Curriculum Overview

A-levels are delivered in partnership with North Hertfordshire College and The Thomas Alleyne Academy. Students will be based at one of our partners throughout the course dependent upon chosen pathway, but have access to all college facilities and benefits. By combining the expertise of these four institutions we are able to provide students with the full range of skills, attributes and experience necessary for success in their future careers and ensures we can offer students a varied curriculum.

A-levels are studied as part of a two year programme and students will be expected to study a combination of three subjects with the majority of exams taken at the end of year 13.

Tutorials are an integral part of the A-level programme and, as such, each student will have the support of a Learning Coach who will monitor their academic progress and offer advice and guidance to help them achieve the best possible results. In addition to their chosen subjects students will be required to take part in a range of enrichment activities and employability skills and receive guidance on progression opportunities, further education and careers. This will include a compulsory study skills session each week where students will be able to build upon the skills required to successfully make the transition from GCSE to A Level study.

Course Entry Requirements

Application to Sixth Form is by application form which can be downloaded from our website or collected from reception staff at our Thomas Alleyne Academy site.

To study A Levels students will be expected to achieve a minimum of five C grades, or above at GCSE including English Language and Maths. In addition humanities subjects will require a B grade in GCSE English Language, whilst the majority of Science and Maths subjects will require B grades in both subjects at GCSE in order to continue to A Level. The Academy will also take into account average GCSE point score during the application process. Students will be expected to achieve an average point score of at least 40 to 43 dependent on subject choices to give the best chance of success at A Level, this is something students will be advised on during the application process. All applicants will be invited to a guidance meeting with our Head of Sixth Form to discuss their application prior to an offer being made.

In the case of existing year 11 students your lower school record for attendance, punctuality, behaviour and meeting deadlines will be taken into consideration during the application process. Students who do not have a good record for the above may not be allowed to continue in to Sixth Form.