Year 11-12 Bridging Work

A welcome message from Mr Mathew

Thank you so much for getting ready to participate in the Pre-BTEC/ CTEC/ ‘A’ level programme.  It is a vital preparation step for you to help ensure you are ready for the challenges of advanced level study.  It builds on the work done over the past couple of weeks completing EtonX and the Edge activities, and now significantly raises the bar.

Usually, by the time you were sampling advanced level work during the Sixth Form Induction Week you would have done your exams.  This would have meant that you had seen to the end of the GCSE course, revised, and been ‘put through your paces’ in the exam hall – which might have gone better or worse...!  All of these stages are usually valuable in you actually knowing what it is that you want to do, and what you think you are good at.

Obviously you haven’t been able to go through those steps – and this makes the programme you are about to commence all the more important. 

Each subject has put together a guided programme in order to give you a good sense of the depth and breadth of advanced level work in that subject.  They have been asked to provide a more staged and guided approach than ever before, so that as many of you as possible can get a clear idea of what studying that specification means.

On the next page you will be able to see all the pre-12 programmes.  Click on as many as you like and read the different contenders carefully.  After deliberating and talking over the choices with your parents, you are then asked to choose between 3 and 5 of the courses to work through.  This flexibility is there to encourage some experimentation before making your final choices at the end of August, and also to allow for differing levels of ability and ambition.  You need to have filled in the form expressing your 3 – 5 choices by Wednesday 3rd June at the latest.

All courses begun must be completed by Friday 3rd July.

The programmes are arranged in the current provisional option blocks to help you.  You will notice that these blocks have slightly altered since you first saw them to reflect the preferences of the year group.  They may change again, depending on a range of factors, but this is likely only to be at the margins.

Be in no doubt – successful participation in these programmes will be one of the key factors in being accepted onto the subjects you opt for at the end of the summer.  Success does not mean getting all the answers right: it means demonstrating resilient  engagement with the reading and activities, and completion of the tasks set in section 5: ‘Btec/ ‘A’ level ready.  

As is explained in each of the subject programmes, there is a subject teacher in each department who will be your point of contact should you wish any specific guidance.  In addition Ms Doran,, has oversight of the whole programme and she would welcome any queries you might have.

So, once again, let me tell you how thrilled I am that you are committing to the academic process and are willing to take such an important step towards joining The John Henry Newman School Sixth Form in September.  Having read Miss Doran’s overview below, choose wisely, and make the most of the opportunities that unfold...

God Bless

Mr Mathew  

Overview from Miss Doran

Hello Year 11,

Thank you for visiting this page. The preliminary phase of the bridging work programme is already underway and the Google Form is now closed.

If you didn't manage to complete this before Wednesday 3rd June, please email stating clearly your full name and which subjects you wish to complete the bridging work for. I will then be in touch with the relevant information.

All bridging work is still available for you to browse below.

  • Make sure you that you have looked at the provisional subject grid below. This shows you which subjects currently fit into the different blocks. It is really important that you are aware that you may only study one subject from a block in September. You will have choices from three different blocks. If you are unsure about how to select these options, please see my example below. Please remember to consider your MLGs when selecting your option choices. Please refer to the Sixth Form course booklet for information on subject requirements regarding APS scores and minimum requirements. If you are unsure about this, please email either Mr Tucker or Miss Doran.

Year 12 Provisional Subject Grid 2020

Year 12 Provisional Subject Grid 2020 - example choices

  • For A levels, if a subject appears in more than one block you only need to choose it in one block.  For double BTECs/CTECs you must choose the subject in both blocks, for example if you want to do CTEC Business you must select it in both Block A and Block C. If you are not sure if a combination will work, please email Mr Tucker -
  • Make sure that you browse the attached bridging work if you are unsure about which subjects to choose. Departments have worked really hard to put together a programme which gives you a flavour of the course and also supports your transition from GSCE to A Level/BTEC/CTEC work.





Computer Science


English Literature

English Language and Literature

Film Studies




Maths & Further Maths


Physical Education



Religion, Philosophy & Ethics



Theatre Studies


BTEC Costume

BTEC Music Performance

BTEC Music Technology

BTEC Production Arts

BTEC Science

BTEC Sport

CTEC Business

CTEC Health & Social Care