Careers Guidance

Sixth Form

Sixth Form

Sixth Form Work Experience

work experience 04In the sixth form, we place such a strong focus on academic attainment that sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the next steps after education. Most students go on to higher education or further training after sixth form, some will enter the workplace but all should be striving to develop the soft skills that future employers require.

To support students’ ability to achieve well in the work place we organise many career-related events and presentations, provide careers guidance and strongly promote work experience for all students.

To this end the final week of the summer term is an opportunity for all year 12 students to undertake work experience. We will not usually authorise work experience at any other time of the year but will support students to get placements during this week.

work experience 03Most of our students arrange their own work experience and it is often very high quality. Family and friends can often provide suitable placements but direct application to specific institutions also works. The process of applying for work experience is often a valuable one in its own right. Making ‘phone calls and writing professional letters are skills worth practising.

Some subjects, particularly the vocational courses, require work experience as part of the programme of study. We organise and provide these opportunities but many students choose to undertake their own in addition. We strongly encourage this.

Every half term there are several opportunities for students to have meaningful engagements with employers both in and outside school. Many of these are linked to specific curriculum areas but we offer many that are designed to broaden students’ choices and understanding of the changing workplace.

Progression Programme

Welcome to the Progression Webpage – the events and courses listed here are intended to support your application to university and extend your learning beyond the classroom. Please remember, however, that there will be courses at other universities available, particularly outside of London. If you have any questions regarding the courses listed here, please e-mail Mr. Short

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

https://www.mykindafuture.com/
http://www.prospects.ac.uk
http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

Work experience

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

Apprenticeships

http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/
https://amazingapprenticeships.com/
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
SocialCare BTEC 105 History ICT Maths
Media Studies

MFL

Music A Level Music BTEC

Music Tech

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.

biomedical Applied Science Art Biology
business alevel business btec business Btec Extended 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