What Are Subject Pools?

In order to deliver a timetable within school, we have to group subjects into ‘Pools’. Pools have been carefully designed to consider combinations of subjects which work well together, based on our experience of what students like to take as subject combinations and what is expected by employers and universities Post 18. Students cannot select more than one subject from any one pool, for example, Maths and English Language cannot be selected together as they are both in Pool 1, however, you could select Maths (Pool 1) and Chemistry (Pool 2), OR you could select BTEC Health and Social Care (Pool 1/2) and BTEC Science (Pool 3/4), but you couldn’t select BTEC Health and Social Care and BTEC Sport as they are both in Pool 1/2.

Pools 2019/20

   Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4   Enrichment Pool
A Level
Maths Chemistry Physics Biology AS Music
English Language English Literature Geography History AS & A Level Further Maths
Psychology Computer Science Sociology Business Studies AS German
PE Photography Extended ProjectQualification (EPQ)
BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma Art and Design
Health and Social Care
Business Studies
Business Studies
Performing Arts
‘Academic Mentor’
Work Experience
GCSE Maths Resit
 GCSE English Resit
Work Skills —————Full time Course —————-

Although it is not expected that the Pools for 2019/20 will change, it remains at the discretion of BH6 that Pools can be changed until September 2019 students would be informed immediately of any changes.

How many subjects do I select?

Due to the reform in A Level and BTEC qualifications, it is now expected that students select their options as a two year commitment. Combinations students can select:

Option 1 – A Level only route:

Most students will choose three A level qualifications plus an Enrichment Option.

Consideration will be given to the most able students to complete 4 A Level courses, this can be discussed further with Mrs Taylor.

Option 2 – BTEC only route:

Choose two BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma qualifications plus an Enrichment Option.

We believe that by offering and selecting two BTEC Foundation Diploma courses rather than just one ‘Extended Diploma’ qualification offered by other local providers, our students have a more diverse skills set and have more options Post 18.