Curriculum

Key Stage 5 - A Levels

ADVANCED LEVEL GCE (from September 2015) – an intensive, specialist education

These courses offer a reputation of academic strength allowing students to specialise in those subjects that complement their interests and strengths. 

A level examinations are in the process of change, with a significant number changing their specifications (content) and examination requirements from September 2015. These new A Levels are 

linear and will be examined in summer 2017, at the end of year 13 (and not at the end of year 12). 

Those subjects that are not changing in September 2015 will follow the familiar AS/A2 model for our September 2015 intake.

All students will be required to study three subjects at A Level. 

The only exception to this will be:

  • ​ students who opt for further mathematics as they will study two A levels alongside A levels in maths and further maths
  • ​​ students who have a number of high GCSE grades (A*). Such students should indicate their wish to be considered on their application form. A place on a 4th A Level course will only be offered if a student’s school reference suggests that they will achieve highly at GCSE and their place on the 4 th A Level will only be confirmed once GCSE results are known.

A Level courses may suit students who know precisely what they wish to study at university and beyond and/or have a particular strength in a select area of the curriculum.

There will no longer be an option for students to discontinue a subject at the end of year 12 having completed the AS portion of their course. All students entering Year 13 must study 3 A Levels. 

Preparing for the Sixth Form and strengthening the depth and breadth of your knowledge 

Students who do best in our Sixth Form are prepared to read and research beyond the taught curriculum. They are curious and want to learn more for themselves. We have an excellent library and our Librarian Mrs Thompson can direct you to areas that may interest you. We also subscribe to a number of journals and have broadsheet newspapers every day.

Please see our recommended reading list below.

Further information on subjects offered at GCE A Level can be found in the  Sixth Form Prospectus ​

Sixth-Form-Parents-Handbook-2017

Success-in-the-6th-Form

Reading-Around-your-IB-or-A-Level-Subjects-KJC.doc

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