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ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS Course Guide 2020/21


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£4,000 ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE BURSARY SCHEME AVAILABLE

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You may qualify for a £4,000 bursary if you achieve eight GCSEs Grades 9-6, including English Language and maths, and at least four of your GCSEs are at Grades 9-7. You will need to study our full-time A-Level (or equivalent Level 3) programme. The £4,000 is paid over two years. To find out more please visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/bursaries

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OPEN DAYS Meet our talented teachers, see our fantastic facilities, talk to our student ambassadors and find out how we will help you achieve great things: • Tuesday 8 October 2019 5.00pm-7.30pm • Wednesday 6 November 2019 5.00pm-7.30pm • Thursday 23 January 2020 5.00pm-7.30pm • Wednesday 29 April 2020 5.00pm-7.30pm

Pre-register your place now at www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/opendays

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CONTENTS Welcome from the Head Why study with us?

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Spectacular range of subjects

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Our results Your choices

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GCSE Foundation Programme

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Distinguished destinations

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Our subjects

16-45

Enrichment

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Enhancement

48-49

Fantastic facilities

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Strong support

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Fees and funding

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Financial support

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Travel and transport

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Parents Q&A

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How to apply

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Term dates

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HUGE RANGE OF SUBJECT CHOICE WITH FLEXIBILITY TO ACCOMMODATE HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS


WELCOME FROM THE HEAD As the only institution in Bedford to focus solely on sixth form study, our students achieve excellent results and you’ll benefit from our specialist expertise. In 2019 our students achieved a 98% pass rate and 84% went on to the university destination of their choice, including many prestigious Russell Group institutions and Cambridge. Building further on our previous success, in 2019 our proportion of high grades increased again to 43% achieving A*-B, enabling even more of our students to get into their first choice university. Our excellent teachers are not only subject specialists but experts in teaching 16-19 year olds, so you will benefit from their focused knowledge and experience. What’s more, our beautiful period building offers you a legacy of great education combined with the latest, modern facilities, which will further develop your academic performance. We are confident that if you join us, you will not only make new friends, enjoy your time and learn new things, but you will achieve great results. Be inspired by reading the profiles from our students throughout this guide and see page 14 for a list of our students’ recent university destinations. Our Open Days are the perfect opportunity to see what we can offer you; please see page 3 for a list of dates. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Paul Clarkson Headteacher The Bedford Sixth Form

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WHY STUDY WITH US?

“I knew I would get a very good education here at The Bedford Sixth Form. I appreciate the independent learning environment it offers.” - ORLANDO A-Levels: Politics, History, Art and Law Previous School: Cambourne Village College

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HUGE CHOICE OF SUBJECTS

STRONG SUPPORT

STUNNING SUCCESS

EXCITING ENRICHMENT

We offer a wide range of subjects including 33 A-Levels, three Extended Diplomas and two National Diplomas, all of which enable you to progress on to university or work to pursue the career or journey you have always wanted. See page 8 for the full list of subjects.

Our A-Level students achieved a 98% pass rate in 2019. Our outstanding success enables you to apply to top universities including the prestigious Russell Group.

FANTASTIC FACILITIES

Modern resources in a beautiful Victorian building, including our Library, computer suite and Costa Coffee outlet enabling you to work where and how you feel comfortable to succeed at your studies.

EXCELLENT EDUCATION

Ofsted rates us ‘good’ with outstanding features meaning you will receive an excellent education from day one.

We will help you achieve your very best while you are with us. You will have your own Personal Achievement Tutor, Work Experience Coordinator, UCAS Specialist and a team of support professionals working alongside you to progress you on the path you want to follow.

There are numerous clubs and societies which help you make friends and develop new skills which in turn benefit you in developing employability skills.

TOP-NOTCH TEACHING

We’re experts in teaching at sixth form level, so you have more chance to excel. Many of our teachers have Masters and PhDs, are experts in their subjects and sit on examining boards, so you can learn from the very best.

DISTINGUISHED DESTINATIONS

95% of students went on to positive destinations including apprenticeships, further education, higher education and paid employment in 2018.1 1 Source: Bedford College Student Destination Data 2018

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SPECTACULAR RANGE OF SUBJECTS

You can pick and choose from our wide range of A-Levels and Diplomas to ensure you achieve the best qualifications to progress on to university or work. We recommend you choose up to four from the following:

A-LEVELS Biology Business Chemistry Classical Civilisation Computer Science Dance* Drama* Economics English Language (New for 2020) English Language & Literature English Literature

Film Studies Fine Art* French Further Mathematics Geography German Graphic Communication* History Italian Law Mathematics

Media Studies* Philosophy Photography* Physical Education Physics Politics Psychology Sociology Spanish Statistics Textiles*

*With the exception of the Arts & Performing Arts subjects identified above, students may be entered for the AS examinations at the end of year 1.

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CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA IN: - Business - Health & Social Care - Sport and Physical Activity

BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN: - Applied Science - Forensic and Criminal Investigation (New for 2020)

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OUR 2019 RESULTS “The teachers are very good here, as is the way they teach. They help you to focus on the information you are given and then teach you how to develop it into exam knowledge. Sometimes at school I felt we were given information, but then didn’t know what to do with it. We also have access to good science labs, the Library and plenty of computers for private study.” - MATTHEW A-Levels: Physics, Maths and Chemistry Previous School: Manshead Upper School

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2019 A-LEVEL RESULTS SUBJECT

ENTRIES

A*-C%

A*-C

A*-E%

A*-E

Biology

26

62

16

100

26

Business

29

52

15

93

27

Chemistry

14

36

5

100

14

Classical Civilisation

12

50

6

92

11

Computer Science

6

33

2

83

5

3

100

3

100

3

Drama and Theatre

Dance

20

80

16

100

20

Economics

24

58

14

100

24

English Language & Literature

37

76

28

97

36

English Literature

25

76

19

96

24

Film Studies

9

78

7

100

9

Fine Art

12

75

9

100

12

French

8

75

6

100

8

Further Mathematics

3

100

3

100

3

Geography

8

38

3

100

8

Graphic Communication

9

89

8

100

9

History

30

80

24

100

30

Italian

3

100

3

100

3

Law

25

56

14

100

25

Mathematics

20

85

17

100

20

Media Studies

15

67

10

93

14

Philosophy

19

68

13

95

18

Photography

19

79

15

100

19

Physical Education

2

0

0

100

2

Physics

10

50

5

90

9

Politics

20

75

15

100

20

Psychology

44

82

36

100

44

Sociology

55

87

48

100

55

Spanish

5

100

5

100

5

Statistics

4

25

1

100

4

Textiles

8

88

7

100

8

TOTAL

513

71

363

98

504

2019 DIPLOMA RESULTS SUBJECT BTEC Extended Diploma in: Applied Science

ENTRIES D*D*D*-DMM 12

5

MMM-PPP 7

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in: - Business

11

7

3

- Health & Social Care

29

25

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4

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YOUR CHOICES

A-LEVELS

A-Levels are academic, examination-based qualifications recognised as traditional qualifications to gain entry to university and higher education. A-Levels focus mainly on academic subjects and qualify for UCAS points (maximum 56 UCAS points per A-Level).

