For students starting in Year 12 from September 2015, the structure of A levels will be changing. Students still elect to follow one of 2 pathways : either 'A' levels or an Extended BTEC National Diploma in Business or in Sport and Exercise Sciences. All of the courses that we offer lead to university study.
The government has taken the decision that all 'A' levels should change to a linear qualification where all the examinations are taken at the end of the two years. However, these changes are not taking place to all the subjects at the same time. Half of the subjects will change to this new format from September 2015 and the other half will change from September 2016. While this transitional process takes place, and in the first year only (2015/16), all students will continue to take 4 AS level qualifications in Year 12 and sit AS examinations in all their subject areas. They will then continue with 3 of those subjects into Year 13. The subject they do not continue with will remain as an AS qualification. The government's planned changes do not, for the time being, apply to Extended BTEC National Diploma courses.
Students who successfully achieve the required grades at the end of Year 12 will carry on into Year 13 to complete their second year of study before moving onto university, employment or an apprenticeship.
The current range of subjects that we offer at AS and A2 level are : Art, Business Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Economics, English Literature, Ethics and Philosophy, French, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, PE, Physics, Psychology and Spanish. Home language students are also able to secure accreditation in a range of languages, including Japanese, Modern Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and German.
Through our consortium partner schools, students can also have the opportunity to study Classic Civilisation, Drama, Italian and Sociology.
Our courses are designed to motivate and challenge, and lessons are tailored to suit all learning styles. Teachers are experts in their subjects and have many years’ experience of enabling senior students to succeed at the very highest level. Learning is not restricted to the classroom and students will gain valuable experience from the many subject specific visits that are a key element of the Sixth Form experience at Gunnersbury.