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Admissions to Sixth Form
Post-16 education is an exciting prospect – a time to build on GCSE successes and maximise opportunities for the next stage in life. One of the most important decisions is to choose the course of study which best fits individual talents, strengths and needs.
We do all we can to accommodate student choices and with over 29 A level subjects on offer, students have a wide choice.
Ofsted was high in its praise of our outstanding Sixth Form provision and teaching. Well qualified, expert staff encourage students to enjoy the pursuit of studying at an advanced level. High quality teaching builds confidence and confidence builds success – features which distinguish our sixth form with a high percentage of students achieving Grade A or B and the majority going on to Higher or Further Education.
Students at Highworth are offered a huge variety of courses and for those choosing a pathway to medicine, veterinary science, Oxbridge or a Russell Group university, our success rate is impressive. The depth and challenge of A level courses provide a perfect grounding for study at a higher level.
The Russell Group (representing 24 leading UK universities) have created an information pack for students which helps them to make informed A level choices.
A Level Reforms:
Starting in September 2015, the system of A Levels in England and Wales went through radical change, with the government replacing the AS/A2 system that has been in existence since 2000. There will be a period of up to three years when candidates will take new A Levels in some subjects and old A Levels in other subjects.
What has changed?
- AS qualifications have become standalone and do not count towards A2
- A Levels are assessed at the end of the course, with greater emphasis on exams as the most effective form of assessment
- There is no more than 20% coursework and only in areas where there is recognition that certain skills cannot be assessed in an exam, e.g. Art. Otherwise, assessment is by exam only
- In sciences, practical assessment is reported separately as a pass or fail, rather than as part of the A Level grade
What is staying the same?
A Levels will continue to be a two year course, as they always have been
The grading system (A* to E) will stay the same
The value of A Levels are unchanged. The qualifications will still allow universities to accurately identify the level of achievement of students, provide a benchmark of academic ability for employers and they remain an internationally comparable post-16 academic course of study
September 2015 first teaching of:
A Levels: English Language, English Literature, English Literature and Language, History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Art and Design, Economics, Sociology, Business, Computing
September 2016, first teaching of:
A Levels: Modern and Ancient Languages, Geography, Dance, Drama, Music, PE, RE
September 2017, the first teaching of:
A Levels: Maths, Further Maths, Government & Politics, Design Technology, Film Studies
What does this mean for Highworth?
For September 2017 applications, students should select up to 4 subjects to study. Students will sit A level exams in all subjects at the end of year 13. There will be no AS examination in Year 12.
Subjects offered at Highworth:
Design and Technology - Product Design
Drama and Theatre Studies
English Literature and Language
Extended Project Level 3
History (Option 1)
History (Option 2)
Mathematics - Further