Courses

What We Offer

Our courses are well-established, and we know that gaining these qualifications will mean that you are able to move on to your next destination, whether that be university, an apprenticeship or the workplace.

A copy of our course guide can be downloaded.

6th Form Course Guide
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Three key facts when choosing your Sixth Form course

Course Entry Requirement

When choosing your course, look at what GCSEs and grades are recommended in order to access the course. This information can be found in our course guide.

How Are You Assessed

Look at the balance of coursework and examination. Most A levels have a high proportion of examinations, but level 3 courses have more coursework to complete.

When You Are Assessed

A Levels courses have all the assessment at the end of Year 13, some courses have a coursework element within the assessment which is completed throughout the year. Level 3 courses include coursework and assessment in some units at the end of Year 12.

Choosing your A Levels:

  • Speak to your GCSE teachers or course leaders, either on Open Evening or during school.
  • Visit the website of the examination board and look at the specification
  • Talk to current students about the course.
  • Speak to the Head of Sixth Form about your choices.
  • Research online – ‘The Student Room’ is where a lot of our sixth form seek advice.
  • Visit the website ‘Russel Group – Informed Choices’ as there are certain careers that require you to study set A Levels, such as Medicine many universities stipulate that student’s study both Chemistry and Biology.
  • Speak to the school careers adviser, Mrs Schofield dschofield@bishopschester.co.uk

You will be choosing three courses to study for the next two years. Students learn best when they are enthusiastic and interested at Bishops’.

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