Sixth Form pupils at Liverpool College are expected to study four subjects at AS level in Year 12 (the Lower Sixth). All pupils will be expected to sit the AS examinations at the end of the Lower Sixth year, these making up 50% of each A Level course. An AS is normally made up of two assessed modules.
Pupils then continue with three or four of these subjects in Year 13 (the Upper Sixth), sitting the A2 examination which make up the other 50% of the A Level course. Again, the A2 is normally composed of two assessed modules. Modules are usually taken in the June session of Year 12, and in the January and/or June sessions of Year 13. Details of assessment and weblinks to the specification (syllabus) are found on the separate subject pages, linked below.
A subject examined at AS level, once certificated, is a qualification in its own right. The A2 is not a separate qualification. At present, retakes of AS modules may be offered to some pupils in Year 13 although, since this can adversely affect a pupil's focus on the A2 course, this may not be recommended. However, recent government guidance has been that schools in the maintained sector must certificate 'cash-in' AS levels at the end of Year 12, meaning that retakes in Year 13 are no longer an option.
Year 11 pupils are asked to give an indication of their likely choices in the Lent Term, coinciding with the Year 11 Options Evening, and external entrants to the Sixth Form at the time they are interviewed. You will be asked to complete an Options Form. Once we have this information, blocks of subjects are constructed so as to maximise pupil choice, accommodating as many combinations as possible. Firm choices are then requested. Once GCSE results are published in August, pupils may wish to change their subject choices. A change at this stage will accommodated providing that it fits in with the finalised option blocks, the pupil is qualified for the course, and there is space in the class.
Links to detailed course descriptions are below, but the list of
A Level subjects on offer is
Art & Design
In addition to the chosen A Level subject choices, a Sixth Form pupil will also take a course leading to an AS qualification in General Studies, prepare an Extended Project, take part in a Games afternoon, and attend a weekly Lecture of general interest. A Sixth Form pupil will also have a small number of private study periods.
All Sixth Form pupils work towards an additional award, the AQA Baccalaureate, which combines the study of A levels with other components that together deliver a broad education. The AQA Bacc thus adds necessary breadth to the A level curriculum, whilst adding edcuactional value (and UCAS points) and strengthening the student's eventual university application. Further details are available on the AQA Bacc page
A level courses are offered as follows. Clicking on the Faculty name should take you to the relevant page to find out more:
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Creative Arts
Download "Informed Choices", a guide produced by the Russell Group universities. Gives very useful advice on the A level subjects likely to be required for particular degree courses. To download please click here
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