Sixth Form Guide
The Curriculum (based on a 2 year course in the Sixth Form).
It is an exciting time to be embarking on a Higher Education course. Reforms to some A-levels began to be phased in for students beginning their courses in September 2015, in which some A-Levels changed from being modular in approach to being linear; other subjects will remain modular.
This means that students beginning their A-level courses in 2016 may take a combination of reformed and unreformed A-levels.
At Mougins School the subjects chosen will either be CIE International, Pearson IAL, Edexcel Linear or BTEC Level 3 Higher.
The AS qualification is worth 50% of the A level, and the standard is based on the level that a student is expected to reach after one year of post-16 study (i.e. at the end of Form12) The second half of the course (usually taken in Form 13) is called the A2 and will reach the standard of Advanced level.
The AS qualification counts as a complete qualification if a student does not wish to progress to the Advanced level course
Subjects offered: Art, Computing, History
The AS qualification is worth 50% of the A level, and the standard is based on the level that a student is expected to reach after one year of post-16 study (i.e. at the end of Form12). The second half of the course (usually taken in Form 13) is called the A2 and will reach the standard of Advanced level.
The AS qualification counts as a complete qualification if a student does not wish to progress to the Advanced level course.
Subjects offered: Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Geography
The most significant change is that the AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and the full A level will be decoupled into separate qualifications.
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Subjects offered: English Literature, French, Music
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Subjects offered: Physical Education (Sports Science).
These courses are designed for students who wish to improve on existing grades or to gain a qualification in a second language.
- French (GCSE)
- French (Beginner)
- English Language (IGCSE)
- English (2nd language)
Other subjects in which you wish to improve your grades can only be scheduled with existing Form 11 groups where the timetable permits.
If there is a timetable clash, you will be advised by your tutor which subject(s) should have priority.
What will students be expected to study?
Most students will study four subjects to examination level in Form12 and will
Most students will therefore choose:
- Three subjects which they plan to study to A2 level – they will take AS examinations in these subjects during or at the end of Form12
- Plus two more subjects which will be studied to AS level only – it is recommended that students choose contrasting subjects for these courses, in order to demonstrate a breadth of achievement
- A few students may choose to study four full A levels
- Note: students who have already started an AS French course in Form 11 should, in most cases, consider this to be an additional AS
In addition to the academic course, students are expected to participate in Health and Fitness programmes and a variety of Community Service Activities (see the Sixth Form handbook for more details) spread over a two-year period.
Course Change Requests
Early in Form 12 or after the October Review, a student may wish to change courses. The procedure to do this is as follows:
- Arrange to see the relevant Form Tutor, who will check to see if the proposed change is possible to timetable, and to discuss the academic implications.
- If it is possible to timetable the proposed change and you still wish to have the request considered, you will be given a form which must be completed by the subject co-ordinator affected by the change, your tutor
- The final decision will be made by the Headmaster. If the course change is approved, the student and staff involved will be informed.
- No student is allowed to change courses unless this approval has been given.
Summaries of all the courses on offer can be found later in this guide. Staff will be happy to provide any further information, and students are strongly advised to talk with individual subject teachers before making final decisions about which options to choose.