The Archdiocese of Birmingham is committed to maintaining a Catholic Sixth Form at Blessed George Napier School. We offer a range of two linear A Levels and a variety of BTEC Level 3 courses, whilst also providing students with opportunities to develop their faith and role as young adult Christians.
Our students choose A Level courses from a range of subjects whcih currently include: Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, French, Further Maths, Geography, History, ICT, Maths, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Product Design, Textiles, Polish, Spanish, Drama amd Theatre Studies, Photography, Theology and Philosophy and Psychology.
We also offer BTEC Level 3 ICT, Business Studies, Travel & Tourism and Core Maths which, together with the extended project qualification, constitute a Technical Baccalaureate. We also expect all our students to engage in enrichment activities every week and work experience.
Most students take 3 A Levels over two years, however students who achieve A/A* in all their GCSEs may be able to take 4 subjects. Religious Education is a compulsory part of the curriculum and consequently all students follow a course in the AS Edexcel Extended Project. We have close ties with other local Sixth Form providers and it may be possible for students to be able to study other courses off-site. A Post 16 Evening is held near the start of each new calendar year to provide prospective Sixth Form students with the opportunity to find out in more detail about the courses on offer and meet with subject staff. Details of our application process, subjects we offer, entry requirements and an application form are available on the website.
As the academic ambition of the students at BGN is outstanding, we like to encourage them to aim high. We encourage our students to apply to Oxbridge and the Russell Group universities. To support students in this endeavour, we arrange a variety of events each year, with visits to and visits from a number of universities. We also encourage students to go to a variety of academic events to enhance their UCAS applications and there is also support for interview preparation from the Sixth Form team. Students academic progress is monitored regularly and form time provides an opportunity for students to raise issues of a personal nature or imporant to the Sixth Form as a whole.
We encourage all our Sixth Form students to take an active and leading role in school life. In recognition of their high profile within the school, and as preparation for what lies beyond in the world of work or Higher Education, students lead Year Assemblies, participate in school liturgies and assist younger students with their learning. Many students choose to go to Lourdes on pilgrimage, working with the elderly and infirm as well as to the Diocesan Youth Retreat Centre.