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POST-16 COURSES EVENING Thursday 3 rd November 2016
Post-16 Courses for 2017 Ms Rutherford – Headteacher Mr Butler – Assistant Headteacher/Head of Sixth Form Miss Williamson – Y 12&13 Achievement Leader Saona Tomlinson – Head Girl Dan Slater – Deputy Head Boy Megan Stolz– Y 13 student who joined us for the Sixth Form
Format of the evening • Presentation • Life in the Sixth Form • Sixth Form Curriculum & Entry Criteria • Maximising achievement • The application process • Opportunities to visit departments and meet students
Why choose to study at King Edward VI Sixth Form? • Strong Sixth form community • Opportunity to develop leadership skills especially through house system. • Chance to be involved in the wider community • University Masterclasses • Opportunity to take part in plays, musicals, sporting activities, trips, debating, young enterprise, Do. E etc. Saona Tomlinson – Head Girl Dan Slater – Deputy Head Boy Megan Stolz – Year 13 student who joined us for the Sixth Form
Why choose to study at King Edward VI Sixth Form? One of the top performing schools in Staffordshire, year on year. Numerous times in the last few years we have had the highest average points score per candidate. 71% of applicants went to their first choice of university
Why choose to study at King Edward VI Sixth Form? • 2016 at King Edward VI School: • Over 99% overall pass rate • 21% of entries at Grade A*/A grades • 46% of entries at Grade A*/A or B • 73% of entries at Grade A*-C
Why choose to study at King Edward VI Sixth Form? • High expectations v. A number of Oxbridge students over the last few years v. In 2016 23% of university applicants went to Russell Group universities v 76% of students went directly to university v 8% Gap year & 2016 UCAS applications v 84% of students going to university in total v 16% direct employment, apprenticeships, further education
Why choose to study at King Edward VI Sixth Form? • Breadth of subjects available • 26 Advanced Level subjects (plus more locally) • Range of courses available • to meet all abilities and talents • Competition of high calibre students • to stretch students, maximising potential • Strong specialist teaching staff
Lichfield & Burntwood opportunities By working together we can: • Offer a wider subject choice. e. g. Photography, Engineering • Ensure course availability • Investigate opportunities to resolve clashes • All courses will run subject to viable numbers. Where the numbers of applicants for a course are low, the school may work in partnership with another school/other schools in the district to maintain the offer.
What’s new for A-levels? • In 2017, all subjects will have converted to two-year courses : PHASE 1 • In 2015, the following A-levels became two-year courses: • Art & Design, Business, Economics, English Literature, English Language, History, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology and Sociology PHASE 2 • In 2016, the following subjects become two-year courses: • French, Geography, German, Music, Physical Education, Religious studies PHASE 3 • In 2017, the following subjects will also become two-year courses. • Accounting, Product Design, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Applied or Medical Science
Changes to other courses in recent years • Applied A-levels have been phased out • Health & Social Care is now offered as a Level 3 BTEC course. This still contains a required examination component but ensures that this highly successful course can continue to be a highly practical vocational course. • BTEC Sport Level 3 (double option) will continue to be offered and will contain a required examination component. • Offering BTEC level 3 Performing Arts this year instead of the revised A Level in Theatre Studies • ICT Cambridge Technicals have been updated in line with new government requirements
Two year A-levels • The new AS levels are equivalent to 40% of a full-A level • AS content is similar but different methods of assessment • Longer-term focus for A-level requires different skills and emphasis
A two year programme • 3 course programme for most students • (A-levels, BTEC, Cambridge Technical) • Option to discuss 4 courses for students with a grade A average at GCSE level • High achievement in 3 courses to access university places and opportunities beyond school
Entry criteria The requirement to study 3 A Level/Level 3 courses will be an ‘Attainment 8’ average points score of at least 5. 0 (C). • To calculate the points score: • Assign each GCSE/Level 2 equivalent qualification a score from 1 (G) to 8 (A*), or for Eng & Ma (1(1) to 9 (9)) • Double the scores for English Language and Mathematics, • Add the scores for the best 6 other grades and • Divide the total by ten. 9 8 7 6 A* A B 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 C D E F G 5 4 3 2 1 BTEC Distinction* BTEC Distinction NVQ/ ITQ Certificate BTEC Merit BTEC Level 2 Pass
Examples STUDENT A GCSE English Language 5 GCSE English Literature 5 GCSE Mathematics 4 GCSE Double Science CC GCSE French C GCSE Philosophy & Ethics D Disregard GCSE Art B BTEC L 2 Performing Arts Merit 5 x 2 =10 5 4 x 2=8 5 x 2 = 10 5 Disregard (lowest) 6 6 50÷ 10 = 5. 0 (C AVERAGE) The student above has an ‘Attainment 8’ score of 5. 0 and would therefore take a 3 course programme in the Sixth Form. He/She would still be restricted in courses they would be eligible to start.
