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Progression Programme

This page is designed to help guide you in your applications for summer schools, study programmes, university lectures and external reading. Please liaise with Mr Short before making an application , and always ensure that your application is sent to him (particularly personal statements) well ahead of the programme deadline for checking. It is not always possible to maintain the latest information on all of the programmes offered, so you should check individual university websites carefully and regularly.

Art / Architecture / Design | Biology | Chemistry | Classics | Economics | Engineering | English | Geography | Government & Politics | History | Law | Maths | Medicine | Modern Foreign Languages | Physics | Psychology | RS / Philosophy | Sociology


Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Non-Specific

UCL Lloyds Scholars Spring School:
designed for Y12 students who receive £1000 bursary each year of their degree & aimed at lower income families

Social Mobility Foundation:
an excellent scheme which offers successful applicants from lower income families the following
Mentoring by a professional via email; Tailored skills sessions and career workshops; University application support and guidance, & Internships with top employers

 

 

 

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Art / Architecture / Design

UCL Gateway Conference: Creative Spaces Wednesday February 16th 2017
This conference involves both an inspiring lecture as well as advice on applying to competitive universities

Sutton Trust Pathways Programmes
An excellent opportunity for Y12 students to gain access to leading professions: law, medicine, coding and STEM.  Information on eligibility and appliation procedures can be accessed above.

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

King’s College London STEM Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is now available and involves a week long programme of inspiring lectures and targeted advice – the deadline for applications is in May 2017 but we would urge you to apply earlier if you are interested

University of the Arts summer schools
Various short courses at University of the Arts to inform and prepare students for portfolios and future creative degrees. Search short courses- 11-19 year olds.

University of Westminster Architecture Programme
Taster courses and portfolio presentation for architecture at the University of Westminster

UCL Introduction to Architecture @ The Bartlett
Details are now available for this summer course at one of the most prestigious schools of architecture in London – please note that there is a significant cost attached to this programme.

London Met Summer Schools
Applications are now open for a full programme of different courses based nearby, at either Holloway or Aldgate campuses.

 

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Biology

Cambridge University MasterClass: Genetics and Biochemistry November 12th 2016 This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

 

Cambridge University MasterClass: Genetics and Biochemistry April 1st 2017 This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

Sutton Trust Pathways Programmes
An excellent opportunity for Y12 students to gain access to leading professions: law, medicine, coding and STEM.  Information on eligibility and appliation procedures can be accessed above.

 

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Imperial College Global Summer Schools 2017
Applications can be made from January 9th for this programme, led by one of the top ranked universities in the world.

King’s College London STEM Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is now available and involves a week-long programme of inspiring lectures and targeted advice - the deadline for applications is in May 2017 but we would urge you to apply earlier if you are interested.

Imperial College Residential Summer Schools
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in August.

UCL College Residential Summer Schools
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in July.

London Met Summer Schools
Applications are now open for a full programme of different courses based nearby, at either Holloway or Aldgate campuses.

Biology Olympiad:
The British BiologyOlympiad challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. It enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and publicly recognised by the award of medals, certificates and other prizes.

The BBO consists of two one hour multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions. In 2017 it will take place between 20th - 27th January 2017

And

Intermediate Biology Olympiad

The online paper will consist of multiple choice questions. Questions will be set on topics students are likely to have covered at GCSE and in their first year of A level.

The next Intermediate Biology Olympiad will take place in June 2017, date to be confirmed.

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Chemistry

Cambridge University MasterClass: Genetics and Biochemistry November 12th 2016 This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Cambridge University MasterClass: Chemistry November 26th 2016
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Cambridge University MasterClass: Chemistry April 7th 2017
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

Sutton Trust Pathways Programmes
An excellent opportunity for Y12 students to gain access to leading professions: law, medicine, coding and STEM.  Information on eligibility and appliation procedures can be accessed above.

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Imperial College Global Summer Schools 2017
Applications can be made from January 9th 2017 for this programme led by one of the top-ranked universities in the world.

King’s College London STEM Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is now available and involves a week long programme of inspiring lectures and targeted advice – the deadline for applications is in May 2017 but we would urge you to apply earlier if you are interested.

