Course Choice and Reference Information
Thirsk Sixth Form is a rural comprehensive sixth form with an inclusive ethos. All successful applicants will complete 4 AS equivalent courses in their first year before continuing to 3 A level equivalents in Year 13. All A level students are entered for AS exams at the end of Year 12.
We believe this gives students additional breadth of curriculum and increased choice at the end of Year 12.
Our entry grades are in line with our inclusive ethos with 5 ‘C’ grades, including C grades in chosen subjects being required. Maths (Grade B) and Further Maths (A*) being the exception.
For those students who do not get 5 grade Cs, we offer the Bridge Programme. A series of courses that increase the level 2 qualifications of the student and has work experience as a key component.
All students without a GCSE grade C in English or Maths will re-sit this as part of their study.
4 data assessment points during each year together with the AS exam results are used to provide accurate predictions for the purpose of UCAS applications. Our experienced team of Sixth Form Tutors use their detailed knowledge of the student to write the reference which highlights both the students’ personal and academic qualities.
For entry into Year 13, students are expected to get at least 2 passes from their 4 courses. These 2 courses can be carried on and an additional AS courses will be chosen to give a complete programme of study.
For our new Year 12 (September 2016), our collaboration with Easingwold and Boroughbridge Sixth Form has increased our breadth of subjects that students can select. French and 3D Design are being taught at Boroughbridge. Economics, Sociology, Further Maths, Media Studies and Psychology are all being taught at Easingwold.
The entry policy and predicted grades, together with the UCAS process are not affected by the above.