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What to expect?

Private Study at Home

Students should expect to complete fifteen - 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.

Progress into Year 13

Students on A level courses select a minimum three subjects that they will study for two years.  BTEC Level 3 Business and Health and Social Care students normally select one full A level to accompany their BTEC as the qualification is equivalent to two A levels.  Students can opt to study for the Extended Project.  Progress on to the second half of any Level 3 course must be built on a sound foundation in Year 12. Students must pass their assessments throughout the year and must obtain a minimum of three passes at Grade D or above in their Internal Examinations at the end of Year 12 to progress into Year 13.  Equally, students must have demonstrated 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 approximately every half term which will 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 two 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 of about twenty students.  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 tutorial and citizenship lessons.  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. 

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. 

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 large Common Room with its refreshment and recreational facilities.  This room has been refurbished by students, with the guidance and support of one of our Business Partners.  The Common Room is for the benefit of the whole Sixth Form, past Sixth Forms have looked after it well under the supervision of the Common Room Committee led by its elected Chairperson.

The Learning Resource Centre with its suite of computers and wide range of journals and textbooks is available for use in study periods and the Mansion Library is for exclusive Sixth Form use as is the beautiful Mansion Garden.  A number of computer rooms are available for the use of Sixth Formers.