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ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS 2021/22 Prospectus


£4,000 ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE BURSARY SCHEME AVAILABLE

T N E L L E C EX LTSdents RESoU ur stu

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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 *This information is based on the academic year 2020/21. This may be subject to change for 2021/22.

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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: • Thursday 8 October 2020 • Wednesday 11 November 2020 • Tuesday 26 January 2021 • Thursday 29 April 2021

We are following government guidelines and at present we plan for all of our Open Days to be virtual in the year 2020/21 but please check our website for updates. Pre-register your place now at www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/opendays

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CONTENTS 5

Welcome from the Head Why study with us?

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Our latest results

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Distinguished destinations

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Your choices

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Range of subjects

15-45

Enrichment

46-47

Enhancing your studies

48-49

Fantastic facilities

50-51

Student support

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Fees and funding

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Financial support

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Travel and transport

56-57

Parents Q&A

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Alumni network

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How to apply

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Term dates

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We are following government guidelines and our up-to-date policies and procedures relating to COVID-19 can be found here: www.bedfordcollegegroup.co.uk/ covid19

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HUGE RANGE OF SUBJECT CHOICE WITH FLEXIBILITY TO ACCOMMODATE HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT STUDY 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 2020 our students achieved a 100% pass rate and a high percentage went on to the university destination of their choice, including many prestigious Russell Group institutions such as Oxford. Building further on our previous success, in 2020 our proportion of high grades increased again to 55% 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 pages 10-11 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 was looking for a change after finishing my GCSEs. I wanted to try new subjects, meet new people and have more freedom to study independently. The teachers here are very energetic and passionate about their subjects, which helps you to engage in your subjects and enjoy them.� LIAM A-Levels: Drama, Economics and Psychology Previous School: Bedford Modern School

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HUGE CHOICE OF SUBJECTS

We offer a wide range of subjects including 33 A-Levels, three Extended Diplomas, two National Diplomas and a GCSE Foundation Programme, all of which enable you to progress on to university or work to pursue the career you have always wanted. See page 12 onwards for all your options.

STUNNING SUCCESS Our A-Level students achieved a 100% pass rate in 2020. As a result of their outstanding success, many of our students go on to study at top universities including those in the prestigious Russell Group.

STRONG SUPPORT

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.

EXCITING ENRICHMENT

There are numerous clubs and societies which help you make friends and develop new skills, which in turn benefit you in developing employability skills. See page 47 for more information

FANTASTIC FACILITIES

TOP-NOTCH TEACHING

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.

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.

EXCELLENT EDUCATION

DISTINGUISHED DESTINATIONS

Ofsted rates us ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features, meaning you will receive an excellent education from day one. Last inspection 2019

97% of students went on to positive destinations including apprenticeships, further education, higher education and paid employment in 2019.1 1 Source: Bedford College Student Destination Data 2019

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OUR LATEST 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. We also have access to good science labs, the Library and plenty of computers for private study.� MATTHEW A-Levels: Chemistry, Maths and Physics Previous School: Manshead Upper School

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2020 A-LEVEL RESULTS SUBJECT

ENTRIES

A*-B%

A*-B

A*-E%

A*-E

Biology

22

41

9

100

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Business

28

57

16

96

27

Chemistry

17

59

10

100

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Classical Civilisation

12

58

7

100

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Computer Science

6

50

3

100

6

Dance

3

100

3

100

3

Drama

18

67

12

100

18

Economics

25

56

14

100

25

English Language & Literature

30

43

13

100

30

English Literature

23

78

18

100

23

Film

9

78

7

100

9

Fine Art

17

76

13

100

17

French

2

100

2

100

2

Further Mathematics

1

100

1

100

1

Geography

7

43

3

100

7

German

3

67

2

100

3

Graphics

14

79

11

100

14

History

34

47

16

100

34

Italian

2

100

2

100

2

Law

17

59

10

100

17

Mathematics

19

53

10

100

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Media

22

50

11

100

22

Philosophy

15

53

8

100

15

Photography

19

68

13

100

19

Physics

6

33

2

100

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SUBJECT BTEC Extended Diploma in: Applied Science

Politics

24

50

12

100

24

Psychology

46

39

18

100

46

Sociology

53

55

29

100

53

Spanish

8

50

4

100

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Statistics

5

60

3

100

5

Textiles

6

33

2

100

6

TOTAL

513

55

284

100

512

2020 DIPLOMA RESULTS ENTRIES D*D*D*-DMM 15

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OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in: - Business

23

15

- Health & Social Care

24

19

5

-S  port & Physical Activity

4

4

0

66

47

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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.

