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(16 to 18 years of age)

Our Sixth Form students are role models for the rest of the student body. Students of proven academic merit and maturity are accepted into the Sixth Form to take a two-year course, leading to the General Certificate of Education at Advanced level. The College offers courses in the following GCE Advanced Level subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English Literature
  • Physics
  • English Language
  • Chemistry
  • Spanish
  • Biology
  • German
  • Computing
  • French
  • Geography
  • Drama & Theatre Studies
  • History
  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Classic Civilization

At this level students usually take four subjects of which three will be taken into Year 13. Most combinations are available, subject to the constraints of the timetable. All students in the Sixth Form (Years 12 & 13) participate in either a programme of Physical Education or Health and Fitness. All students follow a programme of extra-curricular courses and activities which are designed to broaden their awareness in topics of social and educational interest such as critical thinking and problem solving, politics, philosophy, public speaking and debating, drama and charity work.

Each Advanced Level subject demands a considerable amount of private study and Sixth Form students are allocated time during the school day for private, supervised study in the specially equipped Media Centre and may use the College library research facilities.

Sports & Drama

Sixth Form students are fully involved in all areas of sport and regularly field teams in inter-schools competitions. There are opportunities for students to take courses in First Aid, Life-saving and Sports Leadership as well as visiting a local gym and even playing sports on the beach. The Sixth Form Show is an annual event devised by the Sixth Form to display musical, acting and dancing talents. This is a highlight of the school calendar.

Technology

An on-going investment programme in new technologies supports the academic curriculum in both Primary and Secondary schools. The school boasts interactive whiteboard technology throughout the school which facilitates student-centred learning, on-line support and a vast array of stimulating learning experiences. Pre-programmed iPads are used generally across the school, as an additional enhancement to the learning process..

Horizons

In addition to the Advanced Level programmes of study, students have weekly tutorials, Physical Education classes and a Horizons course which fosters knowledge of the wider world, philosophy, critical thinking and debating skills, indeed any topic which develops their intellectual and academic levels. Sixth Form students are expected to contribute to the wider life of the school through sport, drama, service, Primary support and/or student mentoring.

University Entrance

In the second and third terms of Year 12, a comprehensive programme of advice and help is given to all students to prepare for university entrance. Full coverage of the UCAS system for universities in the UK, including Oxbridge entrance, as well as requirements for the United States, Spain and other universities worldwide is provided. Help is given individually by the Head of Sixth Form, as well as in tutor groups and consists of talks and lectures, ‘mock’ interviews, information booklets, prospectuses, visits by guest speakers and computer-based programmes to enable students to select appropriate courses.

The College is justifiably proud of its strong tradition of university successes. Since our first Advanced Level examinations in June 1985, we have consistently placed students in some of the most prestigious universities worldwide. Almost all of our students choose to continue their education at university, studying for degrees ranging from Medicine, Astrophysics and Law to Fine Art, Hispanic Studies with Philosophy, English Literature, Artificial Intelligence, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Geology and many others.

For more information download the Sixth Form Guide

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Year 12 Options 2017-2019

Below are the different subjects offered in Year 12. Detailed subject specifications can be found by clicking on the syllabus link. For a number of subjects there are compulsory trips that are an integral part of that course.

Subject

Exam Board/Syllabus Link

Assessment/Course Structure

Further information

(combination subjects/further reading/)

Compulsory Trips

Summary of subject (50 words)

English Language

Cambridge International

syllabus.pdf

Year 12:

Paper 1(Passages)

Candidates answer two questions from a choice of three

Paper 2 (Writing)

Candidates answer two questions from a choice of six

Year 13:

Paper 3 (Text Analysis)

Candidates must answer two questions

Paper 4 (Language Topics)

Candidates must answer questions on two topics from a choice of three

Learners are able to take the AS Level as a standalone AS in both Language and Literature. The syllabus content for Cambridge International AS Level is half of a Cambridge International A Level programme.

All papers are equally weighted.

