All our Sixth Form courses are GCE ‘A’ Levels. The content of all A level qualifications in England has recently been reviewed, with the final tranche of subjects due to be accredited during the 2016-17 academic year. Universities and advisory bodies are involved in this review and the reformed A levels will be phased in between 2017 and 2019 (awarding).
Students starting their A level studies in September 2016 will sit their exams at the end of Year 13 (in 2018).
Applicants to our Sixth Form will follow one of two Pathways during their two years of post-16 education:
Four A Levels. This will be appropriate for the most academic girls (see Entry Criteria). In addition, all girls who choose Further Mathematics must study four A Levels.
Three A Levels, plus either the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or AS Mathematics. Both of these courses will be completed in Year 12.
Applicants for the Sixth Form will indicate which Pathway they prefer to follow on the application form. This choice will then be discussed with them to ensure it is the most appropriate one for them given their individual circumstances.
Make sure you talk to your teachers about whether you are suited to the A Level courses you want to take. You need to choose the best combination of subjects which will give breadth to your studies and support your career plans.
Students hoping to apply for a place on a particular degree course after A Level are advised to choose courses in those subjects currently required by universities. Most universities now have lists of Preferred Subjects for each of their courses. This is particularly important if you are thinking about studying subjects like Mathematics and Engineering, as several of the top universities now require Further Mathematics as well as Mathematics at A Level. You will find this information on university websites.