Opportunities

KES aims to develop young men and women who are well prepared to face the challenges of university life and beyond. They will have achieved their short term goals- good A level results- and will be able to bring to bear the relevant life skills and adaptability needed in order to enhance their prospects beyond education.

At this stage of a young person’s education, the accent should be on what is possible. The academic rigour of the Sixth Form curriculum at King Edward’s lays the foundations, but all that happens beyond the classroom plays a crucial role in making them rounded individuals.

A vibrant co-curricular programme emphasises our belief that education is more than a set of grades. Our Sixth Formers are encouraged to take the opportunities that are on offer, at home and abroad. Throughout these crucial two years, the students are guided by a tutor in small groups. Our Higher Education advice is well targeted and successful in helping the students to get the attention they need to make the most of their abilities.

The Sixth Formers will also get the opportunity to sign up for expeditions – to the Himalayas 2015; Cambodia/Thailand 2013; Belize 2012; Alaska 2011. Projects run by the sixth formers include a long established Summer Camp for local disadvantaged youngsters and community work near Cape Town in South Africa.

The school is committed to encouraging each Sixth Former to challenge themselves. Through travel, or contributing to a team working on a project, the sixth former at King Edwards will find out what he or she is capable of.

Subjects

The Sixth Form at King Edward’s aims to deliver consistently excellent results in a wide range of AS/A2 courses. A favourable teacher:student ratio allows us to focus on the individual, and promotes class discussion. Good, positive relationships with teachers are a feature of the Sixth Form experience, making it an important stepping stone to the world of university and work.

Students are asked to choose four subjects from the list below: –

  • ART* or PHOTOGRAPHY *
  • BIOLOGY
  • BUSINESS *
  • CHEMISTRY
  • CLASSICAL CIVILISATION * 
  • COMPUTING *
  • DESIGN TECHNOLOGY *
  • ECONOMICS *
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE
  • ENGLISH LITERATURE
  • FRENCH
  • FURTHER MATHEMATICS – see note 3
  • GEOGRAPHY *
  • GERMAN
  • GREEK
  • HISTORY *
  • LATIN
  • MATHEMATICS
  • MUSIC *
  • MUSIC TECHNOLOGY *
  • PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS *
  • PHYSICS
  • POLITICS *
  • PSYCHOLOGY *
  • SPANISH
  • SPORTS SCIENCE *
  • THEATRE STUDIES *

For more information, please have a look through our Sixth Form prospectus.

 

NOTES:

1 You may study the subjects marked * whether or not you have taken them as GCSE courses. It may be helpful to talk to the head of department about such a choice.

2 You will not normally be allowed to study three new subjects at A Level; in many cases it may be advisable not to choose more than one subject [to follow to full A level] which you have not previously studied at GCSE.

3 Further Mathematics  is only to be chosen as a fourth full A level and must be combined with Mathematics. By choosing it you are committing yourself to taking four subjects in the Upper Sixth.

4 The availability of subjects is dependent on sufficient uptake, and the School reserves the right to make such amendments as necessary, in response to demand and in the light of practical considerations. We cannot guarantee that all subject combinations will be available.

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