Students take three A Levels, with the exception of those choosing Further Maths, who take four (Maths, Further Maths plus two others). Students do not sit AS Level exams.
If a student strongly believes that it would be in their interests to study four A Levels we will consider their argument and in a very small number of cases will agree to it if we believe that they are capable of achieving well in four subjects. Universities do not ask for four A Levels as part of their admission requirements and taking three A Levels is no barrier to gaining places on the most competitive courses at the best universities.
One consequence of choosing three subjects for the full two years is that students need to be sure that they have picked the right subjects. We will give our students a range of opportunities to discuss and reflect upon possible choices, but they are also encouraged to carry out their own research and discuss their suitability for the course with their teachers in order to make the most informed choice possible. In particular, we urge students to acknowledge the judgement of teachers who believe that a student is likely to struggle in a particular subject.
If you have any questions regarding 6th Form arrangements, please do contact Ms J McClean (Head of 6th Form) or Ms Furlong (6th Form Administrator).
Making a choice between subjects often proves difficult and you may find these points useful in helping you to decide: