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Sixth Form 2022 Virtual Tour

Applications have now closed. Any applications received after this deadline will be treated as late. To be added to the waitlist please fill out the form here: https://forms.office.com/r/pMLbqzGU6P
For any queries, please email: admissions@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Welcome Induction Video

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Welcome to Caroline Chisholm School

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Welcome from the Sixth Form team

Choosing a Sixth Form can be an exciting time as students transition into adult life, but we recognise it can also be a daunting experience.  We hope our virtual Sixth Form aims to provide you with all the information you need to help you decide that Caroline Chisholm School is the sixth form for you!   We look forward to welcoming many of you into Sixth Form in September 2022.  

- The Sixth Form Team

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Welcome from the Sixth Form Head Students

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Entry Requirements

Students wishing to attend our Sixth Form can follow one of two pathways:

Pathway 1: Students may choose to study three A Levels from our complete range of subjects. We require that students have achieved all the following:

  • A minimum GCSE grade 5 (or equivalent) in at least five subjects;
  • A minimum of grade 5 in one of their English subjects and a minimum of grade 4 in the other; and
  • A minimum of grade 4 in Maths.

Pathway 2: Students may choose to study a Diploma (equivalent to two A Levels) in either Business or Health and Social Care and choose one other A level from a range of subjects. We require that students have achieved all of the following:

  • A minimum GCSE grade 4 (or equivalent) in at least five subjects;
  • A minimum of grade 4 in both English Literature and Language; and
  • A minimum of grade 4 in Maths;

When deciding on their chosen pathway, as well as the entry criteria, students should also consider the individual subject recommendations (sixth form course guide) before finalising choices.  Please also make sure you have read and understood information relating to the pathways and the applications process before making your application. 

Click to see the Sixth Form Prospectus

Sixth Form Option Blocks 2022

Students must select three options. Only one option can be selected from each block (A-E).

Pathway 1 students can choose any combination of three A level subjects; however, combination guidance should be referred to below.

Pathway 2 students must choose either the Business Diploma or Health and Social Care Diploma; plus one A level subject from blocks B-D.

*Core Sciences: High value subjects, with high earning potential. Students wanting to pursue the strongest pathways for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Natural Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science should pick three subjects from this set. Further Mathematics is encouraged particularly as a fourth A Level for our most ambitious students.

**Core Arts: Traditional facilitating Arts subjects, highly regarded by all top universities. Students wanting to pursue the strongest pathways in Arts and Social Sciences are encouraged to select at least one subject from this set. These subjects are best taken in combination with the Social Science options: for example: History, English Literature and Government and Politics; English Literature, Spanish and Psychology. Geography is classed as a Science by some universities so can also complement a Science pathway.

***Social Sciences and Business: All combinations in this set work well together and will complement Core Arts subjects. Psychology is typically classed as a Science by universities so can also complement a Science pathway. Economics and Business Studies work very well with Mathematics for numerically-focused Social Science pathway. Students wanting to study Law at university may wish to take Law A Level, though it should be noted that this is not prerequisite for a university Law application.

****Creative Arts and PE: These subjects can work well with in combination with Core Arts and Social Science subjects. PE can complement a Science pathway, such as Physiotherapy and Paramedic Science; it also works well with Psychology leading to popular degrees such as Sports Psychology. Theatre Studies is commonly taken alongside English Literature. Product Design works well with Mathematics and Business Studies. Most students will take no more than one Creative Arts subject as the coursework components for these subjects is substantial. 

*****Pathway 2 Diplomas: Diplomas are alternative equivalents to two A Levels, and so a Diploma takes up two options blocks. This means a Diploma is taken alongside one A Level subject from blocks B-D.  

Course Guide

Please click on the link below to download our Course Guide, which provides in-depth information on the course content and also sets out the minimum entry requirement for each subject.  

 


How to apply

Students already in Year 11 at Caroline Chisholm School (Internal Students) should submit an application via our online portal which you can access using the button on the left.  

External students should complete and submit an application by using the button below. It will direct you to a form to fill out that once submitted will come directly to the admissions team.

Applications have now closed. Any applications received after this deadline will be treated as late and can only be added to the waitlist.  

For any queries, please email: admissions@ccs.northants.sch.uk

New - Additional Courses

Additional Courses

We are delighted to report that recent staff recruitment means we are able to offer two additional level 3 BTEC courses to students for September 2022:

  • Applied Diploma in Criminology (Level 3 Diploma, WJEC)
  • Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology (Pearson BTEC)

Each course is considered as the equivalent to one A level. The qualifications are particularly relevant to students who have selected Pathway 2, as they provide an alternative A level for students who are planning to explore more vocational routes when they leave school.

Alternatively, one course could be taken alongside two A levels in Pathway 1, as the courses are recognised by many universities and count towards UCAS applications. It should be noted that some universities may not accept BTEC in place of traditional A levels, especially for competitive degrees in Medicine and STEM subjects, and notably the majority of those making up the Russell Group, https://russellgroup.ac.uk/about/our-universities/

Course Guides for each of the new subjects can be found here:

 
Please view below subject specific videos for all of our 26 A Level subjects on offer: 

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