Why Sixth Form

Application to Sixth Form

It is important to know that there are a range of courses available once you finish Key Stage 4. Many students are not aware of the number of subjects a student should select or how they should make their choices. This is a short guide to make the process a little clearer.

Whether it is a purely academic programme, one with a vocational emphasis or a blended programme with both academic and vocational options, we will offer the advice that is necessary to make the right choice.

There are no compulsory subjects. Students need to pick three options that they want to pursue further. These should always be subjects that are enjoyed, desirable for a specific career and have already had success at GCSE level. In some cases, where the subject is being studied for the first time, we look at GCSE targets for similar subjects. E.g Media Studies uses very similar skills to English so we look at GCSE English targets and results to gauge suitability.

Your GCSE results and other Level 2 results will determine which of the following qualifications you can choose to take. There are two types of qualification offered at the Hart School Sixth Form.

Academic Qualifications

We offer over 30 different A Level options that can be taken as an extension of your study at GCSE or, in some cases, as a completely new subject. Most focus on examinations at the end of the qualification as the main assessment method but some also require the completion of non-examination assessments (NEAs).

You need at least five GCSE passes at grade 4 – 9 to study at this level.  

  • Individual course entry requirements carefully, as your GCSE grades will determine the courses you may select.

  • If you have a chosen career, or a degree you wish to take, please check that your A Level choices are appropriate for entry.

  • They can be combined with vocational choices if you have met the entry requirements for these courses.

Vocational Qualifications

You need at least four GCSE passes at grade 4 – 9 to study at this level.

Our growing number of vocational subjects have been very successful in offering direct progression from GCSE study for those who are suited to qualifications where coursework accounts for a greater proportion of the assessment. This is the case at Level 3 as well making this the main difference between these qualifications and our academic courses. They provide the same UCAS points as A Levels across the available grades, and can be used by students to spread the workload across the study programme rather than being focused on the final exam period only. All vocational qualifications include a mix of examination and non-examination assessments (coursework) that are completed throughout the two year courses.

You need at least five GCSE passes at grade 4 – 9 to study at this level.

They give you UCAS tariff points for many university courses in the same way as A Levels.

They can be combined with A Level choices if you have met the entry requirements for these courses.