In order to enter the Sixth Form, pupils should have at least seven GCSEs at grade B or above and should have at least grade B in the subjects to be studied at A Level. (For Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Languages, A grades are almost essential if a pupil wishes to achieve a C grade, or better, at A Level.)
Sixth Formers normally study at least 4 AS level subjects in 6b (Year 12) and at least 3 A2s in 6a (Year 13). AS and A2 marks each contribute 50% to the final A level grade. Candidates can choose to ‘drop’ one of their AS subjects and continue with three A2s. We generally advise pupils who intend to apply for highly competitive undergraduate courses seriously to consider taking four A2s. We do expect pupils to obtain at least three ‘C’ grades in their AS levels before they can move on to A2 studies.
The only restrictions on subject choice are those imposed by timetable structure, but, during the planning, we aim to accommodate all reasonable combinations of subjects. The system offers a great deal of choice and flexibility.
Advanced Extension Awards, taught in most subjects in 6A, are designed to stretch the most able by providing opportunities to demonstrate a greater depth and understanding. They are not included in a university’s offer, but taking an AEA can demonstrate that a candidate is willing to study beyond the A level syllabus.
The 6b programme also includes a choice of enrichment subjects to be taken in addition to AS levels. The aim here is to give pupils an opportunity to diversify, to broaden their overall knowledge and understanding, and/or to complement their main AS levels. Young Enterprise, Critical Thinking, other modern languages (Italian, Chinese (Mandarin) and Russian), and Perspectives on Aesthetics, Globalisation and Science are included. Enrichment and broadening continue beyond the immediate academic curriculum into the co-curricular. A great deal goes on in school life and pupils are encouraged to see their academic profile in the broadest sense.
Careers advice is particularly important at this level. Pupils are given assistance at every stage of the university entrance procedure. On leaving King’s, 98-99% go to university, either immediately or following a GAP year. Around 40% take a GAP year. The most popular university destinations are Cambridge, Durham, Bristol, Leeds, Oxford, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle, Imperial College London, University College, London, and Exeter.
Head of Sixth Form: Mrs Charlotte Cornell: firstname.lastname@example.org