Imperial College Residential Summer Schools
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in August.

London Met Summer Schools
Applications are now open for a full programme of different courses based nearby, at either Holloway or Aldgate campuses.

Chemistry Challenge:
This competition aims to stretch and challenge students interested in chemistry, and will provide an excellent experience for anyone considering taking their studies further. Set by an experienced team of teachers and university chemists, it is designed to be accessible to Year 12 students but will take them significantly beyond the syllabus and encourage them to think about science in the way they would at university

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Classics

Cambridge University MasterClass: Classics February 18th 2017
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

Wadham College, Oxford Classics Summer School:
This is a free five-day residential course taking place in August, focusing upon Classical Literature, Archaeology and Ancient History. The deadline is Friday 19th May.

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Warwick University Residential Summer Schools
This week-long residential course is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in July.

Study Tour of Athens
This will take place during the Spring Term and offer Classics students an excellent opportunity to witness the sites of an ancient city which became the epicentre of political and cultural change in the fifth century BC

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Economics

LSE Public Lectures 2016-2017
There are numerous lectures open to the public which you can attend on weekday evenings – the full programme is available here

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

LSE Choice Programme
An outstanding summer school programme followed by a series of Saturday lectures throughout Year 13; applications for 2017 entry will shortly be open

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Warwick University Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in July.

Young Investment Banker Programme

Many 15-18 year-olds aspire to be investement bankers.  However, the availability of work experience is extremely limited for this age-group.  The Young Investment Banker programme, held at UCL brings top professionals into a room to provide you with everything you would seek to gain from work experience at a world-class investement bank.  Please click on the link to apply for this one day course which takes place on Sunday 30th April 2017.

London Met Summer Schools
Applications are now open for a full programme of different courses based nearby, at either Holloway or Aldgate campuses.

 

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

LSE Podcasts and Videos
These cover all public events held at the LSE and give you the opportunity to catch up on any public event held there which you missed

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Engineering

Queen Mary University Engineering Spring School:
This programme takes place during the February half-term with a deadline of Friday 2nd December for applications. The areas covered include aerospace, mechanical, medical, electronic and computer engineering

Cambridge University MasterClass: Engineering April 1st 2017
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

Sutton Trust Pathways Programmes
An excellent opportunity for Y12 students to gain access to leading professions: law, medicine, coding and STEM.  Information on eligibility and appliation procedures can be accessed above.

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Imperial College Global Summer Schools 2017
Applications can be made from January 9th for this programme led by one of the top ranked universities in the world.

King’s College London STEM Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is now available and involves a week long programme of inspiring lectures and targeted advice – the deadline for applications is in May 2017 but we would urge you to apply earlier if you are interested.

Imperial College Residential Summer Schools
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in August.

London Met Summer Schools
Applications are now open for a full programme of different courses based nearby, at either Holloway or Aldgate campuses.

 

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

English

Cambridge University MasterClass: English April 1st & 7th 2017
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Kings College Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in August.

UCL Summer Schools
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in July.

Visit to Keats’ House,
Hampstead
This visit also includes a workshop for Y12 students

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

The British Library
Use online resources or sign up for an on line account to access endless resources, courses and talks.

Entry Pass: The National Theatre
Entry Pass is a free membership scheme for anyone aged 16 – 25
As an Entry Pass member, you receive:

  • Access to exclusive workshops and events
  • Regular updates and news
  • £5 tickets to all NT productions
  • Discounts at the NT Bookshop, cafés, Backstage Tours and Costumes and Props Hire

Young Barbican
Young Barbican scheme gives you discounted access to unmissable art and entertainment. Every year, Young Barbican offers members over 50,000 tickets across art, film, music, theatre and dance for only £5, £10 or £15 with new film releases just £5 (Monday–Thursday).
Free to join and you pay no booking fees.

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Geography

Cambridge University MasterClass: Geography April 8th 2017
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Kings College Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in August.

 

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Government and Politics

Cambridge University MasterClass: Politics and International Studies November 5th 2016
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

 

LSE Public Lectures 2016-2017
There are numerous lectures open to the public which you can attend on weekday evenings – the full programme is available here

Cambridge University MasterClass: Classics February 18th 2017
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

LSE Choice Programme
An outstanding summer school programme followed by a series of Saturday lectures throughout Year 13; applications for 2017 entry will shortly be open

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Kings College Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in August.