Typically, you study here for two years In your first year you have the opportunity to take a combination of three or four A-Levels or an Extended Diploma with an A-Level. If you take A-Levels you may sit an AS examination at the end of your first year. This will help you to decide which subjects to continue with in your second year. Typically you will continue with three A-Level subjects in your second year, or the Extended Diploma plus one A-Level.

THE BEDFORD SIXTH FORM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

FOUNDATION AND EXTENDED DIPLOMAS

Foundation and Extended Diplomas are equivalent to A-Levels but are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams. Foundation and Extended Diplomas enable you to progress on to university, higher apprenticeships or employment. The Foundation Diploma can be gained as a qualification at the end of the first year of the Extended Diploma course. It is possible to earn 168 UCAS points from our Cambridge Technical Extended Diplomas and BTEC National Diplomas. Please note that courses are subject to change. Please visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/courses for the latest list of courses we offer.

All students must meet the minimum entry requirements, which are:

•G  rade 4 in English Language, and at least a Grade 3 or D in maths AND •A  t least five subjects at GCSE grade 4 (no more than 1 BTEC counted towards total, and this must be at Merit or above) AND •A  n average GCSE points score across your best eight GCSE results of a grade 4 or above AND • If you wish to study a subject you have previously studied, you must have achieved at least a GCSE Grade 4 or BTEC Merit. • In addition there may be special entry requirements for certain subjects. For the most up-to-date information on subject specific requirements please visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/downloads

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GCSE FOUNDATION PROGRAMME NEW FOR 2020

The Foundation Year is designed for you if you have just, or very recently, completed your GCSEs and not quite got the grades you require for our A-Level entry requirements. This foundation programme provides a direct progression route onto our A-Level and vocational Level 3 programmes. In the Foundation Year, you would take a range of GCSE subjects, including English Language and/ or mathematics. The GSCE options offered will complement A-Level subjects at The Bedford Sixth Form and enable a smooth academic progression. Keep updated with our GCSE Foundation Programme at www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk

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DISTINGUISHED DESTINATIONS

From Criminology to Engineering, whatever university course you want to study we will help you get a place. Our alumni are studying a broad range of subjects at some excellent universities across the UK, including prestigious Russell Group Institutions and Oxbridge.

ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON

ARCHITECTURE BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY

ART AND HISTORY OF ART

ANCIENT HISTORY WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR

BIOCHEMISTRY

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE UNIVERSITY FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS

MARKETING DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY

CYBER SECURITY THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

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DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX

CRIME AND INVESTIGATIVE STUDIES

ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY

CRIMINOLOGY WITH PSYCHOLOGY

UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH

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CHEMISTRY LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

CLASSICAL STUDIES BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

COMPUTER SCIENCE

CRIMINOLOGY NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

BIOARCHAEOLOGY

ACTING AND PERFORMANCE

BUSINESS AND

UNIVERSITY OF READING

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DANCE DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY


CULTURAL AND MEDIA STUDIES

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

DRAMA AND ENGLISH LITERATURE

EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY

ENGLISH AND HISTORY NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY

ENGLISH

EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

LEEDS ARTS UNIVERSITY

FILM STUDIES QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

FORENSIC COMPUTING AND SECURITY

BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH

ECONOMICS CITY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

EVENTS MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN

FASHION MEDIA AND PROMOTION UNIVERSITY FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS (UCA)

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

MARKETING

ASTON UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE

MEDICINE QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

NURSING (CHILD AND MENTAL HEALTH)

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

NURSING WITH REGISTRATION UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

LAW WITH FRENCH LAW

LAW AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

MODERN LANGUAGES

NEUROSCIENCE THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

PHILOSOPHY THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

WITH COUNSELLING SKILLS PHOTOGRAPHY PSYCHOLOGY BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

SOCIAL WORK

PRIMARY EDUCATION WITH QTS

PHILOSOPHY UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

SPECIALIST SPORTS JOURNALISM

UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE JOURNALISM

THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

ILLUSTRATION

GLOBAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

GEOGRAPHY GRAPHIC ARTS NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY

DIGITAL MARKETING

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE

FASHION DESIGN

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

ENGLISH LITERATURE WITH CREATIVE WRITING

UNIVERSITY OF DERBY

HISTORY

DRAMA

BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF DERBY

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SOCIOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX

SPORT SCIENCE ST MARY'S UNIVERSITY

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APPLIED SCIENCE

BIOLOGY

BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA

A-LEVEL

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

The course contains elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics which will equip you with a broad knowledge of science at Level 3. The course is equivalent to two A-Levels in terms of work, so you will be required to select one or two A-Levels to study alongside.

This subject will provide you with a detailed understanding of: the physiology within the systems of the human body; and an introduction to biological molecules, energy processes, control mechanisms and genetics.

NEXT STEPS

You will have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations, including genetic analysis techniques used in the industry.

This course allows you to progress into direct employment in scientific laboratories or apply to universities to do subjects such as biomedical sciences, healthcare, forensic sciences and many biology and chemistry related degrees. Some universities express a preference for A-Levels over BTEC courses, however recent changes mean that universities are becoming increasingly accepting of these courses. Please note that this course is not suitable for most physics-related degrees.

NEXT STEPS

You could go on to study subjects such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, biology, zoology, ecology, biomedical sciences and healthcare.

UCAS points available: 168

“Studying Biology at A-Level goes into so much more depth than at GCSE and I particularly enjoy the work on genetics and cells.� - JACK A-Levels: Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology and Maths Previous School: Ousedale School

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BUSINESS CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA SUBJECT OVERVIEW

This course consists of a variety of modules needed to understand business including the business environment, working in business, business decisions, human resources, economics and change management. The diversity of the units is something which appeals as it captures the fast pace environment similar to real life business to engage and inspire you. This course is equivalent to three A-Levels and you will be expected to study an additional A-Level alongside it.

NEXT STEPS

This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the business sector. You could go on to study subjects such as business, business management, marketing, economics and human resources at university or even move straight in to employment in areas such as business administration. UCAS points available: 168

“I’m enjoying all of my subjects at The Bedford Sixth Form and they work well together. For instance, in Business we have learned about the GDPR rules, which also apply to Law, and about Accounting, which obviously has a maths element to it. One particular area of Business that I am interested in is Marketing and I would like to take this forward to study at university. Consumer behaviour really interests me, which is something we have had a taste of in the first year of the course. I’d like to work in Marketing eventually, or in a managerial position in business.” - KATIE A-Levels: Law, Maths and Business (CamTech) Previous School: Sandy Upper School

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BUSINESS

CHEMISTRY

A-LEVEL

A-LEVEL

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

This A-Level subject will provide you with a critical understanding of a wide range of business topics. Topics covered over the two years include: Management and Leadership, Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management, Operations and Strategic Positioning Direction and Change. Real life case studies will be used wherever possible to make it easier for you to relate to and understand business related topics. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions.

NEXT STEPS

Many students who study this subject are planning on taking a business-related course at university in subjects such as Business Management, Marketing, Economics or Human Resources. You could also go into employment in areas such as business administration.

