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The Piggott School

A Church of England Academy

Learning Pathways

The Sixth Form at the Piggott School offers a wide range of courses.  We welcome students to the Sixth Form who wish to work hard and play an active part in the life of the school. 

Four different pathways are offered:

  • A Level Pathway
  • Level 3 Vocational Pathway
  • VRQ Coaching Programme and BTEC Sport
  • Level 2 Vocational Pathway

Please click on the links above to find out more about each of these pathways and the entry requirements for them.

Please click on the links on the right to view information about individual courses.

Please see the Applications section for the Piggott School Admissions Policy and Application Form.

A Level Pathway 

Most students will study three subjects. However, four subjects are available after discussion with the Head of Year.

Entry requirements are 60 points. A minimum of Grade 4 in English and Mathematics is required, based on Average Points Score (APS):

A* - 8 points
A - 7 points
B - 6 points
C - 5/4 points
D - 3 points
E - 2 points

Individual subjects will have their own entry requirements (eg Grade B at GCSE). In order to progress to year 13 from AS level, a minimum of three grades must be obtained in three subjects at the end of Year 12

B - 46 points
C - 40 points
D - 34 points
E - 28 points

  • Individual subjects will have their own entry requirements (eg grade B at GCSE)
  • In order to progress to year 13 from AS  level a minimum of ‘D’ grades must be obtained in three subjects at the end of year 12
  • GCSE Calculation Table for Average Points Score can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

For a list of A Level and equivalent Level 3 subjects offered, please see the course information links on the right of this page.

Please note that the school reserves the right to withdraw courses but that this is a very rare occurrence.

Level 3 Vocational Pathway  

Students opting for this pathway will take three or four vocational options over two years through one of the following routes:

Equivalent of 2 vocational options + 1 AS Level

Equivalent of 3 vocational options

Entry requirements are 48 points. You must follow an English course (equivalent to GCSE) if you do not have at least Grade 4 in English. You must also follow a Mathematics course (equivalent to GCSE) if you do not have at least Grade 4 in Mathematics.

City & Guilds Coaching Programme and BTEC Sport 

The Football Coaching course is a two year course: Year 12 covers Levels 1 and 2 while Year 13 is at Level 3 standard and is equivalent to two A-Levels.

An interest, and some ability in football are helpful but the course will ultimately support a student’s development in coaching a range of sports.

The CTEC in Sport will also run alongside the Football Coaching course and will be part of this programme. An A-Level is a possible alternative if option blocks allow.

Entry requirements are 46 Points plus a minimum Grade 3 in English and Mathematics. You must follow an English course (equivalent to GCSE) if you do not have at least Grade 4 in English.

You must also follow a Mathematics course (equivalent to GCSE) if you do not have at least Grade 4 in Mathematics.

Click here to download the Football Coaching Flyer

Level 2 Vocational Pathway

If you have fallen short of the entry requirements for either the A-Level pathway or the Vocational pathway, a one year Level 2 Pathway option is available.

This pathway allows you to take core and additional subjects to GCSE level, which will enable you to bolster your grades / point scores. After completion of this year, you may have achieved the requirements for entry to the Level 3

Vocational Pathway.

Entry requirements are 40 points.

A minimum of Grade 3 in English and Grade 3 in Mathematics is required.

Compulsory subjects: Level 2 English + Level 2 Mathematics qualifications.