Our Sixth Form Curriculum
At Ipswich High School Sixth Form we have an ambitious A Level curriculum. We work with our students to create a bespoke and tailored curriculum, enabling them to move on from our Sixth Form with the most suitable qualifications and skills for whatever career path they choose. Our Sixth Form students typically study three A Levels with additional AS, GCSE and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) options available to all.
In consultation with a number of universities we believe that this offer is better for students than studying four A Levels. All A Levels have now been reformed with greater complexity and amount of work to cover. We believe that maximising a student’s potential to gain top grades in three subjects is better than four mediocre grades. All universities make offers based on three, not four subjects, and many prefer to see the EPQ rather than a fourth A Level.
We work closely with each individual to create a bespoke curriculum, meaning they become fully immersed in each of their subjects. Small class sizes (typically four to eight), university style teaching and regular assessment challenge each student throughout their A-Levels whilst weekly subject clinics and easy access to teachers means support, help and advice is always there if needed. As courses progress more responsibility is placed on each student ensuring they leave as motivated, independent learners ready for the rigours of university, apprenticeships or the world of work.
Our usual entry requirement is a level 6 or higher in the subject that you wish to study coupled with a raft of Level 6 and above results. If you wish to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths then a level 7 or higher is required.
The Orbit Programme
The Orbit Programme brings together all that our Sixth Form students do outside of their A Level curriculum, giving them opportunities to enhance and demonstrate their skills and accomplishments. Students will be able to use their experiences to give breadth and detail to their university personal statements or apprentice applications. As universities and employers highly value the skills of their applicants, the Orbit Programme allows students to have all the attributes
required for successful applications.
Find out more about the Orbit Programme in our brochure, viewable below: