For students who wish to access higher level study or employment through a route other than A level, Professional Pathways could be the route for you. Professional Pathways is an innovative programme of study offered at sixth forms across the Ark network. It has been designed in close collaboration with partners from the commercial and public sector. Those on this pathway will study towards the BTEC Extended Diploma in Business, worth three A levels, in a programme that integrates academic study with extensive work experience opportunities, work readiness and career mentoring programmes
Why study this programme?
• You will study a Level 3 qualification in Business that is equivalent to three A Levels, and holds the same number of UCAS points.
• You will work with employers to develop key skills: visiting their offices, meeting their employees, and accessing work experience opportunities.
• You will receive career mentoring to help you make a real and informed choice about what to do when you leave school. Your qualification will allow you to apply to top universities, competitive school leaver programmes, and apprenticeships with respected companies.
• You will attend termly conferences with students from across Ark, providing opportunities to build new networks with both peers and employers.
How is the course assessed?
The majority of the course is assessed through coursework assessments that are completed throughout the course. In addition, you will complete one controlled assessment and one exam at the end of each year. These will make up approximately 20% of your final grade.
Who is this programme suitable for?
Students who prefer practical learning and coursework over theoretical content and exams, as well as those who are keen to develop their employability skills and employer networks. Students will need to achieve a grade 4 or higher in English and Maths.
You can choose to progress to either Higher Education to study Business, Accounting and Finance, Business Management or to combine work and study through a higher/degree apprenticeship in Business or Finance.