As early as possible in the Lower Sixth, students should start thinking about their preferred programme of study in the Upper Sixth. Several options are worthy of consideration:
- continue with all AS subjects to A Level
- drop one AS and take the remaining subjects up to A Level
- drop one AS and add a new AS, subject to availability
- continue with BTEC course, plus any of the above combinations
Change to programme
|4 AS Levels||4 A Levels||None|
|4 AS Levels||3 A Levels||Drop one subject|
|3 or 4 AS Levels||2 or 3 A Levels plus one new AS (subject to availability)||Additional AS|
|BTEC plus 2 AS Levels||BTEC plus A Level||Drop one AS|
Points to consider:
- A Levels are more difficult than AS Levels!
- Universities regard 3 A Levels or BTEC plus an A Level as a ‘normal’ offer. You are not required to have 4 full A Levels to get on good university courses
- Three good grades are better than 4 average grades
- An additional AS in your Upper Sixth year is not recommended in most cases
What happens when?
1. Application Form
Application forms are issued to all Lower Sixth students by tutors in March and should be returned by the deadline. Students who miss the deadline will not be considered for the Upper Sixth.
Students (and their parents) should use the following opportunities to weigh up possible options:
- Parents' Evenings, early in the Spring Term
- Student Review Meetings for selected students, in early March
- Interim Reports issued in late March
- Individual interviews with form tutors in late March
3. The Offer
- In April/May the College will confirm chosen courses, subject to students meeting the minimum entrance requirements
- In late August AS results are published. Students meeting the minimum entrance requirements will be able to take their chosen courses
- At the beginning of the Autumn Term in the Upper Sixth, students will be invited to individual interviews to confirm their choice of subjects
Minimum Entrance Requirements
- Pass at AS
Students with an unsatisfactory record of performance in their AS year may be required to obtain a minimum grade at AS in order to move on to an A2 course. Progression will be at the discretion of the Head of Department.
- Good attendance and punctuality, and effort grades at 'Satisfactory' or above
Students with a poor attendance record and/or effort record will not be allowed to continue into the Upper Sixth, no matter how good their AS results are.
Intermediate Students progressing to the Lower Sixth
Many students who have successfully completed Intermediate courses return to College to study at Advanced Level. Students wishing to do this, will need to re-apply to the College during the Spring Term of their Intermediate year.
The entrance requirements for progression to an AS or BTEC Level 3 course are:
- Merit in BTEC Level 2
- An excellent attendance record
- Effort grades of 'Satisfactory' or above in Interim Reports;
- A satisfactory reference/report from tutor/BTEC teacher
AS subjects often have specific entrance requirements. Please see the entrance requirements relating to specific Courses.
Help in re-applying
The College Careers Department organises talks for all Intermediate students to help guide them through the application process. Students should arrange a Careers Interview if they require more specific help or if they intend to see employment after their Intermediate year.