A Level Language allows you to appreciate how different texts are shaped by their language and style. You will have the opportunity to discuss: blogs, articles, speeches and consider the reasons behind their production. In addition, you will be challenged to be creative, persuasive and argumentative.

Language supports all subjects at A Level

English Literature

Cambridge International

syllabus.pdf

Year 12:

Paper 3 (Poetry and Prose)

Candidates answer two questions, each from a different section.

Paper 4 (Drama)

Candidates answer two questions on two plays

Year 13:

Paper 5 (Shakespeare and other pre-20th Century Texts)

Candidates answer two questions on separate texts

Paper 6 (1900 to the Present)

Candidates answer one question on each of two different texts

A Literature A Level teaches you…

- the ability to write clearly and effectively

-skills in developing arguments

-skills in researching and managing information

-the ability to analyse complex texts.

These are all life skills. Literature supports all subjects at A Level.

Classical Civilisation

OCR

AS & A-level-gce-
classical-civilisation

Year 12:

● The World of the Hero - A study of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’.

● Culture & the Arts - A study of Greek Theatre scripts, performances and artistic representations.

Year 13:

● The World of the Hero - A comparison of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ with Virgil’s Roman Epic ‘The Aeneid’.

● Culture & the Arts - A study of Greek Theatre scripts, performances and artistic representations.

● Beliefs & Ideas - Greek Religion & Philosophy.

Prior knowledge or learning related to this subject is not a requirement.

A-level Classics combines well with English Literature, History, Drama and Art.

Click on the link below for the examination board’s Classics factsheet: why-study-a-level-classical-civilisation-qualification-factsheet.pdf

Visits to Italy / Greece are organised as part of the course

The fascinating cultures of our Graeco-Roman heritage are explored in this course, using both literary and visual evidence from Antiquity. Those students wishing to combine a passion for the Ancient World with the development of analytical skills should apply for this course. University admissions officers look very favourably upon students with qualifications in Classics.

Maths

Edexcel International

edexcel-international-advanced-levels/mathematics.html

2 exams at the end of Year 12:

C12 - 2.5hrs and S1 - 1.5hrs

(C12 is ⅔ of IAS qualification, S1 is ⅓ of the qualification)

2 exams at the end of Year 13:

C34 - 2.5hrs and S2 - 1.5hrs

(As with Year 12 modules, C34 is weighted for ⅔ of the total, and S2 for ⅓)

M1 and M2 could be used for students studying Maths and Physics but not Further Maths to better complement the Physics A level course. D1 is a possible option for those studying for Computing A level. It is possible to cash in the Year 12 exams for an IAS level qualification and not proceed through to Year 13.

The Maths department encourages students to adopt a university-style approach to their work. The subject combines well with both sciences and humanities, and facilitates access to a wide range of undergraduate course. Some quotes from current students:

Further Maths

Edexcel International

edexcel-international-advanced-levels/mathematics.htm

3 exams at the end of Year 12:

F1, M1 & M2 - all 1.5hrs

(All units are  weighted equally at ⅓ of total marks)

3 exams at the end of Year 13:

F2, F3 & M3 - all 1.5hrs

(All units are weighted equally at ⅓ of total marks)

D1 and  D2 are also possible options if not used in the Maths A level. Again, it is possible to cash in the Year 12 exams for an IAS level qualification and not proceed through to Year 13.

A Level Further Maths is a true challenge, and is only undertaken by the most able mathematicians, but in return it makes you a strong candidate for the top universities.

Biology

Edexcel International Advanced Level

Assessed by three written examinations taken in Year 12: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3and three furtherexaminations taken in Year 13: Unit 4, Unit 5 and Unit 6

Units 3 and 6 are worth 10% each of overall A level and Units 1,2,4 and 5 each contribute 20%

A syllabus link is provided below:

edexcel-international-advanced-levels/biology

It is possible to cash in the Year 12 exams for an IAS level qualification and not proceed through to Year 13.

A Biology field trip is organised as part of the course.