SUBJECT OVERVIEW The study of chemistry is important for understanding numerous processes that occur on the planet, whether inside the earth, in the atmosphere or in biological organisms. During this course you will study the theoretical background to why chemical reactions occur, why different materials possess their particular properties, structure of the atom, significance of the arrangement of electrons and the importance of the periodic table in predicting properties. You will look at different types of molecules and their various reactions, and factors affecting how and why they occur.

NEXT STEPS

This subject develops essential practical competences that are useful in a future scientific career. Science A-Levels are required for most medicine and veterinary courses, in addition to a range of other science-related degrees. Graduates with science degrees are in great demand in the UK.

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RHEANNE’S STORY A-Levels: Chemistry, Biology, Psychology Previous School: Kempston Challenger Academy “I knew I wanted to study science at sixth form. My passion for the subject grew during middle school and I was keen to take it further and understand how different processes work. My favourite thing about Chemistry is learning the background to how things work, such as how molecules react and behave, plus I enjoy studying organic chemistry.

The science equipment is always well prepared for us ahead of lessons and there is a wide range of chemistry books in the Library to enable us to expand our knowledge. Outside of school and sixth form I’ve always had a passion for space, and astronomy has become a hobby of mine. I’m fascinated by the chemistry of how space is built up and whether we could explore further one day. So, after I finish my A-Levels, I’m planning to study either Planetary Science or Geochemistry at university and I’d like a career in Engineering or Aerospace, perhaps even as an Astronomer.”

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CLASSICAL CIVILISATION A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW

This subject includes the study of visual and material culture including archaeology, architecture, literary sources, material culture and thoughts of the classical world while acquiring an understanding of their social, historical and cultural contexts. Within this subject you will carry out book reviews, literary analysis, language analysis, social and historical context.

NEXT STEPS

This subject is great preparation if you are considering a degree or employment in journalism, literature, teaching, government, history, theatre, art, languages, heritage, international relations, psychology, sociology and many others. JK Rowling and Boris Johnson are both Classics graduates, so the subject can take you far.

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COMPUTER SCIENCE A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW Computer Science is relevant to the changing and progressive world of computing. It is a practical subject where you can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital lens.

NEXT STEPS

Several pathways would be open to you with an A-Level in Computer Science. You could study Computer Science at undergraduate level or a combination of Science and Computer Science, perhaps in the area of Bioinformatics. “The Computer Science course is mainly focused on coding and understanding how computers work. The software side is a lot more advanced than it was at school, while the hardware elements require you to have a lot more knowledge of peripherals, for example. We’ve also learnt about how a laser printer works, which was really interesting.” – JACK A-Levels: Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology and Maths Previous School: Ousedale School

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DANCE A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW

This subject will give you a wide appreciation of dance through practical and theoretical studies, with an emphasis on choreography and performance. Entry will be granted via an interview and audition.

NEXT STEPS

A-Level Dance can be combined with courses such as Music, Drama, English, Film Studies and Media Studies if you wish to pursue a career in Performing Arts. The subject enables you to progress on to university or professional training. For example, you could go on to forge a career as a professional dancer, West End performer, teacher, community dance artist, or arts manager.

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SHOLA’S STORY A-Levels: Dance, Fine Art, Sociology, English Literature & Language Previous School: St Thomas More Catholic School “I started dancing when I was seven along with my twin sister Jasmine. We learned ballet, contemporary, street and tap and mostly do commercial dance. We’ve done quite a bit of commercial work together, including TV commercials for the Olympics and the 2018 Lidl Christmas advert, and, more recently, modelling for clothing lines. Dance is still my main focus but it wasn’t something offered by my school at A-Level. Studying for an A-Level in Dance is helping me to develop both the practical and theoretical sides and I’m really enjoying it. When I finish sixth form I hope to go on to a Dance School, such as Urdang Academy, Stella Mann or Bird College of Dance & Musical Theatre. My tutor is a great support and will help me choreograph a suitable audition piece. I really enjoy the ‘practitioner copies’ we do in lessons where we have to recreate a particular style. I chose a Bob Fosse style from Broadway and made it into a solo. We have a showcase coming up at the end of the year, which is mostly contemporary style, but we can choose to bring in other styles if we wish.

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DRAMA

ECONOMICS

A-LEVEL

A-LEVEL

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

This subject offers you the chance to expand your personal creativity and develop your understanding of the complexities of theatre. It involves working with a range of people, rehearsal schedules and performance analysis with an emphsais on drama and theatre studies as a practical, artistic and technical subject. If you enjoy the study of plays and the opportunity to be creative, then this subject is for you.

SUBJECT OVERVIEW This subject will provide you with an understanding of current economic issues and economic problems that affect everyday life. It will also provide you with the ability to analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it. You will develop an enquiring, critical and thoughtful ‘economist’s mind’.

NEXT STEPS

NEXT STEPS

All employers are seeking to recruit individuals who can demonstrate key skills such as communication, analysis and creativity. This course helps build these, but also helps to build confidence, alongside presentation skills. Upon completion of this course you could progress on to a higher education course in drama, or a related subject, at either university or drama school depending on the route that you would prefer to take.

Students typically go on to study economics, management, law or other business related courses. You could also study courses combined with a wide variety of other subjects such as History, maths or a Language because of the strong logical base that the subject provides. Progression to university to study Economics usually requires A-Level or AS Maths to accompany an A-Level in Economics.

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EMMA’S STORY A-Levels: Drama, Photography, English Language & Literature Previous School: Wootton Upper School “My interest in drama began at middle school. I’m a naturally dramatic person, so realising that I could use this and make something of it was a revelation! Having a new group of people to work with is fundamental for drama, and this was the attraction for me when I decided to move to The Bedford Sixth Form.

The atmosphere when I first visited felt fresh and new, and I was keen to branch out and embrace the university-style atmosphere that I know will help me to prepare for the step up to university. Once I finish sixth form I am going to take a year or two out to get some more acting experience before applying to drama school. I’m aiming high and am looking at the Central School of Speech & Drama, RADA, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and LAMDA. My tutor is amazing; she puts her time and energy into helping us and always goes the extra mile. She is currently helping me with monologues to apply to the National Youth Theatre. I think the most important thing I have learnt so far is how to become a character and take on a role, through our work into different practitioners and techniques. We have a theatre on campus with lighting and costumes. Our exam performances are open to the public and we also acted in an interactive horror maze last year in the Grand Hall. We got to design everything, from concept to build. There is a good balance of independence and structure at the Sixth Form; we are treated as adults who can have a conversation, but also people who have a lot to learn.” T: 01234 291291

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

A-LEVEL

A-LEVEL

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

A-Level English Language offers continuity from GCSE in such areas as creativity, exploration of unseen texts, and application of linguistic terminology. The course incorporates a variety of assessment types suitable for the concept or topic assessed, and there’s a clear sense of development throughout the course, culminating in the opportunity to undertake a creative, personal investigative study. This allows you to pursue more detailed work in a field of particular personal interest, offering excellent preparation for study at undergraduate level. You’ll be expected to engage creatively with topical issues relevant to language in use and develop their interest in and enjoyment of English.

NEXT STEPS

The study of English Literature is valued by a wide variety of universities including many Russell Group universities. The subject will prepare you for a range of higher education study including: English, History, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism and more.

