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AQA Baccalaureate at Aylesbury High School

Course description


The AQA Baccalaureate, known as the AQA Bacc, celebrates the achievements of the well-rounded post-16 student and has many benefits for students.

• It clearly demonstrates the skills and personal qualities which employers and universities are looking for.

• It recognises and celebrates the achievement of GCE students who have studied in depth in main study programmes.

• It develops well-rounded individuals by extending students’ education, experiences and personal growth beyond academic study.

• It provides a breadth of experience.

• It promotes independent learning, self-management and research skills through the completion of an Extended Project.

• It helps students to see education in a wider context and encourages life-long learning.

• It fosters active citizenship and community involvement.

Comment from current Year 13 student: "The Bacc and the Extended Project have allowed me to go beyond the specification and delve deeper into aspects of the subject that interest me."

Course content


The AQA Bacc comprises four elements which together demonstrate that students have achieved success in terms of A Levels and wider learning and enrichment activities.

Depth of studyis represented by GCE A Levels, breadth of studyis achieved through AS General Studies, Critical Thinking or World Development,independent learningis demonstrated through the completion of an Extended Project and students achievepersonal developmentthrough enrichment activities.

There are three types of enrichment activities – work-based, community-based and personal focus. Driving Lessons would be an example of personal enrichment, work shadowing would be a work-based activity and the Duke of Edinburgh Award would be a combination of personal and community enrichment. Students this year have used driving lessons, Maths Buddying and paid employment as their enrichment activities.

Entry requirements


In January of Year 12 you will be asked if you would like to do the AQA Bacc in Year 13 - there is no need to apply now for this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aylesbury High School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year