A study to provide direction as to the curriculum of the sixth form programme at Michaelhouse in order to improve the marketability of the programme.
A central requirement to accomplish a competent and effective education system is the inclusion of a post matric year to facilitate the transition from the protected academic leaning to the reality of the world at large. This strategy needs to emphasise the acquisition of formative information to minimise problems that might arise if life skills needs and tertiary learning barriers are not promptly identified and addressed. Michaelhouse a private school in Kwa-Zulu Natal- South Africa is faced with declining numbers in the post matric class called the sixth form. The study recommends that in order to improve the marketability of the sixth form programme, the following objectives need to be met by Michaelhouse. i. Be a centre of excellence providing high quality education in a supportive and caring environment. ii. Be entrepreneurial and innovative in encouraging more students to pursue the post matric offering. iii. Be responsive to the needs of the community and business sector in the provision of continuing education and training. iv. Prepare students to function effectively in an adult world. The purpose of this study is to establish the expectations of students with regards to the offering of a sixth form programme, in order that the Michaelhouse may customise the curriculum incorporating customer needs. This will be used as a marketing tool to attract pupils to Michaelhouse.