GRAPHIC DESIGN OPTOMETRY ARTS UNIVERSITY BOURNEMOUTH ASTON UNIVERSITY ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY GERMAN WITH CHINESE CRIMINOLOGY BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT BANGOR UNIVERSITY BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

EARLY CHILDHOOD & PRIMARY EDUCATION STUDIES

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE NEW UNIVERSITY

LAW COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

FASHION RETAIL ACADEMY

HISTORY

KINGSTON UNIVERSITY LANCASTER UNIVERSITY

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DRAMA/FILM, RADIO & TELEVISION STUDIES

CANTERBURY CHRIST CHURCH UNIVERSITY

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY DURHAM UNIVERSITY

MARKETING & COMMUNICATION FOR FASHION

BIOCHEMISTRY

PHILOSOPHY AT CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

KEELE UNIVERSITY

CRIMINOLOGY

GEOGRAPHY KING’S COLLEGE LONDON, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

DRAMA & ENGLISH LITERATURE LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY

ENGLISH & LINGUISTICS NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

JAPANESE STUDIES OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY


EQUINE & AGRICULTURAL MANAGEMENT POLITICS & SOCIOLOGY INTERNATIONAL QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON ROYAL AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY

ECONOMICS UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

PARAMEDIC SCIENCE

GEOGRAPHY ROYAL HOLLOWAY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

ENGLISH AND HISTORY

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY

PSYCHOLOGY ST MARY’S UNIVERSITY, TWICKENHAM

LAW (ACCELERATED)

THE UNIVERSITY OF LAW

DIGITAL MARKETING

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM EGYPTOLOGY & ANCIENT HISTORY

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON)

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE BIRMINGHAM

UNIVERSITY OF BATH ARCHITECTURE UNIVERSITY FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS BIOCHEMISTRY

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE

PRIMARY EDUCATION (WITH QTS)

UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE

CLASSICAL STUDIES UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

FORENSIC SCIENCE

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA (UEA) UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH

YOUTH & COMMUNITY WORK

UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD

ENGLISH

UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN

ACTING FOR STAGE AND SCREEN THE NORTHERN SCHOOL OF ART

CULINARY ARTS MANAGEMENT

POLITICS & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

ANTHROPOLOGY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

ST GEORGE’S, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE

CLASSICAL CIVILISATION

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

BIOVETERINARY SCIENCE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

NURSING (MENTAL HEALTH)

UNIVERSITY OF DERBY

HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

MIDWIFERY

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON

BIOCHEMISTRY (MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR)

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

ENGLISH LITERATURE

UNIVERSITY OF READING

LAW UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

HISTORY & POLITICS

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

ENGLISH LITERATURE

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

SOCIOLOGY WITH MEDIA STUDIES

UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

FINE ART: PAINTING

UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON

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YOUR CHOICES

Here at The Bedford Sixth Form we offer a large range of A-Level subjects, Diploma courses (which are equivalent to A-Levels) and a GCSE Foundation Programme for those who need to secure the grades to move on to A-Level study. Those studying A-Levels or Diplomas (Level 3) will typically study here for two years. Those studying the GCSE Foundation Programme (Level 2) will study for one year before moving on to the next level of study (Level 3), typically for two more years.

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A-LEVELS AND DIPLOMAS A-LEVELS

A-Levels are academic, examinationbased 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 A-Levels, or an Extended Diploma with one A-Level. If you choose to study A-Levels you may sit one or more AS exams at the end of your first year. This depends both on your performance and whether or not AS exams are available in the subjects you have chosen. Typically you will complete three A-Level subjects or the Extended Diploma plus one A-Level over the two years. Some students will complete four A-Level subjects. Whether you can start with three or four A-Levels will depend on your GCSE results, as explained below.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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

At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (one Vocational or Technical qualification at Merit or above may be counted), one of which must be GCSE English Language or English Literature AND

A minimum of a grade 3 in GCSE Maths (if you have a grade 4 or above in Maths this can count as one of your five GCSEs above) AND

At least grade 4 (or Merit for Vocational or Technical qualifications) in any subject(s) that you have taken at GCSE and wish to continue studying at A-Level.

In addition, some subjects have special entry requirements which you need to meet in addition to the above. For the most up-to-date information on subject specific requirements please visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/downloads

DIPLOMA COURSES

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.