Examples STUDENT B GCSE English Language 6 GCSE English Literature 6 GCSE Mathematics 6 GCSE Double Science BB GCSE German B GCSE Product Design A GCSE History B GCSE PE B (Disregard as only 8 qualifications needed) 6 x 2 =12 6 6 x 2 = 12 6 7 6 6 61÷ 10 = 6. 1 (B+ AVERAGE) The student above has an ‘Attainment 8’ score of 6. 1 and would take a 3 course programme in the Sixth Form. Most courses are accessible based on current entry criteria.
Examples STUDENT C GCSE English Language 7 GCSE English Literature 6 GCSE Mathematics 7 GCSE Additional Maths 6 GCSE Biology A GCSE Chemistry B GCSE Physics A Level 2 ITQ Certificate(ICT) GCSE Geography A* GCSE History B GCSE Philosophy & Ethics A * 7 x 2 =14 6 7 x 2 = 14 6 7 6 (Disregard) 7 6(Disregard) 8 70÷ 10 = 7. 0 The student above has an ‘Attainment 8’ score of 7. 0 and would be able to discuss taking a 4 course programme in the Sixth Form.
Entry requirements In addition to basic requirements, e. g. • BB in two sciences for Biology, Chemistry & Physics • Grade 6 in English Language & Literature for both courses • BB in Science, 5 in English and Maths for Psychology • Recommend at least a B at GCSE in the subject you’re taking See page 20 & individual subject pages
Personal Development Programme For all students: • Tutor programme • Curriculum Enhancement Days • Additional options: • Personal Development Programme • Young Enterprise • Extended project Qualification • Support for university applications & careers
Independent study • Transition sessions to help students develop skills of independent study • Emphasis on developing skills for lifelong learning • Classwork and homework is just the beginning
Tracking achievement • Department tracking • Postcard system enhances communication with home • Monitoring through: • Staff feedback • Termly reports • End of year examinations
Progression into Year 13 • Clear policy for progression into Year 13 • High levels of attendance • Following the Code of Conduct • Department tracking • Termly reports • Year 12 examinations
Making the next step Support throughout Year 12 and Year 13 • Pastoral programme • Curriculum Enhancement Days • Visiting speakers • Returning students • Additional opportunities such as Young Enterprise, Debating Society, Ashmole Society
Support and Guidance • Tutor • Bob Keen, Careers Advisor • Subject staff • University visits • Experienced and skilled team of tutors for UCAS and other higher level applications • Additional support for Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Law including mock interviews • Sixth Form administrator • Resources in LRC and Common Room
Application Process • Find out about courses in options week 31 st October - 4 th November • Year 12 Courses Evening Thursday 3 rd November • Individual meetings with Form Tutors • Application deadline: Mon 5 th December 2016 • Individual interviews with Senior Staff for all applicants in January and February • Final option blocks issued in February • Confirmation letter by the beginning of April
Post-16 Courses King Edward VI School • Talk to students • Talk to staff • Look forward to receiving your application Find out more….