Will Sixth Form be different to Year 11?
Yes – it will be very different! Teachers expect you to be more independent and to manage your time appropriately. You have the freedom, within reason, to decide how and where you study. You have use of a dedicated study area, with computers and laptops available.
Will I have homework in Sixth Form?
Yes – it is impossible to fulfil your potential and achieve a good grade without you working during your study periods and at home.
Can I have a part-time job and still study in Sixth Form?
Yes – this will enhance your time management skills. However, your part-time job is probably not going to be your career choice so if it encroaches upon your studies then your priority must be your studies.
Can I go to university if I study BTECs?
Yes – however, some specific courses and the majority of those offered by Russell Group universities are for candidates studying A Levels only.
Can I afford to go to university?
Yes – student loans are available to all students to pay tuition fees. Maintenance loans are available for living expenses. There are also bursaries available at many universities, especially for higher achieving students.
Do I have to attend five days a week, all day?
We are aiming to timetable Year 12 students across four days each week, meaning they can have one day as a study day. We also offer home study to those students who have study periods at the start or end of the day, who have good attendance and are reaching their academic targets.
Do I have to wear uniform?
No – but we do expect you to be smartly presented at all times and there are some clothes which are not acceptable – further details are in the information booklet you will receive before you enrol. If everyone adheres to the dress code, then students have ‘Dress Down Friday’ as a reward.
What if I don’t get the grades I need to do my chosen subjects?
Entry requirements are a guide to help you decide on the most appropriate courses for you. They reflect our experience of the achievements of previous successful students. We seek guidance from subject staff to ascertain whether students will be able to cope with the rigours of their chosen courses, and in the event that you narrowly miss the grades required, we will do our best to support you in your choice, or in identifying another appropriate course.