Preparing for Life in the Sixth Form
Choosing A level subjects is one of the most important academic decisions that students face. Choosing what to study does not just determine what students study in the Sixth Form but can also affect university choices and future careers. We ensure that they are making informed choices at this crucial stage in their education.
In October, the Introduction to Sixth Form evening includes a subject fair, where Year 11 pupils can talk to subject teachers about what their A level courses involve. Current Sixth Form students are also on hand to give their view on what a subject is really like to study at A level and the expectations and commitment that is expected in the Sixth Form. During the Autumn Term, students are encouraged to speak with their teachers to determine whether they are suitable candidates for the subjects they want to study.
Following this, Year 11 pupils have an A level taster day, which gives them the opportunity to experience some of the content of their chosen subjects and experience the different approaches to Sixth Form teaching and learning.
In January, after mock GCSE examinations, students have an individual interview with the Head of Sixth Form, when they can discuss future plans and make sure that the A levels they are considering will enable them to progress on their chosen path.