Sixth Form Subjects
We believe A Levels provide the appropriate depth of knowledge for students to flourish intellectually, whilst being broad and rigorous qualifications that are highly regarded by universities and potential employers.
BTECs provides a valuable and well respected alternative pathway to university or employment. The practical nature of the BTEC Business course allows students to engage in physical activities, manage and run events and lead and work as members of a variety of teams. This should open up a wide range of possibilities for students in the world of work, enterprise, further and higher education.
The EPQ is growing in popularity with students and is highly regarded by universities.
IELTS is an exam required by universities to demonstrate an EAL student's level of English.
Further information on all subjects can be found in the Sixth Form Course Booklet
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Exam Board: AQA
Students are expected to have good organisational skills, an ability to meet deadlines and should have good written English skills.
The EPQ is a process driven qualification with approximately two-thirds of the marks awarded for planning, use of resources, time management and self-evaluation.
The EPQ offers opportunities for students to:
- Develop and extend from an area of personal interest or activity outside the main programme of study
- Improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners
- Apply decision making and problem-solving skills
- Extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills.
Final submission of all assessment evidence will be in June of the L6 year.
IELTS International Sixth Formers
Exam Board: British Council/IDP/Cambridge Assessment English
Students should be at least at IELTS Level 5.5 or 6.0 before starting Sixth Form.
If English is not your first language and you wish to go to university in an English-speaking country, you need to demonstrate that your academic English skills are strong enough to cope with studying at higher education level. IELTS is normally the exam required by universities, although other exams are sometimes accepted.
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). You will receive a score for each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), as well as an overall score.
Universities vary in what they ask for, as the following examples show:
Cambridge University: Overall IELTS 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in all components
University of Bath, Pharmacology: UELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 in all components.