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

This subject offers the opportunity to study both English Language and Literature in an integrated way, bringing together great texts, analysis and the skill of original writing. You’ll be encouraged to read widely across all main genres of writing, develop the ability to read closely and analyse any expression of English, and become a confident writer in various modes and forms.

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The study of English in all its forms is valued highly by universities and in a wide variety of career paths. Through the study of English you will develop skills of analysis, interpretation, communication and argument, which are valued in careers such as law, teaching, journalism, publishing, public relations, sales, marketing and more.

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ENGLISH LITERATURE A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW A-Level English Literature will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills you learnt at GCSE. It will introduce you to the discipline of advanced literary studies, and requires reading of all the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the ways writers shape meaning in texts, the ways individual texts are interpreted by different readers and how texts relate to one another and to the contexts in which they are written and read.

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English Literature is considered a facilitating subject by Russell Group universities and a gateway qualification in many industries. It will prepare you for a range of higher education study; including English, History, Communications, Journalism, and Languages. It will develop skills that can benefit students in a range of careers including; teaching, journalism, research, administration and translating.

FILM STUDIES A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW

This subject will deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film and aims to build on the familiarity of films you have developed informally since childhood. You will study films from a variety of production contexts and you will also develop skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as encouraging creativity and practical skills in audio-visual and written form.

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Students who successfully complete this subject can expect to gain entry on to university degree programmes in Film, Television or Media Studies, or direct entry into the film production industry at junior level.

“I’ve always enjoyed films, particularly those by Damien Chazelle (writer of La La Land and Whiplash) and Tarantino, as well as John Carpenter and Denis Villeneuve. Film Studies at A-Level involves learning about film form, which includes all aspects of the film, such as costumes, editing, cinematography, set design etc.” – JAKE A-Levels: Film Studies, Business, Psychology and History Previous School: Sandy Upper School

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FINE ART A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW Art is a form of visual communication and expression of ideas and feelings through the skillful manipulation of materials. In this subject you will be encouraged to find a way of working that is personally fulfilling and enables you to achieve your potential. You will be taught a broad range of techniques with an emphasis on experimentation and exploration. The structure and emphasis of this subject is on introducing you to new materials, techniques and different approaches. Relating work to that of professional artists and developing it through extended research will help you to create a successful project. Great emphasis will be put on developing the creative and expressive content of your own artwork as the course proceeds. Sketchbooks will be used to underpin all work. They will contain observational studies plus ideas developing from historical and contextual material, as well as those that relate to gallery visits.

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The study of Art & Design at this level can lead to further study of Art on a foundation course, or direct entry on to a degree course.

FORENSIC AND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA SUBJECT OVERVIEW Studying the Forensic and Criminal Investigation BTEC Level 3 National Diploma will provide you with a qualification equivalent to two A-Levels and the associated UCAS tariff value. You will develop skills including carrying out practical laboratory tasks, planning investigations, evaluating case studies/sources of information to draw arguments together and forensic reports used in court hearings.

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The Forensic and Criminal Investigation BTEC National Diploma if taken alongside an A-Level will open up opportunity for progression into a range of higher education programmes such as: forensic science, psychology, criminology, law and more. UCAS points available: 168

“The Art department was one of the main reasons for coming here; from the openness of the studios to the specific facilities such as the kiln room. I am planning to apply to university to study Video Games Concept Design. Once I graduate I’d love to get a job at one of the main three video games studios; Gorilla Games, Blizzard or Respawn.” – ORLANDO A-Levels: Politics, History, Art and Law Previous School: Cambourne Village College

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FRENCH A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW Modern language subjects are designed to provide practical and enjoyable lifelong skills, whether used in the workplace or for leisure. Speaking another language really makes you stand out from the crowd. You will study a range of social issues and political, historical and artistic culture within France. You will learn to speak and write in French in a range of situations and how to express facts and opinions.

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The French A-Level subject is a rigorous and highly regarded option. It will help you prepare for higher education and enhance your employability profile. It gives you the opportunity to learn and apply important transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis, communication and relationship-building, autonomy and resourcefulness. The study of modern languages can lead to a variety of careers both in this country and abroad. International companies welcome language graduates, and an ability in a local language can help for those planning to work overseas.

FURTHER MATHEMATICS A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW

The core of this subject will cover a range of topics, including; Matrix algebra, complex numbers, differential equations, vectors and series. During this subject you will have opportunities to present your own ideas and take an active part in finding elegant and interesting solutions to mathematical problems.

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A-Level Further Mathematics is an excellent qualification for continuing the study of mathematics at university, and can lead to a rewarding career in finance, engineering, economics or a wide range of other industries.

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GEOGRAPHY A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW Geography studies the relationship of human populations to each other over space and time, as well as their relationship with the physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to the global. If you have studied the subject at GCSE you will find that some of the units will be discussing familiar core themes in more detail, while other units will introduce you to completely new areas of study.

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This Geography A-Level will help you prepare for undergraduate study in subjects such as; Land Geography, Human Geography, Geology, Ecology and Conservational Egronomy.

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GERMAN A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW Modern language subjects are designed to provide practical and enjoyable lifelong skills, whether used in the workplace or for leisure. Speaking another language really makes you stand out from the crowd. You will study a range of social issues and political, historical and artistic culture within Germany. You will learn to speak and write in German in a range of situations and how to express facts and opinions.

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The German A-Level subject is a rigorous and highly regarded option. It will help you prepare for higher education and enhance your employability profile. It gives you the opportunity to learn and apply important transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis, communication and relationship-building, autonomy and resourcefulness. The study of modern languages can lead to a variety of careers both in this country and abroad. International companies welcome language graduates, and an ability in a local language can help for those planning to work overseas.

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW Graphic Communication conveys information and ideas by visual means. Often work is realised in two-dimensional form but carries the illusion of three dimensions through the manipulation of images and the formal elements. The critical elements for a graphic designer are the successful communication of a message through the organisation of images and words.

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During this subject you will build up a practical portfolio of work, which can be used to support applications for work or for higher education programmes. There is a wide range of university courses available in Art & Design, including specialist courses in Graphic Communication/Design, Typography, Illustration, Digital Photography, Architecture, Animation, Game Design, Web Design and Advertising, all of which will directly prepare you for careers in the creative industry.

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA SUBJECT OVERVIEW

During this course you will explore a wide range of care professions and the types of care that are delivered in different settings, such as hospitals or in the local community. You will learn about the varied roles that professionals take within a care package. This course is the equivalent of three A-Levels and you will be expected to study an additional A-Level alongside.

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This course, in conjunction with other A-Levels, will allow you to progress on to a wide range of health related degrees at university. These could include: Nursing, Midwifery, Paediatric Nursing, Clinical Psychology and Social Care. UCAS points available: 168

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HISTORY

ITALIAN

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A-LEVEL

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This subject will encourage you to develop your interest in the study of history and its relation to the contemporary world. You will develop an enquiring, critical and evidence-based approach, and reflect on and build your own values, opinions and attitudes. Within this subject you must study the history of more than one country, a British history option, and topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years. The ability to develop and sustain an argument with clarity and precision is a core part of this subject.

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History is a rigorous, essay-based subject which provides excellent preparation for a number of career routes including further study at undergraduate level. Its emphasis on being able to engage with and analyse a range of abstract ideas, concepts and evidence develops the sort of flexibility of mind which is valuable for a range of different professions.