A level Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics including molecular biology, genetics, forensic science, human physiology and ecosystems.Many students study biology with a view to choosing a career in medicine or other biology related degree courses.Others choose a wide range of subjects such as law, journalism or teaching, where the knowledge of scientific method can be advantageous.

Chemistry

Edexcel International Advanced Level

Assessed by three written examinations taken in Year 12: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3and three furtherexaminations taken in Year 13: Unit 4, Unit 5 and Unit 6

Units 3 and 6 are worth 10% each of overall A level and Units 1,2,4 and 5 each contribute 20%

A syllabus link is provided below:

edexcel-international-advanced-levels/chemistry

It is possible to cash in the Year 12 exams for an IAS level qualification and not proceed through to Year 13.

Chemistry is an exciting subject to study at A level as it helps you to understand more clearly almost everything that happens in your body and around you.

The existence of life is based on chemical reactions. Human beings are walking test tubes whose chemical reactions provide the energy for all movement and activities.

Chemistry is a subject that is useful in medicine, engineering, biotechnology, microbiology, genetics and so on. Its applications are wide in industries like pharmaceuticals, drugs, dyes, paints, polymers and many more.

Physics

Edexcel International Advanced Level

Assessed by three written examinations taken in Year 12: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3and three furtherexaminations taken in Year 13: Unit 4, Unit 5 and Unit 6

Units 3 and 6 are worth 10% each of overall A level and Units 1,2,4 and 5 each contribute 20%

A syllabus link is provided below:

edexcel-international-advanced-levels/physics

It is possible to cash in the Year 12 exams for an IAS level qualification and not proceed through to Year 13.

Physics continues to be a very popular choice at A level. We follow the Edexcel syllabus and employ a practical approach with plenty of opportunities to apply the concepts covered in novel problem solving situations. Support is provided by drop in workshops at lunchtimes and after school.

Spanish

Edexcel International Advanced Level

IAL Edexcel

Unit 1 is a speaking test in which students have to show evidence of research of two topics of their choice. The exam takes between 8 to 10 minutes and students have to complete 2 sections: in Section A students have to show their understanding of a stimulus and in Section B students have to answer a range of questions on 1 of their chosen topics. It represents 30.8% of the total IAS marks.

Unit 2 is a 2h30 paper divided into 3 sections: Listening, Reading and Writing. For the writing section students have to write 240-280 words responding to a stimulus task with 4 related bullet points in the target language. It represents 69.2% of the total IAS marks.

A syllabus link is provided below

IAL-Spanish-Specification.pdf

Languages combine well with all subjects.

MFL students learn to use Spanish / French / German independently and acquire a deeper understanding of the language and culture. Learning languages is a skill to enhance career or travel prospects. Languages are highly regarded by all universities and combine well with all university courses. “The more languages you know, the more you are human”. (Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk)

Spanish is the second most spoken language after Chinese, with more than 567 million speakers and is significatively growing in popularity as a second language. It is also the second most used language in Facebook and Twitter. Therefore, it is not surprising that speaking Spanish as well as English is considered an asset in the business world.

Spanish is the second most spoken language after Chinese, with more than 567 million speakers and is significatively growing in popularity as a second language. It is also the second most used language in Facebook and Twitter. Therefore, it is not surprising that speaking Spanish as well as English is considered an asset in the business world.

 French

Edexcel International Advanced Level

IAL Edexcel

Unit 1 is a speaking test in which students have to show evidence of research of two topics of their choice. The exam takes between 8 to 10 minutes and students have to complete 2 sections: in Section A students have to show their understanding of a stimulus and in Section B students have to answer a range of questions on 1 of their chosen topics. It represents 30.8% of the total IAS marks.

Unit 2 is a 2h30 paper divided into 3 sections: Listening, Reading and Writing. For the writing section students have to write 240-280 words responding to a stimulus task with 4 related bullet points in the target language. It represents 69.2% of the total IAS marks.

A syllabus link is provided below

IAL-French-Specification.pdf

MFL students learn to use Spanish / French / German independently and acquire a deeper understanding of the language and culture. Learning languages is a skill to enhance career or travel prospects. Languages are highly regarded by all universities and combine well with all university courses. “The more languages you know, the more you are human”. (Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk).

