Exam Boards: Edexcel, AQA and OCR
A-Level – Year 1
The Lower Sixth year is the first year of the two year linear A-Level course. In most cases, students will study three complementary subjects that they will pursue through to the end of the course. More able students may choose to study a fourth subject, in which they will take a standalone AS qualification at the end of the Lower Sixth year.
Initial Enrolment Discussion
At the initial enrolment discussion, we strongly encourage students to think ahead to potential degree choices and career paths when making subject choices. Some students may choose to embark upon an Extended Project Qualification, either to enhance their academic profile, or in the place of a third or fourth A-Level.
Development of Critical Skills
The A-Level courses provide students with in-depth knowledge of a subject and encourage the development of critical skills such as reasoning, research, and independent thought.
Small Class Sizes & House Periods
Students study in small classes which encourages group discussion and an exchange of ideas. Significant time is set aside for personal study, including Supervised Study, and students are expected to do a great deal of supplementary reading to further their understanding of the subject and inspire their production of assignments. Lower Sixth students also attend a Personal Development Programme which encourage students to explore and debate areas outside the curriculum, such as religious tolerance and human rights abuse.
Teachers pride themselves on being available to students, both inside of and outside of lessons, and being able to stimulate an enthusiasm for their subject, and this environment encourages students to interact closely with them to ensure maximum comprehension of the subject matter.
Assessments & Parental Reporting
Formal academic assessments throughout the year, including progress tests and end of term and mock exams help track student progress and highlight weak areas in sufficient time for them to be addressed. Parents are kept informed by written progress reports and discussions at parents’ evenings.
Personal Development Plan
As part of the course, students are also taught how to organise their work and manage their time effectively, partly through the use of a personal development plan. These skills are put to good use throughout the year and beyond. The academic year culminates with a workshop introducing students to UCAS.