The process of deciding which subject areas are most likely to suit each student begins in the Autumn Term of Year 11. This process helps students to focus on this important step in their education, and allows the school to plan the appropriate curriculum for the following academic year.
Students would normally be expected to have acquired five GCSE passes at grade 5 or above on the new 9-1 grading scale being accepted for a full Sixth Form A-level course, but advice to students is based on individual circumstances.
The Director of Studies and the Careers Co-ordinator are pleased to discuss how particular patterns of subjects might best be suited to the individual.
The following subjects are currently offered at A-level for 2018/19:
- Art & Design
- BTEC Applied Science
- Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity
- Core Mathematics
- English Literature
- Modern Languages
- Physical Education
- Product Design
- Religious Studies
A-level options for ESL students
We welcome students from around the world to West Buckland to study A-levels, often with the aim of entering universities in the UK. We have a fine record of success with students frequently taking places at Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL, Imperial and many other top universities, medical schools and colleges of art.
All A-level students need a good command of English in order to study successfully in this country, and we provide very good support for them as they develop their abilities in the language. All of our international students have tuition in English as a Second Language to enable them to achieve a good IELTS grade. This course is designed to enable them to study successfully in their other A-level subjects and at university after they leave school.
Some subjects such as English Literature, Philosophy & Ethics, Geography or History place great emphasis on the use of English, and require students to be able to read complex and lengthy material, to engage in discussion of abstract ideas, and to write at length using academic or technical language with precision.
Our experience is that students joining West Buckland in the Sixth Form usually find the greatest success at A-level in the following subjects: Mathematics and Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics and Art & Design.
For some students from overseas, Product Design, Physical Education or Psychology can be a good choice but only if studied alongside three subjects from the list of preferred subjects. In only the most unusual circumstances where an international student's ability in English is exceptional, would it be wise to consider studying A-levels other than these.
We will give advice prior to entry or at the beginning of the Sixth Form but students should give detailed consideration to their preferred subjects think very hard about their preferred subjects at an early stage.