6th Form

New Sixth Form Induction Days

Thursday 30th June and Friday 1st July 2016

Results Days:

GCSE – Thursday 25th August   9.00 – 10.00am North Hall  (if you have made an application to the Sixth Form, please see a member of the Sixth Form Team before you leave)

A Level – Thursday 18th August in the North Hall

Year 13 – 9.00 – 9.30 am

Year 12 – 9.30 – 10.00am

The Sixth Form Team will be around in the Sixth Form Centre to help with any problems regarding university entrance and returning to year 13.

Sixth Form Enrolment Days in September

Year 12  - Tuesday 6th September

Please assemble in the Sixth Form Common Room

New entrants 8.40 am  ( p1 )

Auden and Drake 9.45 am (p2 )

Newton and Sutherland 11.15 am (p3)

Year 13 – Wednesday 7th September

Please assemble in the Sixth Form Common Room

Auden and Drake 8.40 am

Newton and Sutherland 9.45 am

The Sixth Form at Queens’

Many fantastic opportunities and wonderful life changing experiences happen in and out of the classroom in the Sixth Form, but these do not happen without careful planning and hard work from everyone involved. With this in mind, it is very important that students know as much as possible about the Sixth Form. Therefore, the most important three pieces of advice that I would give to Year 11 students (and parents) would be ASK, ASK, ASK.

  • In late January, senior staff interview Year 11 students to help them decide if the sixth form is best for them and to discuss what courses they might be interested in studying.
  • In February, students fill out their subject choices. Your choices let Mrs Hanson decide which courses will run and help her to organise option blocks.
  • In March we will take in final applications for the sixth form.

Sports Academy applicants will have tests, trials and an interview (for those that have passed the trials).

  • In June, you will sit most of your GCSE exams (so we will leave you alone!)

All successful applicants will receive an offer letter before their exams.

  • In June/July, we run 2 Induction Days so students can experience A Level lessons, pick up reading lists, Maths Entry Test preliminary materials and summer work

Sports Academy pre-season training begins.

  • In August, you will receive your GCSE results.
  • In September, every student is enrolled individually to ensure that they have made the right choice for their package of sixth form subjects.

Our excellent results could not have been achieved without close monitoring and very high expectations of Sixth Form behaviour and work ethic. All students must prove they will be hard working, self-motivated and an asset to the sixth form.  We expect that most Year 11s will want to stay on and we will try to help you choose a realistic package of subjects.

Choosing a course package

When you choose your courses you are committing yourself to a package of subjects for the duration of the two years and it is our policy not to allow students to drop or change subjects. It is therefore crucial that careful consideration is given to deciding on classes that suit the individual

All Packages include 2 compulsory periods per week:

  1. PSE
  2. 6th Form Games (football, netball, table tennis etc.)

The subjects listed are those currently available.  Either a lack of demand or of available staff may lead to subjects not running in September.

Advanced Vocational courses:

In addition to traditional A Levels, we also offer some Advanced Vocational courses such as BTEC / Applied Business

BTEC / Applied Science

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport (Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness)

This course is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and does not require involvement in the study of other AS subjects.

BTEC National Diploma in Sport (Sports Development, Coaching and

Fitness)

This course is the equivalent of 2 A Levels and is studied in conjunction with one other A Level.

Re-sitting GCSE Mathematics and English

Students who fall short of grade 'C' in GCSE Maths and English can re-take the exam in either November or June. However, this can only be for students who narrowly missed a pass grade.

In Mathematics this means only students who gained a 'D' grade can re-sit in the sixth form.

Queens’ School Sixth Form Entry requirements:

We offer the following packages of subjects:

  • A package of four A Levels for a small number of students
  • A package of three A Levels for most students
  • Vocational courses combined with A Levels
  • A BTEC course in Sport (equivalent to 3 A Levels)

All of the above packages include 2 compulsory periods per week:

  1. PSE
  2. 6th Form Games (football, netball, table tennis etc.)

Some students will also be given the opportunity to undertake the Extend Project Qualification which will account for a further period on their timetable.

To enter our sixth form students must achieve the following:

Route Entry Requirements
4 ALevels APS of 52 or above
3 A Levels APS of 42 or above and to meet subject entry requirements
BTEC – vocational OR vocational courses combined with A Levels APS of 38 and above

Heads of Departments will make final decisions on course entry.  If you do not meet the entry requirement for a particular subject you may still be accepted onto the course, but you will need to discuss this with the relevant Head of Department after your GCSE results are published.  The subjects listed are those currently available.  Either a lack of demand or of available staff may lead to subjects not running in September.

Advanced Vocational courses:

BTEC Business

Students require and APS of 38 including at least a C grade in Business Studies (if studied) and C grades in Maths and English Language. Where demand is high for places, these are likely to be awarded to students with higher grades.

BTEC Science

Students require and APS of 38 including Grade B in GCSE Additional Applied Science, Additional Science and any of the separate Science GCSEs plus Grade C in GCSE Mathematics and English.

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science/Sport

Students require an APS of 38. It is advantageous to have at least a ‘B’ grade in Maths and/or English.

This course is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and does not require involvement in the study of other subjects.

BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science/Sport

Students require and APS of 38. It is advantageous to have at least a ‘B’ grade in Maths and/or English.

This course is the equivalent of 2 A Levels and is studied in conjunction with one other subject.

Please note that whilst it is possible to be accepted onto a BTEC course without a ‘C’ grade in Maths or English, it is a requirement of the course that this standard is attained before entry into year 13 (second year) can be considered.  This may mean undertaking a resit within these subjects.

Re-sitting GCSE Mathematics and English

Students who fall short of grade 'C' in GCSE Maths OR English can re-take the exam in either November or June. However, this can only be for students who narrowly missed a pass grade.

In Mathematics this means only students who gained a 'D' grade can re-sit in the sixth form.

 

 

Subject

Entry criteria

Art B grade at GCSE
Biology A in Additional Science and an A in the Biology paper or A grade in Biology GCSE
Business Studies B grades in Maths and English Language and a B in Business Studies (if studied)
Chemistry A in Additional Science and an A in the Chemistry paper or A grade in Chemistry GCSE plus B grades in English and Maths
Classics B grade in English Language and B in English Literature
Dance C grade at GCSE or by agreement with HoD after interview and audition if not done at GCSE.
Economics A and B grades in Maths and English.  At least one A in either of the two.
English Literature B grade in English Language and B in English Literature
English Language and Literature B grade in English Language and B in English Literature
Food Technology B grade at GCSE
French B grade at GCSE
Geography B grade at GCSE, B grades in other humanities subjects or science if Geography not sat at GCSE
German B grade at GCSE
Government & Politics A grade in English and an A in one other Humanities subjects
History B grade at GCSE History and a B in English
Computing B grades in GCSE
Mathematics A for GCSE and A* for Further Maths and a pass in the Maths entrance test (see Maths section)
Music B grade at GCSE
Photography B grade at GCSE Art or a submission of 30 photographs to the Head of Art.
Physics A Grade in Maths and A grade in Additional Science and A grade in Physics paper.  OR A grade in Physics for Triple scientists.
Physical Education B at GCSE and B grades in science including on the Biology paper
Psychology Two B grades in English. B in Science and B in Mathematics.
Product Design B in English, Science, Maths, DT and/or Art
Religious Studies B grade at GCSE or B grade in GCSE English and one other humanity if not sat at GCSE.
Sociology B grade in GCSE Sociology or another Humanity if not taken at GCSE and a B in English.
Spanish B grade at GCSE
Textiles C at GCSE and strong pass in Science
Theatre Studies B in GCSE Drama and B in GCSE English