SUBJECT OVERVIEW Modern language subjects are designed to provide practical and enjoyable lifelong skills, whether used in the workplace or for leisure. Speaking another language really makes you stand out from the crowd. You will study a range of social issues and political, historical and artistic culture within Italy. You will learn to speak and write in Italian in a range of situations and how to express facts and opinions.

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The Italian A-Level subject is a rigorous and highly regarded option. It will help you prepare for higher education and enhance your employability profile. It gives you the opportunity to learn and apply important transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis, communication and relationship-building, autonomy and resourcefulness. The study of modern languages can lead to a variety of careers both in this country and abroad. International companies welcome language graduates, and an ability in a local language can help for those planning to work overseas.

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LAW

MATHEMATICS

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A-LEVEL

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Law is continuously developing, influenced and changed by everyday events. This is an exciting and stimulating subject covering the operation of the British legal system. You will learn about the principles of law-making and dispute-solving as well as the basics of criminal liability and negligence. Every citizen should have a working knowledge of the law and how to exercise their rights. The study of law is for everyone, not just lawyers. This course will provide you with a knowledge and understanding of the main principles of English and Welsh law.

An A-Level in Maths will help to develop your understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment to develop abilities to reason logically. This subject will allow you to see how different areas of mathematics are connected, recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically, help you understand the relationship between mathematics and ‘real world’ problems and enhance your problem solving skills.

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A-Level Mathematics is an excellent qualification for continuing the study of mathematics at university, and can lead to a rewarding career in finance, engineering, economics or a wide range of other industries.

A-Level Law will provide you with an excellent grounding and head start to a Law degree. A qualifying Law degree (LLB) will enable you to progress to become a solicitor or barrister.

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If you do not wish to practice law you may be interested in careers in the police force, the court or prison service, or even other authorities such as social services. “Law was a new subject for me when I started at The Bedford Sixth Form and I’m really enjoying it. One of the first things we did was to look at 30 laws and decide if they were true or false. It turns out it is illegal to ‘handle salmon in suspicious circumstances!” - KATIE A-Levels: Law, Mathematics and Business Previous School: Sandy Upper School

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MEDIA STUDIES A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW This subject will allow you to draw on your existing experience of the media and to develop your abilities to respond critically to it. You will explore a wide variety of media sources including print journalism, radio, television and online digital media technologies by drawing upon the concepts of text, industry and audience response. The course also encourages creativity to enable you to gain a greater appreciation of the media through your own production work and to develop your own production skills.

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When you successfully complete this subject, you can expect to gain entry on to university degree programmes in Film, Television or Media Studies or direct entry into the media production industry at junior level.

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PHILOSOPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

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A-LEVEL

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A-Level Philosophy provides you with a broad introduction to the study of Philosophy. The Philosophy specification asks these fundamental questions: What can we know? Can the existence of God be proved? How do we make moral decisions? Are my mind and body separate?

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This subject is designed to allow you to: develop a range of transferable skills, which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy; gain a thorough understanding in key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques; and develop the ability to reason, form your own judgements, express yourself coherently and contribute to the process of debate.

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Photography is an ever-expanding medium and is employed in many contexts, including fashion, advertising, journalism, medicine, science and art & design. This subject will examine a diverse range of techniques, ideas and images relevant to the practice of photography. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in traditional and new photographic technologies, through exploration of portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary, abstraction and experimental imagery, in the studio and on location.

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This subject is designed to allow you to go on to study at undergraduate level. Some undergraduate level subjects in the Arts will require a foundation level degree. Subjects you can progress on to include: Fine Art, Art & Design, Photography, Media and Fashion Design.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW

Studying Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide range of knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport. The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then, through the academic study, improve your performance or coaching through application of the theory.

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A-Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in Sports Science, Sports Management, Healthcare, or Exercise and Health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology and many more.

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PHYSICS A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW

There has never been a better time to study Physics. We are at the beginning of our understanding of dark matter and dark energy, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has already discovered the Higgs Boson, and we expect more amazing discoveries from the LHC in the next few years. As a result, models in Physics may be re-written, which will change our understanding of nature and the origins of the universe. An A-Level in Physics will open up a broad range of career possibilities, whether in industry, research or even pushing the boundaries of our understanding of nature. If you are a confident mathematician, enjoy practical work, have an enquiring mind and want to know more about how the world works, then A-Level Physics is for you.

NEXT STEPS An A-Level in Physics will open doors to many science and non-science careers. Employers recognise the transferable skills learnt in A-Level Physics, and many universities view A-Level Physics as a solid foundation for many science related degrees.

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“Physics is, of course, more theoretical; it’s the basis of everything and I like that. It gives me a deeper understanding of the world around us. For example, I’ve enjoyed learning about acceleration and how to calculate five different things with limited information.” - MATTHEW A-Levels: Physics, Maths and Chemistry Previous School: Manshead Upper School

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POLITICS

PSYCHOLOGY

A-LEVEL

A-LEVEL

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If you would like to learn more about how the country is run, the relationship between people and politics and how to scrutinize the political process this subject is ideal for you. This subject will give you a balanced education in politics, allow you to examine key themes in political analysis and provide you with the opportunity to specialise in both UK and USA politics. Modules include: UK Politics, UK Government and Comparitive Politics (goverment and politics of USA).

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This subject allows you to go on to undergraduate level study in subjects like Politics, Economics, Business and Law. “Politics is a very interesting subject because of its relevance to people and the fact that we are able to understand the world around us on a global level. One interesting thing I have learned is that, before the rise of Thatcherism, the Conservatives were once One-Nationism. One-Nationism takes a semi-liberal stance, whilst Thatcherism was a fairly right wing Capitalist group.”

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Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour, and is a very popular subject. Psychology uses scientific methods to describe and explain behaviour which, in turn, allows us to predict and modify behaviour. During this course you will develop both an academic understanding of the subject and an appreciation of its impact on peoples daily lives.

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Qualifications in Psychology can lead to careers in personnel, health services, counselling, teaching and police services. Successful completion of this A-Level subject will also give you access to a range of higher education courses including Psychology degrees.

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– ORLANDO A-Levels: Politics, History, Art and Law Previous School: Cambourne Village College

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SOCIOLOGY A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW Sociology is the academic study of social behaviour, its origins, development, organisation, and institutions. It is a social science that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about social order, social disorder and social change.

NEXT STEPS Sociology is a rigorous, analytical subject which provides excellent preparation for a number of career routes, including further study at undergraduate level and careers in areas such as social work and social politics. Sociology courses have emphasis on being able to engage with and analyse a range of abstract ideas, concepts and evidence develops the sort of flexible mind, which is valuable for a range of different professions.

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ELLEN’S STORY A-Levels: Psychology, Sociology, English Language & Literature, Mathematics Previous School: Longsands Academy “I knew I wanted to study Psychology and Sociology at A-Level. There is a lot of overlap in the research methods and there are so many interesting studies and findings that I wouldn’t have known about if I had not pursued these subjects.