Warwick Universitye Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in July.

London Met Summer Schools
Applications are now open for a full programme of different courses based nearby, at either Holloway or Aldgate campuses.

Trips for Politics

Y12: MPs Conference (December). Visit to Parliament (March)

Y13:  Campus to Congress Conference (Academics and former members of congress (Nov)

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

History

Cambridge University MasterClass: History November 5th 2016
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Cambridge University MasterClass: Archaeology November 12th 2016
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

LSE Public Lectures 2016-2017
There are numerous lectures open to the public which you can attend on weekday evenings – the full programme is available here

Cambridge University MasterClass: History & Politics February 18th 2017
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

LSE Choice Programme
An outstanding summer school programme followed by a series of Saturday lectures throughout Year 13; applications for 2017 entry will shortly be open

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Warwick University Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in July.

 

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Law

LSE: Alison Wetherfield Programme
A programme consisting of three masterclasses, an annual conference, and the opportunity to be mentored throughout Y12

Cambridge University MasterClass: Law November 26th 2016
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

LSE Public Lectures 2016-2017
There are numerous lectures open to the public which you can attend on weekday evenings – the full programme is available here

 

 

LSE Choice Programme
An outstanding summer school programme followed by a series of Saturday lectures throughout Year 13; applications for 2017 entry will shortly be open

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Kings College Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in August.

UCL Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in July.

Warwick University Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in July.

UCL Young Lawyer programme

This programme will put you into the shoes of an experienced lawyer, to gain a real understanding of what the profession involves and how exactly to get to the top.  You will focus upon the hard skills (how the job is actually done) as well as the crucial soft skills required to make it in any profession.  More importantly, participation in the programme will demonstrate to recruiters that you have a true commitment to developing yourself into a successful professional.  This event will take place on Sunday 30th July and early applications are vital.

London Met Summer Schools
Applications are now open for a full programme of different courses based nearby, at either Holloway or Aldgate campuses.

 

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Maths & Further Maths

King’s Factor Programme at King’s College, London:
This is a Maths club aimed at Y12 & Y13 students, which offers them challenging problems aimed at developing and enriching thinking

UCL Mathematics Masterclasses
A series of masterclasses led by Luciano Rila, aimed at preparing students for MAT and STEP level mathematics assessments.  These are weekly classes, to which two of our students are able to go each term.

LSE Public Lectures 2016-2017
There are numerous lectures open to the public which you can attend on weekday evenings – the full programme is available here

Cambridge University MasterClass: Maths April 8th 2017
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

Sutton Trust Pathways Programmes
An excellent opportunity for Y12 students to gain access to leading professions: law, medicine, coding and STEM.  Information on eligibility and appliation procedures can be accessed above.

LSE Choice Programme
An outstanding summer school programme followed by a series of Saturday lectures throughout Year 13; applications for 2017 entry will shortly be open

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Imperial College Global Summer Schools 2017
Applications can be made from January 9th for this programme led by one of the top ranked universities in the world.

King’s College London STEM Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is now available and involves a week long programme of inspiring lectures and targeted advice – the deadline for applications is in May 2017 but we would urge you to apply earlier if you are interested.

Imperial College Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in August.

UCL Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in July.

UK Senior Maths Challenge:
Y12 and Y13 students take part in the UK Senior Maths challenge.  This is done in lessons, on the day allocated by the Further Mathematics Support Programme who run the Challenge.  Students who pass a threshold move on to further rounds of the Challenge.

The Mathematics department also organizes a team for the UK Senior Team Mathematics Challenge.  This is a prestigious and highly entertaining – and extremely difficult – competition between schools across the country.

Maths in Action trip
This is an annual trip offered to students in Further Mathematics classes, to attend a series of presentations in Central London.

Cambridge trip
An annual trip to Cambridge, attending a series of presentations entitled Maths Inspiration, followed by a visit to a Cambridge College for lunch and a talk by an admissions tutor.

Maths Club Support
A programme of involvement in the Maths Club offered to KS3 and KS4 students at APS.  6th form students support their younger peers through regular attendance at Maths Club, working with them.  Coaching and preparation for this role is provided by Mr Baker.

