Kingswood offers a broad range of A Level courses in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Drama & Theatre Studies, Economics, English Literature, Geography, Government & Politics, History, Latin, Mathematics & Further Mathematics, Modern Languages: French, German and Spanish Music, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education, Philosophy, Ethics & Religious Thought. A General Studies programme and Extension Seminars are also part of the academic diet. Find out more in our Sixth Form Academic Programme.
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Major changes to the A level specifications have been introduced by the Department for Education and, as from September 2016, students will in the main study three A Levels. All but the final legacy subjects will be linear, with all exams taken at the end of the two year course to make up the A Level result. Those who are particularly academically able may be able to study a fourth subject. However, we envisage that this pathway will usually only be taken by Further Mathematicians. Instead, many of our students will take an Extended Project Qualification in a subject of their choosing.
Class sizes are small so that sixth formers are able to flourish and make the most of their abilities. Students are encouraged to become confident independent learners, and develop the knowledge and study skills needed to move on to university successfully.
To enter Kingswood Sixth Form students are expected to achieve at least four Bs and two Cs in their GCSEs or equivalent. However, students must also look at the A level Curriculum booklet as all subjects have specific matriculation requirements for their A level course. All pupils are given regular feedback on the progress they are making and guidance on further ways in which to improve. This will include discussion during lessons, assessed prep., interim grades, parents' evenings and full written reports so that there is never be a period of time when any pupil will be uncertain about their strengths or personal targets for improvement. To help our students prepare effectively for final external examinations, we also organise formal internal examinations for Year 12 in January and June and for Year 13 in January. UCAS predictions are made in the September of Year 13, after looking at the data gathered on each student's progress throughout the year. From September 2016, students will also be expected to gain a minimum of a D grade in any internal or external exam taken in the summer of 2017 in order to progress to the second year of the A Level course.