• Space Studio Exterior Autumn

The Curriculum

KS5 (Years 12 and 13)

The sixth form curriculum is followed by students in Years 12 and 13. The sixth form programme is made up of academic courses following the A-level route. Most students follow three A level courses, although there is a provision for students to follow other routes (for example Maths & Further Maths alongside two other A-levels for students with the ability to cope with four subjects).

Our core offer at the Space Studio revolves around the sciences and maths, biology, chemistry, physics and the maths and further maths A-levels, but this is not the limit of our offer. Space Studio Banbury is co-located on the Banbury Aspirations Campus alongside Banbury Academy and through this link we have the ability to offer a wide range of other A-levels such as: English, languages, history, geography, design, art, economics, philosophy and ethics, law and many more. The majority of our students take at least 2 of the core science and maths A-levels and then either keep it purely science with their 3rd choice or augment this focus with a more eclectic mix available at Banbury Academy. Irrespective of their choice of A-level combination our sixth form students play a leading role in the life of the Space Studio and study here during their private study periods.

In addition, all year 12 students are involved in the Aspirations Employability Portfolio (AEP) where they work in collaboration with employers on real-life projects. These projects currently take place on a Tuesday. Examples of projects we are doing this year include: designing a new station at Kidderminster; working on a new tunnel for Heathrow; rebuilding a machine which stamps the date on eggs. We are indebted to our colleagues from industry who give up their time voluntarily to support these exciting projects.

Students who have not reached the required level at GCSE in an English qualification and in maths are supported through their retakes in Year 12 (this is currently set at a Grade C but will be a grade 4 or 5 as the new national grading system is put in place).

Year 13 have core project sessions (four hours per week) which are similar to the KS4 sessions but are more expansive in their design and scope.

Again we are constantly looking to develop our offer at A-level and this includes the possibility of BTEC level 3 qualifications in the coming year. We will update this information once we have evaluated these new courses in terms of how they best suit our students’ needs.