Swinton Academy 16-19 Study Programme 

At Swinton Academy, our aim is that all Post 16 students will be supported in selecting a study programme which meets their individual needs based on their prior attainment, their strengths and interests, their aspirations and career goals. Through a careful recruitment and enrolment process involving open evenings, preliminary interviews, taster lessons and a final enrolment interview, we are able to provide a personalised programme for each of our students. 

The core aim of our Post 16 offer is a level 3 study programme comprising of a range of A level and vocational qualifications: 

A level

Biology

Chemistry

English Language

English Literature

Film Studies

Fine Art

French

Geography

History

Mathematics

Philosophy

Physics

Spanish

Sociology

Applied Vocational

Applied Science**

Business Studies*

Health and Social Care**

Sport and Physical Activity**

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Alongside our core academic qualifications, our students also have the option to study for the AQA Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This is the equivalent of half an A level in terms of UCAS points and enables students to conduct research into an area of interest, demonstrating their broader independent research skills to universities and/or future employers. 

Students who have not achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language or Mathematics are provided with timetabled lessons with subject specialists to support them in achieving these qualifications as soon as possible. 

All students benefit from our extensive Post 16 PSHE curriculum, which is delivered through tutor periods and assemblies. Students cover the themes of health and well-being, relationships and living in the wider world. Within these themes, they learn about CV writing, interview skills, higher education and employment opportunities, employment rights, finance, mental health, personal safety, sexual health and much more. Our aim is to ensure students are well-equipped for entry to adulthood. In addition, students have a personal tutor and attend one-to-one tutorials with them on a rota basis to ensure they are given the personalised support and guidance they need to succeed in their Post 16 studies. 

Finally, we are very proud of our enrichment programme. All students are expected to complete a minimum of fifty hours of enrichment activities each year across the four elements of the enrichment programme: 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 

e.g. 

Sheffield University Discover Programme 

EPQ 

DriveStart 

University visits 

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award 

World Challenge 

Learning a new skill 

ACADEMY RESPONSIBILITY 

e.g. 

KS3 reading mentors 

Library volunteers 

Subject ambassadors 

Senior student ambassadors 

Student council 

Open evening guides 

Fundraising events 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT 

e.g. 

Community litter pick 

Fundraising events 

Sports events at local primary or special schools 

Attendance at Remembrance parade and service 

Volunteer work 

WORK EXPERIENCE 

All students are supported in finding suitable work experience placements. This may be a block placement or a regular placement around timetabled lessons or in the evenings/at weekends. 

 

Compulsory activities organised by the Post 16 team on Wednesday afternoons count towards a student’s enrichment hours. These may include EPQ sessions and/or presentations delivered by guest speakers such as DriveStart, NHS, local businesses, alumni or higher education institutions. 

Overview of Swinton Academy 16-19 Study Programme (per academic year) 

 

Planned qualification hours per academic year (core aim): 

Planned non-qualification hours per academic year: 

A level or Vocational 1 

5 hours per week 

195 

 

A level or Vocational 2 

5 hours per week 

195 

 

A level or Vocational 3 

5 hours per week 

195 

 

Enrichment (including work experience) 

 

50 

PSHE 

40 minutes per week 

 

52 

Tutorial 

20 minutes every 3 weeks 

 

9 

TOTAL 

585 

111 

EPQ 

78 

 

TOTAL WITH EPQ 

663 

111 

GCSE Maths or English 

78 

 

TOTAL WITH GCSE Maths or English 

663 

111 

TOTAL WITH GCSE Maths or English and EPQ 

741 

111 

DfE funding expectation: minimum of 540 planned hours per academic year (full-time study programme for 16-17 year olds expected to be on average 600 hours) 

Please click here for details of our entry requirements.

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