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Sixth Form Curriculum

We are pleased that you are considering Bedstone for Sixth form.

The College follows an academically rigorous set of courses. Throughout the sixth form students can expect to work hard and push themselves whilst receiving encouragement and guidance to support their studies and goals. At Bedstone we recognise that – as a non-selective school – we must be able to offer courses to students of all abilities and interests, we pride ourselves on paying close attention to students as individuals, making sure that they strive to do their very best to help themselves achieve their ambitions.

The subject option blocks are assembled each year based on feedback from fifth formers (Year 11) who intend to stay at Bedstone and from outside candidates who have already signed up to join the Sixth Form. Whilst we cannot guarantee that every student is able to study every AS level that they would wish, we are very proud of the fact that over 90% of the Lower Sixth gain access to their top 3 subjects at AS.

In the Lower Sixth in addition to seven class periods per week, students are expected to work on their own initiative in their private study periods, in the evenings and at weekends.

In the Upper Sixth class periods increase to eight at A2 level. We guarantee that the science subjects and Mathematics are always kept apart, to allow potential medics to gain access to the required subjects. When choosing AS subjects, students should seek advice from the Heads of Department and also consider: • their likely or actual performance at GCSE level in the subject • their intended degree at university • their intended career path • how much they enjoy the subject

AS and A2 courses are more intense than GCSEs. They require more work, and greater effort. It is expected that all students will have an ethos of application and care towards their work. They should also be prepared to read widely around subjects, to organise their free time and study periods effectively, and to set up an effective and thorough revision timetable in preparation for exams in January and June. Students are thoroughly supported with careers advice, practice interviews and university applications. Our expert staff spend time getting to know students and their aspirations in order to offer meaningful and practical advice.

One of the fantastic aspects of life at Bedstone is that sixth formers get to continue in the full life and community of the school, whether playing in sports teams, getting involved in school plays or taking part in the prefect system. Boarders also have the opportunity to enjoy popular (staff monitored) bar nights, where they can socialise with their friends.

If you would like to find out more about life in Bedstone’s Sixth Form please contact admissions on 01547 530961 or admissions@bedstone.org

Sixth Form information and options booklet