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AS and A-Levels

All students entering Sixth Form must study Advanced Subsidiary level (AS-level) and Advanced level (A-level) subjects. The AS-levels are made up of two or three assessment units and will be examined at the end of Year 13. They represent the first half of an A-level course of study.

 

The A-level consists of four or six assessment units. Half of these make up the AS-level qualification studied in Year 13 while the other half known as A2, are studied in Year 14 and represent the second half of the A-level course of study. 
 

All students will normally be entered for the AS-level qualification in their chosen subjects at the end of Year 13 whether or not they wish to proceed to the full A-level qualification. 
 

Students progressing to Sixth Form must fulfil the College’s criteria for entry into Year 13. The academic requirement is a minimum of FIVE GCSE subjects with grades (A - C).  Four of these five subjects must be at grade B level. Obviously at least a grade B at GCSE would be preferable in any subject to be studied at AS-level or full A-level. 

 

Sixth Form Subject Options 

Most students are expected to choose four AS-level subjects in Year 13 and continue three of them into Year 14 as A-levels. At the end of Year 14 these students would have obtained an award of three A-levels and one AS-level. 
 

Some students may choose four AS-level subjects in Year 13 and continue all of them into Year 14 as A-levels. At the end of Year 14 these students would have obtained an award of four A-levels. 
Some students may choose three AS-level subjects in Year 13 and continue these into Year 14 as A-levels. At the end of Year 14 these students would have obtained an award of three A-levels. 
 

Students who take three AS-level subjects in Year 13 may continue two of these into Year 14 as A-levels and take up another AS-level. At the end of Year 14 these students would have obtained an award of two A-levels and two AS-levels. Timetable arrangements will restrict the choice of the AS-level in Year 14.  


Subjects are offered on the condition that there are sufficient numbers to form a viable class. 

Sixth Form Courses Offered 
 

The Sixth Form curriculum is designed to provide for both the academic study and the personal development of our students. The Sixth Form programme includes the following elements:   

 

Compulsory Elements: 
 

  • AS-level and A-level subjects 

  • Careers Education and Guidance

  • Life Issues 

  • Modular Religious Education Programme (compulsory for non AS-/A-level RE students) 

  • Tutorial Programme 

 

Optional Elements: 

 

  • Community Service Programme 

  • Student Mentor Programme 

  • Mandarin Language and Culture Programme

Art & Design | AS - A

Applied Business | AS - A

Biology | AS - A 

Business Studies | AS - A

Chemistry | AS - A

Digital Technology | AS - A

Drama & Theathre Studies | AS - A

Economics | AS - A

English Literature | AS - A

French | AS - A

Further Mathematics | AS - A

Geography | AS - A

German | AS - A

Government & Political Studies | AS - A

History | AS - A

Irish | AS - A

Mathematics | AS - A 

Music | AS - A

Nutrition & Food Science | AS - A

Physical Education | AS - A

Physics | AS - A

Religious Education | AS - A

Physics | AS - A

Religious Education | AS - A

Sociology | AS - A

Spanish | AS - A

Software Systems Development | AS - A

Technology & Design | AS - A

It is expected that most students will choose four AS-level subjects in Year 13 leading to three A-level subjects in Year 14. UCAS points are awarded for each AS-level and each A-level obtained. The points awarded for an AS-level will be subsumed into the points awarded if that subject is taken to A-level. You will not be able to aggregate the two. 
    
UCAS Tariffs and the Sixth Form Curriculum

A points system is used by many Universities for entry onto their courses. 

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