The Upper Sixth course is suitable for Year 13 and A2 level students.
King’s College London
University of Nottingham
University of Brighton
The Upper Sixth is the second year of the two-year A-Level course which culminates with a series of public examinations. Students continue to learn the specification content but also spend an increasing amount of time practising past papers and perfecting exam techniques. To support their studies, the students will undertake independent study sessions each week to ensure that they are carrying out sufficient independent learning in accordance with their academic targets and work set. The Upper Sixth course promotes the development of critical skills such as reasoning, research, and independent thought.
Personal development is an integral part of the course. Students will learn about a myriad of topics including, but not limited to, healthy living, managing finances and stress management. Also, through the Thinking into Character (TiC) programme, students are encouraged to change their mind set to overcome barriers and reach success. Additionally, the college will introduce students to the subject of careers to help them identify their future goals and more importantly, a path to reach them.
Other subjects available on consultation: Sociology, History, English Literature, Further Mathematics, Government and Politics. ICT provision and social, moral, spiritual and cultural topics will be built into subject syllabi.
Students undertake a number of assessments during the academic year:
Base Line Tests – Base Line tests are designed to identify if a student has secured the foundations required to excel via the learning of new concepts within the syllabus. This test is done at the start of the academic year so teachers can identify any concerns early. They devise an action plan, often using differentiated learning techniques to help students catch up to the basics required for the course.
Progress Test and Mock Exams – The students will participate in some of these tests/exams which are strategically placed considering the academic year timeline. This will help teachers understand how much of the content taught during lessons was secured by each student, the amount of progress made since their last assessment and the general potential of an individual. The marking of each assessment leads to detailed feedback which will help the students change both, academically and personally. These assessments also help teachers use appropriate techniques to help students overcome particular difficulties.
Challenges – The students will be encouraged to challenge themselves further by taking part in external tests such as the UKMT or British Olympiad. A certificate in these tests will help the students when undertaking their next steps after their final examinations.
Summer Exams – The Upper Sixth students will sit their external board examinations for each of their subjects. Find out more
Parents or guardians are kept updated with student progress via written reports, parents’ evenings, and when required, meetings with the Director of Studies and teachers. Find out more
The students will be introduced to the UCAS cycle early in the first term. Students are allocated a UCAS advisor and attend sessions to help prepare their applications for university. Students are further supported through the interview process and offered guidance when making their final choices. Find out more