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What to expect?

What to Expect

Private Study at Home

Students should expect to complete fifteen to twenty hours a week in private study.  This means you should allocate about five hours to private study in each A level subject per week.  If you are to achieve A or B grades at A level you will need to spend more than this minimum on each subject.

Two Year Courses

Students select a minimum three subjects that they will study for two years.  Vocational Business and Health and Social Care students normally select one other course as the qualification is equivalent to two A levels.  Students can opt to study for the Extended Project.  Progression to Year 13 does not follow automatically.  Such progression has to be earned through performance reflected, generally, in attendance, behaviour and the ability to cope with the academic demands of your courses. A Review is held at the end of Year 12 and students must demonstrate that they have made good progress throughout the year. 

Assessments and Reports

To aid you in your progress towards your final examinations, there are regular assessments to monitor progress.  Assessments occur regularly and form the basis of short reports, which allow students to monitor their progress against personal targets.  There will be opportunities to meet with subject teachers in Year 12 and 13 as well as a parent/tutor meeting in the first few weeks of Year 12.

University Entrance

Universities expect students to study a minimum three full A levels or equivalents.  As entrance to the top universities becomes increasingly competitive, many admissions tutors expect the most able students to achieve more than just academic qualifications over two years.  Universities base their selection on a number of factors including GCSE grades, predicted grades, as well as academic references.  It is worth checking university entrance requirements on specific courses, especially if you have a career in mind, to ensure that you are studying the right combination of subjects.

The Tutor Group

Students are allocated to a tutor group.  Your tutor will help you to confirm your choice of courses on the day before you start in the Sixth Form.  They will thereafter be concerned with your welfare for the remainder of your time at the school.  You will register with them and they will deliver your tutor time programme.  They will also co-ordinate mentoring sessions and review days as well as writing university references.  A target setting process based on an internal reporting system is integrated into the registration period and mentoring sessions and this is conducted with your tutor.  We see this as being fundamental in helping students to develop as learners. 


Every day, students meet with their tutor to gain help, support and guidance on all aspects of Sixth Form life.  This will include support with study skills and organisation as well as help with coping strategies with the many demands that are placed on young people.  Tutors will be interested in the academic, social and career progress of all their tutees.

Preparation for University

Students are supported by their tutor in their preparation for application to university, via the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  All students are formally tutored in the application and interview process, they are informed about Open Days and Year 12 students are invited to attend a convention with all the top universities represented. Students not wishing to apply to university will have their own bespoke programme of careers advice and guidance.

Oxbridge, Medicine and Dentistry

Oxbridge, medicine and dentistry candidates have a specialised programme to enable them to cope with the specific demands made of them.  They can attend a special conference as early as March in Year 12 and are guided and coached in interview technique and application processes from then on.

Sixth Form Privileges

Students have the exclusive use of their own cafe attached to the large Mansion Gardens along with the Mansion Library and supervised study room.  They are also able to access the Learning Resource Centre with its suite of computers and wide range of journals and textbooks. 

The Extended Project

The Extended Project is a single piece of work of a student's choosing that requires evidence of planning, preparation, research and independent learning. Students can study for the Extended Project in addition to their main courses.