I enjoy learning about mental processes and how people think in Psychology, and then how different aspects of society affect how people function in Sociology. One particularly interesting point I have learnt is how the brain hemispheres swap over with parts of the body; so if the left side of the brain didn’t work, then the right side of the body couldn’t be controlled. My tutors are really nice and helpful. They always support me and will help pick you up if you’re having a bad day. As well as our subject tutors we have a Personal Achievement Tutor who we can go to with any concerns or questions, study related or other.”

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SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

SPANISH A-LEVEL SUBJECT OVERVIEW Modern language subjects are designed to provide practical and enjoyable lifelong skills, whether used in the workplace or for leisure. Speaking another language really makes you stand out from the crowd. You will study a range of social issues and political, historical and artistic culture within Spain. You will learn to speak and write in Spanish in a range of situations and how to express facts and opinions.

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The Spanish A-Level subject is a rigorous and highly regarded option. It will help you prepare for higher education and enhance your employability profile. It gives you the opportunity to learn and apply important transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis, communication and relationship-building, autonomy and resourcefulness. The study of modern languages can lead to a variety of careers both in this country and abroad. International companies welcome language graduates, and an ability in a local language can help for those planning to work overseas.

CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA SUBJECT OVERVIEW

This course will allow you to sample the wide range of activities and professions that are available in sport. It is ideal for the workplace due to the combination of transferable theoretical and practical skills. This qualification is not just about being able to play sport or deal with elite athletes; it will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into higher education on a sport-related programme such as Sport & Physical Education, Sport Science, Sport Coaching & Development, or Sport & Leisure Management. This course is the equivalent of three A-Levels and you will be expected to study an additional A-Level alongside it.

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This course will enable you to progress into employment in the sport, leisure or fitness industry, either through an apprenticeship or directly into work. UCAS points available: 168

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GABRIELA’S STORY A-Levels: Spanish, Mathematics, Psychology Previous School: St Thomas More “My two main reasons for choosing The Bedford Sixth Form were the diversity and welcoming feel, neither of which I experienced at other sixth forms I visited. I also like the balance between independence and support in the teaching style here. The staff really listen to the students; the Student Voice got the hours extended in the library, which now opens very early so that you can come in and work before lessons. Also, everyone is willing to help you no matter what their role; I have been to the Head before for help with Maths that I had been stuck with!

Outside of lessons I am a Student Ambassador, which means I speak to new students at open days and welcome events, help them find where they are going and answer their questions. I’ve had a bit of a stressful time with A-Levels due to some personal issues, but the Sixth Form has helped me all the way through and has made sure I got the grades I need. I’ve had the help of my Personal Tutor, as well as a coach to help with course management and make sure everything gets done so that I am not too emotionally overwhelmed.”

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STATISTICS

TEXTILES

A-LEVEL

A-LEVEL

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A-Level Statistics provides students with a wide range of techniques for understanding and analysing data, increasingly important skills in a world of constant change. The emphasis is on understanding the implications and limitations of the various techniques in the context of practical situations. Statistics provides useful support for a variety of other subjects, including many of the Social Sciences.

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A-Level Statistics is a good choice for students considering higher education in any science, social science or maths-based course or medicine, law or management.

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SUBJECT OVERVIEW

Textile design is a versatile medium that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials and processes in order to create an outcome. There is an emphasis on experimentation and you will have the option to choose between the following areas: textiles for interiors, fine art textiles and fashion textiles.

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This subject will provide you with the skills to progress into a career in textile art, surface pattern, print, fibre arts, fashion and textiles, interior design or fine art.

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ENRICHMENT

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At The Bedford Sixth Form, life doesn’t stop at the end of lessons – you can challenge yourself and achieve success in a range of extra-curricular opportunities that aim to enhance your learning experience and strengthen your UCAS application. You might join a club because it’s already of interest and you want to learn more, or simply to add variety to your studies and try something completely new.

Why not try some of the activities we offer:

ARTS

Fibre Arts

CULTURE & MEDIA

Chess Club Current Affairs Debate Club Student Newsletter Student Voice

GAMES & QUIZZES

Board Game Extravaganza Infinite Quizdom Rubik’s Cube & Logic Puzzle Club

SCIENCE

The Whipworm Genome Project

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness & Wellbeing LGBTQ Club “I’m a member of the Student Voice and the LGBTQ Club, and I have helped to run an LGBTQ History Awareness Day. It’s really fun to be a part of and helps to develop social skills, as well as giving you an insight into what it is like to work on an actual council.” - ELLEN A-Levels: Psychology, Sociology, English Language & Literature and Mathematics Previous School: Longsands Academy

SPORT & FITNESS Shotokan Karate Club 5-a-side Football Badminton Dodgeball Club

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ENHANCEMENT TRIPS

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

We bring learning to life through trips and visits. Here is a selection of the most recent trips our students have enjoyed:

•T  he Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE): adventurous and fun activities, which lead to a nationally recognised award. •Y  oung Enterprise: enterprise, finance programmes and masterclasses. • Volunteering: within local organisations, which benefit the community and your UCAS application.

ATHENS BEDFORD HOSPITAL BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE (BFI) BRITISH SCIENCE MUSEUM

CROWN COURTS

GALLERIES OF JUSTICE IN NOTTINGHAM

WORK EXPERIENCE

GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS LOCAL MAGISTRATES

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING IN THEATRE

NOTTING HILL BRAND MUSEUM NUCLEAR FUSION RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT IN CULHAM We encourage our students to find work placements related to their subjects or future career path. This helps you to enhance not only your own personal development, but your UCAS application and CV as well. The Bedford Sixth Form has an award-winning careers team who provide guidance and support to those who require any help determining what type of work to pursue or in locating any work experience. We also have noticeboards and bulletins available for all students looking for part-time employment.

PRAGUE FEBIOFEST ROME SANGER INSTITUTE

THE BARBICAN

THE OLD BAILEY THE TATE MODERN NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

V & A MUSEUM WELLS & YOUNGS BREWERY UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE

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Becoming a Student Ambassador helps you to be more involved in Sixth Form life through a range of activities and events. It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop wider skills that both universities and employers look for. If you are selected as a Student Ambassador you will be involved in... • Inspiring potential students at our open days and campus tours • Helping new students settle in through our Welcome Day and Induction • Making an impact on how The Bedford Sixth Form operates through focus groups

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FANTASTIC FACILITIES

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The Bedford Sixth Form’s stunning campus delivers a unique blend of modern study areas and Victorian architecture, which echoes the excellence of education that has been delivered at the site for over a century. The Library is linked to the wood panelled, original library and the former onsite church has been refurbished into modern classrooms. The grand Victorian Hall is often used for students’ own private study. We think you’ll agree it’s quite a magnificent place to take your learning to another level.

TEACHING AND LEARNING SPACES

Our study facilities help you make the most of your chosen subjects, including specialist Art & Design studios to hone your creativity, fully equipped laboratories to explore the sciences, plus access to a dance studio and theatre for drama and performance.

IT AND INTERNET ACCESS

We have a host of modern PCs – all internet-enabled and running the latest software – plus 24/7 access to Moodle, our virtual learning environment. Free wi-fi is available throughout the campus.

LIBRARY

The latest computers plus thousands of books, journals and a wide variety of electronic resources are available to you in our Library, where you can find quiet spaces for individual study and areas where you can study in groups.