If you wish to start with four A-Levels, rather than three, then the following entry requirements apply: •

t least 8 GCSEs at grades 9-6, including English A Language and Maths, and at least four GCSEs at grades 9-7.

Students who meet these higher requirements may be eligible for our Academic Excellence Bursary (see page 2).

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GCSE FOUNDATION PROGRAMME If you have just completed your GCSEs and not quite got the grades you require for our A-Level programmes, then this foundation programme year is for you. It provides a direct progression route on to our A-Level and vocational Level 3 programmes. You will take a range of GCSE subjects, which both complement the A-Level subjects we offer and enable you to smoothly transition from GCSE up to A-Level/Level 3. You can choose from: • Art & Design

• Media Studies

• Business

• Psychology

• English Language

• Science

• Maths

• Sociology

There are a number of subject combinations you can take, depending on the grades you already have. At the end of the foundation programme year you will have a set of GCSEs that meet our standard entry requirements, enabling you to continue on to your desired A-Level programme with us (subject to the usual entry requirements in individual subjects). Entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 3

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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 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 and Languages subjects identified above, students may be entered for the AS examinations at the end of the first year.

CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA IN:

BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN:

- Business - Health & Social Care - Sport & Physical Activity

- Applied Science - Forensic & Criminal Investigation

Our Diploma courses count as two of your options and are equivalent to three A-Levels at the end of your two year programme. These courses involve a mixture of exam and coursework-based assessment.

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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, so you will be required to select one or two A-Levels to study alongside it.

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: 56 maximum

UCAS points available: Up to 168

“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. The science equipment is always well prepared for us ahead of lessons and there is a wide range of books in the Library to enable us to expand our knowledge.�

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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: Up to 168

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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

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.

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.

NEXT STEPS

UCAS points available: 56 maximum

UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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.

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JACK’S STORY A-Levels: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Computer Science Previous School: Ousedale School, Milton Keynes “I knew when I finished my GCSEs that I wanted to study Biology and Chemistry further, so I was quite focused on these subjects when I was looking at where to study for my A-Levels. My time at The Bedford Sixth Form has been a very rewarding and fulfilling experience, and I’ve certainly developed as an individual. I really enjoy studying Genetics. The modification and technology of it fascinates me; how something so simple can give rise to so many things. The tutors have brought out my passion through discussion and frequently going further than the basic specification for the course. The Sixth Form has offered me lots of opportunities to further explore the subject. I’ve been on a trip to the Wellcome Trust in Cambridge and to a Biology in Action conference. I’ve also been on the Human Whipworm Genome Project team and have recently got through to the final 16 out of over 9,000 UK entrants in the Biology Olympiad. The top four from the next round will create the UK team to compete in Nagasaki, Japan, so it’s another fantastic opportunity offered to us by our class tutor.

I have a conditional offer from the University of Oxford to study Biochemistry. My tutors have been very supportive of my Oxbridge application setting up mock interviews and giving me extra one to one time the week before to settle my nerves. I’d eventually like to get into a research role in biochemistry, possibly within genetics or pharmacology.” T: 01234 291291

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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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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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 subjects 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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum “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.” SHOLA A-Levels: Dance, English Literature & Language, Fine Art and Sociology Previous School: St Thomas More Catholic School

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ISABELLA’S STORY A-Levels: Drama, English Language & Literature, History Previous School: Sharnbrook Academy “I’ve always loved drama. I started going to a weekend performing arts school when I was six and have done musical theatre and dance ever since. I’ve also done some screen work for Disney.

The Drama department was a big part in my decision to come to The Bedford Sixth Form. I really liked the course because it is more practical based, whereas a lot of others have more theory. The facilities here are also very good and there are lots of opportunities to perform. It was important for me to attend a sixth form because I think, whatever your career plans, A-Levels are always a good thing to have. I have found that my other subjects very much complement the Drama course. English helps me to study both the personalities of different characters and the intentions of writers, while History helps me to create context around a play or screen production. I have applied to a few drama schools and a couple of universities to keep my options open after Sixth Form. My teacher is helping me with my audition pieces. I currently have auditions at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), the Royal Central School and at The American Academy for Dramatic Arts who have sites in New York and LA. A talent scout approached me about the latter when I was younger. I’d love to be an on screen actress one day.” T: 01234 291291

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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 emphasis 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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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LIAM’S STORY A-Levels: Economics, Drama, Psychology Previous School: Bedford Modern School “I was looking for a change after finishing my GCSEs. I wanted to try new subjects, meet new people and have more freedom to study independently.

