Post 16





About Us

There are over one hundred and seventy Post-16 students presently studying at Clyst Vale Community College. Increasingly students are joining us from other schools and colleges, attracted by the individual approach the college prides itself on. New students are made very welcome and settle quickly. Post-16 students have their own block within the college with study areas, café and a purpose built IT suite.

We are justifiably proud of the quality of our teaching and the good relationships established with students.

In June 2015 OFSTED rated the sixth form as Good with Outstanding Student Progress and Leadership. The inspectors said ‘Levels of progress from students’ starting points are very high and well above national average. The quality of teaching is good; students are challenged and supported to achieve high grades. Students who have not already gained good GCSEs in English and Mathematics are supported well to achieve success. There are high expectations of students both in attitude and achievement and the sixth form accommodation has been arranged to focus on supported study.

Support for sixth form students includes high quality careers advice and guidance and a range of additional activities to promote personal and social development and to prepare them for life at university. A strong focus on keeping themselves safe is in evidence.

Nearly half of Year 13 students have applied to top universities this year, reflecting students’ high aspirations. Sixth form students are significant role models to others in the college and take on a wide range of leadership and other activities’.

The Post-16 curriculum offers a wide range of courses leading to Higher Education and employment. We offer Level 3 AS/A2/BTec qualifications. Students have the advantage of working within an intimate and supportive environment that is also challenging and stimulating.

We also offer a comprehensive tutorial and enrichment programme enabling our Post-16 students to make the transition from college to the adult world knowing that they have had an excellent start to their Post-16 careers.

At Clyst Vale we work hard to strike a balance between offering our students the individual care and attention that a larger FE college simply couldn’t whilst ensuring we can provide an exciting range of courses that is broad enough to best develop the talents of all of our learners.

Level 3 Courses

Post-16 students are required to study at least 3 subjects. The norm is 4 subjects in Year 12, although it is possible to study 5, and 3 subjects in Year 13.

Level 3 Vocational Qualifications

These are vocational qualifications in which students develop deep, specialist, practical skills and understanding. The work is assessed through coursework, case studie,presentations and examinations. They have an A level equivalence and allow progression to university. 

GCSE Opportunities for Full Time Post-16 Students

Students who do not have a minimum of a ‘C’ grade in English Language and Mathematics must endeavour to achieve the desired grades and must now re-take these qualifications in Post-16.

Entry Requirements

You will be expected to have an average GCSE point score of at least 40 and 5 ‘A*-C grades’ at GCSE. A grade ‘B’ in the subject you intend to study at A level is advisable. Please refer to the subject specific guidance.

Applied Science BTEC


Fine Art



Further Maths


Performing Arts BTEC


Philosophy & Ethics



English Literature

Physical Education




Product Design

Government & Politics


Health & Social Care


Compulsory Enrichment

All Year 12 students will participate in a range of enrichment sessions over the year on a Wednesday afternoon in week A. Each student will have a block of

  • Cooking
  • Research Skills
  • Active Leisure (to include things like golf, archery etc)
  • Wellbeing

The Bude Experience

During the first half-term all Year 12 students are encouraged to participate in a week’s residential course at Adventure International Outdoor Education Centre in Bude. The students participate in outdoor activities ranging from abseiling to canoeing, team building exercises and problem solving tasks. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop teamwork, leadership qualities and communication skills, as well as learning to work with others co-operatively in a range of situations. Historically this week has always been a huge success and students are invariably keen to repeat the experience.

Careers & UCAS Guidance

In conjunction with Careers South West, students are given careers guidance. Those applying to University are guided through the application process, taken to the Higher Education Convention and to a University Campus Visit. Students are given advice on CV/Personal Statement production and finance.

Programme of Talks

There is a full programme of outside speakers on a wide range of themes. Speakers from the worlds of politics, charity organisations, health, higher education and a range of professions will be invited to address Post-16 students.

Additional Courses/Offered Opportunities

Peer Mentoring

Post-16 students will support a younger student in several ways eg in class support, help with homework, to be a friend, to listen to them or help the student socialise.

Community Sports Leader (CSLA)

The award gives people aged 16 and over the skills needed to lead groups in safe sporting and recreational activities. It encourages participants to take responsibility for others, develops organisational and communication skills and instills confidence in people for whom leading groups in sporting activities is a new place. The majority of the course is practical in nature with an emphasis on learning through doing, rather than through written work. It is a course which teaches you to be a leader through the medium of sport.

Young Enterprise

Be part of your own student business enterprise. Form a company, elect officers, produce a product, sell it and make a profit!!! Want to go into business, or fancy yourself as an entrepreneur this is for you. You could also win prizes and have the fun of fund raising.

Subject Support

Students can, with staff permission, help in lessons as a type of “Student Learning Support Assistant”. This is most common in practical subjects, but can be in most subjects.

Maths Workshop

Once a week, a Maths Workshop is available for Post-16 students to drop in with any maths problems. Students from any subject are welcome. The workshop is run by a member of the Maths Department.

Work Experience

All students are encouraged to participate in blocks of work experience or job shadowing with the emphasis on individual choice related to career aspirations.

Sport & Recreation

All students are provided with the opportunity of using the College sports facilities. This often leads to students versus staff games and competitive matches against other colleges.

Special Events

There are numerous events throughout the year. These include a Year 12 team building day and barbeque and a Year 13 leaving celebration and Prom attended by all the students, tutors and subject staff.

We are allocated a cash-limited fund from central government which will be used wherever possible to provide support to those most in need in order to enable a student to continue and complete their course.

Two types of award are available:

Guaranteed Award for Vulnerable Learners: Young people in Care, Care Leavers, Young People in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit, and Disabled Young People in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1200 a year.

Discretionary Awards: Targeted at those who are facing the greatest financial hardship. (Discretionary Awards will only be used to help learners meet costs related to participation in their individual course of study, for example transport, books, equipment, materials, essential trips, meals whilst attending their course etc.)

Follow these steps to make a successful application:Read the Post-16 Prospectus carefully. Once you receive your Year 11 annual report you will have a good indication of the options open to you. At this point you should make an application on the card provided and return this to the College’s Post-16 office.


(Late applications will be considered)

       1. Your application will be read by Mrs Dormand (Deputy Principal).

        2. Every applicant will be interviewed.

       3. Successful applicants will receive written confirmation of course offers.

If you have any queries: please contact the college – we will be pleased to help

Telephone: 01392 462697

High performing Post 16 – in the top 5% nationally for academic progress

Ofsted rating Good with Outstanding Student Progress

High standards, high expectations and academic rigour

Care, Support and Guidance recognised by Ofsted as Outstanding

Excellent teaching staff who are supportive and know the students’ strength and weaknessesFriendly atmosphere, a real community

A wide range of courses and guidance provided to help students make the right choices

Intensive Higher Education guidance with proven track record of Oxbridge success

Extremely low drop out rate through careful monitoring of student progress, with indiovidual support and attention

The Bude Residential experience and expansive tutorial and enrichment programme

Excellent purpose built facilities including study areas , café and ICT suite


Parents and carers with little or no prior knowledge of higher education can find it hard to understand how best to support their son or daughter throughout the UCAS process.  By clicking the links below you will be able to access the information you need, when you need it.

2017 UCAS Preparation

UCAS Information