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Sixth Form Curriculum Offer


The Sixth Form curriculum at John Watson School has been tailored to meet the individual needs of our students. However as a school we also believe in the importance of providing our students with measured opportunities of success. Such opportunities provide an important means of improving the self-confidence and esteem of the individual.
The curriculum content therefore comprises of units of studies linked to the syllabuses of suitably accredited examination courses. These courses are outlined below:


ASDAN Personal Progress, Entry Level 1

ASDAN’s Entry 1 qualification in Personal Progress have been approved by the regulatory authorities Ofqual/DCELLS/CCEA and are listed on Section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 for candidates pre and post 16.
The course is delivered under the following five Unit titles:
  • Literacy/Numeracy/ICT
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Personal Development
  • Community Participation
  • Preparation for Work
  • Units particularly accessible for learners with PMLD
Within each of the above Unit titles there are a range of sub-units that can be incorporated into the planned programme of study.
The course is very much Life Skills orientated.


The Entry 1 qualification in Personal Progress has been developed to allow recognition within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) of achievement beneath the Entry level of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
The Personal Progress qualification spans a wide range of achievement from the ability to encounter experiences to the ability to apply basic skills, knowledge and understanding to a range of familiar  experiences.
The qualification is offered at Entry Level 1 and below. In addition, unit certification is available to recognise smaller steps of achievement by students who are unable to achieve the full requirements of the qualification.
Structure and content
To achieve the Entry 1 qualifications in Personal Progress, students gain credits by completing units of study which provides evidence to demonstrate skills development.
Each credit has a value; 1 credit is equal to approximately ten hours of learning. Although learners may achieve individual units, they can also accumulate the credit they gain for each unit to build a qualification.
Learners may combine any of the Personal Progress units to reach the total minimum credit value of the qualification.
  • Students who accrue 8 credits will receive an Award qualification
  • Students who accrue 14 credits will receive a Certificate qualification
  • Learners who accrue 37 credits will receive a Diploma qualification
  • Students who accrue fewer than 8 units will be awarded a unit certificate, provided they have met the full requirements of the unit(s)
By offering this particular course, which is quite unique in its content, allows each student at John Watson School an opportunity of achieving a measure of success. That measure of success is differentiated to meet the academic ability of the student in keeping with his or her position along the Achievement Continuum.
The certificate for a unit will always report achievement at Entry Level 1. Certificates will be awarded where there is sufficient evidence that each of the assessment criteria has been met at a standard within the range specified in the unit.
In line with QCF requirements, each unit in this suite is specified in terms of learning outcomes and assessment criteria.
Unlike other QCF units, the assessment criteria do not pin down a precise standard at which they must be met. Instead they set out a range of standards (all within Entry 1) expressed in terms of stages on the Achievement Continuum. The expectation is that the learner will progress at least one stage along the continuum before the school seeks certification for them.

Recreational Opportunities:

Wheels For All

Wheels For All provides cycling sessions for people with disabilities or differing needs in the Oxfordshire area. During a session students are able to ride a range of adapted bikes that meet their needs, have fun and meet other people. The session encourages activity and helps develop the general fitness level of students.


Opportunities for physical education are provided through the ASDAN Personal Progress scheme, in particular Developing community participation skills: participating in sporting activities. Using and accessing our local sporting facilities is considered important for our students as are opportunities to promote physical fitness. Consequently a weekly swimming lesson is timetabled at a local Sports Centre.

Outdoor Recreation

The purposeful use of leisure time is increasingly seen as making an important contribution to a fulfilling lifestyle.

Outdoor recreation introduces our students to a range of worthwhile leisure pursuits which will enrich their future lives, and develops the skills and knowledge essential for safe participation. Outdoor exercise contributes greatly to health and fitness and continuing participation in outdoor pursuits into adulthood.

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