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Pathways through the Sixth Form

There are many pathways through Sixth Form Education at Plympton Academy, all of which provide a wide range of choice and opportunity.

Generally students will choose a programme of either: Advanced Level Study, Additional Level 3 Courses, a combination of these two types of course or a Vocational course. The choice is dependent on the student’s likely GCSE grades and their career aspirations. However, there is flexibility in the system which enables students to mix and match between these programmes allowing students to follow the programme which best suits their interests, skills and career aspirations.

Programmes can also include additional courses such as GCSE English and Maths re-sits. There is also the opportunity to be involved in community voluntary work and work experience. We provide support  to pupils who wish to attend the Sutton Trust Summer School Programmes as well as working with Villiers Park Educational Trust to prepare pupils for applying to top universities.

Advanced Level Pathway/Additional Level 3 Qualifications

Plympton Academy offers one of the widest choices of Level 3 courses in the city. A levels and BTECs are Level 3 qualifications that allow access to university and high level apprenticeships. The minimum requirement for Level 3 courses is 5 GCSEs at grade 5 and above including English and/or Maths - some A level courses have additional requirements (see prospectus entry). All Students are expected to study 3 subjects in Year 12 and Year 13.  This can be a combination of A levels or BTECH, 3 A Levels or 3 BTECH Some students may wish to take Double Performing Arts or Sport, which will count for 2 of these three blocks.  For our students taking A Level Maths we offer the option of Additional Maths.  Finally, students in year 12 can also opt to complete the Extended Project Qualification.  

A Levels

Fine Art (A level only) Biology Chemistry Drama & Theatre Studies English Literature Geography History (A level only) Applied ICT Mathematics Philosophy and Ethics Photography (A level only) Physics Psychology Sociology Spanish

Additional Level 3 Qualifications

Business Studies - BTEC Level 3 Engineering - BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care – BTEC Level 3 Hospitality and Catering - BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism - Applied A Level Performing Arts - BTEC Level 3 Applied Science - BTEC Level 3 Sport - BTEC Level 3