Key Stage 5
Building the foundations for success
Success in the Sixth Form begins with your personalised curriculum. At More House, girls can study between two and four A-Levels; the majority of girls study three. The EPQ (see below) offers some flexibility by allowing girls to supplement their A-Levels with this Extended Project Qualification, or to convert one of their A-Levels to an EPQ at the end of the Lower Sixth.
The tailored programme of personal development in the Sixth Form begins on the very first day of term and focuses on your physical and mental wellbeing, building effective study strategies, supportive friendships and the growth of your individual interests both in and outside school.
Experience has shown us that girls with fewer than five GCSE grades 5 and above (including English Language and Maths) are unlikely to succeed at A-Level. We therefore require Sixth Form students to hold:
- a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above;
- at least a Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths;
- at least a Grade 6 in the subject you wish to study.
For individual subjects, including those subjects not previously studied, please check the specific entry requirements.
Choosing your A-Levels
The Sixth Form curriculum will provide you with breadth, diversity and challenge. We encourage you to study subjects that you enjoy, as well as those in which you naturally excel.
Making decisions about academic options is potentially exciting but can also be daunting. It will help you to consider the following.
Firstly, whether a specific course or career path is part of the decision-making process. Some university courses require specific A-Level subjects. For example, A-Level Mathematics is normally a requirement for a degree in Economics, whilst universities will expect Chemistry alongside another science (normally Biology) for Medicine. The UCAS website and the university prospectuses will provide more detailed information on subject requirements.
Secondly, it is important to consider academic strengths. Some students naturally gravitate towards essay-based subjects, whilst others enjoy working in a laboratory or with numbers.
Regardless of whether subjects are chosen based on a career path, enjoyment or something different, studying A-Levels will be far more demanding than GCSEs. However, smaller class sizes, stimulating teaching and varied and new learning strategies will ensure that the Sixth Form curriculum will be challenging and fulfilling.
Your post-16 education needs to be right for you. If there is a course you would like to study that is not offered in this booklet, please complete the feedback form enclosed. We will take all requests seriously and endeavor to tailor the curriculum to your requests as far as possible.
The Enhanced Curriculum
Leadership and team building
Whether it is as a Head Girl, a House Captain, running a lunchtime club, as a mentor to younger girls, leading assemblies, or taking part in the student council, we are very proud of the way in which Sixth Form students immerse themselves in the life of the school. There are plenty of opportunities to develop as a leader and we encourage you to take ownership of this and discuss with your teachers and support staff any ideas you may have for utilising your interests in a way that will allow others to benefit from your growing expertise.
Core Religious Studies
All girls study Core Religious Studies. This course allows you to take a step back from your immediate concerns and think more deeply about the world in which you live. It involves a series of individual explorations developing from different starting points that will hopefully culminate in participants considering a spiritual and material journey. Within 6 the course, the aim is always to encourage thought and discussion.
Core Physical Education
You will have one lesson of physical education and sport per week in an offsite setting. There are opportunities to study for the Community Sports Leaders Award (CSLA) and the Sports Leaders Award (SLA) which are both nationally recognised courses that improve the employability prospects of young people of all abilities. Other sports on offer during curriculum time include: badminton, fitness, rounders, netball, athletics and volleyball. Students are encouraged to feedback to staff as to the types of physical activities that they would like to participate in.
Sixth Form students are also encouraged to participate in extra-curricular sporting activities from the range of competitive and non-competitive options on offer.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
This highly regarded course allows students to explore an area of interest and develop key skills of independent research and analysis. The EPQ is undertaken by girls in consultation with the Head of Sixth Form.
Beyond the Classroom
Our principal academic aim in the Sixth Form is to prepare students in the best way possible to be outstanding candidates in both further study and the world of work. This requires the girls to achieve the best possible results in public examinations and in terms of their academic learning more generally.
Consistent with this aim, we want to ensure all our Sixth Formers have both a depth and breadth of experience both in the classroom and beyond. We want to support every girl in making the right choices as they think about their Sixth Form programme.
This can be a daunting and demanding exercise, given the choices on offer, which is why we have a careful process to support pupils (and parents) to enable them to make the right decisions. Activities include: Bonding events, talks from FE and HE course providers, charitable fundraising, personal safety talks, work experience, community service, leadership roles, investigations into areas of personal interest.
All students will receive guidance and advice regarding careers throughout the year. This will include a Careers programme that focuses on the various career paths open to them after they leave the Sixth Form. This is reinforced by external speakers from various employment sectors and post16 educational institutions. They will also complete a work experience placement during the Summer term. All students in Year 12 complete community service with the department of their choice. This allows them to work on employability skills, which can all be added to UCAS and job applications.
In the Autumn term, students will have individual interviews with the Careers Coordinator (Mrs Mercer) to help them identify a line of work they could be interested in and to find a placement that would be beneficial to their future career. The wide range of opportunities within school offers students a chance to expand their CVs beyond academic grades. Sixth Formers also attend the National UCAS and Apprenticeships Fair.
In the Spring term, the school takes part in National Careers Week. There are a number of enriching activities and opportunities throughout the week for students to get involved in.
Throughout the year, they are able to access useful and up-to-date information through literature provided on Firefly, in the Sixth Form common room and in the careers room in CB5. This includes information on university open days, apprenticeships, and volunteering opportunities. If students need further guidance throughout the year, they are able to book a one-on-one appointment with Mrs Mercer to gain further advice on their career aspirations.