Sixth Form Curriculum

Your Post 16 Programme

We offer a range of courses in two pathways to suit different needs and abilities. These are Advanced courses (A-Level and OCR Nationals Level 3).

Academic route

This is the more traditional academic A-level route and are 2 year courses. As a general rule, most Academic route courses require:

  • a minimum of 8 grade 5s at GCSE
  • at least a grade 6 in the subject you wish to study at A-level
  • English and Maths grade 5 or above

Students with the necessary entrance qualifications can mix courses from both Academic and Vocational routes.

Vocational route

This is a more applied qualification route. Students following this route typically need a minimum of 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade 4 or above.  All of these courses are two year courses and students must complete both years in order to get the Level 3 qualification.

All Vocational Level 3 courses earn equivalent UCAS tariff points for Higher Education purposes.


The Options Process

Students need to complete an application form for The Purbeck School Sixth Form. All students who have applied to The Purbeck School will be invited for interview.  The interview allows us to have an informed conversation with your child about how well their choices fit with their future plans.

Options columns 2018


Who else can help?

The School Ansbury Careers Advisor is available in the Learning Resources Centre to give advice and guidance to students on Thursdays.  Should your child wish to make a one-to-one appointment they should email Mrs M Beale at:


Applied Science


Business Studies


English Language

English Literature

Fine Art

Further Mathematics


Health and Social Care



Media Studies



Product Design




Travel & Tourism

French and Spanish may be provided outside of the options columns as a special provision. Please discuss with Mrs Rayner or Mrs Simmonds.


The Purbeck School Pre A Level Reading Material

In order to prepare you for your A level, BTEC or OCR studies please complete the relevant task for the subjects you are intending to study and bring the work/notes you have taken/sketches drawn, with you to your first lesson in that subject.

Pre Reading Material 2019 (pdf)


Most students will also study an Extended Project.

We cannot guarantee all courses will run as it will depend on final numbers.