects such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics prefer to enter students for the AS-Level at the end of Year 12 and for the full A-Level at the end of Year 13.
Any student who has not secured GCSE Mathematics or English Language on entry is required to attend lessons in these subjects during Year 12 and/ or Year 13 to ensure that these GCSEs are attained before they leave the College.
The vast majority of students attend the Sixth Form with the intention of applying to study at university. The College regularly sees over 70% of Year 13 students securing undergraduate or foundation degrees in a wide range of subjects and disciplines, with the reminder securing apprenticeships and employment. The College has an excellent programme of support and guidance for students, comprising of information evenings for UCAS, presentations from universities and Student Finance England and individualised support throughout the entire UCAS application process, from research to personal statements and references, from experienced tutors. This is complemented by an extensive work-related learning programme offering work experience placements, mentoring and employment opportunities to our student body in a diverse range of fields, ranging from accountancy, banking and law to PR and corporate responsibility and outreach.
The College also offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities to develop soft skills in our young people, building their character and developing values that will support them in their transition into adulthood. This can range from being a Reading Buddy and helping Year 7 with their literacy to being a fully-trained mediator who works to resolve conflicts amongst the student body and within the wider community. Students can also be mentors to Year 9, get involved in sports or contribute to College through the tutor councils, tutorial or assembly programmes. The College’s Christian ethos and values underpin this extra-curricular provision, underpinned by our principle of providing service to others.