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Curriculum and Pathways

We believe strongly in ensuring that all our students select the right courses for them. As a result each curriculum pathway has differing entry requirements to reflect your starting point and includes distinctive elements.

There are some A Level subjects which are regarded, by virtually all universities, as being acceptable. These are sometimes known as ‘facilitating subjects’ and are Maths, English, Physics, Biology or Chemistry, History or Geography or a language. Some universities are stricter than others on this issue. The Russell Group ‘Informed Choices’ website, film and booklet may help. The Careers4u.tv site has information about which A Levels are needed for which degree courses or you can download the bestCourse4me app. This will allow you to see the most popular degrees that specific A Level subjects lead to.


Bespoke Pathway
Entry Requirements: Significant numbers of A*/A grades at GCSE
Core Programme: 4 or 5 A Levels

Aspire Pathway
Entry Requirements: 6+ B grades GCSE incl. English and Maths (Grade 6)
Core Programme: 3 A Levels + 1 EPQ

Inspire Pathway
Entry Requirements: 6+ C grades at GCSE incl. English and Maths (Grade 5)
Core Programme: 3 A Levels or 2 A Levels + 1 BTEC

Explore Pathway
Entry Requirements: 6+ C grades GCSE/BTEC incl. English and Maths (Grade 5)
Core Programme: 3 BTEC/A Levels

Endeavour Pathway
Entry Requirements: 5+ C grades
Core Programme: 3 BTEC/CTEC incl. English and Maths (Grade 4)

Bespoke Pathway

For our highly academic students we encourage you to stretch and challenge yourself but also provide access to qualifications and experiences that will enable you to have the widest possible choice and the skills to capitalise on them.

Teaching in Hayesfield Sixth Form is outstanding and enables students to achieve above and beyond expectations:

Recent Oxbridge Entrants

Annabel Melvin
University of Oxford 2016

Iris Kaye-Smith
University of Oxford 2015

Gabrielle Lynch
University of Oxford 2015

Sophie White
University of Oxford 2015

Claire Kendall
University of Oxford 2015

Katriona Pierce
University of Cambridge 2013

Charlotte Imianowski
University of Oxford 2013

Anna Rowan
University of Oxford 2012

Adelais Mills
University of Oxford 2011

Bethan Tabram
University of Oxford 2011

Radhika Sholapurkar
University of Oxford 2011

Georgina Field
University of Cambridge 2011

Early Entry Programme

For students on our Bespoke Pathway we also offer the additional support of our highly successful Early Entry Programme to support students who wish to apply for Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry and all subjects at Oxford and Cambridge.

Students who wish to include UCAS applications for Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine, Veterinary Science, or Dentistry have to apply by 15th October in Year 13, three months earlier than the general deadline of 15th January . Students and their families also have to consider additional entry procedures, exams and interviews. Hayesfield offers a comprehensive programme of support for students considering these options and elite course entry including a programme of visits and events to enable students to make informed choices before application and interview preparation. As a result we have an outstanding application to success ratio – in 2015 and 2016 all of our applicants to Oxford were offered places and achieved the grades to take them up.

“The Early Entry Programme at Hayesfield provided excellent support in my application to Oxford University. Outstanding help was available when preparing for entrance examinations and interviews. Visits to Oxbridge and the chance to talk to current students were so valuable in deciding what course to study, and how best to achieve a place there!“

Sophie White

Aspire Pathway

The majority of our students will follow this pathway which remains academic and prepares you for entry to top universities. We also work closely with local universities such as Bath and Bristol and provide access to their courses to prepare you for university application, such as On Track to Bath and Access to Bristol. For students completing an Access to Bristol course they will received a guaranteed offer from the university.

More and more university and job applicants are demonstrating their skills by offering an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) alongside their A Levels and other qualifications. It is equivalent to an AS Level in tariff points and all of our students are given the opportunity to develop the skills to complete them through a Universal Study Skills Programme at the start of Year 12.

The AQA EPQ has grown very rapidly since its pilot introduction in 2008, allowing students to frame their own project, beyond or alongside their post-16 studies. Hayesfield projects since 2011 have included:

  • The first play performed in the Roper Theatre, ’Persecution’, researched, written, directed and produced by one student on the topic of 17th century witch trials
  • Analysis of the efficacy of different protein-based treatments for Alzheimer’s
  • How much has Aung San Su Kyi contributed to democracy in Burma?
  • A portfolio of British women’s fashion of the 1950s
  • Assessment of the impact on local economies of inward Chinese investment in southern Africa

Students agree their topic with supervisors and the Centre Co-ordinator, receive 30 hours of taught study skills in school, and complete a Production Log, signed by supervisors, tracking their progress through 90 hours of independent work. Most write a dissertation of 5,000 words, some produce an artefact with a commentary of 2,000 words.

Students start Year 12 on the Universal Study Skills Programme, with support from Southampton University, then opt via letter of application, to start an EPQ after the Autumn holiday. EPQs are completed with a Celebration Evening in September of Year 13 when all candidates present their work as part of their assessment to friends, family, supervisors and governors. As well as excellent results this allows many of our students to demonstrate a wider commitment to courses such as Medicine, Linguistics, Psychology or Drama.

“I’d recommend doing an EPQ because it allows you to explore a topic you’re interested in whilst testing your research and analysis skills. I feel more confident as a researcher after this experience.”

Zoe Olsen-Groome

Inspire Pathway

Students following this pathway will be ambitious to study at a higher level but may need a little more support to make the transition from GCSE so we recommend taking 3 A Levels or possibly 2 plus a BTEC course and building up your broader skills with schemes such as the BET (Bath Education Trust) Award or the Heading Higher Passport from UWE to prepare you for higher education application or employment. We also ensure that you have access to quality information about higher apprenticeships as an alternative.

BET Award

Hayesfield is part of the Bath Education Trust (BET) and is able to offer the BET Award for students who wish to develop their employment skills by completing work experience and undertaking workshops on employment skills such as communication, presentations. The Award is recognised locally by a growing range of employers.

Explore Pathway

On this pathway choosing BTEC subjects will enable you approach your further education in a more practical manner with a greater focus on coursework alongside some examinations. You can build up your employment skills by undertaking the BET Award which enables you to reflect and build on your skills and strengths. All of our BTEC courses are Level 3 and many of our students go on to universities to study at a higher level or undertake career-development apprenticeships.


Endeavour Pathway

We recognise that some students are ready to develop their vocational learning but want to do so within a school environment so we offer a select range of Level 3 BTEC and CTECs designed to support and develop you in this area. You will receive information about accessing apprenticeships at the end of Year 13 and also how to apply for foundation degrees for students wishing to go on to higher education. All students on this pathway will get access to at least two work placements during their course. We consider applications without a Grade 4 in English or Maths on a case by case basis and do offer GCSE resit groups where appropriate.

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