Programmes of Study

Students in The Polesworth School Sixth Form @ Tomlinson Hall follow a Level 3 programme of study. We offer courses at Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS), full A Level and some vocational courses. Full A Level and vocational courses involve two years of full-time study while AS courses are usually taken after one year of full-time study.

A Level Reform

A Level Reform

Ensuring excellence

September 2017 marks the final year of a three year programme of A Level reform. The main features of the new A Level qualifications are:

  • Assessment mainly by exam with other types of assessment used only where they are needed to test essential skills.
  • Generally increased subject and factual content.
  • AS and A Levels decoupled: AS results no longer count towards full A Level grades.
  • AS and A Levels assessed at the end of the course with AS assessments typically taking place after one year of study and A Levels after two; courses no longer divided into modules; AS results discounted if a student takes that subject on to full A Level.
  • Some AS Levels can be designed to be taught alongside the first year of A Levels in order to provide a ‘back-up’ qualification or to give breadth to a student’s study programme.

All students take four subjects at least until the end of Year 12 and at least three subjects to full A Level.

Sixth Form students must recognise that A Level courses are two year courses although some subjects may offer the possibility of an AS qualification as an alternative to the full A Level qualification which gives students some flexibility in their programmes of study.

At The Polesworth School Sixth Form students are offered one of the following delivery models most appropriate to the subject taken:

  • AS for all in Year 12 followed by full A Level in Year 13.
  • Full A Level only: a 2 year course with all externally assessed examinations taken at the end of Year 13.
  • Full A Level for the majority of students with the possibility of students transferring to AS if appropriate; this may be either at the end of Year 12 or Year 13 and only in consultation with student, parents, other subject leaders and Director of Post-16.

The different A Level programmes now offered by The Polesworth School Sixth Form @ Tomlinson Hall are summarised below.

Art (AQA): Full A Level with the possibility of students transferring to AS if appropriate.

Biology (AQA): AS for all students at the end of Year 12 followed by full A Level in Year 13.

Business Studies (AQA): AS for all students at the end of Year 12 followed by full A Level in Year 13.

Chemistry (AQA): AS for all students at the end of Year 12 followed by full A Level in Year 13.

Classical Civilisation (OCR): Full A Level only (2 years with all externally assessed exams at the end of Year 13).

Design Technology (AQA): Full A Level only (2 years with all externally assessed exams at the end of Year 13).

Drama and Theatre (AQA): Full A Level with the possibility of students transferring to AS if appropriate – but only in Year 13.

Economics (AQA): AS for all students at the end of Year 12 followed by full A Level in Year 13.

English Literature (OCR): Full A Level only (2 years with all externally assessed exams at the end of Year 13).

Fashion & Design (AQA): Full A Level only (2 years with all externally assessed exams at the end of Year 13).

French (AQA): AS for all students at the end of Year 12 followed by full A Level in Year 13.

Geography (Edexcel): Full A Level only (2 years with all externally assessed exams at the end of Year 13).

Government & Politics (Edexcel): Full A Level only (2 years with all externally assessed exams at the end of Year 13).

History (OCR): Full A Level only (2 years with all externally assessed exams at the end of Year 13).

Mathematics & Further Mathematics (OCR): Full A Level with the possibility of students transferring to AS if appropriate.

Media Studies (OCR): Full A Level only (2 years with all externally assessed exams at the end of Year 13).

PE (AQA): Full A Level with the possibility of students transferring to AS if appropriate.

Physics (AQA): AS for all students at the end of Year 12 followed by full A Level in Year 13.

Psychology (AQA): Full A Level only (2 years with all externally assessed exams at the end of Year 13).

RS, Philosophy & Ethics (AQA): Full A Level with the possibility of students transferring to AS if appropriate.

Sociology (AQA): Full A Level only (2 years with all externally assessed exams at the end of Year 13).

 

Vocational Subjects

ICT, Health & Social Care, Music and Travel & Tourism are vocational subjects offered at Level 3 (A Level equivalent).

Music offers the RSL Music Practitioner (Rock School London) course leading to a Subsidiary Diploma in Music. This is a 2 year course and is coursework based. If students leave after a year, they leave with credits or an equivalent Level 2 (GCSE level) Award.

Travel & Tourism similarly leads to a Subsidiary Diploma after 2 years. Any student completing only one year of the course is awarded a Level 3 Certificate in Travel and Tourism worth 90 credits instead of a full 180 credits. This subject is coursework based.

IT offers the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT (Application Developer Pathway), code 05840.  This is a 2 year course comprising  5 units, 3 of which are examined units and 2 coursework.

Health & Social Care also offers a Cambridge Technical qualification. This is a 2 Year course comprising 2 examinations and one piece of coursework in Year 12 and 1 examination and  2 pieces of coursework in Year 13.