At Capital 6 we believe that learning transcends the boundaries of the classroom environment. Although we are proud of our curriculum and the academic success of our students, there is more to Capital 6 life than exams. We believe in the all-round development of our students, the realisation of their potential and preparation for life beyond school.
Work experience is an essential part of all study programmes. It gives students an insight into working life, and provides skills and experiences that are fundamental to any progression route. Capital 6 has close links with local organisations. On our Level 2 one year programme, students have two placements; one day per week over the course of the year in the local area. Placements range from nursing homes to schools and other businesses. Students on Level 3 study programmes have a dedicated time period within year 12 to compete a substantial two week placement. These experiences provide an insight into the career routes that will hopefully support our students in their aspirations.
Extended Project Qualification
The EPQ allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea, and decide on their finished product. A project topic may be directly related to a student’s study programme, but should look beyond the specification. A finished product may take the form of:
- A research based written report;
- A production* (e.g. charity event, fashion show or sports event etc);
- An artefact* (e.g. piece of art, a flm or realised design).
The EPQ is increasingly popular with universities and is definitely an enhancement to a student’s application. The EPQ is awarded a grade that is similar to an ‘AS’ level and accrues UCAS points.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is an achievement award for any young person aged 14-24. A programme of activities develops the mind, body and soul in an environment of social interaction, team working and physical challenge (an expedition). Students at Capital 6 have the opportunity to either begin the programme in Year 12 or to continue with their progress with the DofE during their time at Sixth Form.
Students who did not access The Challenge in Year 11 are given another opportunity to attend Sixth Form Autumn challenge. The challenge is perfect for boosting CV experience, personal statements, and UCAS forms. It’s also an unforgettable experience which builds confidence and independence. The programme is a government-funded initiative that brings together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society. It never costs more than £50. Twenty of our current Capital 6 students completed the challenge in October half term for total cost of £20 each.
Part 1 – Get Active
Develop confidence and bond with team mates on an action-packed residential.
Part 2 – Get Involved
Team mates work together to learn a new skill in sport, media, photography, music, drama, enterprise or art.
Part 3 – Make Your Mark
Teams design and run a project in the local area.