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The curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure that it meets the demands of our students and an ever changing world.
Currently we offer GCSEs, iGCSEs and A Levels. Students can also opt into the Extended Project Qualification. We further stretch students preparing for Oxbridge and other highly selective universities through a programme of lectures, seminars, presentations and debates.
The majority of our students go on to university, with an impressive quality and range of courses undertaken. Many of our students opt for the traditional professional routes into medicine, law, the City and public service, but significant numbers increasingly choose more creative and entrepreneurial paths. As we would hope from any school that sees its virtue in breadth and diversity, our students are as varied and unique as the interests they pursue.
Trent offers a flexible GCSE curriculum with the aim of catering to an individual student’s strengths and interests.
Within this framework students will study the compulsory core of Maths, English Language and English Literature, and Science. Two pathways are available for our scientists. Some pupils will study the three separate sciences and achieve three iGCSEs. Other pupils will study the iGCSE Double Award and attain two iGCSEs. These pupils will benefit from a reduced content, but are still taught the three sciences by experts in their fields.
In addition, students then have a choice of up to four options, though the vast majority of Trent students have a Modern Foreign Language as one of those four choices. The option subjects available are:
The aim of the Sixth Form Curriculum at Trent is not simply to attain the grades necessary to gain a first choice university place.
It is hoped that by this stage, students will be consolidating the school's overall aims of developing self-motivation, intellectual curiosity and independent learning. A-Level study is central to the academic portfolio of a Trent Sixth Form education. A-Levels still form the basis of the majority of university offers, and are the "hard currency" understood by universities and employers. Most of those offers are based on three A2 (full A-Levels). As with all schools we reviewed our provision and qualifications offered as details of the national changes to post 16 education, due to be phased in from September 2015, bacome clearer.
Students begin by selecting four subjects in Year 12 from an extensive range:
There is also an option to study BTEC Sport (in place of two options) which is a well respected coursework based qualification leading to the equivalent of either two or three A-Levels. It is usually expected that a grade B in a comparable GCSE is achieved in the subjects chosen.
During the Sixth Form, students will also be given the opportunity to undertake an Extended Project. This qualification is a piece of individual research designed to enhance the type of skills required of undergraduate students, and stemming from an area of the student's own interest. The EPQ, launched in January 2009, has already proved hugely popular with Trent students. It leads to a qualification, highly-regarded by universities, which sits alongside the A-Level portfolio.