Sixth form academic / curriculum

Length of A Level courses

Most ‘A’ levels are now two year courses and at Bales College the vast majority of students follow this two-year A Level course. A few will join in the final year of study to take A level courses over just one year or to undertake re-sit examinations.

We set very high expectations and expect our students to work hard; teaching staff are highly qualified, very experienced, and class sizes are small. We offer a wide range of subjects, each being taught for around 5-6 hours per week.

Most of our courses are Edexcel but we use OCR and AQA for a small number of subjects. The Programmes of Study for each subject can be found on our website.

Subject choice at AS and year 13

Students take four subjects in Year 12 and most continue these into Year 13 although it is possible to take an AS in one subject at the end of Year 12 and continue with three A levels into Year 13. The College makes every effort to accommodate different subject combinations, allowing students to follow courses suited to their skills, interests and future plans.

Students are set target grades based on GCSE performance and monitored regularly against them with exams held four times per year. There is no study leave in year 12 with teaching continuing until the end of term in early July. Revision classes are held during holiday periods. To be enrolled on an A level course we would normally expect B grades at GCSE.

UCAS applications and transfer to university

Our aim is for our students to become responsible young people ready for the transition to a career or university life. Full support is given in the completion of UCAS applications; students are encouraged to take on a wider range of activities in support of their own application.

Sixth form students are full time; the day begins at 8.45 and ends at 4.00p.m.

Programmes of Study

Each subject has a detailed Scheme of Work per year group, and an accompanying shorter Programme of Study which summarises the Scheme of Work.

Below you will find links to the Programme of Study for each subject for years 12 and 13: