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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 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 2017, the first teaching of:

A Levels: Maths, Further Maths, Government & Politics, Design Technology, Film Studies

What does this mean for Highworth?

For September 2018 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:





Computer Science                                                                            


Design and Technology - Product Design                                                 

Drama and Theatre Studies                                                                           


English Literature                                                                                         

English Literature and Language                                                                            

Extended Project Level 3                

Film Studies                                                                                        




History (Option 1)                

History (Option 2)                


Mathematics - Further                                                                       



Physical Education                                                                            




Religious Studies