Oxbridge Maths Preparation (based at Highgate School)
These sessions take place on Thursday afternoons at 4pm.  Please email highgatechrysalis@highgateschool.org.ukif you would like to attend for the following dates:

  • January 26th
  • February 9th
  • March 2nd, 16th and 30th

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Medicine

‘Medicine in Action’ lecture series at King’s College, London (KCL)
These lectures are open to state school students and invaluable to anyone preparing to apply for Medicine

Medicine 101 Workshops at KCL
A series of interactive workshops aimed at preparing you for applying for a degree in Medicine

MedView Programme at KCL: Applications are now open for this three day intensive programme which takes place at Easter; the deadline is in early January and students will need to use the following link: https://kings.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/med-view-application-2017

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

Sutton Trust Pathways Programmes
An excellent opportunity for Y12 students to gain access to leading professions: law, medicine, coding and STEM.  Information on eligibility and appliation procedures can be accessed above.

 

 

Target Medicine Programme at University College, London (UCL)
This involves a three day summer school programme in early July on the UCL Medical School campus; you may also apply for their mentoring scheme through this webpage. Information relating to 2017 is now available.

Queen Mary University Medicine & Dentistry Summer School
This programme takes place during the end of June with applications opening on Monday 20 February. The programme covers areas such as clinical skills workshops, a problem-based learning project and writing personal statements

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Imperial College Global Summer Schools 2017
Applications can be made from January 9th for this programme led by one of the top ranked universities in the world.

King’s College London STEM Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is now available and involves a week long programme of inspiring lectures and targeted advice – the deadline for applications is in May 2017 but we would urge you to apply earlier if you are interested.

Bristol University Aspire to Medicine Summer School
A week long programme of activities designed for those planning to apply for medicine at a competitive university; further details will be available soon.

UCL Young Doctor Programme

An exciting one day conference at UCL which includes sessions with medical professionals, practical tasks (including examining x-rays), admission advice, and networking.

Next Top Doctors Programme (UCL)
This is a programme consisting of four sessions throughout February and March, led by two Medicine students who will provide pupils with a series of activities and discussions aimed to provide them with a realistic overview of what a degree in medicine entails

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Modern Foreign Languages

 Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School
this week long residential Summer School

 

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Physics

Physics Lectures at King’s College, London
Use this link to find out more about these monthly lectures which you can attend

Cambridge University MasterClass: Physics November 12th 2016
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Cambridge University MasterClass: Physics April 8th 2017
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

Sutton Trust Pathways Programmes
An excellent opportunity for Y12 students to gain access to leading professions: law, medicine, coding and STEM.  Information on eligibility and appliation procedures can be accessed above.

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Imperial College Global Summer Schools 2017
Applications can be made from January 9th for this programme led by one of the top ranked universities in the world.

King’s College London STEM Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is now available and involves a week long programme of inspiring lectures and targeted advice – the deadline for applications is in May 2017 but we would urge you to apply earlier if you are interested.

Imperial College Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in August.

Warwick University Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in July.

Oxbridge Physics Preparation (based at Highgate School)
These sessions take place on Thursday afternoons at 4pm.  Please email highgatechrysalis@highgateschool.org.uk if you would like to attend for the following dates:

  • February 2nd & 23rd
  • March 9th & 23rd

Hadron Collider Visit at Cern, Switzerland

Physics Olympiad / Challenge
Please use the above link to find out more about this programme which APS Physicists enter each year

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Psychology

UCL Gateway Conference: Identity Wednesday  Julyth 2017
This conference involves both an inspiring lecture as well as advice on applying to competitive universities

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline. 

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

 

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

UCL Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in July.

 

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

RS / Philosophy

UCL Gateway Conference: Human Rights Wednesday February 15th 2017
This conference involves both an inspiring lecture as well as advice on applying to competitive universities

LSE Public Lectures 2016-2017
There are numerous lectures open to the public which you can attend on weekday evenings – the full programme is available here

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline. 

