At OPA6 we realise that every student is an individual and requires a personalised programme of study, not one that is generalised for large cohorts. Each programme is tailored to enable each student to achieve their aspirations whilst having many memorable experiences along their journey.
Although there are general entry requirements of at least 5 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent qualifications, we realise that students who gained grades close to boundaries, will be considered to study their chosen subject. Where students are a significant margin away from the entry criteria, we will look to identify a study programme that allows progression to occur in preparation for your intended study.
At OPA6 we offer qualifications at A and AS level, BTEC L3 and 2, NCFE, and GCSE resits. Depending on your intended pathway after OPA6, your qualifications should be selected to enable you to get there. This could be a selection of purely academic qualifications such as AS and A levels; a purely vocational set of qualifications; or a mixture of the two combined.
A level study suits students that enjoy and succeed in purely academic subjects, where in the past you have achieved well in examinations and feel confident that these end of year examinations will accurately reflect your ability. Students wanting to study A level qualifications should ideally have a minimum grade B at GCSE in the chosen subject. Academic qualifications generally lead into professional career options or university undergraduate study.
BTEC Level 3 study offers a vocational pathway that is the equivalent of one A level qualification. These suit students that prefer a mix of academic and hands on learning. These qualifications are respected by employers and universities alike and you can be assured there are paths to employment and university when you leave OPA6. Students wanting to study a Level 3 BTEC qualification should ideally have a minimum grade C at GCSE. It is not essential that you have not studied the subject before to succeed.
Students that wish to study a combination of A level and BTEC qualifications can do so and a fully personalised curriculum is provided for you.
Additional qualifications such as the Level 3 and 2 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which attracts UCAS points and is the equivalent to an AS level qualification; NCFE Employability Skills at Level 2; MOS ICT Level 2; and the European Computer Driving License are offered to all students wishing to top up their study, or to develop a well-rounded curriculum that will help lead to employment, apprenticeships or university.
All students at OPA6 undertake weekly work experience, voluntary and community service to develop a set of unique skills and aid their CVs in preparation for the next stage of their journey after OPA6.
Citizenship, Personal Development, Careers and Employability (CPRE) sessions are timetabled to each student at OPA6. This programme occurs on a weekly basis and offers students the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics and issues related to themselves and others.
In addition to students’ main study qualifications, supervised study is added to all timetables. This is to ensure students have a positive environment to either stay on target, work towards target, or beat target grades. Students will have a minimum of two supervised study periods per week allocated to their timetable.
To ensure students have a wholly focussed programme of study, sessions where physical activity can take place are added to all timetables. It is important students realise a healthy body can promote a healthy mind and aid their focus on qualifications and success. All students can use the Academy’s state of the art sports facilities in the fitness suite, dance studio, floodlit MUGA, grass sports pitches or 4 court sports hall.
OPA6 has again expanded its curriculum offer for 2016-17, increasing the range of qualifications to include:
Please find the OPA6 Application Form here which is available to complete online or download to submit via post.
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