At The Rise Sixth Form we have a robust and purposeful wraparound curriculum that provides our students with academic and social and emotional skills. Our wraparound curriculum includes Level 2 BTECs, a Level 2 LiBF (London Institute of Banking and Finance) course, and a bespoke study skills short course.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic education
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education develops students’ understanding of important concepts such as identity, relationships, rights and mental health. Students will receive a Level 2 BTEC Award in Personal and Social Development at the end of the this one-year course.
According to the National Autistic Society, at least one in three autistic adults experience severe mental health difficulties due to a lack of support. This is an unacceptable statistic, and one we aim to change. Our students are taught the importance of understanding their needs and are given the confidence and knowledge not only to self-regulate, but to self-advocate. This course addresses topics around Health and Wellbeing, Understanding Personal and Social Relationships, and Managing Problems in Daily Life.
Year 12 students will receive a Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education through LiBF. This course aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills so they are able to manage their money and make sound financial decisions. The course puts students’ financial decisions in context, and helps them to understand the impact their decisions have on their lives, but also the greater economy. Through the course, students develop a range of transferable skills that not only can provide a foundation for further study, but also is applicable to social enterprise and vocational professional development. The key topics addressed include public finance and economy, personal financial planning, and employability, enterprise and business. The course is divided into three units and is exam-based.
Study skills is a personalised course that enables students to manage the workload they are expected to complete in their college courses. In Sixth Form, the expectation is that students will become more independent in managing their coursework, but that cannot happen without support. We designed a study skills course that teaches students organisation skills, how to stay motivated and focused on their courses, and strategies for note taking and revision. The skills taught in this course not only support students to be successful in college, but also give them strategies to manage their future careers and personal lives.
Employability is a multifaceted Level 2 BTEC course that prepares students for the world of work. It provides a structured place for pupils to explore various career and volunteering opportunities and be able to apply for jobs. At the end of this course students will know their rights and responsibilities at work, understand health and safety expectations, and be able to apply problem-solving skills to their volunteering and work situations. We want our students to have the conviction to pursue careers that make them feel productive and proud.
As part of preparing students for the workload associated with their courses, we have mandatory independent study sessions. Students can work on their coursework with support staff or take part in enriching activities such as: reading articles on current affairs, watching informative documentaries, or by practising budgeting or other life skills. Independent study is not just an opportunity for staff to re-teach students. It allows students to ask staff questions, seek clarifications and work in a safe and quiet space. It is also an opportunity for staff to support students to manage their deadlines and succeed in their course.
To find out more about our curriculum read our prospectus.