SPACE TO SOCIALISE

At The Bedford Sixth Form there are a range of unique spaces for you and your friends to catch up and enjoy something to eat and drink, including the Hub, the Nave and the Grand Hall. We also have a new onsite Costa Coffee bar where our students can enjoy discounted coffee.

SPORT

As a student at The Bedford Sixth Form, you’ll have the opportunity to access fantastic sports facilities at the Trinity Arts & Leisure sports complex, based on campus, at a discounted student rate. Facilities include a large sports hall and a 25 metre, indoor, six-lane swimming pool.

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STRONG SUPPORT Everyone has different needs when it comes to support and guidance. At The Bedford Sixth Form our team of Student Services Advisers give you the support you need, when you need it.

A SAFE ENVIRONMENT

We take the wellbeing and safety of every single student very seriously. We strive to ensure a safe and welcoming environment at The Bedford Sixth Form, and have safeguarding and anti-bullying policies in place to ensure that young people and vulnerable adults studying with us do so in a safe and secure environment. If you have any concerns about these issues, our trained staff are here to help.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

If you have an identified learning difficulty and/or disability you may be entitled to additional support. This could include: help in and outside of class; the loan of specialist equipment you may need to complete work; support with making special arrangements for taking exams or support in accessing our facilities.

CAREERS ADVICE

Throughout your time with us, our careers advisers are here to help you find the right path. Providing impartial advice and guidance on everything from your university choices or training and work prospects, to CVs and interview preparation.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT TUTOR

You will be assigned a Personal Achievement Tutor when you start your course who will give you one-on-one support throughout your time with us. You will also meet your tutor regularly, together with the other students in your tutor group, to keep you informed of everything going on at The Bedford Sixth Form or to work on group projects, such as career planning.

PERSONAL COUNSELLOR

Our Counsellor is available to help if personal difficulties are getting in the way of your studies. We provide quiet spaces where you can talk through your problems with a counsellor and work towards making them easier to handle.

UCAS JOURNEY

We have a dedicated team and comprehensive programme in place to support you through the UCAS application process. We encourage you to start preparing your UCAS applications early, so it is with teachers by late October for a standard entry, or by late September for Oxbridge or Medicine, to be reviewed and checked. We also run drop-in sessions throughout the UCAS application period, where you can get advice about the whole process.

Our Student Services team are here to provide you with practical advice on student bursaries, travel costs, higher education funding, grants and much more. We also have a range of financial support packages available to help with essential costs, such as equipment, books, clothing or meals, as well as bursaries for vulnerable students or those in severe financial hardship.

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ALUMNI NETWORK

The support doesn’t stop when you leave us at The Bedford Sixth Form. We would like you to become part of our Alumni Network so that we can keep in touch with you and likewise you with us. We have some strong alumni case studies where students have gone on to fascinating pathways. We want to hear stories from you achieving great things!

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FEES AND FUNDING TUITION AND EXAM FEES

If you are aged 16-18 on 31 August 2020 and a British or European Union resident, the tuition and exam registration fees for your course are FREE. If you are aged 19 to 23 on 31 August 2020 and looking to study your first full Level 3 qualification, the tuition fee will be FREE. If you are aged 19 or above on 31 August 2020 and already have a Level 3 qualification or if you are aged 24 or over, you will need to pay a fee. See our website for more details: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/finance.

ESSENTIAL COSTS

Depending on the subjects or courses you choose to study, there may be extra costs you have to pay on top of any tuition and exam fees. Trips, visits and external speakers will be charged for and you will be expected to buy your own textbooks.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you have not been living in the UK for the last three years, or if you are on a student visa, different fees may apply to you – contact us on 01234 291000 (+44 1234 291000 from overseas).

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE BURSARY SCHEME You may qualify for a £4,000 bursary if you achieve eight GCSEs Grades 9-6, including English Language and maths, and at least four of your GCSEs are at Grades 9-7. You will need to study our full-time A-Level (or equivalent Level 3) programme. The £4,000 is paid over two years. To find out more please visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/bursaries

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT Here is an overview of the financial help that may be on offer to you as a student at The Bedford Sixth Form. Please note that funding is limited, so we strongly advise that you apply as early as possible. Type of support

Available to students aged 16-18?

Available to students aged 19 or above? Yes

Childcare Support

Yes

Course Costs Bursary

Yes

Discretionary Hardship Bursary

Yes

Only available to students in receipt of the Advanced Learner Loan

Travel Support

Yes

Yes

If you’re a parent aged 16 to 19, the government’s Care to Learn scheme could pay up to £160 per child per week towards your childcare and travel costs while you’re learning. If you are aged 20+ you may receive help through The Bedford Sixth Form’s Advanced Learner Loan Bursary.

Yes

You may be able to receive up to 75% of essential course costs. To qualify, for those aged 16-18 your household income must be £30,000 or less. For those aged 19 or above your household income must be £30,000 or less.

Yes

The hardship bursary is a discretionary award towards general costs and is only awarded to students with exceptional financial hardship. If you experience a sudden change of circumstances which places you in hardship, please speak to a Student Services adviser or your Personal Achievement Tutor. A discretionary award may be made to help ensure that you can still participate in The Bedford Sixth Form and complete your qualifications.

Yes

Meals’ Bursary

Information

Only available to students in receipt of the Advanced Learner Loan or EHCP

Yes

You may qualify for a free meal if you are aged 16-18, have a household income of £16,190 or less and are in receipt of specified benefits. You can apply for this through the 16-18 Bursary scheme. Free meals are also available if you are in receipt of the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary. There is a travel bursary worth up to £600 per year which supports students aged 16-18 who are most in need and who would otherwise be unable to, or would find it difficult to, attend The Bedford Sixth Form. In 2019/20 our Travel Bursary was means-tested and open to those with a household income of £30,000 or less. For the latest information and up to date terms and conditions for 2020/21 please visit www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/travel Students aged 19+ may be eligible for help with travel costs from the Adult Support Fund. See next page for more information.

Vulnerable Learner Bursary

Yes

No

Young people aged 16-18 that are living independently in care, care leavers, young people receiving income support that are living independently and disabled young people receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment are eligible to receive a bursary of up to £1,200 a year.

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

The financial support information listed above is based on what we offered our students in 2019/20 — please check www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/finance for the latest updates. Further terms and conditions for each bursary apply — please check online at www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/finance for full details. T: 01234 291291

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TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT WHICH BUS CAN I GET?

Many of the bus routes covering Bedford, Luton and the wider local area terminate at Bedford Bus Station, which is just a two minute walk away from The Bedford Sixth Form. With routes running as frequently as every 12 minutes, it’s the ideal way to make your journey to Sixth Form. To find your best route, please visit the local bus operator’s website: www.stagecoachbus.com

HELP WITH TRAVEL COSTS

We offer a Travel Bursary to support students who are most in need and who would otherwise be unable to, or would find it difficult to, attend The Bedford Sixth Form. Our Travel Bursary is means-tested and open to those with a household income of £30,000 or less. In 2019/20 it was worth up to £600 a year. In 2020/21 the bursary may be available if you are*: • Aged 16-18 on 31 August 2020 • Living more than three miles from the campus •S  tudying a full-time programme up to and including Level 3 •F  rom a household with an income of £30,000 or less and not eligible for financial support for travel from your Local Authority. For the latest information, including terms and conditions and deadlines for 2020/21 please visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/travel There may also be support if you are aged 19+. Please speak to our Student Services Team.