The Bedford Sixth Form offers less of a school atmosphere and it’s easy to make friends because everyone is new here. The teachers are very energetic and passionate about their subjects, which helps you to engage in your subjects and enjoy them. I like studying Economics because there is so much to learn that you can apply to everyday life. We cover market failures, supply and demand and the housing market to name just a few. I believe it will help me to understand things when it comes to making decisions in later life and I already find myself speaking to friends in economic terms! The Sixth Form building is very nice and the class sizes are quite small, which is good for discussion work. I also use the Library which gives me access to plenty of computers and resources. When I finish here I’m planning to go to university to study Economics and would like a career in this area.”

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

A-LEVEL

A-LEVEL

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A-Level English Language offers continuity from GCSE in such areas as creativity, exploration of unseen texts, and application of linguistic terminology. This subject 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 your interest in, and enjoyment of, English.

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The study of English Language 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.

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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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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 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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

“English helps me to study both the personalities of different characters and the intentions of writers, while History helps me to create context around a play or screen production.� ISABELLA A-Levels: English Language & Literature, History and Drama Previous School: Sharnbrook Academy

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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 & CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA SUBJECT OVERVIEW Studying the Forensic & 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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When taken alongside an A-Level, this Diploma 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: Up to 168

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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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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GEOGRAPHY

GERMAN

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A-LEVEL

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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.

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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This Geography A-Level will help you prepare for undergraduate study in subjects such as; Land Geography, Human Geography, Geology and Ecology. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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CHARLIE’S STORY A-Levels: Graphics, English Literature & Language, Photography Previous School: Redborne Upper School “I chose to study Graphics because I like being creative and making things look good. There are very good facilities here at The Bedford Sixth Form. It’s a really cool building with lots of creative spaces and I like spending time in the art rooms and having the freedom and independence to do so. I also like that the teachers trust me to get on and do my work. For instance, our recent exam brief enabled us to choose our own theme and use different media to create our project. This means we often mix with other departments, such as the Photography department, and use new methods such as monoprinting.

I particularly enjoy designing graphic tees and outside of Sixth Form I work on designs for a local clothing company, which I hope to continue doing when I take a gap year after my A-Levels. I’ve also had work experience at a company that designs the packaging for brands such as Reebok and Adidas. I’m planning to study either Graphics or Visual Communication at university. I want to get into designing as a career, but in a creative environment. Studying at the Sixth Form has opened my eyes up to all the different opportunities graphics and product design can offer, outside of working in marketing departments or on magazines, for example.”

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GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

A-LEVEL

CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA

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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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: Up to 168

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HISTORY

ITALIAN

A-LEVEL

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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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LAW

MATHEMATICS

A-LEVEL

A-LEVEL

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SUBJECT OVERVIEW

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. 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.

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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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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PHILOSOPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

A-LEVEL

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? You will 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.

This subject is designed to allow you to: develop a range of transferable skills, which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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.

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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

“The lighting and booths in the studio are really good and you can borrow cameras and flash triggers from the library if you don’t have your own. The computer room is good for editing photos and there is also a dark room, which I am looking forward to using later this year. ” MAISY A-Levels: Photography, Media and English Language & Literature Previous School: St Thomas More School

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MAISY’S STORY A-Levels: Photography, Media, English Language & Literature Previous School: St Thomas More School “When I finished my GCSEs I knew I needed a step up and The Bedford Sixth Form offered a more independent environment. I have always made videos while on holiday and taken lots of photos too. I studied Media at school, which I really enjoy, but this is my first time studying Photography in detail. I’m learning lots of techniques that also cross over into my videography work, such as editing and lighting. I enjoy doing the photo shoots. There is a lot of work that goes into them from researching both the topic and the inspiring artist, to working out the lighting and positioning. Once we start shooting we are given free rein by our tutor to try different things out.

I would like a career in media and I believe the combination of subjects I am studying here at the Sixth Form complement each other very well. With writing, photography and videography skills I will have the whole package that media companies are now looking for. I’d like to progress on to an apprenticeship after Sixth Form, as it’s important to build up experience in this industry. I am hoping to get an internship with ITV. I visited them during my GCSEs and learnt a lot, plus it would cover many of the skills I want to pursue in my career.”

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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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum “Physics 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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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 people’s daily lives.

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This subject allows you to go on to undergraduate level study in subjects such as Politics, Economics, Business and Law.