LSE Choice Programme
An outstanding summer school programme followed by a series of Saturday lectures throughout Year 13; applications for 2017 entry will shortly be open

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

Kings College Residential Summer School
This week-long residential course, taking place at one of London's most prestigious universties is part of the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme and takes place in August.

 

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Subject

External Programmes / Lectures

Summer Schools

Site Visits / School-Led Activities

Wider Reading & Experiences: Periodicals & Texts, BBC shows / podcasts, museums, websites, subject specific societies

Sociology

UCL Gateway Conference: Identity Wednesday  Julyth 2017
This conference involves both an inspiring lecture as well as advice on applying to competitive universities

LSE Public Lectures 2016-2017
There are numerous lectures open to the public which you can attend on weekday evenings – the full programme is available here

Cambridge University MasterClass: Sociology April 7th 2017
This will include two lectures by leading academics as well as an overview of how to apply to Cambridge; booking is essential and may cost up to £20 (see Mr Short if you wish to attend but currently receive the 16-19 bursary)

Oxford University Pathways Programme
This is an excellent one day course held in March where you will be given lectures in your chosen subject as well as useful and informative tours of the university itself. You will need at least 5 A* GCSEs and submit your application well ahead of the January deadline.

LSE Choice Programme
An outstanding summer school programme followed by a series of Saturday lectures throughout Year 13; applications for 2017 entry will shortly be open

Oxford UNIQ Summer School:
Applications are made from December onwards with assistance from the Sixth Form team. It is important that you allow Mr Short to see your application prior to sending it off; the school deadline is January 19th

UCL Summer Challenge:
This is a series of inspiring evening lectures for Y12 students taking place in June & July; this year’s programme is yet to be finalised and details will be posted here shortly. To gain a flavour of last year’s lectures please visit their webpage

UCL Summer Schools:
Each year UCL organises a series of non-residential Summer Schools for Y12 students taking place in July & August;  this year’s programme has now been finalised and they will be accepting applications throughout this term.

Cambridge University Summer Schools 2017
The full programme is available in November with applications open in January for this week long residential Summer School.

London Met Summer Schools
Applications are now open for a full programme of different courses based nearby, at either Holloway or Aldgate campuses.

 

Staircase12.org
A website dedicated to help you ‘read around’ your subject and thus demonstrate your ability to extend your knowledge beyond the A level syllabus – there are different recommendations depending upon subject

For further suggestions of wider reading, visits, programmes and periodicals, please refer to the relevant section of the APS Independent Study Guides

Sixth Form Course Entry Requirements

Updated 11th November 2015

Subject

Specific Entry Requirements

Note

Art & Design

B in Art preferable, C required.  Anyone studying BTEC Art should be directed towards Photography.

Can be accepted on to the course with a portfolio of work if not previously studied.

Biology

Separate Science preferred with a minimum of a B grade in all GCSE Biology units required. Minimum of B in Maths and C in English required. Students without Separate Science must have A grades in both Core and Additional Biology units.

 

Business

Students should have achieved a Grade C or above in GCSE English and GCSE Maths. Students who have previously studied Business Studies should have achieved at least a grade B or above at GCSE level or a Distinction or above on a BTEC Level 2 course.

 

Business Studies
BTEC

C grades in English and Maths + 3 other Cs at GCSE.  C in Bus GCSE or if BTEC prefer Distinction (may accept merit). 

BTEC – can be 1 or 2 year course (as AS/A2).  NB RG universities prefer Economics.

Chemistry

Separate Science preferred with a minimum of a B grade in all GCSE Chemistry units required. Minimum of B in Maths and C in English required. Students without Separate Science must have A grades in both Core and Additional Chemistry units.

 

Computer Science

Minimum of five GCSEs above grade C; there is a requirement for Mathematics at grade A, and, if studied previously, Computer Science GCSE at grade B or above

Good knowledge and understanding of Maths is essential

Classics

Minimum of C grade in both English Language and Literature

Prefer B in English

Drama & Theatre Studies

Minimum of C in English.  C in at least one Arts subject (not humanities)

 

Economics

Preference for B grades in English, Maths and (if taken) Business Studies, as well as grade C or above in at least three other subjects.

Harder than Business Studies

English Literature

Must have CC in English / Literature, although B grades are preferred. Can’t do with Single English.

