How many courses does CLF Post 16 offer?
We currently offer over 40 courses for Post 16 study, covering a wide range of interests, specific details of each can be viewed on the A-Z course pages. This number, and the qualifications on offer, is subject to change dependent on student uptake and class size viability.
What type of subjects does CLF Post 16 offer?
We are proud to offer a wide variety of courses for our students, which are tailored to their individual needs and future pathways. These include traditional A levels, vocational qualifications such as BTECs and Cambridge Technical, and a transitional programme of specialised vocational subjects. We also offer GCSE English and Maths for those students that have not yet obtained a grade 4 or above.
What is the admissions criteria?
We have four main study programmes that our students embark upon. The specific course level route options and entry requirements for the specific route can be found below.
- A Level Study. Students study three main A level subjects and can also study a supporting subject 1 year subject such as Core Maths or Extended project. In some cases students may study 4 A levels where there is high prior attainment and the additional subject supports a student’s destination progression. Additional requirements for each individual subject, are outlined on the course pages.
- Academic/Vocational Study. Students study three subjects, which are a combination of academic (A level) and vocational subjects (BTEC/Cam Tech). Additional requirements for each individual subject, are outlined on the course pages.
- Specialised Vocational – Level 3.Students may choice to focus on a specific full time vocational area. There a number of options routes depending on prior grades (see course route below). This is studied alongside GCSE English and/or Maths (if required). Many of those students on the Level 3 qualifications go on to achieve the equivalent of either two or three A level qualifications, giving them the opportunity to apply to university if they wish or a higher level apprenticeship.
- Specialised Transition – Level 2. Students that have not yet achieved the grades necessary to study the options outlined above, instead embark on a programme of full time study of one of our Level 2 qualifications, alongside GCSE English and/or Maths (if required). This allows for transition to Level 3 courses or apprenticeships.
How many students study at CLF Post 16?
We currently have approximately 450 students enrolled at CLF Post 16.
What is the average Post 16 class size?
This varies depending on subject but typically, students can expect class sizes between 10 and 20.
What pastoral provision is in place for students?
All students are allocated an Academic Mentor, whom they will see once in the week and will support them with both academic progress and their career pathways as well as any other concerns through their time with us. Beyond this, there is a wider support network which includes experienced Heads of College, Student Support and Academic Coaches.
What if I have additional learning needs?
The SEND team will support all students with extra needs. Individual support is provided within lessons and during study sessions.
How are students supported with the UCAS process?
CLF Post 16 runs a dedicated UCAS programme through our team of academic mentors. Assistance is provided at every stage of the journey from advice on identifying the correct course choice to developing a perfect personal statement. Our Careers Lead supports with this.
What support is provided for students seeking an alternative to UCAS?
We are committed to ensuring that all students are fully supported in their progression from CLF Post 16 and recognize that university is not appropriate for everybody. We provide guidance on apprenticeships and employment opportunities as well as offering opportunities to attend careers fairs. In addition to this, all students have access to an experienced careers guidance counsellor, who can support them in identifying the most appropriate pathway.
Is there any financial support available for students during their time of study with the CLF Post 16?
Yes, all students can apply for a discretionary award called the Bursary. This fund provides financial support for students who are within the assessment bands. It could be a weekly amount or support for educational resources such as books or university visits.
Do I have to attend every day?
It is compulsory to attend every session that is on your timetable as a directed session. These are subject sessions, Academic mentor sessions, careers and guidance sessions. The rest of the time can be independent study at home or on site.
What extra-curricular opportunities are available?
All CLF Post 16 students have access to a range of enrichment activities and opportunities to participate in enhanced learning schemes. These include sports teams, volunteering opportunities, university programmes and outside agencies including the National Citizenship Service and Envision. These opportunities are designed to develop students away from the confines of the curriculum and give them the best possible chance of success when applying for university, an apprenticeship, gap year or job. We also support our students to do volunteering and work experience.
I have other questions – who can I speak to?
For all other questions, please give us a call on 0117 9882525 or email us at [email protected].