In an increasingly complex landscape of university and careers setting each student on the path that suits them best is vitally important.
With a choice of 20 different subjects most students take examinations in three. This, combined with the enrichment programme, provides a breadth and depth of learning. Some students will follow four subjects, usually where both Mathematics and Further Mathematics are studied but we strongly believe that a focus on quality not quantity is key to achieving good grades.
The majority of subjects on offer in Sixth Form are A Levels. These are two-year long courses of rigorous academic study. They are specialist courses concentrating on one subject area and are an excellent preparation for university study, accepted by higher education institutions worldwide.
The strength of A Levels is to allow the student to undertake specialised study in their chosen subjects. Students be expected to work more independently and will be responsible for background reading, note-making and research. A Levels are typically examined at the end of the two years of study but some subjects may require fieldwork, practicals, portfolios or coursework.
Due to the academic demands of A Level courses we recommend that students have at least a grade 7 in the subjects they want to study.
Along with A Levels, BTEC National Diplomas are a recognised qualification for admission to higher education. BTECs are more careers based qualifications which focus on the practical skills and specialist knowledge required in a given field or subject area. They offer students an alternative to more theory-focused courses.
BTECs are delivered in a series of units, some core, others optional. Unlike A Levels which are largely examined at the end of the two years, BTECS are assessed via regular coursework and projects throughout the course. Marks will be given as either a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction (Distinction being the highest). Leweston offers Sixth Form students the opportunity to study for BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificates in Business and Sport. In both cases the BTEC is equivalent to one A Level.
YOUR COURSE OF STUDY
As far as possible Leweston allows students to choose any combination of subjects but there is a minimum number for a subject to run. The school will also advise on a course of study if a student has a particular university course or career in mind.
Many students find it hard to pick which subjects to continue, or start, in Sixth Form. The most important criteria for choosing subjects are:
- Look at what you are likely to enjoy as well as what you are good at, you will have a greater chance of success in a subject that interests you.
- Are there particular subjects and/or grades you may need? If you have a particular career, job, or further study in mind, you may need to choose specific A levels in order to meet entry requirements. Your tutor, Heads of Department and the Head of Sixth Form can advise on this.
- How open you want to keep your future study and career choices?
Staff are on hand throughout Year 11 to answer questions and advise and all Sixth Form candidates will have personal interviews with the Head of Sixth Form to explore what the right options are for them.