Sixth Form Overview

There are over 410 students in our current Sixth Form where young ladies are welcomed. A separate Sixth Form Prospectus, updated annually, sets out the AS/A Level and BTEC subjects on offer. A wide range of Enrichment studies are also available.

Students are carefully monitored to ensure that they have the opportunity to achieve their objectives for Post-16. The majority of our students go on to Higher and Further Education, but we also provide support and advice for those keen to enter the world of work.

Reforming A Level Qualifications

The Department for Education has reformed A Level study for all subjects over the past two years, with the final subjects Mathematics, DT, Media, Film and Government and Politics being finalised for first teaching at the start of the 2017-18 academic year. Staff have been busy preparing and now teaching the new courses to our students. This means that there have been some adaptations to the way in which the school has decided to provide A Level study to maximise student success. Most students will be asked to select 3 subjects to study at Ravens Wood, with those who achieve highly at GCSE offered a 4th to AS. All courses will run as linear, 2 year A levels. Ravens Wood School reserves the right to enter some students for the AS at the end of Year 12. We will continue to ensure the best advice is offered to all our students to maximise their full potential. If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact the Sixth Form Office.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language / Literature. A minimum of a B Grade or Grade 5 is required at GCSE in the subject students propose to study at A Level.

A levels

This is the largest area of recruitment to the Sixth Form and the traditional route to higher education. The selection of appropriate combinations of AS/A level subjects may be crucial for a student with a particular career in mind. Advice is available from the School Careers Service and there is also outline guidance on selecting AS/A level subjects in this prospectus.

BTEC Courses

BTEC Nationals are designed as specialist qualifications for students who have a clear view of their future career or are seeking progression to higher education. They are equivalent to A levels and are highly valued by universities, further education colleges and employers alike. All BTECs are unit based and offer a choice for the students to select from to match their interests. They are recommended for those who have achieved at least five A*-C grade GCSEs including Mathematics and English Language or have completed a BTEC First with distinction. Students develop practical skills that they know employers will value and which will help them get a job in the future.

Sixth Form Handbook