SIXTH FORM CURRICULUM

Curriculum

The Key Stage 5 curriculum at Royal Alexandra and Albert School offers a wide range of AS and A Level subjects:

Art and Design Geography
Biology History
Business Mathematics
Chemistry Further Mathematics
Computing Music
Drama and Theatre Studies Physical Education
Economics Physics
English Language and Literature Product Design
English Literature Psychology
Extended Project Qualification Sociology
French Spanish

We also offer the following Level 3 BTEC qualifications alongside these courses:

IT
Business

In Year 12 students choose four subjects to study and then go on to follow three subjects through into Year 13, although in some instances some students may continue with all four.

Entry requirements

In order to be able to study in our Sixth Form, students must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C. Students must also meet the entry criteria for the individual subjects they wish to take which are outlined in the Sixth Form Course Information Booklet

Extended Project Qualification

For those students who are performing well across all areas of the school they will have the opportunity to undertake the Extended Project Qualification as an extra course. The course itself involves students conducting their own research in the pursuit of creating an artefact or an extended essay. Topics have ranged from an examination into the intricacies of time travel to arranging a hugely successful charity event as well as a multitude of topics and ventures in between. This course stretches students academically by providing them with invaluable research, organisational and conceptual skills.

The Sixth Form Course Information Booklet will provide more detailed information about the courses themselves and their specific entry requirements.

Curriculum reform

AS and A Levels are being reformed. The first set of the reformed qualifications will be delivered in the following subjects from September 2015:

English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Art and Design, Business Studies, Computer Science, Economics, History, Psychology and Sociology. The subjects in bold are those that are taught at our Sixth Form.

All remaining AS and A Level subjects taught will be unchanged in terms of content and assessment throughout 2015-2016.

The key changes that are to take place as part of the reform to AS and A Level are:

  • A and AS have been decoupled. This will come into effect as each subject is reformed. AS will then be a free standing qualification that will not contribute to the A level grade.
  • AS and A level qualifications will be assessed at the end of each course. They will become linear qualifications. Modular assessment no longer exists.
  • AS qualifications are designed to be taught alongside the first year of an A level course.
  • There is to be a reduction in non-examined assessment. This will only be used where the skills/content cannot be assessed in any other way. This coursework element if continued will only be part of the A Level qualification and not the AS Level.
  • With the exception of Art and Design, all subjects reformed from September 2015 will be examination only at AS Level.

The following subjects will then reform for first teaching in September 2016:

Modern Languages, Ancient Languages, Dance, Drama and Theatre, Geography, Music, Physical Education and Religious Studies.

From September 2017, the new curriculum for both Mathematics and Further Mathematics will be delivered; as well as remaining subjects that are proposed to be reformed (eg Government and Politics); other subjects not reformed will be discontinued. (eg Performing Arts).

Implications of the reform at Royal Alexandra and Albert School: it is envisaged that while there is a 'mixed' curriculum of linear AS and A Levels running alongside the legacy AS and A Levels all Year 12 students will start on a 4 A Level course and they will be entered for AS in every subject.