Our Educational Intent
At Luton Sixth Form College, we believe that all students of all abilities deserve the opportunity to better their lives through academic study and progression to higher education or appropriate employment. To this end, we are inclusive and do not operate a highly selective and restrictive admissions policy and entry criteria.
To offer a broad, balanced, relevant and appropriate choice of subjects for each student's needs, including SEND and disadvantaged students to develop skills that will enable progression into high quality destinations in HE, employment or training.
Depending on qualifications on entry students are offered an Education Programme that will allow them to succeed and progress.
Our Education Programmes are intended to:
- promote a love of learning across the curriculum in a wide range of discrete subject areas secure high achievement in literacy and numeracy
- provide stretch and challenge for all
- equip students for their role as citizens
- encourage students to develop lively, enquiring minds
- develop problem solving and thinking skills
- provide opportunities for students to question, analyse, evaluate and synthesise
- develop an awareness of social, moral and multi-cultural understanding
- encourage habits of independent learning to become resilient learners
- support the learning needs of SEND students
- encourage out of class learning to enrich all students’ education
- provide opportunities to prepare students for beyond college
- provide high quality careers education so students are able to make informed choices for their next stage of learning, training or employment
- encourage students to engage with an enhanced curriculum to stretch and challenge our more and most able learners
Students are encouraged to progress onto a study programme that suits their personal needs and aspirations. Depending on their qualifications on entry they can choose from 31 A Levels and 28 L3 vocational courses:
- Four A-levels (5 GCSEs at 9-7)
- Three A-levels or a mixed vocational and A level programme possibly with an additional GCSE/minor course such as a language (5 GCSEs at 9-4 and an average of 4.4)
- L3 Extended Diploma, L3 Diploma plus one A Level or vocational L3 Programme possibly with a GCSE/minor course (5 GCSEs at grades 9 – 4, including L2 Merit or Distinction and an average GCSE score of 4.2)
- L3 Diploma plus one or two GCSEs or other L2 courses (4 GCSEs grades 9 – 4 including L2 Merit or Distinction)
- L2 Certificate plus GCSEs or other L2 courses (At least 3 grade 3s and 1 grade 2 at GCSE, which must include English Language including L2 BTEC or OCR qualifications as worth up to two GCSE D/3 grades each).
- All students must have achieved at least a grade 4 in English Language GCSE to study an A Level Programme.
- Some A-level subjects have individual entry requirements such as maths and sciences requiring a grade 6 minimum at GCSE.
- Students studying sciences or Psychology who do not study A Level Maths are required to take Mathematical Studies alongside these subjects.
- The application, interview and enrolment processes offer information, advice and guidance at each stage.
- All students participate in a tutorial programme delivered weekly by Progress Coaches or teachers.
- All first year students have timetabled guided study to help embed good study skills outside the classroom.
- Students can apply to study the EPQ in additional to their level 3 qualifications
- High achieving students are able to develop their critical thinking skills, prepare for university selection tests and broaden their cultural capital through the Luton Scholars Programme.
- Students are encouraged to develop a growth mind set using the VESPA model (Vision, Effort, Systems, Practice and Attitude) reinforced in academic and pastoral context in the classroom and tutorial programme.
- Careers education is delivered through the curriculum as well as through the tutorial programme and is supported by an experienced team of advisors.
- Actual and virtual work-experience opportunities are available to allow students to develop their work-place skills.
- Students are encouraged to develop life skills beyond the classroom through participation in competitive and non-competitive sports, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, charity and fundraising events, clubs and societies
Andrea Page, November 2022