What to Study
When deciding your subject choices, keep an open mind, be realistic about your future GCSE grades and mindful of possible career aspirations; try to keep your options open if you are unsure about your future career. Be prepared to listen to the advice you get from your parents, Year Tutor, Form Tutor and careers teachers. Consider your trial examination results and the advice given by your subject teachers. The results from GCSE examinations are a very good guide, in most cases, to the level of success you can expect in academic study in the future.
Changes to the A level Curriculum
A levels have changed over the last few years and all are now linear two-year courses with exams at the end of Year 13. AS levels are separate standalone qualifications and do not count towards an A level. Bishopshalt School does not enter Year 12 students for AS examinations at the end of Year 12, but uses a rigorous Internal Examination to gauge progress at the end of the first year.
We ask students to choose three subjects to study over two years. As universities make offers based on a three A level (or equivalent) programme, we believe that the extra study time will help students achieve the best possible grades. In addition, there are changes to the content of A levels, the amount of coursework and the type and duration of examinations.