In addition to a range of A level and specialist BTEC courses, we offer various enrichment qualifications and extra-curricular opportunities designed to prepare students for life after sixth form and develop them, not just academically, but as individuals ready to take on the challenge of the world of work or higher education. These include the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the extended project qualification, sports coaching qualifications, leadership responsibilities within the Academy and a reading programme with younger students. You can learn more about these opportunities, and others, throughout this section of the website.
Whilst course offering is obviously important for anyone looking at post 16 options, it’s the support we offer our sixth form students that really sets us apart from others. Support in our sixth form comes in many forms; weekly timetabled support sessions in year 13 with university and / or job applications, financial support in the form of our annual Learning Grant, academic mentoring programmes and the opportunity to arrange sessions with the Academy counsellor are just some examples of the ways in which our sixth form students are supported as they work towards their longer term career goals. Ultimately, our sixth form pastoral team, Academy careers advisors, form tutors and teaching staff form a strong support network for our sixth form students and are always at hand to provide help, advice and guidance.
University courses and job opportunities are often oversubscribed, so it’s really important that our students leave us with the strongest possible profile and develop a wide range of skills that will ultimately strengthen university, or future job applications. This is why we are constantly looking for ways in which our sixth form can evolve and prepare students for particular fields of study or careers in which they have an interest. Indeed, In recent years we’ve developed our specialist Medicine Pathway for students looking to study medicine and our Football Programme has proved successful in providing many students with a stepping stone to a range of sport related specialisms such as sport coaching, football business management and sport science. More details about these aspects of the sixth form curriculum can be found in this section of the website.
We understand that choosing where to go at 16 years of age and what to study can be daunting and there is a lot to consider. We hope that this section of our website gives you an insight into what the sixth form is like at Forge. If there is anything else you would like to know about sixth form and how we can support you taking further steps towards your longer term career goals, please do not hesitate to contact us.
To arrange a tour or for any enquiries, please contact Mr Grimes (Assistant Principal KS5) here