Which courses should I take?
Essentially you should select subjects that you're best at and enjoy most. However, if you have a definite career in mind you will need to select your Sixth Form choices accordingly (we strongly recommend that you do your research beforehand to ensure that you select the subjects required for your degree choice or career pathway). We offer a range of BTEC and A Level courses which you can select from; a programme that combines the two can be highly beneficial. All BTEC courses offered are accepted by most UK universities.
How many A Levels are sufficient?
Most universities including Oxbridge will ask for three good grades at A Level. Others use a points system, which are generated from your grades. Most Russell Group universities will ask for grades as opposed to points so again, you will need to research this before you select your courses. Courses such as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or English Speaking Board (ESB) are highly regarded by universities as an addition to your level 3 studies.
How much time will I spend studying?
You are allocated approximately 5 hours of lessons weekly and have a sixth which is termed as a study period for that subject. We recommend that you study a similar number of hours outside of the classroom during the week. So for every hour in the classroom, there should be one of hour of independent study to match.
How will I be assessed?
Your assessment for each course will differ dependent on whether you select A Level or BTEC courses and also which subjects you choose. A level courses are mainly made up of exams with an assessed piece of coursework whereas BTEC courses are predominantly coursework with an exam based element (new to BTEC courses from September 2016).