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  • 16-19 Study Programme


    All students funded through the 16 to 19 funding methodology must be enrolled on a study programme, which typically combines qualifications and other activities, and is tailored to each student’s prior attainment and career goals. At St Bernard’s our study programmes combine the following elements:

    1.   Qualifications

    Students are able to study a combination of 3 or 4 Level 3 courses at St Bernard’s including a range of A level subjects and Btec courses. We also offer a Level 2 course in Business Administration to prepare students for further study.

    2.   English and Mathematics

    English and Mathematics are essential skills for the future. Students who have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4 in one or both of these subjects are supported in continuing their study to achieve this.

    3.   Careers Advice and Opportunities, UCAS guidance and Work Experience

    A programme of Careers Education and Guidance is provided for our students. Topics covered include:

    • Choosing your Higher Education - all Year 12 students attend a Higher Education Super Fair in June
    • Making Higher Education Applications
    • Preparing your Personal Statement
    • Finance - Student Loans: Scholarships and Bursaries.
    • Taking a Gap Year
    • Employment at 18
    • Apprenticeships
    • Beyond 18 Day
    • University Visits
    • Summer Schools; Taster Days; Internships
    • Work Experience
    • Careers Fair
    • All students have the opportunity to have a Careers Guidance Interview with our Careers Coordinator

    4.   Personal Development and Enrichment

           a.   PSHE

    All students receive a comprehensive series of Personal, Social and Health Education lessons throughout their time in Sixth Form. This covers a range of topics such as: study skills, first aid, gambling, sexism and misogyny, internet safety, danger of carrying weapons, mental health and wellbeing, dementia and FGM.

           b. Religious Studies

    In line with our school ethos, students also attend regular General Religious Studies lessons where they have opportunities to explore moral and ethical issues that come up in society today, such as euthanasia and crime and punishment. They also look at things that religious people take part in across different religions such as pilgrimage and festivals.

    ​​​​​​       c. Tutor time

    Students benefit from time as a group with their form tutors each morning where they complete a range of activities including a weekly quiz, discussion of current affairs, mentoring conversations, prayer and discussion of the theme of the week.


           d.  Duke of Edinburgh

    St Bernard’s is fortunate to have a dedicated and well-qualified Expedition Team who recognise the benefits that these opportunities afford to students.  The Team run successful Bronze, Silver and Gold Expeditions and training open to all students who wish to take part.

    At Sixth Form, students are invited to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. 

    There are opportunities for keen participants to improve their leadership skills by supporting Bronze participants – at after school training sessions, training walks and expeditions.





           e.  Arts Leaders Award

    Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible and is another award that students can get involved in at the school.

    Students will research the world of the arts and take individual responsibility for leading an arts project.

          f.  Sports Leader

    The Sports Leader Award gives opportunities to lead groups in safe sporting and recreational activity, encouraging responsibility for others, developing organisational and communication skills and instilling confidence in people for whom leading groups in sporting activities is a new experience. The majority of the course is practical in nature with an emphasis on learning through doing.

          g.   Other Leadership Roles

    • Head Student & Deputy Head Students apply, interview and then campaign in January of Year 12. The team are elected as a result of a whole school vote giving students experience of democracy and an election process.
    • House Captains & Deputy House Captains – Year 12 students can apply for these roles after the election of the Head Student Team

           h.  Roles of responsibility

    • Learning Ambassadors – Sixth Form students apply for this role to support younger students in the school
    • Form captains
    • School Council Representatives
    • Liturgy Prefects

    Paid roles:

    • Welcome Ministry – Sixth Form students can take on the responsibility of welcoming and ensuring the safety of students coming into school in the mornings.


    "St Bernard's is a unique school which offers subjects that have indefinitely carved my education and who I am. It has led me onto a path that no other school would be able to offer. The support from my teachers combined with the school's encouraging atmosphere gives me motivation to work hard and strive for the best every day in everything I do". 

    — Sophia (Deputy Head Student, Year 13)