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Curriculum Pathways

At interview, students will be advised about which subjects and combination of courses will best prepare them for their future career plans based upon their interests, ambitions and ability. The following table shows the curriculum pathways students can follow at NDA 16+, and the grades students will need to achieve in the summer to be able to choose that pathway.

High Achievers Pathway

Advanced Pathway

Advanced Vocational Pathway

Professional Pathway

 

High Achievers’ Pathway

This pathway has been designed for our most able students who aim to attend Oxford, Cambridge, another top UK university, or an extremely competitive degree course such as medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.

Requirements:

6 or more separate GCSE passes at grade B or above in a wide range of subjects - including English and Maths – with GCSE passes in those subjects at A* to B grades.

  • You may choose up to 4 courses. We would recommend 3 or 4 A Level ‘facilitating’ subjects along with our specialised High Achievers’ tutorial and enrichment programme.

 

 

High Achievers’ Pathway

This pathway has been designed for our most able students who aim to attend Oxford, Cambridge, another top UK university, or an extremely competitive degree course such as medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.

Requirements:

6 or more separate GCSE passes at grade B or above in a wide range of subjects - including English and Maths – with GCSE passes in those subjects at A* to B grades.

  • You may choose up to 4 courses. We would recommend 3 or 4 A Level ‘facilitating’ subjects along with our specialised High Achievers’ tutorial and enrichment programme.

 

Advanced Pathway

This pathway has been designed for our students who aim to attend a Russell Group or recruiting university, or enter employment after following traditional A Level courses.

Requirements:

5 or more separate GCSE passes at grade C or above in a wide range of subjects - including English and Maths - with the majority of these at B to C grades. You must also meet any additional criteria for your chosen courses.

  • You may choose 4 or 3 A Level subjects along with the tutorial and enrichment programme.
  • You could choose to combine 3 A Level subjects with 1 BTEC Level 3 Diploma.

 

Advanced Vocational Pathway

This pathway has been designed for our students who are considering attending university, but who also wish to consider vocational and employment routes after sixth form. This pathway is most appropriate for those students who performed very well on BTEC courses at Key Stage 4.

Requirements:

5 or more GCSE passes at grade C or above in a wide range of subjects - including English or Maths*.

  • You will choose mainly single or double BTEC Level 3 Diploma subjects along with the tutorial and enrichment programme.
  • You could choose to combine 2 BTEC Level 3 Diploma subjects with 1 Academic A Level. You must still meet the subject specific entry criteria for that subject.

 

Professional Pathway

This two year, full-time pathway has been designed specifically for student who wish to move directly into employment or further training after sixth form in one of our specialist vocational areas of Motor Vehicle or Hairdressing.

Requirements:

4 or more GCSE passes at grade D or above – preferably including English or Maths*.

  • You may choose one of our Level 1/2 Professional Vocational Skills courses in Hair or Motor Vehicle, along with the tutorial and enrichment programme.
  • These courses are full time and cannot be combined with any other sixth form subject.

 

*You will be required to resit GCSE Maths or English if you did not achieve a grade C or above in either of these subjects.