Extended Studies is a core part of our Sixth-form curriculum. All our students follow the course through a programme of taught lessons and weekly tutorials.
What is Extended Studies?Extended Studies is a compulsory subject through which students are introduced to a wide range of areas of academic enquiry beyond their chosen courses. In addition to extending breadth of learning, students are encouraged to apply knowledge from their chosen academic subjects to the issues we explore. Students make links between their academic subjects and compare and contrast the methods of research employed in those subjects.
Why ‘extend’ the curriculum?In addition to studies leading to formal academic qualifications, all students follow a broader curriculum that enhances the Sixth-form learning experience, providing opportunity for character development, and fostering the skills necessary for productive independent learning. Extended Studies is core to fulfilling this aim.
Does Extended Studies lead to a formal qualification?The value of Extended Studies lies in the skills for learning we aim to foster. The programme provides a structure through which students are encouraged to conduct super-curricula research and wider reading. This is valuable preparation for university and apprenticeship applications and interviews.
Current Year 12 and Year 13 students have the opportunity to achieve an A Level or AS Level in General Studies (AQA, Specification A)
Extended Studies: The programme of study
Taught lessons: (one per fortnight)Lessons provide a breadth to the curriculum and an opportunity to reflect on key cultural, social and moral issues. Each year, students undertake a module of study on ‘culture and society’ encouraging skills of argument, analysis and reflection upon social issues relating to politics, philosophy, psychology, religion and the arts. The second module relates to ‘science and society’, through which students investigate ethical and social issues concerning scientific developments, modern medicine, technology, business and the economy.
Students are expected to apply their knowledge from their chosen academic subjects to the issues we explore in Extended Studies. They are encouraged to make links between their academic subjects and compare and contrast the methods of research employed in those subjects.
Tutorials: (one per week)We aim to help our students to become familiar and confident with tutorial style learning. Extended Studies tutorials pick up on themes from Extended Studies lessons to allow for greater discussion and debate. Students are encouraged to deliver presentations, plan and lead discussions, and engage with source material. Some tutorial time is set aside for students to complete their Extended Studies projects.