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The aim of the curriculum at KES is to provide students with a wide range of experiences, with the intention of developing well rounded individuals.

We enrich the Key Stage 5 curriculum to ensure that students are given sufficient opportunities to develop. Students are able to study a wide range of traditional A Level qualifications, as well as Level 3 vocational and Level 2 courses. Over 20 A Levels and 15 vocational courses are currently offered in the Sixth Form.

Level 3 Courses

The majority of students in the Sixth Form are studying a combination of Level 3 courses. We are able to offer the following combination of courses:

  • Pathway A -  4 A Levels
  • Pathway B - 3½ A Levels (3 A Levels plus EPQ or Core Maths)
  • Pathway C - 2 A Levels + 1 BTEC + EPQ/Core Maths or 2 BTECs + 1 A Level
  • Pathway D - 3 BTECS or the T Level in Childcare

Should it be required, we also facilitate the compulsory retesting of GCSE Maths and English (for students who attain a grade 4 or below) through timetabled lessons and targeted resources.

Level 2 Courses

Generally, Level 2 courses are suitable for students who attain grades lower than a grade 4. Students on Level 2 courses spend three days in school and two days in a work placement. Whilst at school they are able to choose to study; Construction, Health and Social Care, Childcare or Public Services. Maths and English resit classes are compulsory if students have not achieved a Level 4 grade, achievement in these subjects is facilitated through timetabled lessons and targeted resources. Successful completion of Level 2 will enable you to progress to some of our Level 3 courses.

  • Pathway E – Level 2 course + resit in English + or Maths


All students in the sixth form have access to additional enrichment studies on a Wednesday afternoon. Currently this means that students can choose from the following options that will enhance their studies and develop their experience of post-16 study. The options available change each year however often include;

  • Mindfulness
  • Sport activities
  • Money Matters
  • Holiday French and Spanish
  • Film Club
  • Music Group
  • Nail Bar
  • Volunteering
  • Work Experience