 

Geography

C in Geography at GCSE.  It Geography not taken at GCSE then preference for 5 grades at B or better.

Compulsory trip c£260 (Bursary may be available)

Government & Politics

A-C passes in English and relevant humanities if taken.

 

Health & Social Care BTEC

Students who have studied 21st century Science should have a minimum of grade C in both GCSE Core Science and GCSE Additional Science (or equivalent if students have studied other GCSE courses). Students who study BTEC Level 2 Science will need to have achieved a Merit. A minimum of C grade in Maths GCSE and a C grade in English GCSE are also expected.

 

History

C in History if taken.  It History not taken at GCSE then preference for 5 grades at B or better.

 

ICT – BTEC

Minimum of 5 grades at C or above including Maths or English Language. Must also have passed CIDA Level 2 with at least a merit, or GCSE ICT with a C or above.

 

Mathematics

A*/A required. 

 

Maths Further

A*/A required, as well as 5 A*-C grades in other subjects.

A* is recommended for anyone considering this course.

Media Studies

C or above required in English and Media Studies (if taken).

Online learning module must be completed over the summer if not studied before

MFL - French

B in French.

 

MFL - Spanish

B in Spanish.

 

MFL - Turkish

C or above in GCSE Turkish.

Must be taken as a fourth or fifth AS.

Music

C in Music or Grade 5 in instrument or voice and ability to read musical notation.

 

Music BTEC courses

Have previously studied music (at GCSE or BTEC) and have strong performance / music technology skills.

Performance and Technology can be taken as single qualifications or together.  Can be 1 year or 2.

Photography

Prefer B in Art or DT at GCSE.  C required.

Can be accepted on to the course with a portfolio of work if not prev studied.

Physical Education
BTEC

Cs in all Sciences studied, English and Maths essential.  Preferable to have studied PE at KS4, and gained either a C at GCSE or Merit at Btec Level 2.

Strong science skills needed.

Physics

Separate Science preferred with a minimum of a B grade in all GCSE Physics units required. Minimum of B in Maths and C in English required. Students without Separate Science must have A grades in both Core and Additional Physics units.

Recommended that students have A grades in both Maths and Physics GCSE

 

Product Design – 3D Design

Prefer B / require C in Product Design, textiles, graphics or Resistant materials.

Written skills important

Product Design- Textiles

Prefer B / require C in Textiles and / or Art. Minimum of C grade in Art or Design Technology is required of all students.

Written skills important

Psychology

5 A*-C grades including English and Maths. Students must have at least 2 B grades in recognised Sciences.

 

Religious Studies

Minimum of C in English, although B or above strongly preferred. Minimum of C in RS if taken.

 

Sociology

5 A*-C grades including English and a humanities subject.

Written skills important

Science (Applied)
BTEC

C grades in both GCSE Core and Additional Science (or equivalents). Students who have studied BTEC level 2 Science will need to have achieved at least a Merit.  Minimum of Cs in Maths and English are also expected.

Can be 1 year or 2.

This is a brief summary - more detailed entry requirements can be found on the course descriptions page here.

Careers Guidance

The vast majority of our students apply to university and enter Higher Education after completing A levels. All students are encouraged to consider their future career choices carefully and some students decide to move directly to employment or to take up training opportunities after completing A level studies.

The enrichment programme includes activities to aid completion of a CV, guidance for students wishing to apply for work experience (which students are strongly encouraged to pursue during school holidays) and aims to ensure all students give careful consideration to their future career options including particular entry requirements.

Independent Careers Information, Advice and Guidance is available to all students in Years 12 and 13. Certain groups of students are targeted at specific times in the year. Any student wishing to book an appointment with an Advisor should ask the Sixth Form Office for details of the process for booking an appointment.

Students are also encouraged to make use of the resources in the Careers Library located within the Study Centre.

There are a very large number of websites offering careers advice, which vary significantly in quality and often offer advice which appears to be contradictory. The following resources are recommended for use by students when considering their career options:

General careers advice including support for choosing a career, writing a CV and completing job applications

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/YoungPeople/Workandcareers/index.htm

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/home

http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

Work experience

http://www.work-experience.org/

Apprenticeships

http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/14To19/OptionsAt16/DG_4001327

Gap Years

http://www.yearoutgroup.org/

http://www.gapyeardirectory.co.uk/

Year in Industry / Headstart

http://www.etrust.org.uk/

For information on Higher Education click here.