French is a language that is spoken on all 5 continents, so it is an incredible asset to open many doors. It is an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations. It is not only a language for the job market, but also the language of culture. Learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love.

  German

Edexcel International Advanced Level

IAL Edexcel

Unit 1 is a speaking test in which students have to show evidence of research of two topics of their choice. The exam takes between 8 to 10 minutes and students have to complete 2 sections: in Section A students have to show their understanding of a stimulus and in Section B students have to answer a range of questions on 1 of their chosen topics. It represents 30.8% of the total IAS marks.

Unit 2 is a 2h30 paper divided into 3 sections: Listening, Reading and Writing. For the writing section students have to write 240-280 words responding to a stimulus task with 4 related bullet points in the target language. It represents 69.2% of the total IAS marks.

A syllabus link is provided below

IAL-German-Specification.pdf

MFL students learn to use Spanish / French / German independently and acquire a deeper understanding of the language and culture. Learning languages is a skill to enhance career or travel prospects. Languages are highly regarded by all universities and combine well with all university courses. “The more languages you know, the more you are human”. (Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk).

German is the most widely spoken native language in Europe  and German companies are global market leaders which means studying German opens doors in the business world.

Art

Edexcel Advanced Level

ART AND DESIGN

ENDORSEMENT: FINE ART

GCE-A-level-Art-and-Design-
specification-Issue-4.pdf

Linear course  - No AS Level qualification offered.

Year12. COMPONENT 1

a) Practical Work

b) Personal Study of no less than 1000 words. This must link to their Practical Investigation.

Year 13. COMPONENT 1 & COMPONENT 2.

Continue with Practical Work and Personal Study

Component 2.

Externally Assessed Assignment. Internally assessed and Externally Moderated. Issue date of Examination paper is the1st February. Examination time allocation is 15 hours.

This is a two-year linear course which will be examined at the end of Year 13.

London field trip run in conjunction with Geography and Drama (this will run in late January).

The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Art and Design are to enable students to test their intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities.They will develop, through sustained study, their investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and  expressive skills. Their practical preparatory work, in their journals, will culminate in final personal responsesthat demonstrate aesthetic understanding and critical judgement. Students will learn independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes. The Art Department provides the space to pursue, with passion and freedom, students´ chosen themes so that they may evolve into confident artists who can integrate themselves into the industry seamlessly.

Drama

Edexcel Advanced Level

Drama and Theatre

A-level_drama
_spec.pdf

Linear course  - No AS Level qualification offered.

Year 12

● Component 1 - Devising. Completed in Summer Term of Year 12 but externally moderated in Year 13. Includes a written portfolio of 2500-3000 words

Year 13

● Component 2 - Text in Performance - Students perform a key extract from a play and a monologue - Externally assessed by a visiting examiner in Spring Term of Year 13.

● Component 3 - Theatre Makers in Practice - Written examination in Summer Term of Year 13 - 2 hours and 30 minutes

Art and English Literature work well alongside Drama as combination subjects.

LAMDA qualification also offered and can offer further UCAS points.

edexcel-a-levels/drama-and-theatre-2016

A few local theatre trips across the 2 years to the Salon in Fuengirola.

London Trip to view a variety of live performances for devising component and Component 3 written examination question.

“Expression, creativity and learning how the written word is brought to life through performance and design.” A-Level Drama and Theatre allows students to develop their knowledge and passion of all elements of drama and theatre. Students devise original work, study a range of classic and contemporary plays, practically explore the work of various practitioners and theatre styles and take part in numerous performances. With visits to the local theatre and an annual trip to see a range of shows in London, the A-Level provides the foundations for those wishing to further study acting and all aspects of the dramatic arts.

Computing

Cambridge International Examinations

4 units all weighted equally at 25% towards the overall A level(2 units worth 50% each at AS level).

