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Sixth Form Curriculum

The new A Level syllabuses have now been phased in, meaning that in September 2020 the majority of A Level courses will follow a two-year linear format with the final assessment taking place at the end of the course (2022's summer term). Students taking these subjects will be required to sit an internally produced examination during the 2021 summer term. The school will not be offering the AS Level qualifications, which were introduced alongside the new two-year linear A-level courses, in any subjects in the summer 2021 examination session.

From September 2020, all students will follow one of four pathways with the expectation that they will sit all of the subjects started in September 2020 as A Level examinations in the summer of 2022.

The four pathways are as follows:

  • three A Level subjects
  • three A Level subjects plus the Extended Project Qualification
  • four A Level subjects
  • four A Level subjects plus the Extended Project Qualification.

In addition to the above all students in Year 12 will have:

  • a weekly fifty minute lesson of Personal, Social, Health and Education.
  • a weekly afternoon of games/enrichment.

The EPQ is started in the Spring term of Year 12 and completed during the autumn term of Year 13. Students considering university courses where an interview forms part of the application process are strongly encouraged to study for the EPQ.

Students wishing to study four A Level subjects must have at least five GCSE passes at grade 8 with a grade 8 at GCSE in at least three of their A Level subject choices. No student will be able to study four A Level subjects if they have less than a grade 7 or the required equivalent in the subject at GCSE. The decision to study four A-level subjects must not be because the student cannot make a decision. Students studying four A Levels will be encouraged to do so in order to broaden their academic curriculum. For example a student taking biology, chemistry and mathematics would be encouraged to take a social science, humanities, arts or language as their fourth A Level subject. Further mathematics will be treated as a separate subject and can be studied along with mathematics and two other A Level subjects. To study further mathematics students will be required to have GCSE grade 8 or 9 in Mathematics.


A Level Collaboration

The four schools of the King Edward VI Academy Trust based in the Aston and Handsworths area have a unique opportunity to develop closer working partnerships. They support each other in delivering an effective, high-quality education both through teachers sharing good practice and
students having a wider range of opportunities to work together on projects and taking part in enriching experiences. Also, to work together to ensure as broad a curriculum offer as possible is maintained in a climate of constrained budgets, difficult teacher recruitment and student
choice.

To that end we are embarking on an exciting era of working together to ensure our students can access quality education in a selection of subjects taught across the schools as a whole from September 2019 and through to September 2020.

As a parent or student your priority is the quality of the provision you will receive as well as having the option to study the subjects you want. By working together we will be able to offer the widest choice of subjects, combining to make viable sized groups and maintain student choice. Students studying the traditionally smaller take up subjects can benefit from better class discussions/debates and problem-solving.

The possible subjects where we will be working together are art, design and technology, drama and theatre, French, German, music, politics and sociology. Timetables across the four schools are aligned to enable lessons to be timetabled during periods 3 and 4 in the school day. This will enable transport to be taken to and from the host school during recess and lunch time, having no impact upon the other lessons that day. Access to learning resources at the host school will be available and attendance closely monitored. As a student you remain registered with Aston as a base and will be fully involved in the school as normal including extra curricular activities.

If you are interested in one of these courses then apply as normal. Gather information about the A Level course; is the course what you want or need?

If you wish to study one or two collaboration subjects select your choices; if take-up across the four schools leads us to decide to run the course at limited centres we will work it out for you and then let you know. Please do not let the fact that you may have to attend lessons in a
different venue for a subject affect your decisions.

All the schools have outstanding teaching and make excellent progress. You will remain with us as a base school, fully involved in our school life.