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Sixth Form Curriculum

Depending upon their GCSE results students will take either three of four AS level subjects of their choice. Students are not allowed to study less than 3 subjects. Some students will also start the Extended Project Qualification in Year 12 and complete it in Year 13 as an enrichment activity. In the second year of the sixth form the majority of students will take three subjects on to A2 with a few students taking four A2 stubjects, after giving due consideration to the workload involved.

Students will need to meet the entry citeria to carry on a subject at A2 level which for most subjects is a D grade at AS. Further specific information is sent to all Year 12 students in the Summer Term about admission to Year 13. AS and A2 work makes significantly more demands than GCSE does.

Students will need to develop their independent learning skills and powers of analysis and evaluation. They will be assimilating substantial quantities of detailed information. Such intellectual growth is challenging and makes achievements at this level immensely rewarding.

Students are closely monitored, with subject teachers commenting twice a year on progress. This information is sent home to parents. Once a year a formal report including information on quality of academix work and effort made.

There may be occasions when there is a concern about effort, attendance or lack of homework in which case parents will be contacted.

Students have the opportunity to switch between courses during the first three weeks of the Autumn term when they commence AS study. However this can only be done with the agreement of the subject teachers and the Director of Sixth Form.

AS/A2 Subjects
The current subjects offered at AS/A2 include:
  • Art (Fine)
  • Art and Design with Textiles or 3D Focus
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Mathematics / Core
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

In addition there are Level 3 BTEC Subjects

  • BTEC Business Enterprise
  • BTEC Health & Social Care
  • BTEC Applied Science
  • BTEC Media Studies

Please refer to the Subject Descriptions for further information about the exam board, entry requirements and units delivered. These are available by clicking on the subject above.

Each student will recieve a timetable informing them of when and where their lessons take place. The timetable will also show form periods that students have to attend.

We can not offer re-sits of Year 11. We do offer re-sits of GCSE English and Mathematics alongside A Level study. However, students must meet the entry requirements for their chosen Level 3 subjects.


Exams now only take place in May/June. Students will be given an individual examination timetable showing their specific examinations with details of date, venue, time and duration of exam. Students will have the opportunity to retake units on the advice of their subject teachers, however retakes have to be paid for by the student. it is not advisable to re-sit every unit as the student will have to revise for more units than necessary and will impact upon their performance across all subjects.

Note that all sittings of a unit now have to be declared on the university application form so it is not beneficial to keep resitting units. Some universities courses clearly state that re-sits are not acceptable. It is important for students to be aware of this.

Year 12 Joining Review

Note that when students commence their studies in Year 12 their performance will be reviewed after four weeks. They will be assessed on their performance in class, independent study, homework produced and their achievement in tests. If the subject leader feels that they are not performning at the standard required for A Level Study they will be advised as to what alternatives they should consider. [These alternatives may include taking a more vocational route with another provider, especially if the student is struggling across three of more subjects.] During the trial period if there are any issues the student will be informed as to what corrective remedies they should take.

Further information on the Joining Review is given during the Year 12 Parents Information Evening in September

Downloads - Sixth Form Curriculum

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