The offer at KS5 allows students to take one of three pathways that all have a clear route into specific specialisms:

(1) Engineering

(2) Business

(3) Fashion (with Art & Design)

Students will be allocated a total of 8 hours of taught time for their specialist area and then a further 8 periods for the two further options they take from the option list below.

Four hours of specific project based learning time will be split between their specialist pathway (2 hours), Option A (1 hour) and Option B (1 hour).


Specialist Subjects

Within the course you will complete 8 units, all of which are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. Many of the unit tasks are a mixture of these grades. You will be provided with appropriate resources and facilities throughout the course.

Within the Fashion and Textiles Department we are committed to helping you realise your true working potential in a professional and friendly manner.

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Within the course you will complete 12 units totalling 120 credits, all of which are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. Many of the unit tasks are a mixture of these grades. You will be provided with appropriate resources and facilities throughout the course.

Within the Business Department we are committed to helping you realise your true working potential in a professional and friendly manner.

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Options Subjects:

Level 3 Extended Certificate (Single)
Level 3 Diploma (Double)
Awarding Body: Pearson

Course Outline:
This course is a practical, work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. This will include giving presentations, completing research tasks, taking part in role plays, creating new product designs and writing reports.

The course provides a broad foundation of business education which can prepare you for and lead to work or further study at university.

How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed both internally and externally.

What will I study?
Extended Certificate:
– Exploring Business
– Developing a Marketing Campaign
– Personal and Business Finance
– Managing an Event
– Recruitment and Selection Process
– Team Building in Business

Diploma: Extended Certificate units plus:
– International Business
– Principles of Management
– Business Decision Making
– Creative Promotion
– Visual Merchandising
– Pitching for a New Business

Tech Level 3 Double Award
Awarding Body: AQA

Course Outline
Level 3 technical qualifications are in collaboration with employers and professional bodies. They are aimed at learners wanting to progress into a specific sector through apprenticeships, further study or employment. The course is a mixture of exams and coursework based projects which include designing and practical elements. The course involves visiting universities and trips to local engineering companies. Projects include designing a steering wheel for a racing car as well as developing team work skills by manufacturing a wind farm.

How will I be assessed?
Unit 1 & 3 – External examination.
Unit 2 – Externally set and marked assignment.
Unit 4-8 – Internally assessed assignment.

What will I study?
Topics such as:
• The process of engineering design
• The scientific principles used by engineers to identify the most suitable materials in a given engineering context
• The use of maths as an aid to model and solve problems across a range of practical engineering contexts
• Mechanical engineering systems and components, and their applications to the design of engineering products and systems for consumers and industry
• The relevance and role that manufacturing processes and systems have in the production of multiple components
• How to manage industrially sourced design projects
• The use of 3D parametric modelling software in the design process
• The systematic approaches to design such as design for manufacture (DFM) and design for assembly (DFA).

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

Course Outline
This course is an exciting introduction into the world of fashion and the creative aspects that are involved in this industry. The course falls under the umbrella of Art & Design but all work will be lead towards a fashion or textiles outcome.

Throughout this course you will explore and develop a range fashion production skill, such as pattern cutting and garment
manufacture, as well as explore a range of textiles print methods and embellishment experimentation. This level 3 course also looks at the wider applications and opportunities within the industry, exploring topics like trend prediction, marketing and promotion, as well as how to set up and run your own fashion business.

At the end of the course you will have not only obtained the equivalent to two A Level’ s but will have built up a foundation that can lead in to a career in the creative and exciting industry of fashion and textiles.

How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed by a mixture of coursework and exams.
Coursework 75% – This will consist of units, which will be assessed in a variety of ways.
Exam 25% – These are two 5 hour practical exams that will take place in the art and fashion studio.

What will I study?
Students will cover a wide variety of fashion related topics that will give them an insight into a variety of areas within the industry including: pattern cutting and garment manufacture, trend prediction, marketing and promotion as well as developing an understanding of business and the fashion industry

A Level
Awarding Body: AQA

Course Outline
This course builds on your knowledge and understanding from GCSE level and further develops your artistic skills. This is a two year course where you will be able to specialise in an artistic area of your choice and prepare your portfolio for pre degree foundation courses or university.

How will I be assessed?
Year 1: Extended project, workshops and internal assessment.
Year 2: 60% course 40% Exam.

What will I study?
You will further explore media and materials you will have experienced at GCSE, these will range from 2D and 3D mediums.

At this stage you will have a good understanding of your own work and strengths and you will specialise further within your area of choice. You will complete a personal investigation project and complete a 3000 word assignment that directly relates to and explains your investigation.

A Level
Awarding Body: AQA

Course Outline
This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing prototypes of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

How will I be assessed?
Paper 1 Technical principles
Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes, 120 marks, 30% of A-level
Questions – Mixture of short answer and extended response.

Paper 2 Designing and making principles
Written exam: 1 hour and 30 minutes, 80 marks, 20% of A-level
Questions – Mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

Non-exam assessment
Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles.
Substantial design and make project. 100 marks, 50% of A-level
Written evidence or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

What will I study?
A Level Design and Technology: Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study.

This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge as set out below. These have been separated into: technical principles and designing and making principles.

Introductory Diploma
Awarding Body: OCR

Course Outline
The qualifications aim to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations.

Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT focus on the requirements that today’s universities and employers demand. Students will develop professional, personal and social skills through interaction with peers, stakeholders and clients, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. These support the transferable skills required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills.

How will I be assessed?
A mixture of methodologies used, including controlled assessment, examinations and the majority of the course is assessed via internally assessed coursework.

What will I study?
Application developer pathway

This pathway focuses on the development of a range of applications across platforms and sectors. Students will gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century, enabling them to demonstrate the skills of writing specifications, and the design, build, testing and implementation of applications.

In addition to the mandatory units, students must also achieve the mandatory pathway unit Application Design as well as separate units on data analysis, HTML and interactive website design, and project management.