Study programme - Bellerive School

Sixth form study programme

Students taking A-levels

At Bellerive we offer a broad range of A-level courses (see sixth form prospectus for more detail) which cater for a wide range of learners. In addition to studying A-level courses, students will also have one hour a week for PHSE . PHSE covers a range of topics such as study skills, support for progression into employment or HE and current affairs, in addition to reflections on citizenship and wider British values.

Students taking applied and technical qualifications

At Bellerive we offer some applied general qualifications-BTECs-which may be appropriate for some learners to achieve their career goals.  BTECs are rigorous advanced qualifications that equip students with transferable knowledge and skills. These qualifications are for learners who want to continue their education through applied learning. These can be taken alongside A-level qualifications. We do not currently offer any technical qualifications.

Students with special educational needs and/or disabilities

Students with special educational needs and/or disabilities will be supported through their choice of post-16 courses to ensure they follow a programme which stretches them, prepares them for adult life and supports progression into work or further study. We work closely with students who have special education needs and/or disabilities (and their parents/carers) to ensure their choice of courses is appropriate given their career aspirations.

GCSE Maths and English

Any student in post-16 education at Bellerive who has not secured a ‘good’ pass in GCSE English and/or maths with have timetabled lessons as part of their study programme. Most employers, and universities, expect applicants to hold GCSEs in Maths and English. Therefore, students who have yet to secure a ‘good pass’ will retake these examinations following a period of study in Year 12 and, where necessary Year 13.


All Year 12 and 13 students at Bellerive will have the opportunity to participate in a timetabled enrichment programme. Students will choose, following consultation with staff, from a wide range of activities including:

  • Duke of Edinburgh award ( Gold)
  • Extra languages including Spanish and German
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • World Challenge expedition
  • Debating society
  • Work experience
  • The Girls’ Network for professional mentoring and support
  • Competitive sport
  • Russell Group mentoring
  • Sixth form student council
  • Level 3 Core Maths
  • Support in completing the theory driving test


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