Sixth Form Curriculum

At Royal Greenwich Trust School, we offer 4 Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma courses for the 2021 – 2022 academic years. These are Pearson Exam Board qualifications. These are offered to our external applicants and are 2-year programmes. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diplomas specialise in single subjects and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. Therefore, students go straight on to university with these diplomas. The subjects we offer are below:

  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Business and Finance
  • Information Technology

Please view our Virtual Open Day videos for more information on each subject.

What are the entry requirements?

Students need 4 GCSE or equivalent qualifications with a minimum of a grade 4 including GCSE Maths grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade 4

Course Overview

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diplomas comprise 13 – 15 units, of which 7 – 9 units are mandatory and the remaining units are optional. The optional units have been pre-selected by the subject leaders to ensure a broad and varied curriculum and topics which are desirable to universities and employers. 3 – 4 of the mandatory units are external exams.

What do the courses consist of?

Students will be taught the course content through blended learning and practical tasks. Students will be able to use our many new computer rooms and study rooms to work independently on their coursework tasks throughout the week.

What benefits are there to studying BTECs?

Students will be able to go straight onto university degree courses, Level 4 or higher apprenticeships, employment or set up an enterprise. The many coursework units enable students to bank grades as they go through the course instead of relying on terminal exams to decide the outcome of their course. As a practical based course, students get a real sense of work-related learning so that any move into industry at the end of the course is a smoother transition than traditional A levels allow.

Key Stage 5 Programme of study

Sixth Form students’ programme study is based around either achieving strong grades in three A-level subjects, or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma award.

Either:

  • 3 A-level subjects studied simultaneously

or

  • A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in one of:
    • Business Studies
    • Construction
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology

Where students have not met the GCSE grade 4 threshold in either English or maths, this is studied alongside one of the above programmes.

Qualification hours

A-level

On the A-level Programme of Study, for each of at least three subjects, there are three double-lessons scheduled each week, with a total duration of 300 minutes per A-level course.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

On the BTEC Level 3 Programme of Study there are nine double-lessons scheduled each week, with a total duration of 900 minutes.

GCSE English or Maths study time

Where students have not achieved the Grade 4 threshold in either English or Maths, they continue to study the subject on the GCSE qualification. Three double-lessons are scheduled each week, with a total duration of 300 minutes.

Non-Qualification hours

Character Development

All students attend a 50 minute lesson of our Character Development programme each week, in line with the whole school pastoral programme.

Tutor and Assembly Programme

The assembly and tutor programme across the Sixth Form in scheduled for 20 minutes per day, with a total of 100 minutes per week.

Private study

In addition to the qualification hours calculations above, students have 11 supervised private study periods when not attending their chosen subjects or Character Development. Where a student continues to study GCSE English or Maths, their allocated Private Study time is reduced by the 3 double periods attended for the GSCE course.

Exemplar Programme of Study Hours Calculations

Notes:

The school calendar designates that students should attend for 190 school days in each academic year, equivalent to 38 weeks of 5 days’ full-time study.

As exams typically take time to administer throughout the course of the year, the number of weeks students are in lessons is stated as 36 (i.e. 2 weeks fewer than total attendance).

Typical KS5 Programme of Study hours for A-level student

Qualification Hours

  • Subject 1 - 300 mins / wk = 5 hrs / wk x 36 wks/year = 180 hours / year
  • Subject 2 - 300 mins / wk = 5 hrs / wk x 36 wks/year = 180 hours / year
  • Subject 3 - 300 mins / wk = 5 hrs / wk x 36 wks/year = 180 hours / year

Total = 540 hours / year

Non-Qualification Hours

  • Character Development - 50 mins / wk x 36 wks/year = 30 hours / year
  • Tutor/Assembly - 100 mins / wk x 36 wks/year = 60 hours / year
  • Private Study - 550 mins / wk x 36 wks/year = 330 hours / year

Total = 420 hours / year

Qualification + Non-qualification hours total = 540 + 420 = 960 hours / year

Typical KS5 Programme of Study hours for BTEC Level 3 student with GCSE English or maths

Qualification Hours

  • BTEC Subject - 900 mins / wk = 15 hrs / wk x 36 wks/year = 540 hours / year
  • GCSE English or Maths - 300 mins / wk = 5 hr / wk x 36 wks/year = 180 hours / year

Total = 720 hours / year

Non-Qualification Hours

  • Character Development - 50 mins / wk x 36 wks/year = 30 hours / year
  • Tutor/Assembly - 100 mins / wk x 36 wks/year = 60 hours / year
  • Private Study - 250 mins / wk x 36 wks/year = 150 hours / year

Total = 240 hours / year

Qualification + Non-qualification hours total = 720 + 240 = 960 hours / year