Sixth Form Life

 

Life at The King's

As well as the academic element to sixth form life at The King’s, there is also the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities which will help students with their career choices, financial awareness and applications for employment or university. We also run a robust programme of tutor activities at the start of each day to support students during their time in the sixth form.  Students are also encouraged to take part in a team-building day at the start of the academic year which will help them forge relationships with fellow students. 

Throughout the year, there will be opportunities to discuss progress and events will be hosted to celebrate success and achievements.

Attendance

Each student’s attendance is closely monitored. If unauthorised/authorised attendance falls below 95%, a letter will be sent home. If attendance falls below 92%, parents will be contacted directly to help us address any problems the student may be experiencing.

For the full attendance policy, please click here.

Dress Code

In recognition of maturity and independence, there is no uniform requirement for sixth form.  However, we do require that all students are in ‘business’ dress.

We believe that all students should take a pride in their appearance, in particular sixth form students who are a role model for the rest of the school.

‘Business’ dress consists of  the following:

 

Male Students

Female Students

Tie

Required (provided).

Required (provided).

Jumper

Plain v-neck or smart cardigan.  Hooded tops are not permitted.

Plain v-neck or smart cardigan.  Hooded tops are not permitted.

Shirt / Blouse

Shirt of any colour and must be of business, not leisure, style.  Any pattern must be discreet.  Must have a collar that can take a tie.  Shirts must be tucked in.

Shirt or blouse of any colour and must be of business, not leisure, style.  Any pattern must be discreet.  Must have a collar that can take a tie.  Shirts must be tucked in although this may not be necessary for tailored shirts.

Trousers / Skirt

Trousers must be traditionally tailored, not stretchy or tight.

Skirts must be business-like and knee-length.  Both skirts and trousers must be traditionally tailored and not stretchy or tight.

Shoes

Shoes must be compatible with business wear.  They can be black, grey or navy and made of leather, patent leather or suede.  No canvas, trainers or casual boots

Shoes must be compatible with business wear.  They can be black, grey or navy and made of leather, patent leather or suede.  No canvas, trainers or casual boots Heels should be of a reasonable height.  Tights must be plain black and opaque or natural.

Coat

Coats must be taken off in tutor, lessons and during worship.

Coats must be taken off in tutor, lessons and during worship.

Hats

Hats should only be worn outside the school building.

Hats should only be worn outside the school building.

 

 

UCAS and Higher Education
 

Higher education doesn’t just mean studying for a degree.  There are three main levels of higher education that students can choose from. 

Degrees typically last three or four years, full-time and allow students to enter graduate professions. 

A foundation degree is an employment-related higher education qualification, which takes two years full-time.  It allows the opportunity to progress to further professional qualifications or to an honours degree. 

Higher National Diploma (HND) and Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) usually take two years and are also qualifications in their own right.  They can be converted into a degree by taking one or two years extra study. There is also the option of applying for Level 3 Apprenticeships after A Levels.

Choosing the structure of your course, and entry requirements

There are different types and structures of higher education programmes available.
These include:-

  • Full-time (3 to 4 years)
  • Sandwich (typically 4 years, including an industry based placement)
  • Combined
  • Joint
  • Modular
  • Part-time (6 years)
  • Distance learning

Choosing your University

A vocational degree leads to a career path, but not necessarily a job straightaway once students have graduated. Therefore, students need to have a very clear idea of the career they would like to follow if they chose this option. Alternatively, students can follow the middle path and opt for a semi-vocational course.

Examples of vocational degrees:
Dentistry, nursing, veterinary, medical, midwifery, teacher training.

Examples of non-vocational degrees:
Philosophy, geography, history, english literature.

Examples of semi vocational degrees:
Business management, IT, economic, engineering.

Subject Availability & deciding which subjects to study

Students should find out which universities offer the course they are interested in by using the UCAS Course Search facility

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/choosing-undergraduate-course

UCAS provides information on course summaries, entry requirements, fees and finance as well as how to apply; links are also provided to official University websites. Other useful guides can be found at:

Applying for Higher Education

The process of applying for courses in Higher Education is very competitive.  If students are applying for the most popular courses or universities, it is important that they keep their options open.

 

End of September

  All draft personal statements to tutor

 

  All draft applications for Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine and Vet Science to tutor

15th October

 Final applications for Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine and Vet Science must be submitted to mentors.

31st October

 All applications for Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine and Vet Science must reach UCAS

Mid December

 Target date for all applications to be submitted to tutors

 

15th January

 Final date for all applications to reach UCAS.

 

March

 Begin applying for student finance.

 

August

 Publication for A-Level results.

 

 

Selecting Your Courses
 

At The King’s School, we are proud to offer personalised courses suitable to the needs of individual learners.  
It is important that students select the courses which are appropriate to them in terms of both their ability and their plans for the future. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF GATHERING INFORMATION IN ORDER TO MAKE EDUCATED CHOICES CANNOT BE OVER EMPHASISED.

Courses on offer at the Sixth Form

There are three different course routes:

 Advance Course (A Levels)
  • A Levels are based on a specific and detailed subject content, e.g. Biology, English Language, Media Studies etc. and are two year courses starting in Y12.
  • To begin an A Level course students must have at least five GCSEs at Grade C or above (including English Language and Maths).
  • A Levels are typically taken in groupings of four subjects in Y12 and in Y13, but this is dependent on GCSE level grades.
  • Some subject require students to have Bs at GCSE: English Language, Mathematics and a Science: Physics, Chemistry and Biology

 

 Other Level 3 Courses (BTECs, CACHE Diploma)
  • These courses are taken over two years and vary in size; typically BTECs are equivalent to one A Level and CACHE is equal to three
  • To begin one of these courses, students need to have at least four GCSEs at Grade C or above.
  • The courses are based on a vocation, for example Health and Social Care, Applied Science, PE, ICT etc.
  • All courses within the BTEC and CACHE suites satisfy university entry requirements.
  • CACHE is a national and international recognised qualification which upon completion can lead to employment within the early years sector.

 

 Vocation Based Courses (NVQ Diploma in Catering)

The course is taken over two years and consists of two branches:

  • Food Preparation & Cooking
  • Food and Beverage Service (includes Hospitality Supervision Level 3)
  • The course has no entry requirements other than students need to show a commitment to working on a functioning kitchen and restaurant.
  • The courses are industry recognised and upon completion employment can be sort.