Overview of KS5

Sixth Form

Curriculum Intent – What are we trying to achieve through our KS5 Curriculum?

  • A seamless transition from KS4, with good support for students to settle quickly into KS5. 
  • High expectations of all students based on their starting points. 
  • A well planned coherent curriculum, which builds on prior learning and challenges all learners. 
  • Students are taught well and in a way that helps them to remember things over time through the application of Rosenshine’s principles of instruction. 
  • Students learn well, own their own learning and make good progress in all subjects.
  • Students understand what they are expected to learn and have clear content to learn through the use of knowledge organisers and other resources. 
  • Formal assessments and regular feedback on what students are doing well and what they need to do to improve their work. 
  • High quality work in books and through displays for learning. 
  • Resilient learners who are able to cope with failure. 
  • Excellent relationships between students and teachers. 
  • Involved parents who support the school through attendance at Parents’ Evenings.
  • Students who are well prepared to thrive in KS5 and the world of work, through acquiring appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding. 
  • A well planned, robust careers education, information and guidance programme using Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Students with high aspirations who have a clear plan in place for progression onto University or the word of work or Apprenticeships and beyond. 
  • Students who are happy, engaged, enjoy learning and are proud to attend Tewkesbury School.
  • Students that achieve good qualifications and make good progress based on their starting points from KS4, so that students are able to follow their chosen pathway after Year 13.  

Curriculum Implementation – How do we deliver our Curriculum? 

The Key Stage 5 curriculum has a strong academic core. 

The curriculum is broad and balanced with over 25 different courses on offer and a mixture of traditional A Levels and applied courses. The curriculum aims to build on the knowledge, skills and understanding students develop in KS4. 

The curriculum is planned backwards from Year 13, in a logical order with a clear curriculum overview, and clear end points each half term at the end of each year, which students are working towards. Each curriculum area sets out the knowledge, skills and understanding that students are expected to gain each half term. 

Formal assessments are a key feature, along with two formal mock examination slots across both Year 12 and Year 13. Outside of these, regular reviews of learning and a logical curriculum structure, supports students and help them to achieve well. 

Students receive regular, meaningful and manageable feedback about their strengths and areas for improvement and work hard to continually improve across the 2 years. 

We report formally to students and parents 3 times per year and these reports communicate clearly: 

  • The targets students are expected to achieve (ALPS and national benchmarks). 
  • The forecast grade teachers expect students to achieve if they continue to work as they are. 
  • Students attitude to learning

Most students study 3 A Levels but some students are allowed to study 4. 

Students can opt to take any combinations of both A Levels and applied courses and all can lead to university if that is our students chosen destination. 

Key Stage 5 Options subjects (subjects are A Levels unless otherwise stated)



Business Applied 






Engineering BTEC 

English Language

English Literature


Health & Social Care Applied


ICT Applied




Philosophy and Ethics 

Physical Education



Science Applied 


Sport BTEC



Additional qualifications 

Students can choose to take a one-year maths course, if they have ambitions to gain a qualification in maths but do not want to take a full maths A Level. 

Students can also take an EPQ to add to their qualifications. This is an extended project that is produced independently with a teacher acting as a supervisor. These qualifications are highly regarded by universities. 

Entry requirements 

The minimum entry requirements at Tewkesbury Sixth Form is 5 grade 4’s at GCSE, however certain subjects do have specific entry requirements of higher grades at GCSE than a 4. In the unlikely event of the Sixth Form being oversubscribed, priority access will be afforded to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. For more information on this, please contact rachael.waters@tewkesburyschool.org or chris.thomson@tewkesburyschool.org

Curriculum Impact – How well are we delivering on our KS4 Curriculum Aims? 

Student destinations 

Many of our students’ progress onto degrees in law, psychology, international management, aerospace engineering, natural sciences, chemistry, electrical and electronics engineering, natural sciences and also neuroscience. Student were also successful in gaining entry onto degree courses in medicine, veterinary courses and midwifery. 

The Sixth Form has a significant proportion (60%) of students progress onto University, with 35% of students progressing onto Russell group Universities, which are the top 24 Universities in the country. 40% of students progress onto apprenticeships or employment. 

100% of students progress onto further Education, training and employment and is a reflection of our outstanding careers education, advice and guidance. 

Curriculum Impact 

Between 2019 and 2021, students studying both A Level and applied subjects have made progress in line with the national average.