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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UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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“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 OneNationism. One-Nationism takes a semi-liberal stance, whilst Thatcherism was a fairly right wing Capitalist group.” 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, developing the sort of flexible mind that is valuable for a range of different professions. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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SPORT & 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.

NEXT STEPS

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: Up to 168

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PRIYA’S STORY A-Levels: Sociology, Economics, Politics Previous School: Mark Rutherford School “After finishing school I was ready to study some new subjects. The Bedford Sixth Form appealed to me because of the variety of subjects on offer and I chose Sociology, Economics and Politics. I’m really enjoying the Sociology course, particularly the work on education where we look at differences such as gender, ethnicity and class. I also enjoy studying crime. In a recent unit on corporate crime we were all given an area to focus on and my group chose to look at the Grenfell Tower incident. Sociology is a good subject to choose because you are always looking at things from different viewpoints and in different ways.

The teachers are very supportive and they help with exam practice questions to prepare you in plenty of time. I use the library a lot because it offers a good space with plenty of computers. All in all, you can be much more independent at Sixth Form than you can be at school. I’m looking forward to going to university after the Sixth Form to study Law. Each of my subjects touch on areas of law and they all complement each other very well. I’d eventually like to train to be a Barrister.”

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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. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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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 on to a higher education programme, or a career, in textile art, surface pattern, print, fibre arts, fashion and textiles, interior design or fine art. UCAS points available: 56 maximum

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ENRICHMENT

“I spent my work experience working on some commercial projects for a couple of local companies. One was a coffee shop and the other was an estate agent who were hosting an event. I did some photography for both as well as producing promotional videos set to music.� MAISY A-Levels: Photography, Media and English Language & Literature Previous School: St Thomas More Catholic School

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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.

LGBT+ social group The LGBT+ social group at the Sixth Form was formed last year. Students look into LGBT+ history and current affairs. They are also regularly joined by guest speakers. These have included Bedfordshire Police discussing hate crime, iCash Bedfordshire discussing LGBT+ sexual health and Dr Catherine Lee from the Courageous Leaders programme.

Here are some of the activities that have recently been on offer…

ARTS & MUSIC

Bring your own instrument History of pop music Latin language club Poetry club

CULTURE & MEDIA Backstage club Debating club Events planning

GAMES & QUIZZES Board game extravaganza Quiz club

MINDFULNESS

LGBT+ social group Mindfulness & Wellbeing

SCIENCE

Bad Science Genome Decoders

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ENHANCING YOUR STUDIES No matter what subjects you choose to study, your learning will be enhanced by trips, work experience and other personal development opportunities to help you achieve your very best during your time here.

TRIPS

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT Here’s a taste of what you can get involved in outside of the classroom. •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.

Classics • Residential trip to Rome Dance • Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

Languages • The Languages Show, London

The Bedford Sixth Form has a Matrix-accredited 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.

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Biology • Sanger Institute, Wellcome Foundation, Cambridge

Geography • Residential field trip to Brighton

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.

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Creative Arts • Design Museum, London

Drama • ‘As You Like it’, The Barbican, London

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

Politics • Trip to the Houses of Parliament Psychology • Perspectives on Play study day, London Textiles/Graphics • Eco-visionaries workshops, The Royal Academy of Art

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STUDENT AMBASSADORS

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.

The Grand Hall

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

Access to 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.

Costa Coffee bar

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 an on-site 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.

Trinity swimming pool

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STUDENT 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 all 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.

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, by late October for a standard entry, or by late September for Oxbridge or Medicine. We also run drop-in sessions throughout the UCAS application period, where you can get advice about the whole process.

OUR MATRIX-ACCREDITED CAREERS ADVISERS 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

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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PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT TUTORS You will be assigned a professionally trained 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.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY... My Personal Achievement Tutor is really helpful and will always reply within a day if I need to see her.

A WORD FROM AMELIA, ONE OF OUR PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT TUTORS (PAT)…

Shola

We see our Personal Achievement Tutor as a group once a week and have a oneto-one session with them once a term. Jake

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. Ellen

“I’ve been part of the Student Services team at The Bedford Sixth Form for the past two years. The PAT team is here to help our students achieve - and exceed - their academic potential. We aim to support our students to progress beyond what they thought was possible when they first started at the Sixth Form, and help them to grow into successful, resilient and well-rounded people. We hold group tutorial sessions once a week, where we focus on topics such as study skills, health and wellbeing, and career progression. We aim to tailor these sessions to our students’ needs, and invite in guest speakers to help with all aspects of their studies. Students also have one-to-one tutorials with us at least once a term to talk specifically about their individual progress and future plans. Personal Achievement Tutors are a source of support for our students and we enjoy getting to know them as people and seeing them grow throughout their time here.”

