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Welcome to Aylesford School

Welcome to Aylesford School - Message from the Head of Sixth Form

Sixth Form Vision – A Sixth form for all

A Sixth Form for all which aims to provide high quality academic and ‘Character Education’ which develops confident young people who are successful learners and contribute positively to society in order to succeed in their future careers.

Students show courage, confidence and character and use their initiative to break down any barriers encountered on their school journey; students have the open mindedness and resilience to always ‘find a way’ in every aspect of their lives.

It is imperative that we offer curriculum at Key Stage 5 that prepares our students for the global economic challenges and competition that they will face throughout their working life. 

There are three pathways that students can follow in year 12 that aim to support all types of students preparing for their next steps in their lives.

If you would like to study Pathway 1 - the IBCP - you need to choose 2 vocational subjects and 2 IB subjects.

If you would like to study Pathway 2 - the Career-related Pathway then you need to choose 3 vocational subjects.

Vocational subjects include BTECs, OCR and WJEC courses.

  1. Pathway 1 - International Baccalaureate Pathway (IBCP)
  2. Pathway 2 - Level 3 Career-related Vocational Pathway (inc E&M resit where appropriate)
  3. Pathway 3 - Pre-Apprenticeship Pathway - English and Mathematics GCSE together with work experience that leads into an apprenticeship at the end of year 13

Pathway 1: The International Baccalaureate  

This consists of a unique blend of academic and career-related study which comprises of 3 elements:

  • Career-related study
  • Academic study
  • Personal and Professional Skills, Service Learning, Reflective Project and Language Development.

The International Baccalaureate Career Programme is more than just an education. It is a programme of study that will provide a well-rounded education for post 16 students at Aylesford School from September 2017. The programme is an internationally recognised course, followed by students around the world. It seeks to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young adults who are prepared for the modern world. The programme leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

Pathway 2: Career Related Pathway

This consists of two elements where students choose three or four career-related study subjects.  A variety of combinations can be taken including studying two doubles, one double and two singles or four singles, etc. 

  • Skill-based core IB programme
  • Compulsory SMSC Programme
  • Resit English and maths where necessary

Pathway 3: Pre-Apprenticeship Pathway

This consists of three elements where students continue to study English and Maths at GCSE level, undertake a compulsory SMSC programme and complete appropriate work experience.

  • Work Experience Placement
  • English and Maths Studies
  • Compulsory SMSC Programme

If you would like to study pathway three then you need to select one vocational subject and email

For any further help email: or follow us on twitter @aylesford_6form

*please note that Aylesford School reserves the right to withdraw courses if there is not enough interest or enough enrolments to make the course/s viable.

Individual Career Plans

From the very start of their 6th Form journey, students will be expected to think about their long-term career plans. Our full time Careers Adviser and full time UCAS Adviser will arrange regular 1:1 meetings with students, to discuss their future career pathways including further and higher education options (Colleges & Universities) along with information on apprenticeships and full time employment.

Students take an active role in completing their Career Plan Package.

The Sixth Form Team

Admission to our 6th form is through Kent Choices. Details will be given to students in the coming weeks.

Mr Smissen

Head of Sixth Form - Aylesford School


About us

Aylesford School is located in Aylesford village with easy transport links, Aylesford School is a popular 11-18 mixed comprehensive school in contemporary buildings, and with a caring ethos among its small community.

We have just under 60 students in the Sixth Form to foster a community ethos and to be able to provide bespoke 1:1 learning and careers support, where we currently offer them a wide range of challenging BTEC qualifications (Level 3) and IB diploma courses. Our aim is for students to study subjects they enjoy and will therefore thrive in. It is important for students to be confident, take responsibility and have an established future pathway after Year 13.

Another additional aspect to our Sixth Form is our Student Leadership Programme where students can apply for the role of Head Boy/Girl, Senior Prefects, Head of Sixth Form and Mentor Representative. Student Voice is very important here at Aylesford School and we welcome your views on what you would like the Sixth Form to be.

How to Apply:

Our application window is from November 2018 to August 2019.  If you wish to make an application after this date, please make contact Aylesford School as soon as possible.

Please ensure you have read the entry requirements for each subject you apply for. These are specified within the course information detailed within the online prospectus.


Aylesford School Post 16 Pathways


Pathway 1

To join the Level 3 Advanced Courses students usually require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9-5, including Maths, English and Science.

The IBCP is the International Baccalaureate Career Programme and provides students with the subject knowledge and qualifications required by employers and Universities as well as the professional skills desired. The blend of academic subjects and career- related courses is suitable for students with a particular career or university interest, and for those who have not yet decided on a particular career path. Applicants choose 2 IB diploma subjects and 2 career-related subjects.

Students studying the CP will:

·         grow in self-confidence and awareness;

·         develop the skills and qualities employers seek (flexibility, resilience, and the ability to communicate clearly);

·         become effective learners, who can work both independently and in a collaborative environment;

·         be internationally-minded and globally-aware.

Source: The IB Career- related programme: a guide for parents and students in the UK, 2016.


