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Curriculum Pathways

At OBA students are able to choose from an array of A Level and/or vocational subjects. There are three suggested pathways to help you consider your subject choices:

The A Level pathway is the most common pathway with students studying three A Levels during their time in sixth form. All A Level subjects are now on linear specifications. During Year 12, all students studying an A Level course will work towards completing the new qualification and move to the full A Level in Year 13. At the end of year 12 mock exams will provide an accurate assessment point and ensure that all students remain on a successful learning plan. This academic pathway is best suited for students who prefer exam based courses, and wish to continue their education at university,.

Entry requirements: Six GCSEs at grade 9 – 4, including English and mathematics.

The blended pathway provides you with real variety, as you can choose to combine A Level and vocational qualifications. For example, you may select to study a double award BTEC subject, like health and social care, alongside an A Level in Sociology. Alternatively, you could choose to complete a single or double award BTEC subject alongside two A Levels. This pathway provides you with a balance of academic rigour and vocational experiences that will enable you to progress on to further training, university or employment. Most students who follow this pathway continue their studies at university.

Entry requirements: Five GCSEs at grade 9 – 4, including English and mathematics.

The vocational pathway allows you to study a combination of coursework based subjects. For example, if you are passionate about pursuing a career in finance and IT you can dedicate your study programme to completing the diploma in financial studies, ICT and media and journalism. This pathway will provide you with a professional vocational experience that will enable you to progress in to employment, apprenticeships or university. Most students who follow this pathway continue to pursue their chosen vocation at university or through an apprenticeship.

Entry requirements: Five GCSEs at grade 9 – 4, including English or mathematics.


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