Page 4 - Olchfa Sixth Prospectus 2015/16
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About Olchfa Sixth Form
Why would you choose to study in a school rather than a college environment?
At Olchfa School we can offer you a Sixth Form experience which is challenging, varied, interesting and rewarding. Our AS and A Level results remain high – the latest information can be found on our website or requested from Mrs Platt, Key Stage Manager.
The school’s most recent inspection report stated: “The Sixth Form at Olchfa is an outstanding success story. With nearly 500 students, studying a wide range of courses, it provides progression, challenge and a genuine opportunity for active involvement in the life and wider work of this leading school.”
There are currently 476 students in the Sixth Form (261 in Year 12 and 215 in Year 13). Many of our Sixth Formers have been with us since Year 7 but we welcome students from other schools in the area who quickly settle in and become valued members of the Sixth Form community.
In Sixth Form you will have the opportunity to further your studies in the subjects which interest you the most. Whether you intend going to university after Sixth Form or entering the world of work, achieving good AS and A level qualifications will improve your chances of getting satisfying employment.
We hope that this prospectus will help you to decide whether Olchfa Sixth Form is right for you. It contains general information about Sixth Form, the courses we offer, support and guidance available and extra-curricular opportunities.
It is not exhaustive in terms of information but, if there is anything it does not cover, then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team who will be able to help you further (contact details are on page 9).
Entry/Course Requirements
To study AS levels you will need an overall academic profile which is, in the opinion of the Sixth Form team, appropriate to the courses you wish to study. Typically, this would mean:
• At least six GCSEs at C grade or above (of which a maximum of two can be from equivalent courses).
• At least a D grade in English and Maths. • At least a C grade in your chosen subjects (if previously studied)
In exceptional circumstances, where less than the entry requirements have been achieved, a student may be admitted depending on the programme of study chosen.
AllstudentsinYear12areexpectedtostartbystudyingfoursubjects at AS level. AS exams are completed by the end of Year 12 and are valuable qualifications in their own right.
In Year 13, students normally continue with three subjects. Some more able students may continue to study four subjects with the agreement of the Sixth Form Team. Universities will normally require 3.5 A Levels.
The transition from GCSE to AS level is challenging and you will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning. There will be ‘free’ periods on your timetable during which you are expected to undertake independent study which will help you bridge the gap between the structure of the GCSE timetable and the freedom you will experience at university.
We expect you to spend the majority of your free periods studying in the formal surroundings of the Sixth Form Study Area. The Common Room can be used for more informal group work, or work you need to discuss with others.

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