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Malvern College Briefing on Sixth-Form Choices

• For entry into the Sixth Form in September 2019


Mr Gauci (Deputy Head Academic) – Introduction and overview

Mr Reid ead of Sixth form) - Sixth Form: Opportunities & entry qualificatio A Levels & Enrichment Mr Holroyd The IB Diploma Mr Thurlow (Head of Careers) - Universities & Careers


Timings Autumn term • By Half-term - Sixth-Form prospectuses sent to Parents • Field day - Future wise profiling and interviews • Friday 9th November - Briefing of the Hundred • Monday 12th November - Sixth Form taster lessons • Tuesday 13th November - Presentation to 100 parents & Sixth Form Choices • Weeks 11/12 – Initial indication of subject choices Lent term • Weeks 2 & 3 - Trial GCSE Examinations • Sunday 3rd February - Hundred Parents’ Meeting: • Week 5 - Sixth Form Choices made within provisional A Level & IB blocks • After Lent half-term - AS & IB blocks confirmed • 2nd half lent term -100 pupils interviewed by sixth form academic team Summer term • Choices refined Post GCSE results • Changes possible dependent on set sizes September 2019 • Changes possible dependent on set sizes


Two courses of study… IB Diploma • •

6 subjects (normally 3 HL and 3 SL) Core of CAS, ToK and EE

A Level

Either: 3 A Level subjects plus an Enrichment course Or:

4 A Level subjects


xth Form Entrance Requiremen New number system (9-1 for all subjects) Minimum requirements: 3 x 5 (including English and Maths) and 3 x 6 Mathematics A level – 7 (at least) for A level IB Higher Level – 8 or 9 strongly recommended


evel Programme September 20 Either: course Or:

3 A Level subjects plus an Enrichment 4 A Level subjects

• All examinations in all subjects will be at the end of the Upper Sixth year (May/June 2021) • A-Level grades are: A* – U


A Level examinations

• Internal (trial) exams in A Level subjects Lower Sixth - first week of the Summer Term 2020 Upper Sixth - week after half-term in the Lent Term 2021 • Final A Level exams in May/June 2021


A Level Subjects Art Biology Business (cannot be combined with Economics) Chemistry Classical Civilisation Design Technology Drama & Theatre Studies Economics (cannot be combined with Business) English Literature French Further Maths (must choose Maths as well) Geography German

History Latin and Greek Mathematics Music Music Technology Philosophy Photography Psychology Physical Education Physics Politics Spanish


Block A Art

2017-18 A Level Blocks Block B

Design Technology

Block C

Biology

Enrichment Block

Block D

Mathematics & Further Extended Project Mathematics

Business*

Economics*

Business*

Mathematics

Maths for Science A Level

Chemistry English Literature

Geography

Politics

Further Maths AS

History

Economics* English Literature

Geography

Psychology

French

Spanish

Mathematics

Music

Photography

History

Physics

Music Technology

Latin

Physics

Drama

Economics* Philosophy

Physical Education Beginners Italian        

Chemistry

*Please note that Economics and Business Studies cannot be chosen togeth


Block A

2018-19 A Level Blocks Block B

Block C

Block D

Enrichment Block

Biology

Extended Project

Chemistry

Business

Maths for Science A Level

English Literature

Geography

Economics* English Literature

History

Latin

Mathematics

Art

Chemistry

Biology

Design Technology

Drama

Economics*

Economics Geography

Business*

Mathematics

Music

Music Technology

Physics

Psychology

Photography

Religious Studies

Physics

Politics

Further Maths AS Classical Civilisation

French Beginners Italian

Learning Enhancement (if you already receive Mathematics & Further Mathematics LE lessons) e.g. private tuition Mandarin Physical Education Your own suggestion for Enrichment  

*Please note that Economics and Business Studies cannot be chosen togeth


A Level Enrichment Programme Pupils studying 3 A Levels will choose one course from the A Level Enrichment Programme The most popular options for 2017-18 were: • The Extended Project Qualification • Maths to support Science A Levels • Further Maths AS Level • Beginners Italian • Pupils’ own choice, e.g. private tuition Mandarin, Elite Music Programme


