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Following the government’s reforms, from September 2017 all A Level courses are linear with all assessment being made at the end of two years of study.
The Sixth Form provides an opportunity for post-16 students to continue more of the subjects they have studied up to 16 and/or to commence some new ones. The choice of contrasting A levels – say, English for Science students or Mathematics for Humanities students – will be of particular value in broadening the range of subjects studied. Studying complementary A levels – Computing for Science students, for example – offers opportunities for broadening a particular area of study. A key factor in decision-making should be to play to academic strengths to ensure success at A level.
Most Sixth Form students will study three subjects to A Level (those taking Further Mathematics will study four A Levels). Each subject is taught for eight periods per week. It is important to note that as a result of the linear course structure, and in the absence of AS examinations, students will be expected to sit an internal exam in each of their subjects at the end of the L6 year in order to demonstrate they have made sufficient progress to ensure success at A Level.
To complement academic study, there is a comprehensive Enrichment programme which will provide students with the chance to cover a range of skills, values and practical experience to enhance their learning and equip them for life beyond school. Across four terms from January of Lower Sixth to Easter of Upper Sixth pupils will be able to select courses which will help them to develop the following skills and values:
In addition to the above all pupils will be able to undertake an Extended Project Qualification to complete a piece of independent research of their own choosing, if they wish. Beyond the curriculum there are also a large number of extracurricular opportunities for pupils to get involved with including Sport, Music, Drama, Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, Community Action and many more.
The following A level subjects are usually offered:
Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Computing, Design & Technology- Graphics, Resistant Materials and Design Engineering , Drama & Theatre Studies, Economics, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, German, Politics, Greek (Classical), History, Latin, Mathematics & Further Mathematics, Music, Music Technology, PE, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies and Spanish.