How is Sixth Form Different
Life in the Sixth Form is busy, with the added independence and freedom befitting individuals on the cusp of adulthood.More information
At A Level we offer a range of subjects to study.
Most pupils choose three A Level subjects, with all external exams taken at the end of the Upper Sixth. We regard Double Mathematics (i.e. Mathematics and Further Mathematics) as one subject choice out of three, in this case making a four A Level programme. Pupils are encouraged to start the Lower Sixth studying four subjects so that they are able to make informed decisions about their future study, knowing what each course entails.
Pupils should choose subjects that interest them and in which they have ability. This will help to ensure the best possible grades. Career aims may also dictate a particular choice of subjects or, if serious study of a particular subject at a higher level is envisaged, it may be advisable to combine that subject with other complementary subjects. The A level programme allows plenty of breadth and pupils are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of this.
Universities make offers based upon grades. Therefore interest and performance are vital in choosing Sixth Form subjects. It is advisable to consult the UCAS website as some courses have special requirements, e.g. Medicine and Engineering.
History, Geography, Economics, Business Studies, Politics, Psychology, Theology and Classical Civilisation do not require pupils to have studied the subject at GCSE level. They can be started from scratch provided that aptitude has been shown in a relevant GCSE subject. However, pupils need to be aware that starting one or more subjects with no prior background will require real commitment and hard work.
The choice of courses is flexible up to a point and the school will endeavour to accommodate all requests. However, there are constraints on the timetable, and parents and pupils need to be aware that there may be certain combinations of subjects that will not be possible to schedule. Where there are problems with a set of choices it will be necessary to discuss the available options with the Director of Studies.
Business Studies, Economics, Politics and Psychology are only studied in the Sixth Form at The Leys.