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THE SIXTH FORM AT KESWICK SCHOOL

            Keswick School’s Sixth Form offers courses that will take you on to the next stage of education
            post 16. The vast majority of our Sixth Form students take advanced level courses (A level or
            equivalent level 3 vocational courses) and go on to university or to higher apprentice training or
            degree level apprentice training. Most of our Year 13 leavers go to university. Students join
            Keswick School Sixth Form from our own Year 11 and from other academies, schools and colleges.

            Why should you choose the Sixth Form?

            There are many different ways of developing your education post 16. If you have the ability to
            further your education, then undoubtedly you should take the opportunity.  More young adults
            are continuing at school or college and then going on to higher education. Estimates suggest that
            more and more of the jobs available in the future will require the thinking skills, adaptability and
            flexibility that can only be gained through higher education.


            The ethos of Keswick School Sixth Form

            To enter the Sixth Form you must be able to fulfil the entry requirements for the particular courses
            you wish to take, and be prepared to commit yourself to the ethos of the school. Our
            expectations of you, and what you can expect from us, are clearly set out in our Home-School
            Agreement pack. At Keswick School you will continue to be part of or join an 11-18 all-ability
            school, and it is expected that you will be a role model for the younger pupils.


            Our standard offer for advanced level study

             All A levels are linear: this means that assessment will take place at the end of the two years in
            final examinations. Although some A levels, and equivalent level 3 vocational qualifications, may
            retain a coursework element, this will usually form only a minor part of the overall assessment and
            the major weighting will be on the final examinations. Many subjects rely entirely on final
            examinations.

            Following the recent qualification reform, universities have made statements setting out their
            positions. After a review of these, and analysis of the demands of linear subject specifications, our
            usual offer for a student’s programme of study in our Sixth Form will be:

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            3 advanced level courses  and an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), or 3 advanced level
            courses and core maths.

            All universities will make their conditional offers based on 3 A levels or equivalent, and we see the
            EPQ as a way of giving our students an extra edge in their applications (see the section on EPQ).

            A small number of students may take 4 advanced level courses: this will be allowed only at the
            discretion of the Head of Sixth Form, and you will need to achieve grade 7 or higher at GCSE level
            in at least 3 of the 4 subjects to be studied. If you do not study one or more of these subjects at
            GCSE level, this will need to be discussed with a member of the Sixth Form team before an
            application is made.



            1  In this prospectus, “advanced level courses” is used to refer both to A levels and to two year level 3 vocational
            courses.
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