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The Piggott School

A Church of England Academy

Learning Pathways

The Sixth Form at the Piggott School offers a wide range of courses.  We welcome students to the Sixth Form who wish to work hard and play an active part in the life of the school. 

Three different pathways are offered:

  • A Level Pathway
  • Level 3 Vocational Pathway
  • Football Education

Please click here to view information about individual courses.

A Level Pathway 

Most students will study three subjects. However, four subjects are available after discussion with the Head of Year.

Entry requirements are a best 8 score of 57 points. A minimum of Grade 4 in English and Mathematics is required.

Individual subjects will have their own entry requirements. Students will follow a two-year, linear programme with PPE examinations in June of each year to show progress.

  • An average Points Score calculation table (for your best 8 subjects) can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Please note that the school reserves the right to withdraw courses but that this is a very rare occurrence.

Level 3 Vocational Pathway  

Students opting for this pathway will take three vocational options over two years through one of the following routes:

Equivalent of 2 vocational options + 1 A Level

Equivalent of 3 vocational options

Entry requirements are a best 8 score of 47 points. You must follow an English course (equivalent to GCSE) if you do not have at least Grade 4 in English. You must also follow a Mathematics course (equivalent to GCSE) if you do not have at least Grade 4 in Mathematics.

Football Coaching Academy and Girls Development Programme 
Football Coaching Academy

The Piggott School offers a unique sports coaching programme, with the aim of developing talented young football coaches and sports leaders. Whether you are interested in becoming a football coach, physical education teacher or a fitness instructor, The Piggott School Coaching Academy will give you the skills, knowledge and experience to develop your career as a sports leader. 

Open to both male and female students between 16-18 years, the course is a must for any football enthusiast. Both courses are delivered over 2 years and offer a range of qualifications and awards to suit all levels. The school will create a bespoke educational package to suit your academic ability and interests which could include A-Levels, CTEC or BTEC qualifications.

Entry requirements are a best 8 score of 47 Points plus a minimum Grade 3 in English and Mathematics. You must follow an English course (equivalent to GCSE) if you do not have at least Grade 4 in English.

You must also follow a Mathematics course (equivalent to GCSE) if you do not have at least Grade 4 in Mathematics.

"The experiences and skills I have learned on the coaching programme have helped me coach in the USA and study at university." Chris Wateridge (past student)

Our football studies programmes allow students the opportunity to play and coach football and still gain the qualifications, skills and experience they require to gain entry into university and access to jobs in the sports industry. 


"We strongly believe that the personal journey our students undertake whilst learning to be leaders in sport, stands them in good stead for their future careers in sport and in life itself." Andy Freeman, Head of The Piggott School Coaching Academy

We have been successfully developing young sports coaches in the Berkshire area for over a decade. Since we introduced the football studies programme in 2008, our graduates have exceeded all expectations. We have past students that are now PE Teachers, soccer coaches in professional clubs and in the USA, fitness instructors in local health, and pupils studying a variety of sports courses at universities across the country.


Girls Football Development Programme

The Piggott School launched its new girls only Football Academy for 16-18 year old girls who have a talent and passion for football.

The programme will provide players with the skill to be able to develop their performance and understanding of the game. Training sessions will fit around the girls' academic lessons, allowing pupils flexibility to study up to 3 A-Level qualifications alongside their training. 

Players will be expected to train up to 4 hours a week and represent the Academy team.

We are realistic in our view that very few students will become professional footballers, and therefore we focus on providing our students with the experience, values and qualifications that will offer them a broader choice and pathway in the sports industry when they graduate.


To find out more about the Football Education Courses on offer download our brochure  here or contact Andy Freeman: | 0118 940 2357