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FEES AND FUNDING TUITION AND EXAM FEES

If you are aged 16-18 on 31 August 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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. See the next page for financial support available. This information is based on the academic year 2020/21. This may be subject to change for 2021/22.

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 *This information is based on the academic year 2020/21. This may be subject to change for 2021/22.

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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 support towards 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 2020/21 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 2021/22 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 2020/21 — 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 The Bedford Sixth Form is located in the heart of town, which means there are plenty of ways to get here, from bus to bike and train to on foot.

WHICH BUS CAN I GET?

Route Number

Destination

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

5

Elms Farm

Every 15 minutes

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Brickhill (Tyne Crescent)

Every 15 minutes

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Woodside

Every 30 minutes

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

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Great Denham

Every 30 minutes

9/9A/9B

Shortstown, Shefford and Hitchin

Every 15 minutes

10

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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Clapham & Oakley

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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Clophill & Luton

Every 60 minutes

C1, C10 & C11

Milton Keynes

Every 60 minutes

X5

Cambridge-Oxford

Every 30 minutes

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 2020/21 it was worth up to £600 a year and the bursary may be available if you are*: • Aged 16-18 on 31 August 2021 AND • Living more than three miles from the campus AND •S  tudying a full-time programme up to and including Level 3 AND •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 2021/22 please visit: www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/travel

*Correct at time of printing

There may also be support if you are aged 19+. Please speak to our Customer Contact Team.

*This information is based on the academic year 2020/21. This may be subject to change for 2021/22.

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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 10 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, guardians and carers 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 as of 31 August 2021, 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 55 for details.

HOW MANY STUDENTS PROGRESS AFTER COMPLETING A-LEVELS?

HOW WILL YOU KEEP MY CHILD SAFE?

97% of students went on to positive destinations including apprenticeships, further education, higher education and paid employment in 20191.

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 2019

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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 wearing their ID. We are following government guidelines and our up-to-date policies and procedures relating to COVID-19 can be found here: www.bedfordcollegegroup.co.uk/covid19/

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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ALUMNI NETWORK Being part of the Bedford Sixth Form community doesn’t end when you leave us to go on to university, an apprenticeship or employment. You will always be valued as one of our alumni and will have the opportunity to be part of a network reaching years into the future. Who knows what kind of events, reunions and opportunities you might be part of in the years to come? Previous students have supported our current learners with careers talks in various subjects including, most recently, Law. Our Art department is often supported with past students helping out in the classroom and we always welcome alumni back to share their experiences and expertise.

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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, attend one of our Virtual 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 Monday 28 June 2021 where you’ll get a real insight into life and your course at The Bedford Sixth Form, so please keep this date free.

• Thursday 8 October 2020 • Wednesday 11 November 2020 • Tuesday 26 January 2021 • Thursday 29 April 2021 Some of the above dates may be run as virtual events. You can also check out our facilities on our virtual open day platform.

7. ADVICE SESSIONS Post-GCSE results advice is available at our GCSE Advice Day on Thursday 19 August 2021 – speak to us if you haven’t already applied and we’ll discuss your options.

8. ENROLMENT

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

Remember to apply as early as you can in order to get your first choice of subjects.

You will be invited to review your GCSE results with us at the end of August 2021 and finalise your offer of a place. Enrolment will be Friday 20 August 2021 and Monday 23 August 2021, please ensure you keep these dates free. See page 62 for term dates.

Any questions? Call us on 01234 291291, email admissions@bedford.ac.uk or chat with us online using our LiveChat function.

Did you know that you can apply for three or four A-Level courses, or one Diploma and one A-Level? A Diploma counts as two options.

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£4,000 ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE BURSARY SCHEME AVAILABLE

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 *This information is based on the academic year 2020/21. This may be subject to change for 2021/22.

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TERM DATES Our academic year runs from September to June

AUTUMN TERM 2021

SUMMER TERM 2022

Monday 6 September 2021 – Friday 17 December 2021 Half-term: Monday 25 October 2021 – Friday 29 October 2021

Tuesday 19 April 2022 – Friday 17 June 2022

Half-term: Monday 30 May 2022 – Friday 3 June 2022

SPRING TERM 2022

Wednesday 5 January 2022 – Friday 1 April 2022 Half-term: Monday 14 February 2022 – Friday 18 February 2022

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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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