Courses On Offer

Thorpe St Andrew Sixth Form offers a range of courses with qualifications including:

  • A Levels, or Advanced Level Qualifications, are a widely recognized academic option for high school students in the UK, typically taken between the ages of 16 and 18. They offer an in-depth study of specific subjects and are usually completed over two years. Students typically select three to four subjects to study, which allows them to focus on areas of interest or strength. A Levels are highly valued by universities and employers for their rigorous academic standards and are often a prerequisite for university admission. This qualification provides students with the knowledge and skills needed for higher education and career advancement, offering a pathway to a wide range of professional and academic opportunities.
  • Advanced Specialist Qualifications (ASQs) are designed for high school students who wish to gain in-depth expertise in a specific field or vocational area. These qualifications focus on practical skills and advanced knowledge, preparing students for specialized careers or further study. ASQs often involve a combination of classroom learning, practical projects, and industry placements, ensuring that students gain hands-on experience and relevant competencies. They are ideal for students with a clear career path in mind, providing a direct route to employment or higher vocational education. By offering targeted education in areas such as engineering, health sciences, or creative industries, ASQs help students become highly skilled professionals ready to meet industry demands.
  • Specialist Qualifications are targeted educational paths for high school students who want to focus deeply on a particular field or industry. These qualifications, which include programs like BTECs, NVQs, and certain diplomas, offer a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills tailored to specific careers such as engineering, performing arts, IT, or health and social care. Unlike broader academic qualifications, specialist qualifications often involve significant hands-on learning, industry projects, and placements, allowing students to gain real-world experience and expertise in their chosen area. They are designed to enhance employability and can lead directly to employment, apprenticeships, or further specialized study, making them an ideal choice for students with clear career goals in specific sectors.
  • T Levels are a new type of qualification in the UK for high school students, offering an exciting alternative to A Levels and apprenticeships. Designed for those aged 16 to 18, T Levels focus on vocational education, blending classroom learning with practical experience. Each T Level course spans two years and includes an industry placement of at least 45 days, giving students hands-on experience in their chosen field. Covering sectors like digital, construction, healthcare, and more, T Levels equip students with the skills and knowledge needed for employment, further study, or apprenticeships. They provide a clear pathway to skilled careers, ensuring students are work-ready and highly valued by employers.