Sixth Form Documents & Procedures
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Our concern is for students to succeed. Entry thresholds are set at a level which ensures that students who are accepted into our Sixth Form have the necessary academic qualifications to achieve well in their chosen courses.
Our general advice is based on prior evidence that students who do not meet these requirements generally do not succeed on A level (or equivalent Level 3) courses.
Entry to the Sixth Form: Average of your best 8 GCSE grades of at least a grade 4 is required for entry into the Sixth Form.
Entry to A levels:
- It is normally required that you secure at least a grade 5 in the subjects you wish to study. If you chose subjects at A level that you have never studied before, then we would expect you to secure at least an average of a grade 5 in your GCSEs.
- For some subjects there are slightly higher requirements based on previous performance of students across the country. For example it would be expected that you would secure at least a grade 6 in order to study languages, mathematics, computer science or one of the sciences. Please do carefully study each of the subject specific requirements.
- Entry to study 4 A level subjects: Average of at least a grade 5.5 is required.
Entry to BTEC/OCR technical courses:
- It is normally expected that you secure at least a grade 4 in the subject you wish to study. If you chose BTEC/OCR subjects that you have never studied before, then we would expect you to secure at least an average of a grade 4 in your GCSEs.
If you wish to study a subject but fall below our normal requirements, then we will take a decision based on your GCSE grades, a discussion with your specific Year 11 class teacher and an interview with you and your parents/ carers.
The purpose of revision
Revision means going over work in order to:
- Check your understanding.
- Make links between different topics to see how the whole subject fits together.
- Remind yourself of material you have forgotten.
- Reinforce your learning.
- Identify and fill gaps in your knowledge.
There are countless ways of revising. The least effective ways are those that involve just reading through notes over and over. The most effective ways are those where you interact with the material, making it meaningful to yourself, for example:
- Using your material to answer a question or address a problem you have not previously tackled.
- Reworking the material into a chart or diagram.
- Summarising material under headings onto index cards.
- Discussing the material with other people.
- Make links, comparisons and contrasts between different areas of your programme.
- Evaluate different theories.
Seven tips for exam revision
- Start early.
- Make a revision timetable. Avoid wasting time re-writing this over and over again.
- Answer questions from past papers.
- Identify the key points, examples and evidence for each topic- you will not be able to write very much on each in the exam.
- Prepare for questions that combine two different topics.
- Prepare for unusual questions or angles for your ‘best’ topics.
- Go over the same material quite quickly several times rather than spending a long time on one occasion.
How to work out how long each revision session should be:
- Make a revision timetable at least a week before you intend to begin your revision.
- Divide your time between subjects, not necessarily equally.
- Work on an unfamiliar area and see how much you can do in the first half hour.
- Compare this to the work that you cover in the second half hour.
- As long as your work rate remains constant, keep going! When it dips, take a break.
- Expect to cover more recent work at about 50% faster than less familiar work.
- Always take a short break when you get tired, however pushed for time you feel.
Ten tips that can help to keep revision productive
- Reduce your lecture and reading notes to brief notes and key words on index cards.
- Vary the material that you revise: from the difficult to the more familiar.
- Read your essays to get yourself into the right frame of mind.
- Study alone for some of the time, but also in a group occasionally if this suits you.
- Make yourself take regular breaks, and be strict about returning to the revision.
- Give yourself treats to keep you going.
- Mark off your achievements on your revision timetable as you progress.
- Plan answers from past exam papers to assess how well you are doing.
- Sign up for an exam technique workshop if you need more help.
- Vary your style of revising as you go along to keep yourself motivated.
- You will have the support of a group of friends at a stressful time.
- You can compare how well you are doing with how your group is progressing.
- You can talk through your ideas rather than just thinking about them.
- It can save time if you can discuss a section of work rather than just planning essays.
- If can be fun, relieving the tension as exams approach.
- If the group is too competitive you might become demoralised.
- It can be difficult to keep on track once a general discussion begins.
- You can waste a lot of time organising meetings and revision topics.
- You might find that you are helping others rather than helping yourself.
- You need to vary your revision methods rather than relying on one approach.
The advice above was taken from two sources:
The Study Skills Handbook and The Exam Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell.
Presentation Skills for Students by Joan van Emden and Lucinda Becker.
There are some excellent revision & study skills resources available online. Many of these are university based and we have added a couple of links below of our favourites;
The University of Bristol has a whole section dedicated to study skills in its Student Blackboard section, it has kindly allowed public access to these resources
The University of Leeds too has lots of excellent advice on its 'Academic Skills’ website:
16-19 Tuition fund
The decision was made to use this to help fund the small group delivery of GCSE maths for those students who had been unable to attain a 4 grade or higher last year.
This is to be targeted at 5 students who will be taught, in line with the guidance, in small groups of no more than three and in some cases one to one teaching. This should enable students to get the focused support they need to help them achieve the minimum grade 4 that is their minimum target.
This will be staffed by an experienced member of the maths team who has delivered the GCSE programme in previous years and therefore has the experience and capabilities needed to help the students make the desired progress. She will have 7 lessons a week on her timetable specifically for this purpose.
The intention is that this funding will be used for the full year, however, should all students succeed in the November maths examinations then any remaining funding will be used to support those in this cohort who will have missed out on Year 12 content to catch up and prepare for their Year 13 final assessments and examinations.
Mr Tony Mills
Head of Sixth Form