A Level and Professional Pathways
A Level Pathway
We focus on offering the core academic subjects at A level that we know are most valued by good universities, and that allow you to keep your progression options as open as possible. If you have met the entry criteria below at GCSE, you can choose from over 20 A level courses. You will receive guidance at assembly, interview and during enrolment about the best subject combinations for different degree courses and careers. Most students will study three linear A levels; some will take a fourth subject, depending on GCSE results.
Entry criteria: You will need to achieve 7 subjects at GCSE with Grade 5 and above, including at least a 5 in English and Mathematics. You will also need to meet the individual entry criteria for specific subjects.
In addition to A level courses, we offer Professional Pathway in Science. Professional Pathways is an innovative programme of study for Ark BTEC students aged 16-18. Teachers are trained to develop a high quality vocational curriculum that is directly relevant to the workplace. The curriculum is made up of a work readiness curriculum which teaches students key employability skills. These programmes are also aimed at preparing students to apply for selective universities, or for progression directly into employment through school leaver programmes or degree apprenticeships. We receive support from the Ark network for Professional Pathways, including visits to businesses, access to work experience opportunities, a bespoke work readiness curriculum, and career mentoring from both teachers and employers. You will work university partners including King’s College London and Imperial College.
Entry criteria: You will need to achieve 5 subjects at GCSE with Grade 4 and above, including at least a 4 in English and Mathematics.