Hina Kapadia Sixth Form Curriculum Changes September 2015
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further training Language Higher Apprenticeship Are your students aware of this information? Currently all A level subjects comprise of an AS qualification in year one and an A2 qualification in year two with the AS grade contributing to the overall A2 grade. Principal changes: AS qualifications and A Levels are to be decoupled. This means that the AS qualification will no longer contribute to the overall A Level grade. A Levels will become a two year linear course,
with exams at the end of the second year. Most A Level subjects will be assessed through exams only, except for subjects where required skills should be demonstrated. New format from September 2015: English Literature, Language Biology, Chemistry, Physics Sociology History Psychology Business Studies Economics Computer Science Art and Design and combined
New format from September 2016: Dance Drama Music Geography Modern Foreign Languages Classical Languages Physical Education Religious Studies New format from September 2017: Mathematics Further Mathematics ; Maths
Religious studies. and Further Modern maths; (now 2017 foreign Classical Physical education;
updated December Geography; 2014) languages; languages; and Some specific examples of the changes: Science: 12 practical experiments in Chemistry, Biology and Physics. More mathematical knowledge expected in Physics. History: Covering at least 200 years rather than 100 years at
present. Studying two different countries including Britain. English Unseen Text to promote wider and more critical Literature reading. : Economic s: More mathematics Role of central banks and financial regulation. Computer More focus on programming, algorithms and problem Science: solving. Courses It is imperative that Sixth Form schools and colleges offer courses that are
suitable for the cohort of students they are catering for. Right Choice In line with current national priorities, inspectors are paying close attention to Post-16 students who are still WORKING towards C grades in their English and Mathematics GCSEs. The days of after-school retake classes with no one checking attendance or the quality of teaching are long gone. If you are not monitoring progress in these classes with the same rigour as you apply to Year 11, you need to start now. Ofsted 2014: Require students to work towards GCSE grades A* to C in English and Mathematics if they do not have this or other interim/stepping stone qualifications on the way towards achieving these GCSE qualifications. Think carefully about allowing students who do not have GCSEs in English and Mathematics to start A Level courses. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A Levels: At least 5 GCSEs at grade B, including English and Mathematics.
BTECs and applied qualifications: At least 5 GCSEs at grade C, including English and Mathematics. Apprenticeships: At least 3 GCSES at grade C, including English and Mathematics. Three Year Sixth Form: At least 5 GCSEs at grade D, including English and Mathematics. Level 2 Programmes (vocational courses, Traineeships): Mainly grades E-F. Students without at least grade C in GCSE English and/or GCSE Mathematics should be required to continue studying these subjects in the Sixth Form. Entry Requirements: History Biology Chemistry Physics Computing ICT Geography Mathematics Business
Studies English Literature Psychology Level 3 Business Studies BTEC Level 2 Science BTEC level 3 Sport At least 5 GCSE grades A*-C, including: Grade B in English Language or Literature and Grade B in History Grade C in Mathematics. At least 5 GCSE grades A*-B, including: Grade B in English Language or Literature, Grade B in Mathematics, Grade B in Biology or Grade B in Science and Additional Science and preferably Grade B in Chemistry. At least 5 GCSE grades A*-B, including: Grade B in English Language or Literature, Grade B in Mathematics and Grade B in Chemistry or Science & Additional Science. At least 5 GCSE grades A*-B, including: Grade B in English Language or Literature, Grade B in Mathematics and Grade B in Physics or Science & Additional Science. At least 5 GCSE grades A*-B, including: Grade B in English Language or Literature and
Grade B in Mathematics. Grade B in Computer Studies is desirable but not essential. At least 5 GCSE grades A*-C, including: Grade C in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics At least 5 GCSE grades A*-B, including: Grade B in English Language or Literature and Grade C in Maths. At least 5 GCSE grades A*-B, including: AS and A Level Mathematics: Grade B in Maths (although an A or A* is preferable) and Grade B in English Language or Literature. A Level Further Mathematics: Grade A or A* in Maths (although an A* is preferable) and Grade B in English Language or Literature. At least 5 GCSE grades A*-B, including: Grade B in English Language or Literature and Grade C in Mathematics. At least 5 GCSE grades A*-B, including: Grade B in English Language, Grade B in English Literature (if offered at GCSE) and Grade C in Maths. At least 5 GCSE grades A*-B, including: Grade B in English Language or Literature and Grade C in Mathematics. At least 5 GCSE grades A*-C including: Grade C in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics. At least 3 GCSE grades A*-C, including: Grade C in English Language, Grade C in Mathematics, and Grade C in Core Science or Additional Science or at least Merit in Level 2 BTEC Science. At least 5 GCSE grades A*-C including: Grade C in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.