Pathway 2

If you are not eligible to apply for Pathway 1 you may wish to apply to join Pathway 2 where students normally require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4, including Maths, English and Science.

Course Advice Meeting:

All applicants will be asked to attend a course advice meeting during the Spring term. Please note, appointments will be e-mailed to you with the date and time of your course advice meeting and your options will then be discussed with you at this time.

External Student Applications:

If you are an external student then we will require sight of your last school report and birth certificate when you come for your course advice meeting and we will apply to your school for an academic reference.

Conditional Offers:

Following your course advice meeting in the Spring term, if a conditional offer has been made, the details of this will be e mailed to you via

Induction Programme:

All applicants will be required to attend our induction programme in July 2018.

Post GCSE Results:

If you have met the requirements of your conditional offer, a letter confirming your place at Aylesford School will be provided.  This letter will provide enrolment information about when you need to attend school to obtain your timetable. 

If you have not met the conditional offer requirements, additional guidance interviews will be offered to enable discussions regarding alternative course options.

If however, you have made alternative arrangements and now no longer require your place at Aylesford School please do advise us as soon as possible on

Facilities available

·         Sixth Form Centre - Community Room

·         Dedicated ICT Facilities for 6th Form

·         Learning Resource Centre and Seminar Rooms

·         Private Study Areas and Community Room Facilities

·         Sports Hall

·         Dance/Gym Studios

·         Climbing Wall

·         BYO Wireless Access Points

Additional support

Careers Guidance

Aylesford School aims to offer excellent careers provision by embedding into our curriculum an employability programme that equips each and every student with the skills to successfully progress into the world of work. The aim is for each student to advance being self-aware, having learnt about the world of work and able to develop and manage a successful career.

One-to-one CEIAG is available to all of our students from our careers team, led by our careers adviser, as well as outside employers. We build on student’s prior attainment and enable them to develop clear and realistic plans for the future. In all conversations with students we seek to raise aspirations and ambitions. In 2017/18 an initial 17% of Year 11s were unsure of their post 16 destination which was dropped to 8% following individual support. After targeted guidance, Year 13 students applying for university rose from 7% to 39%.

Aylesford School is in the process of creating a network of employers and employees who’ll give personal guidance to students who show an interest in their area of expertise. To achieve this, the school has become part of the Enterprise Adviser Network giving us access to a wealth of employers and advice. Our network will also include parents as we place a high value on parent engagement. At a recent Year 10 parents meet the SLT evening, 18% of parents gave their businesses details in order to provide work experience placements for Aylesford School students. As well as this, 50% of Year 10 students had an initial careers meeting.

We work with a number of employers and organisations to ensure that pupils are given not just impartial CEIAG, but also placements for work experience and opportunities for taster days. Each student is supported in finding a week long work experience placement in both Year 10 and 12. These placements will be specifically selected to be relevant to the student’s career ambitions. Over the past 3 years 260 different employers have given placements to year 10 students.

Workshops and presentations are given to highlight different career path options. Experts visit the school to give group guidance on topics such as applying for apprenticeships. We also facilitate organisations that provide support with CV writing, interview skills and work place disciplines. These sessions give a wide range of high quality non-qualification activities designed to develop personal, social and employability skills.

Our annual careers week and careers event spotlight the available opportunities for future progression. External companies, educators and organisations promote a variety of further education, employment and training options for students to explore.

In order to promote the importance of careers guidance in the school the careers team are present at all parents’ evenings. Engaging with students and parents at these evening allows for the development of a full Year 7-13 career journey. The information collected at these evenings also helps with the continual improvement of our annual programme of events.

Throughout the year we offer a variety of trips in order to increase the students’ knowledge of the availability of and pathways into various careers. Year 12 and 13 students attend both an apprenticeship event and a university showcase. Year 11s attend local college open days.

Student Support

Students have a dedicated mentor to support them through their 6th Form journey.  In addition, students have access to advice and guidance within school.

Financial Support

If you need financial support and meet the relevant criteria, we may be able to help with the cost of travel, equipment, books or trip costs through the Post 16 Bursary Fund.  All students are welcome to apply.

Travel Costs

Kent County Council have a Post 16 Travel Card.  Please see the 6th Form Section of our school website for further details or go to

Learning Resource Centre

This is in the heart of our school and accessible for all. Here you will find information that you may need for your course.  In addition, there are quiet areas for studying.

Learner success

The Application window is from November 2018 - August 2019 

Applications may not be accepted after this time.  However, you may apply directly when GCSE results are known in August. Please contact Aylesford School via or 01622 717341.

You should:

•read all entry criteria for the courses

•carefully research the course details, before you choose your subject combination

•consider your academic suitability for and interest in subjects before making your final decisions

•consider how your subject combinations may impact on your choices for Higher Education and future career decisions

•Year 12 level 3 students are expected to study optional and compulsory courses.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to apply through Kent Choices. A letter will have been sent to you at the start of November.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at Aylesford School through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 12 February 2019
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