At Ark Academy we offer our students a traditional, academic A-Level curriculum, alongside a tailored and purpose built Professional Pathway curriculum. This is a Level 3 BTEC (Business or Applied Science) built alongside a professional partner and a work readiness programme, that is only available in Ark schools.

Students in Ark Academy will follow linear A levels in three subjects. In addition we offer two professional pathways qualifications, a Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business (year 12 and 13) and also in Science (year 12 and 13). Some students following the professional pathways programme are also (year 12) taking core maths

Each subject taken has 6 periods per week and professional pathways have 15 periods per week. The remaining periods are allocated to independent study, 50% of which are supervised. Having study periods and two exclusive, designated study rooms is a great privilege of being a sixth former at Ark. Our students welcome the opportunity to have two rooms for their exclusive use where they can study without interruption, in addition to the library, focussing on reading and homework which needs to be done well and on time.

We offer all year 12 students an Ark Diploma, which awards personal development through extra-curricular activities,The Civitas Hour, leading societies and clubs, community outreach and “off specification” learning. The Ark Diploma appeals to universities because it is evidence that students are active and well-rounded young people – someone universities would want on their campuses. In addition to this, we offer our students an opportunity to complete an Extended Project Qualification and / or the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze or Silver qualification.

Of course our primary focus at Key Stage 5 is university preparation. Ark Academy  supports every student in choosing the right university pathway/ high level apprenticeship  and career with confidence. The programme of Mindset through Y12 PSHE and daily tutor time leading into progression choices in Year 13 is of a very high standard. Students are challenged to think really about their future choices.

The Entry Criteria for Sixth Form is:


3 Grade 6-9 and 2 Grade 5-9 in GCSE, including at least a Grade 4 in English and Maths

Please look closely at the entry criteria for the specific subject you wish to study. This can be found here. While you may make the entry criteria for admission to the Sixth Form you might be restricted in terms of subject choice.


PROFESSIONAL PATHWAY (Business / Applied Science)

3x Grade 5 and 2x Grade 4 in GCSE and including at least a Grade 4 in English and Maths.

Please note to complete the Professional Pathway Science you must have achieved at least a 5-4 in Trilogy science.

All courses are dependent on sufficient numbers of students; where there is insufficient demand, a course may be withdrawn.

As entry requirements for sixth form include grade 4 in Maths and English we do not provide GCSE in English and Maths post 16.



Year 12 Curriculum Overview here

Year 13 Curriculum Overview here


Subject curriculum overviews:




Core Maths


English Literature


Further Maths






Physical Education



Professional Pathways Applied Science

Professional Pathways Business


Religion, Philosophy and Ethics