*This information is based on the academic year 2019/20. This may be subject to change for 2020/21.

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Frequency

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Kempston (via Bedford Road)

Every 15 minutes

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Elstow Park & Ride site

Every 15 minutes

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Fenlake

Every 30 minutes

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Goldington

Every 30 minutes

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Elms Farm

Every 15 minutes

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Brickhill (Tyne Crescent)

Every 15 minutes

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Woodside

Every 30 minutes

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Great Denham

Every 30 minutes

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Shortstown, Shefford and Hitchin

Every 15 minutes

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Goldington

Every 30 minutes

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Northampton

Every 60 minutes

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Ampthill & Flitwick

Every 60 minutes

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Rushden & Kettering

Up to 60 minutes

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Every 30 minutes

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Cranfield, Marston Mortaine and Wootton

Every 20 minutes

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Sandy & Biggleswade

Every 30 minutes

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Biggleswade

Every 60 minutes

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Every 60 minutes

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Milton Keynes

Every 60 minutes

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Cambridge-Oxford

Every 30 minutes

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TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY OR MOBILITY PROBLEM

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO TRAVEL By Foot Take a stroll to The Bedford Sixth Form – we’re located right in the centre of town (see the map below).

If you have a particular disability or mobility problem (including a temporary medical condition), you may be entitled to assistance with travel arrangements, even if you live under three miles from The Bedford Sixth Form. Please check your local authority’s transport policy on our website at www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/travel for more information.

By Bike Good for the environment, good for you – Bedford has a network of signposted cycle paths and designated cycle lanes, and we also provide safe and secure cycle racks to store your bike. Download a copy of the Bedford Borough Council’s Cycle Map on our website at www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/downloads By Car Car parking is not available on site but there are public car parks close by. By Train Bedford’s mainline station is just a ten-minute walk from The Bedford Sixth Form, with frequent rail services running between local towns, villages and stations. Please visit National Rail at www.nationalrail.co.uk for information on train times and ticket prices.

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PARENTS’ Q&A At The Bedford Sixth Form we realise that parents and guardians play a very important part in our students’ success.

WILL MY CHILD HAVE TO PAY ANY COSTS FOR STUDYING AT THE BEDFORD SIXTH FORM?

You’re there to help guide them in the decisions they make and support them throughout their studies. To help with this process, we’ve answered some of the top questions asked by parents. If you would like to find out more, we have a separate Parents’ Guide that you can download from: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/downloads

If they are aged 16-18, our courses are free for them to study. They will be required to buy course related textbooks and, for a few courses, clothing, specialist equipment and they will need to pay towards trips and visits. If your child is facing a financial hardship we offer financial support to help with the costs of study. See page 53 for details.

HOW MANY STUDENTS PROGRESS AFTER COMPLETING A-LEVELS?

HOW WILL YOU KEEP MY CHILD SAFE?

95% of students went on to positive destinations including apprenticeships, further education, higher education and paid employment in 20181.

HOW WILL YOU SUPPORT MY CHILD IN THEIR APPLICATION TO UNIVERSITY? We offer full support with UCAS applications and, as always, our support teams are available to assist with any concerns or problems students may encounter in moving on to higher education. We also make sure there are plenty of opportunities for students to enhance the personal statement section of their UCAS application through clubs and extracurricular activities, for example. If your child has decided that they do not want to attend university we will support them in achieving their chosen pathway. We will also give impartial guidance if they are also unsure on what to do next. At The Bedford Sixth Form your child will have a dedicated tutor that can support them individually with guidance and queries.

1 Source: Bedford College Student Destination Data 2018

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We take the wellbeing and safety of every single student very seriously. We strive to ensure a safe and welcoming environment at The Bedford Sixth Form and have safeguarding and anti-bullying policies in place. Access on to The Bedford Sixth Form site is by ID Card only and our teams regularly check everyone is carrying their ID.

WHO CAN MY CHILD TURN TO WHEN THEY NEED HELP WITH THEIR STUDIES? All students benefit from their own Personal Achievement Tutor for ongoing one-to-one support. For help with subject related questions and queries, their subject tutors will always be on hand to help, making sure your child gets the help they need to perform at their very best.

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE WITH MY CHILD’S PROGRESS? We feel students perform better when their parents take an active role in their education, so the Sixth Form holds parents’ consultation evenings and issues written student progress reports.

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HOW TO APPLY Follow our eight simple steps to apply for your place at The Bedford Sixth Form...

4. ATTEND AN INTERVIEW

1. FIND THE SUBJECTS YOU ARE INTERESTED IN Read through this prospectus to explore the subjects we offer and get an idea of which ones interest you. For more information on any of our subjects, just visit www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/subjects

2. VISIT US To discover more about your chosen subjects and life at The Bedford Sixth Form, come and see us at one of our Open Days throughout the year. Our Open Days are on:

Within four weeks you will attend an interview with one of the team who will be able to answer any questions you may have.

5. RECEIVE YOUR OFFER We will let you know if you have been successful and offer you a place at The Bedford Sixth Form at your interview (subject to achieving the relevant entry requirements).

6. WELCOME DAY You will need to attend our special welcome event on Friday 19 June 2020 where you’ll get a real insight into life and your course at The Bedford Sixth Form, so please keep this date free.

• Tuesday 8 October 2019 5.00pm-7.30pm • Wednesday 6 November 2019 5.00pm-7.30pm • Thursday 23 January 2020 5.00pm-7.30pm • Wednesday 29 April 2020 5.00pm-7.30pm

7. ADVICE DAY

3. APPLY ONLINE AT www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk

Post-GCSE results advice is available at our GCSE Advice Day on Thursday 20 August 2020 – come to The Bedford Sixth Form if you haven't already applied and discuss your options.

Visit our website, click the ‘apply online’ button and complete your application. Remember: you should apply before you receive your GCSE results using your predicted grades. Once you have applied you will be sent information on a regular basis, which will keep you informed of the status of your application. The deadline for applications is Friday 29 May 2020.

8. ENROLMENT You will be invited to the Sixth Form to review your GCSE results at the end of August 2020 and finalise your offer of a place. Enrolment will be Friday 21 August 2020 and Monday 24 August 2020, please ensure you keep these dates free. See the next page for term dates.

Any questions? Please call us on 01234 291291 or email info@bedfordsixthform.ac.uk

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TERM DATES Our academic year runs from September to June

AUTUMN TERM 2020

Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 18 December 2020 Half-term: Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

SPRING TERM 2021

Monday 4 January 2021 – Friday 26 March 2021 Half-term: Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

SUMMER TERM 2021 Monday 12 April 2021 – Friday 25 June 2021

Half-term: Monday 31 May 2021 – Friday 4 June 2021

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This prospectus is also available in large print and audio formats. Call 01234 291000 to get your copy. Disclaimer: While every effort is made to ensure that the information within this prospectus is correct at the time of printing, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford Sixth Form reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if student numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course, we will refund any fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

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