 

Independent Study Guides

All Sixth Form students should complete independent work on a regular basis.  Including homework each student should complete four to five hours of work for each of their subjects every week.  This work should be completed in school when students are not in lessons and also outside of school hours.  Below are guides to independent study for each A level subject, including details of exam syllabi and suggested resources to use for independent work.

Applied Science Art Biology Business Studies
business btec Chemistry Classics Drama
Economics English Lit   Further Maths
Geography History ICT Maths
Media Studies

MFL

Music A Level Music BTEC

Music BTEC

Photography

PE

Physics
Politics product design Psychology Religious Studies
  Sociology textiles Turkish

Course Descriptions

Please find below a list of subjects which may be studied at APS Sixth Form.  Click on any of the icons to read more information on the subject, including entry requirements, exam board and syllabus codes.

Applied Science Art Biology biomedical
business alevel business btec Chemistry Classics
computer science Drama Economics English Lit
French Further Maths Geography SocialCare BTEC 105
History ICT btec Mandarin Maths
Media Studies Music Music Performance Music Tech
Philosophy Photography PE Physics
Politics product design Psychology Religious Studies
Sociology Spanish textiles Turkish

Understanding UMS

 

What is UMS?

UMS stands for Uniform Mark Scheme. UMS results are a way of making sure people get the right grade, no matter when they took a particular unit. If students sit the same paper a year apart, due to different questions, it’s possible one exam might be slightly more difficult than another.

If students sitting the same unit a year apart both get 80 out of 120 (the raw mark), but one exam was slightly harder than the other, the marks don’t represent the same level of achievement.

The UMS balances out differences between exams, so the raw marks you get are converted to a UMS mark, allowing comparisons with other sittings of the same unit. UMS marks from all your units are then added together to give you an overall mark for your qualification.

Here's an example

Most A-levels are made up of four units, with a grand total of 400 UMS marks available. Six-unit A-levels are out of 600 UMS marks, and two-unit A-levels are out of 200 UMS marks.

Let's imagine a four-unit A-level, with the first unit (we'll call it Unit X) worth 30% of the qualification. There are 400 UMS marks for the whole qualification (because it's a four-unit A-level), so Unit X will be worth a maximum of 120 UMS marks (30% of 400).

Grade boundaries for UMS marks are fixed so that:

A = 80% of the maximum UMS
B = 70%
C = 60%
D = 50%
E = 40%

For Unit X, this means that our UMS grade boundaries are:

A = 96 (80% of 120)
B = 84 (70% of 120)
C = 72 (60% of 120)
D = 60 (50% of 120)
E = 48 (40% of 120)

Let's say that the paper itself is out of 80 marks. These are the raw marks. Once the exam has been taken by everyone, a committee at AQA (the examining board) gathers to decide what the grade boundaries for this particular paper should be, taking into account, for example, how difficult it is compared to earlier versions of the same unit.

For this exam, let's say the committee decides the grade A boundary is 60 out of 80 and the grade E boundary is 36 out of 80 (remember, these are raw marks). The other grade boundaries are spread evenly between these two points.

We now convert the raw marks to UMS marks, because we know where the equivalent grade boundaries lie:

 

Raw Mark

UMS

Maximum

80

120

A

60

96

B

54

84

C

48

72

D

42

60

E

36

48

If you took the exam and got 60/80, this would give you 96 UMS – because 60 happens to be the raw mark grade A boundary set by the committee, and 96 is the uniform mark grade A boundary for this unit.

If you got 55/80, you would get 86 UMS (grade B).
If you got 45/80, you would get 66 UMS (grade D).

Because the raw marks are converted to UMS marks, it means different students' grades can be compared side by side, with a particular UMS (and ultimately, grade) representing the same level of achievement no matter when the unit was taken.

This information is taken from and modified from the AQA website. More information is available at www.aqa.org.uk, and specifically at http://web.aqa.org.uk/over/stat_ums.php