CURRICULUM AT KEY STAGE 5 (YEAR 12 AND YEAR 13)
The current Sixth Form Course Guide offers 36 courses at Level 3, consisting of 30 A-level courses and 6 vocational BTEC courses. In Year 12 students study three Level 3 subjects and may combine A–levels and vocational BTEC subjects if they wish.
It is our expectation that all students beginning a course in September 2019 plan to study the full two year program and therefore students will not be entered for AS examinations at the end of Year 12.
The Key Stage 5 curriculum and its assessment has undergone considerable change in recent years and at the start of the 2019 academic year all A-levels will be in the new linear format. These differ from the previous AS/A2 format in that the AS course has become stand-alone qualification, from the two year A-level course. Therefore, in all A-level subjects, although the AS level can be examined at the end of the first year, it will now not count towards the grading of the final A-level, which will be assessed via linear exams at the end of the second year. Students will therefore continue all of their chosen subjects into Year 13. Students may study for four subjects if they wish but only after consultation with the Sixth Form Team. Moreover, the expectation would be that the student will maintain a four A-level / BTEC Level 3 program of study over their entire two years in the sixth form.
In the summer term of Year 12 students have the option to undertake the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) alongside their programme of Level 3 subjects.
We do not provide Level 2 courses at Key Stage 5 or resit classes for GCSE English or Mathematics.