St Edmund’s Catholic Academy

Our Sixth Form

St Edmund's Catholic Academy maintains an excellent reputation for high quality post 16 provision within Wolverhampton. Our curriculum offer is broad: ranging from traditional facilitating subjects to prepare for Oxbridge and other Russell Group Universities to contemporary vocational subjects leading to exciting careers such as Architecture, Engineering, Business and Health and Social Care. Collaboration with our local sixth forms ensures breadth of choice so that all students can benefit from the best quality teaching and learning at all times.

We have a thriving Sixth Form community which offers the stimulus of academic excellence, coupled with the security of a familiar social environment. The distinct Catholic ethos within St Edmund's is readily recognisable to the onlooker. Supported by our Bishops and Directors, we strive to create a Christian centre of excellence in which approximately 160 young people are able to fulfil their potential.

Teaching in sixth form is innovative and challenging and productive independent study lies at the heart of our success. Great emphasis is placed upon the suitability of students for the wide range of courses on offer, which leads to valuable qualifications under the A Level and BTEC Level 3 pathways. Work or volunteer placements can also be offered, either as an essential part of the assessed work leading to a vocational qualification, or as a chance for students to gain first-hand experience of an area in which they have a career interest.

At St Edmund's, relationships with staff have more in common with the student/tutor model within Higher Education establishments than the pupil/teacher experience through their first five years of secondary education. Effective group sizes are geared to foster teamwork and co-operation, whilst also offering an atmosphere of academic rigour, competition and debate.

A team of highly qualified and experienced staff, committed to the value of the Sixth Form, offers excellent tuition within a curriculum which is extensive, courses which are demanding and a learning atmosphere which is exciting. Expert careers guidance, stimulating Personal, Social, Health and Moral Education, and Enrichment combine to complete this picture of a successful and forward-looking environment of which so many young people want to be a part.

What we can offer you

Our curriculum offer is broad and flexible, with option blocks designed to allow the greatest level of personalisation. Our current offer includes:

A Levels

  • Art, Craft & Design*
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology - Graphics
  • Economics
  • Electronics*
  • English Language & Literature
  • English Literature
  • Film Studies
  • French MFL*
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Mathematics
  • Further Maths*
  • Music*
  • Music Performing
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Product Design 3D*
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish MFL*

BTEC Level 3

  • Business BTEC
  • Health & Social Care BTEC
  • Law BTEC
  • Music BTEC
  • Performing Arts (Acting) BTEC*
  • Photography BTEC
  • Sport BTEC

Subjects marked with * may be delivered in collaboration with local schools.

Enrichment: "Inspire not to have more but to be more"

Following the words of Blessed Oscar Romero , we place great attention on ensuring our young people develop their understanding of community (local, national and global) and their responsibility to be role model citizens. Furthermore, university admission tutors and employers look favourably at young people who have developed their skill and experience base beyond academic study.

All students are given a wealth of opportunities to "be more" at St Edmund's. The following are just some of the opportunities on offer:

  • Work Experience (essential for teaching and health service aspirations)
  • International volunteering via Project Trust and ICS
  • Choir/Folk Club/Bands/Orchestra
  • Charity Work
  • Duke of Edinburgh Awards
  • Head Girl/Boy, Prefect or Senior Prefect responsibilities
  • Visits to Russell Group universities and local businesses
  • Guest speakers from a range of universities and businesses
  • Planning and running the annual Senior Citizens' party
  • Supporting staff and other students at Open evenings, Presentation Evening, Y6 Induction etc.
  • Providing In-class support and mentoring
  • School Council role
  • A range of sporting activities including use of the school gym
  • Community Support – visiting local care homes for the elderly
  • NCS Challenge
  • EPQ

Find out more and apply

Students are welcome to join our sixth form from our current year 11 and from other schools. E-mail Ms Downing to request an application form: jdowning@stedmunds.org

Entry to year 12 is based on academic ability demonstrated in GCSE as set out below:

Level 3 Study Pathways

Standard 3 A level Programme

The majority of our students will choose to study 3 A level courses and will commit to these subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

  • At least two B grades or grade 6s at GCSE
  • At least a further three C grades or grade 4s at GCSE
  • You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
2 x BTEC L3 route (+ 1 A level)

Students with a strong vocational aspiration and /or a grade 4 profile will be encouraged to choose one or two BTECs as part of their application. Entry requirements for this programme are:

  • At least 5 x C grades or grade 4s at GCSE including GCSE English Language
4 x A level Programme:

Some very able students may choose to study 4 A level subjects. This will include all students who choose to study A level Further Mathematics, who will pick Mathematics, Further Mathematics and two other subjects. These students must commit to these 4 subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

  • At least 5 A/A* grades or grade 7's at GCSE
  • You should have at least a grade 6 or B grade in GCSE English Language and Mathematics
  • Students picking Mathematics and Further Mathematics will need to get at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.

Please note the following

There may be additional entry requirements specific to particular courses - please check each course listing in the prospectus to ensure you understand these entry requirements. Where students do not fully meet the entry requirements, it is at the Principal's discretion to offer a place. All students who do not have grade 4 in English and Maths are required to resit as part of their study programme. While most GCSE courses are grades A*-G, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature will be graded 9-1 (grade 9 being the top grade) from 2017 onwards. All GCSE courses will be graded by the new system in coming years, but for 2017, it will only be Mathematics and English that adopt this new grading system. Grade 4 is broadly equivalent to a C grade in the old system.

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