Unit 1 - Theory Fundamentals

Unit 2 -  Fundamental Problem-solving and Programming Skills

Unit 3 -  Advanced Theory

Unit 4 -  Further Problem-solving and Programming Skills

Learners are able to take the AS Level as a standalone AS.

The ideal candidate should have gained a grade B at IGCSE Mathematics and be studying AS Mathematics.

It is not compulsory to have studied Computer Science at IGCSE level.

We are entering another Industrial Revolution and more than ever this digital age needs computer scientists. This subject will not only advance your knowledge and understanding of how computers work but will absorb you in the practical challenges that you will face. Not only are you studying an A level course but you are developing your skills in logical thinking, critical analysis, independent problem solving and teamwork whilst learning several different programming languages.

Business

Studies

Edexcel International Advanced Level

IAL_SPEC_BusStud_
Issue_1.pdf

Year 12

● Unit 1: Business Enterprise

● Unit 2: Business Structures & Processes

Year 13

● Unit 3: Strategic Business Decisions.

● Unit 4: Business in a Global Context.

Having taken GCSE Business Studies is not a requirement, but students without a GCSE background will need strong maths (GCSE B or above) and need to be prepared to do extra preparatory work, both over the summer and before each topic.

The course gives students an incredibly powerful start to launch them on to becoming a business person. All the key topics of starting and running a business are covered. Students will gain knowledge of increasing profits, recruiting and managing employees, operations management plus marketing. They will think of strategies to take on the competition, to improve products and to improve employee relations whilst considering the impact of economic, cultural, political or technological changes on an organisation.

History

Edexcel International Advanced Level

IAL-History-Specification.pdf

Year 12

● Unit 1: Russia, 1881-1917

● Unit 2: China, 1900-1976

Year 13

● Unit 3: Germany, 1870-1991

● Unit 4: Cold War & Hot War in Asia, 1945-1990

All papers are equally weighted.

The possibility of attending field trips to London, China, Poland and Russia remains strong.

 

The History option choices are engaging and represent a new and genuine challenge. The course content is modern, well balanced with stimulating themes covered.

Geography

Edexcel International Advanced Level

IAL-Geography-Specification.pdf

Two papers sat at the end of Year 12

● Paper 1 Going Global (60%)

● Paper 2 Geographical Investigations (40%)

A strong interest in current affairs is an advantage. Curricular links with Economics and Business Studies.

London Field Visit - focused around regeneration and transport issues/ solutions.

Geography at AS level offers students the opportunity to examine a range of contemporary issues such as Climate Change and Migration. These issuesare dealt with from both a political and economic perspective. Students also have to complete fieldwork and geographical enquiries into changes taking place in urban environments.

Economics

Edexcel International Advanced Level

Advanced
levels_Economics_
Specification_
Issue2.pdf

Year 12

● Unit 1: Markets in Action.

● Unit 2: Macroeconomic Performance

Year 13

● Unit 3: Business Behaviour.

● Unit 4: Developments in the Global Economy.

This course assumes no previous knowledge, but students need strong Maths skills, i.e. to be taking A-Level Maths.

A strong interest in current affairs is an advantage.

The A level Economics course gives students an overview of the key elements of micro and macro economics. The microeconomics section examines the workings of markets, both commodity markets and modern consumer markets. The macroeconomics section looks at macro objectives, government policy and a focus on recent global developments.

Politics

Edexcel

AS-Politics-
Specification-
Draft.pdf

Year 12

● Component 1: UK Government

● Component 2: UK Politics

Year 13

● Component 1: UK Government & Core Political Ideas

● Component 2: UK Politics & non-Core Ideas

● Component 3: Comparative Politics

This is a linear A level course. There is a ‘stand alone’ AS qualification & the A level exams cover the Year 12 and Year 13 topics.

A Politics London trip is scheduled to be run next academic year.

At AS Level, students will study UK political systems and government, which will give them a soundknowledge and understanding of politics. Students will then develop this knowledge and understanding at A Level,with four core political ideas (socialism etc.) covered. In addition to a comparative study of different political systems.