The IB Diploma The International BaccalaureateÂŽ aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. IB Mission statement


• Three subjects at higher • Three subjects at standard level • All three parts of the core

The core is compulsory and central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme. • Each subject is graded from 7 (highest) to 1 (lowest) • 3 - 0 points awarded for the Core • Maximum total is 45 points • Usually a Diploma is awarded for 24 or more points


Individuals & tudies in language and literature (A) Societies English A Lit (H/S) English A Language & Lit (H/S) German A (H/S)

Language Acquisition (B) French (H/S) German (H/S) Spanish (H/S), ab initio) Spanish (ab initio) Italian (ab initio) Latin (H/S) Greek (H/S)

Sciences Biology (H/S) Chemistry (H/S) Physics (H/S) Design Technology (H/S) Environmental Systems & Societies (S) Sports, Exercise & Health Science (H/S)

Business Management (H/S) Economics (H/S) History (H/S) Geography (H/S) Philosophy (H/S) Environmental Systems & Societies (S)

Mathematics Maths – Analysis (H/S) Maths – Application (H/S)

The Arts & Elective Visual Art (H/S) Music (H/S)


Timeta ble Block Group 1

P

Q

R

English

Maths

U

V

GERMAN A German A

ITALIAN A

Group 2

FRENCH B  

GERMAN B German B LATIN Latin ECONOMICS GEOGRAPHY Geography  

SPANISH B

ENGLISH A LITERATURE* ENGLISH A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE* English A Literature English A Language & Literature

ECONOMICS HISTORY

French B Spanish (ab initio) Spanish B Italian (ab initio) History Economics

CHEMISTRY PHYSICS  

PHYSICS BIOLOGY CHEMISTRY

Biology Environmental Systems Chemistry Physics

MUSIC Music

MATHS* Maths Maths studies

Group 3

ECONOMICS BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Business Management HISTORY PHILOSOPHY Philosophy BIOLOGY Group 4 TECHNOLOGY Technology SPORT, EXERCISE & HEALTH Sport, Exercise & Health Group 5

Elective s

VISUAL ART Visual Art

Environmental Systems


Timeta ble Block Group 1

Group 2

P

Q

R

English

Maths

U

V

GERMAN A German A

FRENCH B  

LATIN Latin

SPANISH B GERMAN B German B

ENGLISH A LITERATURE* ENGLISH A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE* English A Literature English A Language & Literature

ECONOMICS GEOGRAPHY Geography

ECONOMICS HISTORY

French B Spanish (ab initio) Spanish B Italian (ab initio) Latin History Economics

CHEMISTRY PHYSICS  

PHYSICS BIOLOGY CHEMISTRY

Biology Environmental Systems Chemistry Physics

MUSIC Music

MATHS* Maths Maths studies

Music

Group 3

ECONOMICS BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Business Management HISTORY PHILOSOPHY Philosophy BIOLOGY Group 4 TECHNOLOGY Technology SPORT, EXERCISE & HEALTH Sport, Exercise & Health Group 5

Elective s

VISUAL ART Visual Art

Environmental Systems


Learner profile The IB learner profile is the mission statement translated into 10 learning outcomes: inquirers  knowledgeable  thinkers  communicators  principled  open-minded  caring  risk-takers  balanced  reflective


Core requirements Extended essay • • • •

ToK

4,000 word limit Opportunity to investigate Research skills for university Increasing numbers opting for World Studies essays

• • • •

Interdisciplinary The nature of knowledge How do we know what we know? Not one perspective

Creativity, Action and Service • • • • •

Pupils need to be involved in a range of activities Pupils need to be involved in their community Balanced lifestyle Appreciation of life outside the classroom Reflection is important


Malvern College: U6th statistics c.150 pupils in U6th c. 15 take a Gap Year c. 25 apply to international universities c. 110 apply to UK universities


Gap Year projects • • • • • • • • •

MC in China, Egypt and Hong Kong Community project work in Nicaragua Banking internship in Hong Kong Teaching & skiing in French Alps Teaching & trekking in Ecuador and Peru Safari guide in Tanzania Coaching rugby in New Zealand Golf in USA ‘Gapper’ at prep school in Kenya


