In accordance with similar schools and colleges, most of our students opt to study 3 A Levels or Level 3 equivalents. All courses at Headlands are linear and as such this means students do not sit AS levels at the end of Year 12 as these do not contribute to their final A Level grade, however we do have rigorous internal examinations that inform progress in preparation for applying for post 18 destinations. As members of Team Headlands Sixth Form, our students are also expected to take part in our enrichment programme that will further develop them personally and set them apart from other students. This programme consists of accredited volunteering opportunities, work experience and the potential to study other qualifications outside of the main curriculum.
As part of a local vision for the better future of Bridlington, local public services providers have teamed up with The University of Hull (Faculty of Health and Social Care), Headlands School, and East Riding College to give the young people of Bridlington the opportunity to pursue a career in the NHS. The Health Academy began in September 2017 with students undertaking studies at either Headlands Sixth Form, or East Riding College. The aim of the Health Academy is to give young people the opportunity to gain qualifications that will grant them access to NHS jobs, or Higher Education courses in Healthcare related subjects. Through developing the future Healthcare professionals of Bridlington, we hope they will choose to keep their skillsets closer to home.
We are incredibly fortunate here at Headlands Sixth Form to have been gifted a scholarship of £30,000 for two of our students over a five year period beginning in 2017. The “Headlands Scholars” are selected by the Headteacher, Director of Sixth Form and a representative from the Governing Body. As this scholarship is to fund the cost of University tuition, potential scholars must have secured places at Higher Education establishments prior to applying for the scholarship. This is a unique and life changing opportunity for two of our exceptional Sixth Form students.
Work experience helps to prepare students for the transition from school to the workplace and enables them to gain a wider understanding of the industrial and commercial world. This experience also afford students the opportunity to develop personal and social skills, including self confidence and communication. Year 12 work experience takes place in July over a week long placement and is an invaluable cog in our careers guidance machine with many universities now stipulating work experience as an essential entry requirement for some courses. Placements will ideally be associated with a sector of interest for potential future careers, developing contacts in the industry most appealing to our students.