When students enrol in our Post 16 they are guided to make subject choices that will enable a clear progression to their future destination whether it by University, Apprenticeships or employment. The curriculum at The Leigh Campus ensures that students study subjects in one of four pathways as follows:
- Academic Pathway – students in this pathway study a pure academic A level programme and have chosen 3 AS, A2 or the newly reformed A Level subjects which are a two year programme of study.
- Vocational Pathway – students in this pathway study a pure vocational programme and have chosen Applied General (BTEC) courses.
- Academic/Vocational Pathway – students in this pathway study a combination of Academic and Vocational subject
- Dartford Football Academy (DFA) – students in this pathway follow either of the three pathways listed above and if accepted via a trial with Dartford Football Club will combine their P16 studies with a Level 3 programme of study.
A wider offer, including some Level 2 courses, is additionally available for our students to access across the Leigh Academies Trust through LAT16 at both Longfield Academy and Wilmington Academy.
From September 2017 a fifth pathway will be added to the Post 16 Curriculum as The Leigh Academy is currently in the Application for Candidacy stage to be accredited as an IB World School. When this is achieved will be able to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP).
The IBCP is one of four integrated programmes offered by the International Baccalaureate Organisation delivered by over 4,500 schools worldwide. The IBCP is a flexible Post 16 programme which recognises the need to combine academic, vocational and practical learning skills.
As part of the IBCP students must follow a career related course (BTEC or Vocational Programme) between 2 and 4 IB Diploma Courses and the Core Programme.
The Core Programme is fundamental to the development of students academically, personally and socially enhancing the skills they will need in the future and comprises of the following components:
- Reflective Project – this focuses on an ethical issue linked to the careers-related element of the programme. This is the only element of the core programme that is assessed.
- Personal and Professional Skills Development – for example, conducting research, referencing, presentation skills
- Service Learning – a community based project
- Language development involving the acquisition of language and cultural awareness.