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Choosing the Right Course at AS Level
When choosing your subjects, the following factors should be taken into consideration:
• How interested you are in the subject. This is very important as you will be spending up to two years studying the subject in depth. • Academically, how good you are in this subject? For all subjects, we expect you to have achieved at least grade C in GCSE in that
subject (or a related subject). • Whether the type of study suits your particular learning style. For
example you need to find out if a subject requires a great deal of reading and essay writing or if it is more concerned with problem solving or involves practical skills.
• Some A levels include a coursework element and others are exam only. This fact should also inform your decision.
• Whether the subjects you choose meet the requirements needed for the university course or career that you have in mind.
A feature of Sixth Form is the close consultation between the individual student and the Sixth Form Team to decide the best combination of courses for the student during Years 12 and 13. This process begins in the spring term and includes post-examination results advice appointments which take place during the days immediately following publication of GCSE and A Level results.
When you make your initial application to Sixth Form we ask that you choose four subjects. There is a three week window during September when you may change a subject (this is done in conjunction with talking it through with the Learning Leader). After that it is only possible to drop a subject but you will need to be taking at least three AS levels throughout Year 12.
We do our very best to accommodate all students’ preferred subject choices but there may be times when this is not possible.
Swansea Consortium
Course Information/Availability
Olchfa works in collaboration with Gowerton School, University of Wales Trinity St David’s (Swansea) and Gower College in order to expand the number and range of courses on offer. Please contact Mrs Platt for details.
Please note that all course information is correct at time of going to print but can sometimes be subject to change at a later date.
The availability of all courses – either at the school or in collaboration - is subject to there being a viable level of demand and staffing.

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