There are mixed Year 12 and 13 tutor groups in the Sixth Form, to engender easy
communication and close links between those year groups.
Most Sixth Form pupils are expected to study four AS Level subjects in Year 12. Pupils are encouraged to choose subjects from a range of disciplines. Each AS subject is allocated eight periods a week. Some may study more or fewer AS subjects. All pupils are expected to sit the AS examinations at the end of the Year 12. Timetabled IELTS classes take place in Year 12 and continue into Year 13 as required, for girls needing the IELTS qualification for university entry. Two periods a week are allocated.
At the end of Year 12 most pupils drop one of their AS subjects and continue to study three subjects to A2 Level. Some pupils continue with four. It is also possible to pick up AS levels in Year 13. Other combinations of AS and A2 may be possible. For example, pupils may wish to drop two of their AS subjects, continuing with two to A2 standard, plus one new AS subject. Options like this may depend on timetable constraints. Each A2 course is given ten periods each week. For small group sizes of three students or fewer, the lesson allocation may be reduced to nine or eight periods per week.
This is a Level 3 course, equivalent to one full GCE Advanced Level; it is offered as a more vocational subject in the Sixth Form curriculum, to complement the range of courses on offer. It is continuously assessed and has no terminal examination. The version of the Diploma which is equivalent to two full A Levels is currently being considered for September 2015 onwards, in addition to the single Diploma.
As 100% of pupils go to university, an Art Foundation course or take a GAP year before university, considerable work is done on UCAS applications. All students undergo interview practice, plus careers and course finder support.
Advisory Note: The Department for Education has initiated major curriculum reform in England from September 2015. All A Level subject speciﬁcations are being revised by the examination boards at key points in the next ﬁve years, between September 2015 and September 2019. The changes affect different subjects in different years. Heads of Subject and the Sixth Form team continue to keep up to date with all relevant developments and our courses continue to be chosen with great care to maximise each girl’s academic potential. The subject entries in the Sixth Form brochure (available on the school’s external website) will be updated as appropriate. We keep that which is best for the girls at the heart of all we do. Current procedure is that girls will continue to choose 4 or 5 AS Levels in the first instance and it is likely that AS Levels will continue to be taken at the end of Year 12.
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