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Key Stage 5 Curriculum

The Carlton Academy Sixth form offers a wide range of A Level courses, alongside a number of BTEC Level 3 qualifications, to post-16 learners.

Year 12 students will normally select four courses for study throughout their first year at the Sixth form. This is normally reduced to three courses at the start of year 13 to allow students to focus on achieving three A levels (or vocational equivalent) by the end of year 13. Students are encouraged to continue with the three subjects they have performed best in throughout year 12. 

A Level courses are assessed by 100% examination at the end of year 13.

Subjects currently offered by the Carlton Academy Sixth form include:

A level Biology

A level Chemistry

A level Physics

A level Mathematics

A level Further Mathematics

A level English Language

A level English Literature                

A level Media Studies

A level ICT and/or Computer Science

A level History

A level Geography

A level Physical Education

A level Spanish

A level Business Studies

A level Product Design

A level Art

A level Art Photography

A level Psychology

A level Sociology

A level Economics                

A level Philosophy and Ethics 

BTEC in Health and Social Care

BTEC Sport

BTEC Applied Science



Sixth form students, who have not achieved at least a grade 4 in either GCSE English or Maths, are expected to continue to study towards securing a 4 in these qualifications during their time in the sixth form.

In addition to the curriculum offer, the Sixth form has an extensive pastoral and careers guidance programme, including UCAS application support for those students wishing to progress to university. All sixth form students have a tutor, with whom they have daily contact with.

All year 12 students are expected to take part in a week-long Work Experience in the summer of year 12.

There is also a very popular and extensive Leadership programme running through the sixth form to develop the leadership skills of post-16 learners.

Students are given a number of study periods, where they are expected to work independently and make use of our fantastic sixth form study centre. The study centre contains a large number of PCs as well as learning resources for a range of subjects and copies of high quality journals and publications to support independent study and wider reading.

For more information, please see the sixth form pages on this site.

For queries regarding the sixth form, please contact Miss A Jennings (Head of Sixth Form) at the Academy or via email

You can download a copy of our latest post 16 options booklet below.