July 2013, chief regulator of Ofqual, Glenys Stacey, explained that from September 2013: ... Students will no longer be able to sit exams in January, in either their first or second year of A-level studies, because of evidence that this has created a resit culture. James Kewin, deputy chief executive of the SFCA, said: Our manifesto shows that Sixth Form colleges are the most effective and efficient providers of sixth form education. Apply the Same Standards
All your schools systems training, monitoring, literacy guidelines, marking policies, student voice, performance MANAGEMENT must explicitly apply to the Sixth Form, too. CPD sessions are often followed up with monitoring visits to lessons for Years 7-11 but why not beyond? Likewise, school conduct rigorous checks of marking in Year 11 books but not Year 12 and 13. However, if you exclude the Sixth Form, the message to staff is clear: expectations are not the same. Learning Styles Unfortunately, there is a world of difference between the approaches to GCSE and A Level study but learning styles dont change. A mixture of VAK activities are essential if students are to succeed. AS Level classes are smaller than those in lower down the school, and this places a much greater emphasis on students being actively involved in lessons. Ideally there should have two teachers for each A Level subject. A Level subjects needs 6 hours of directed study in the classroom. Students must arrive to each lesson prepared to be lively, interested and involved; reading ahead is of course a precondition of active and informed contribution to classroom discussion. Through differentiation, teachers must guide reading.
Teachers should not spoon-feed, but rather direct, advise, stimulate and encourage. Lessons should not be confined to teacher talk; discussion and exchanging views should be promoted. Students must quickly get into the habit of making their own notes in class, as new information and ideas emerge in the course of discussion. Personal and intellectual motivation is needed throughout courses. Students should become independent learners; this is the main feature of A Level Right Choice Close attention is being paid to Post-16 students who are still WORKING towards C grades in their English and Mathematics GCSEs. The days of after-school retake classes with no one checking attendance or the quality of teaching are long gone. If you are not monitoring progress in these classes with the same rigour as you apply to Year 11, you need to start now. Ofsted 2014: Require students to work towards GCSE grades A* to C in English and Mathematics if they do not have this or other interim/stepping stone qualifications on the way towards achieving these GCSE qualifications. Think carefully about allowing students who do not have GCSEs in English and Mathematics to start A Level courses.
Balanced Curriculum Sixth Form should not be all work and no play. Through an extensive enrichment programme schools should help students become well-rounded individuals and develop the experiences and key skills looked for by the best employers and universities. An Outstanding Sixth Form Students make excellent progress and most achieve their A-Level qualifications and progress to university. Teaching is energetic and inspirational. Students confidence is built so they achieve their potential.
Lessons start promptly (attendance and punctuality are excellent) with good pace that promotes a vibrant learning environment and strong work ethic. Students individual progress is monitored very closely; prompt and effective action is taken to improve the performance of individual students who are not achieving their high target grades. Assessment is outstanding; teachers provide very detailed written feedback on marked work and give clear advice on how to improve. An Outstanding Sixth Form Particular attention is given to improving the quality of students written work and their understanding of subject specialist terminology. Teachers routinely correct students spelling and punctuation errors. Initial assessment is used effectively; provides highly individualised and focused support.
Work outside lessons develops students independent learning skills. Students receive information, advice and guidance from personal tutors to help them progress to higher education or an apprenticeship. Teachers use a wide range of interactive activities and skilful questioning to engage and challenge students.
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