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Coombe Dean School

Coombe Dean School

Post 16 Course Information

In this section you will find information about the courses we offer at Coombe Dean, including outlines of the course content and details of exam boards and how the course is assessed. 

Some subjects require you to have already achieved a particular grade in specific GCSE subjects in order for you to be ready to embark on the course. You can check the grade requirements for all subjects in the course information.  

Applications for post 16 are now open!

Click here to apply to Coombe Dean post 16


What does studying at Post 16 look like? 

  • Students at Coombe Dean Post 16 (Year 12 and 13) choose a minimum of three full-time courses.  

  • All students must study three full-time A-level or Btec courses. Some students may take on an additional course which could be another full-time A-level or Btec, or a part-time course such as Maths Studies or the Extended Project. This is a self-led research project which results in a qualification equivalent to half an A-level. 

  • Students without a level 4 in Maths GCSE and English Language GCSE or English Literature GCSE are required to have an additional 1-2 hour session per week towards achieving level 4 at GCSE English and/or Maths. 

  • In addition, students will experience one hour per week of study skills/forensic reading to help master the independent skills and critical thinking that facilitate success at this level, plus one hour per week volunteering/work experience to ensure students are well-prepared for making decisions about work or higher education. 

  • The remaining hours are dedicated to independent study in our post 16 study pods, common room and classrooms. 

  • All students start the day with a daily tutor session enabling us to monitor welfare and progress, as well as: weekly careers advice; university and apprenticeship applications support; mental health, relationships and wellbeing education; opportunities to discuss current events; and support with study and organisational skills.