When you are choosing the subjects which will make up your Sixth Form programme of study, it is important that you choose subjects that interest you and which you enjoy. You should consider subjects which you are good at and which relate to your future aspirations. If you already have a particular university course or career in mind, you should select subjects which will support these ambitions; useful advice and guidance on this is available via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service website (www.ucas.com).
We have a range of courses on offer which you may have never studied before and it is important to research these carefully before you make your final choices; the information provided in the course pages of this prospectus will help you. Remember, it is not always necessary to have studied a subject in Year 11 in order to study the subject in Sixth Form. Our Sixth Form Open Evening (Thursday 9th November, 2017) will allow you the opportunity to view our facilities and speak with our teaching staff and the Sixth Form team about the courses and opportunities we offer. Our guidance meetings held in the Spring Term with all Sixth Form applicants will enable you to discuss your chosen courses with an experienced member of the Sixth Form team and help you decide which subjects would be most suitable for you to study.
Please note that, from September 2018 students who join SJLHS Sixth Form, to study Level 3 courses will follow a 2 year linear course (most likely in 3 subjects), with public examinations at the end of Year 13 determining a student’s final grade (alongside coursework where applicable). In some circumstances, a student may enrol onto 4 subjects for the 2 years; these decisions will be made on an individual basis. In addition, students may decide to study towards the Extended Project Qualification during their time in Sixth Form in order to enhance their academic curriculum. Students will sit rigorous internal summer examinations in Year 12, the results of which will help us to give predicted grades to universities and potential employers.
Level 3 Pathway - In order to enrol onto our Level 3 courses (see pages 10 to 55 of this prospectus), students must have achieved a minimum of 5A*- C grades / grade 4s at GCSE Level across 4 different subject areas; this should include a Grade 4 for English Language and Mathematics. It is important that students also pay attention to any individual subject entry requirements. Please note that, in light of the government’s A Level Reforms, from September 2017, all A Level courses will be 2 years in length. It may be that a small number of students are recommended to sit AS qualifications at the end of Year 12 in order to inform decisions about progression into Year 13 however, these AS examinations are standalone and do not contribute to the overall A Level qualification.
Level 2 Pathway - Students applying for our WorkSkills Level 2 Pathway will be considered on an individual basis and are often those students who have just missed out on meeting our entry criteria to study at Level 3 with us. We are able to tailor this course of study to student needs and ensure that there is an appropriate level of challenge for all students enrolled on this Pathway.