Curriculum

At The Island VI Form, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum because we understand that students need to be engaged in their learning and able to follow courses in which they are interested, if they are to achieve their potential.

Students are treated with respect and freedom to manage their own time and study. Students are expected to attend timetabled lessons, study periods, mentoring sessions and a range of extra-curricular activities.

We are committed to the following:

  • Providing a challenging and innovative learning culture, engendering a love of learning.

  • A culture of commitment and hard work that will enable the achievement of potential.

  • Securing mutual respect and a positive attitude to learning.

  • Creating an inclusive, supportive community where students value each other

Pathway One: A Levels

The A Level pathway is a natural choice for you if you have enjoyed and been successful on your GCSE courses. A Levels offer you the chance to focus your attention on a smaller number of subjects, building your knowledge and understanding in the areas in which you have proven strengths and strong interest. A Level courses are offered in the following subject areas:

  • Biology

  • Business

  • Chemistry

  • Classical Civilisation

  • Computer Science

  • Design Technology

  • Drama and Theatre Studies

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • Film Studies

  • Geography

  • Geology

  • Government and Politics

  • Graphics

  • History

  • Law

  • Media Studies

  • Mathematics and Further Mathematics

  • Modern Foreign Languages: French / Spanish

  • Music

  • Music Technology

  • Philosophy

  • Photography

  • Physical Education

  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Sociology

Pathway Two: Vocational

BTEC or Applied Diplomas are a natural choice for you if you have done well at GCSE but now wish to move on to a course related to your specific career plans. Vocational courses are usually assessed through assignment work and exams. Some Advanced Vocational courses can be combined with A Level courses.

Vocational courses are offered in the following subject areas:

  • Art and Design

  • Children’s Play, Learning and Development

  • Criminology

  • Fashion and Textiles

  • Forensic Investigation

  • Health and Social Care

  • Sport

  • Travel and Tourism

Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is and extra, optional course which has dual benefit: it helps you to understand how to study at a higher level, and allows you to become an expert in a topic you’ve always wanted to know more about.

All students are offered the opportunity to undertake the EPQ at the end of Year 12.

Taught elements of the EPQ improve skills such as time-management, source evaluation, managing search engines and referencing and you will have the opportunity to visit and research in a university library. Supported by Southampton University, dedicated supervisors will support you throughout your project and will give you the tools you need to carry out advanced academic research and present it to a very high standard.

Employability, Enrichment and Pastoral

We believe that if we are to help students become fully rounded individuals and responsible members of the community we must offer them a range of activities and challenges beyond the classroom. Enrichment is an opportunity to try something new. It can be just for fun or a way to gain another qualification to support your university entry or to boost your CV. All students are expected to participate in some form of enrichment. Some of the opportunities we offer include:

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

  • Performing Arts opportunities e.g. performances at The Isle of Wight Festival, music concerts and drama productions

  • Young Enterprise

  • Pre-driver instruction and practical lessons

  • First aid qualification

  • Foreign travel

  • Debating society

  • Work experience

  • Community service

…and much more.

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