A Level Curriculum

Studying Advanced Levels at Sixth Form presents a transition from the more objective study of a subject at GCSE to a more subjective consideration of a subject at greater depth.

Pupils are encouraged to read more widely and to take a more autonomous approach to their learning; from understanding how to manage their own time more effectively to being encouraged to challenge concepts that are presented to them.

Since the reforms to A Levels, which have increased the course content for each subject and have de-coupled AS and A2 exams, we have altered our recommended programme for Sixth Form pupils wishing to take A Levels. We recommend that pupils take 3 A Levels and supplement this with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), although provision is in place for pupils to take 4 A Levels if this is suitable. These A Levels will be taken as a two year linear course; pupils will not take AS exams at the end of the Lower Sixth.

Sixth-formers work on a science experiment with a mortar and pestle

As pupils no longer start with a fourth subject that will be dropped following an AS exam, it is even more important that pupils choose the right subjects from the outset, and should take advantage of the advice and guidance available to them. At home, it is important for pupils to discuss their long-term university/career aspirations, as well as their short-term choice of subjects, with parents/guardians. In school, support is provided by both academic staff (teachers and Heads of Department) and pastoral staff (tutors and Housemasters/Housemistresses). In addition, we have a very experienced Director of Professional Guidance, who can help provide expert advice on university requirements.

Sixth Form provision at Felsted is designed to:

  • ensure a broad and balanced education, both in terms of the academic curriculum and co-curricular activities
  • challenge and stimulate students
  • be responsive to individual academic needs
  • prepare students for further education and employment
  • develop reflective and responsible students, equipped to become fulfilled and positive members of their communities