CHOOSING YOUR OPTIONS
One of the benefits of the sixth form is the opportunity to experience a free choice of subjects. The chance to put together a programme of courses that suits your personal interests, strengths and future career needs is exciting. This brings with it the responsibility of ensuring that you make the right choice.
LINEAR A LEVELS
Changes to A levels are being introduced by the Government so that the course will be linear with all assessments at the end of two years of study.
The first of the new A levels was introduced for teaching in September 2015 and the relevant subjects are highlighted on page 17 and also on the subject details in this course booklet. The general expectation is that students will choose 3 A levels in Year 12 and continue with those subjects for two years. Assessment on the A level course is designed to test your understanding of the whole two year course, not just Year 13. Where appropriate academically, we will consider allowing students to sit four subjects, although this is not expected.
APPLIED A LEVEL COURSES
These are vocational courses linked to a broad occupational area. They are more careers-focused than traditional A Levels and are an alternative route to Higher Education. The qualification is assessed using assignments or coursework and some exams. Applied A-Level courses can be studied as Single or Double awards. The Double Award is equivalent to two A Levels and the Single Award is equivalent to one A Level.
BTECs are work-related qualifications, suitable for a wide range of students, which are designed to accommodate the needs of employers as well as allowing progression to university. They provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, and can be taken as well as, or instead of, A Levels.
They provide a specialist work-related qualification that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the vocational sector and also offer different emphasis through the choice of specialist units. It can be the equivalent to one or two A-Levels depending on the qualification taken. Students should be aware that some of these are 2-year courses only.
EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) enables students to carry out independent research into a topic of their choice. By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project (or an individual role in a group project) they:
become more critical, reflective and independent learners
develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills
increase their planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
learn to apply new technologies confidently
demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise.
Students will be asked to indicate an interest in Year 12 with a view to completing the qualification by the November of Year 13.
See Sixth Form Prospectus 2017 pages 14 – 16
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CONDUCT AND ATTITUDE
At King Edward VI Sixth Form, as well as academic requirements, we expect you to:
- work conscientiously and to make the best use of the opportunities offered
- accept responsibility and maintain standards of personal conduct worthy of an older student of the school
- abide by the dress and study regulations set out in this prospectus
- honour the agreement with the school that you sign on entering the Sixth Form.