UK universities 82% went to first choice university

• 10% went to second choice university • 8% used Clearing • 61% went to Russell Group universities • Top choices: Exeter, UCL, Bath, Edinburgh • Other popular choices: London, Durham, Bristol, York, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Loughborough, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Reading, RAU


International universities • USA: NYU, Columbia, Boston, Chicago, Johns Hopkins, Northeastern, Princeton • Europe: Maastricht, Milan, Munich, Madrid and Utrecht • Elsewhere: Canada, Hong Kong, UNSW


A Level or IB? Universities’ views

• Both courses recognised

• A Level allows for specialisation: focused choice of subjects + potentially EPQ • IB allows for depth but also retains breadth: range of subjects + EE + ToK + CAS


Degree course requirements: GCSEs • Basic minimum: 6 x GCSEs at Grade 5 and above including English Language and Maths* *(Grade 6 in Maths for Business courses) • Russell Group: 8 x GCSEs at Grade 6/7 and above • Oxbridge: 8 x GCSEs at Grades 8/9


Degree course requirements: A Level and IB • Generally: A grade or 6 in HL in subject of choice (eg, English, Geography, History) • Economics: A*/A grades or 7/6s in HL Maths and Economics • Engineering: A grade or 6 in HL Maths • Medicine: A*/A grades or 7/6s in HL in Biology and Chemistry


UK university offers Engineering at ICL A*A*A-A*AAA or 39 (6 in HL Maths) Mathematics at Warwick A*A*A*or 39 (766 – 6 in HL Maths) Medicine at Oxford A*AA or 39 (766) Nat Sci at Cambridge A*A*A or 40-42 (776) Physics at UCL AAA or 38 (66 HL Maths + Physics)


UK university offers Economics at Cambridge A*A*A or 40-42 (776) Economics at Warwick A*AA or 38 (6 HL Maths) English at Oxford AAA or 38 (666) English at Bristol AAA or 36 (6 HL English) Law at LSE A*AA or 38 (766) Law at Birmingham AAA or 32 (666)


UK university offers Business at City University AAA or 35 (555) Business Management at Oxford Brookes BBB or 31 Liberal Arts at Durham A*AA or 38 (666) Liberal Arts at Surrey AAA-AAB or 35-36 Architecture at Kent AAB or 34 Architecture at Anglia Ruskin BBC or 24


UK university offers History at Oxford Brookes BBC or 30 Politics and IR at Hull BBC or 28 Business Management at Manchester Met BCC or 26 Advertising at Greenwich BBC Marine Photography at Falmouth BCC Sports Coaching (Degree) at Hartpury Degree: BBC Fdtn: CC-CCD


University advice • Briefings - L6th pupils in Sept 19; L6th parents in May 20 • University fairs - Jan 20 & Mar 20 • Open days - May-Dec 20 • University Day - Jun 20 • Interviews with UCAS Team - Sept to Dec 20


Alternatives to university Apprenticeships Employment: • Job search • Management training • Starting at the bottom • Self-employment Non-degree qualifications Sponsored degrees


A Level or IB? Employers’ views • Both courses valued for transferable skills • A Level most widely known in the UK • IB’s breadth appreciated • Subject of degree rarely matters • Top degree results from top university wins • Work experience vital


Careers Advice Tutor group discussions - Oct 18 Inspiring Futures careers briefing, profiling and interview - Oct to Dec 18 Careers & Futures Evening - 14 March 19 Work experience - July to Aug 19/20/21


A Level or IB? How to choose Both challenging – both highly valued “Horses for courses”

A Level pupils prefer focus on fewer subjects in dept IB pupils enjoy breadth of subjects


Who can pupils talk to for information and advice? Form tutor Housemaster/Housemistress Parents Teachers Current sixth form pupils The Deputy Head Academic (Mr Gauci) The Head of Sixth Form (Mr Reid) The IB Diploma Co-ordinator (Mr Holroyd) The Head of Careers (Mr Thurlow) University Applications (Fr Law for UK) (Dr Harris for overseas)

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