Introduction to the Active Learning Pathway (ALP)
Offered only at Key Stage 4, ALP offers students an alternative qualification to the traditional academic study of GCSEs. This suits students who want diversity on their timetable and who prefer to develop portfolios of evidence rather than take traditional examinations at the end of Year 11.
What is studied?
In this programme students have to gain a minimum of 12 credits by completing a number of tasks set by the examination board, ASDAN, and by designing challenges against examination board criteria. Students do not take exams in the programme of study.
Students assemble a portfolio of evidence with all work clearly cross referenced and labelled. The portfolio of evidence may include reports, presentations, witness statements and photographic/video evidence. Students are encouraged to work independently and in group situations and are encouraged to join organisations such as St. John Ambulance which provide opportunities to enhance their learning, social and employability skills.
Previous Year Groups have gained credits, for example, by managing a whole-school Lenten fund raising challenge when students led assemblies, wrote a promotional video, designed posters and wrote letters to parents. Other groups have created mini businesses learning how to manage a business, market a product and to make a profit.
In addition to attaining 12 credits, students assemble evidence of their employability skills including Working with Others, Problem Solving and Improving Own Learning and Performance. The attainment of employability skills is a main focus of the programme and students have used the evidence as part of their application for employment.
The course is offered at Level 2 (equal to a B grade pass at GCSE level), Level 1 (equal to an E grade pass at GCSE level) and as an Award (which is equal to half a GCSE). The qualification is recognised by the local Colleges of Further Education and employers.