A-levels are offered in a wide range of subjects at both AS and A2. Pupils normally select the four subjects which best suit their aptitude and interests as their AS-level subjects, continuing three or four subjects to A2.
The subjects listed below are offered in the sixth form curriculum:
Sixth Form subjects usually have six lessons, of 45 minutes each, per week. In some cases, period 8 may be used in order to accommodate lessons in subjects that are over-subscribed.
Sixth Form students regularly attend talks given by a range of outside speakers, including former pupils, on subjects such as post-18 student life (personal finance, time management, revision skills etc.), charity work and voluntary organisations.
They also receive employment and university application advice through visits from Careers Wales, UCAS and other external agencies, as well as having the opportunity to attend university open days and careers fairs. Individual subject departments organise visits to lectures, exhibitions, plays and workshops.
An EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is an additional qualification that can be taken alongside A Levels. It is an excellent taster of university-style learning and EPQs are becoming increasingly popular with top universities.
A top grade in your EPQ could be worth half an A Level. Time management skills, research skills, presentation skills, essay writing, etc. can all be developed during the course of your EPQ. The EPQ allows you to study your own interest; an EPQ gives you the freedom to study what you want and produce a piece of work that’s truly individual.
IELTS provision is available to all ESOL students who need it and individual support is provided for any students who are struggling in a particular subject.
Students are also encouraged to take part in supporting the learning of younger pupils by spending time engaging with lower-school classroom support or helping pupils with revision (as Learning Leaders) and by playing a key role in the School Council.