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Sixth Form


Key Stage 5

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Our Sixth Form curriculum offers a wide range of Level 3 qualifications to ensure students are provided with a broad and balanced curriculum which enables them to fulfil their ambitions.

Temple Moor’s sixth form offers a wide range of high-quality qualifications from which students can choose. These include A-levels, Applied Generals, T-levels and Level 2 courses, as well as other courses to enhance the subject portfolio including Extended Project and Core Maths. Our aim is to ensure that this breadth and balance supports students to develop both academically and personally, enabling them to progress onto high quality higher education, apprenticeships or employment.


These courses are taught by high quality subject specialists, and have been selected to support progression routes beyond Post-18, with links to employment sectors in our region and nationally. Further details on each course can be found in the school’s iProspectus, as can details of other aspects of sixth form life and support.


A-levels are academic subject-based qualifications, studied over two years, which can lead onto higher education, apprenticeships, training or work. They are usually assessed by a series of examinations at the end of the second year of the course, and students typically choose three of these to study alongside supplementary qualifications such as the Extended Project Qualification or Core Maths. However, it is possible to study a mixture of three A-level and Applied General subjects. Higher education courses may specify particular A-levels that are needed for entry into certain degree courses.

The courses we offer are:

  • Biology

  • Business Studies

  • Chemistry

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • French

  • Fine Art

  • Geography

  • German

  • Graphics

  • History

  • Law

  • Maths

  • Further Maths

  • Photography

  • Physical Education

  • Physics

  • Product Design

  • Psychology

  • Sociology

  • Spanish

  • Textiles

Applied General

Applied General qualifications are vocationally focussed qualifications, encompassing courses such as BTEC and CTEC qualifications, which are equivalent to one A-level in size. Studied over 2 years, these qualifications are assessed through a combination of internal controlled assessment produced over the two years, together with external exams which contribute at least 40% toward the final grade. Some subjects also have Diploma courses equivalent to two A-levels in size. Students would typically choose 3 Applied General qualifications to study, but it is possible to study a mixture of three A-level and Applied General subjects.

The courses we offer are:

  • Applied Science
  • BTEC Business
  • BTEC Dance, Drama and Music
  • Digital Creative Media
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Health & Social Care Certificate
  • Health & Social Care Diploma
  • LIBF Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies
  • Sport Certificate
  • Sport Diploma

Extended Project and Core Maths

These two qualifications are increasingly taken by students alongside their A-level or Applied General courses, with students choosing to study one or both of these to maintain breadth, support their employability and complement their main subjects.

Core Maths is studied over 2 years, and is worth the equivalent of an AS level, with the UCAS points reflecting this.

Extended project is studied over 1 year, between January of Year 12 and January of Year 13, and is equivalent to half an A-level. This project can be based on a topic of the students’ choosing, and they are supported and guided during the project to ensure they are developing the research and communication skills with which to reach the required standard in their final, independently produced project.

Level 2 Qualification

We offer a number of Level 2 courses, which are aimed at providing a progression route to Post-16 study for students who may not have achieved the necessary entry requirements to access Level 3 qualifications. Students study these for 1 year with us, with a view to them achieving the entry requirements which then enable them to move onto Level 3 study the year after.

As part of this provision, students study their chosen course, alongside resit GCSE English and Maths study, and a Level 2 BTEC qualification in Work Skills. This package is ideal preparation for students who wish to progress onto Level 3 study or apprenticeships, by enabling them to improve their grades to meet entry requirements, whilst also developing skills around writing applications and preparing for interviews.

 The courses we offer are: 

  • Diploma in Health Care
  • Diploma in Sport & Physical Activity
  • Certificate in Skills for Business
  • Certificate in Digital Media

Alongside the academic courses, all students in Years 12 and 13 are involved in Continued Personal Development (CPD) throughout their two years in Sixth Form. This programme develops students’ understanding of how to live safe and healthy lives, the importance of safe and respectful relationships, how to be active citizens, and focusses on aspects of employability and preparation for higher education. This programme is enhanced through our close work with employers and universities to organise workshops, facilitate work placements, attend open days and provide students with the opportunity to network and listen to people in industry. The diversity of our curriculum provides an excellent preparation for both Higher Education and employment progression.

We also understand that to gain the best outcomes, learning must be extended beyond the classroom. We expect students to become increasingly independent with their studying and throughout their sixth form experience.  These learning skills are supported through independent study periods, a computer equipped independent study room, and access to materials and online resources such as UpLearn. We also are committed to raising aspirations and creating mature adults who are aware of their personal responsibilities to the community and as citizens.


We also feel extremely passionate about giving back to the school and wider community, building in voluntary opportunities through the Quality Leaders Programme, which in turn also supports students in developing their own soft skills needed for their Post 18 pathways.

If you need further information regarding the Sixth Form Curriculum, please contact Miss Newman, Key Stage 5 Phase Leader:


Telephone: 0113 390 0770  ext. 7272

Temple Moor High School & Sixth Form is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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