The transition from IGCSE to A-Level is significantly academic in nature, similar to that between A-Level and degree. We support students progressing into the Sixth Form in a number of ways:
- Guidance and support during Personal and Social Development lessons – including study skills, careers and researching post ISS options.
- Sixth Form Information Evening
- Guidance meetings with Sixth Form Academic Coaches
- Dedicated Academic Coach through AS and A2 studies
- Transition to Sixth Form programme
- Workshops and support sessions
The induction period will commence on Tuesday 20th June 2017 and runs to the end of the summer term, finishing with the rest of the school on Thursday 12thJuly.
The induction for the current Year 11 students will include 2 weeks of ‘taster’ lessons for their specific AS-Level subject choices plus, additional sessions to compare other subjects. Firstly, this will give the students a great introduction to the expectations within their areas of subject specialism and secondly, give rise for opportunities of further discussions with the subject staff.
The intention is to ensure students are fully informed in their preparation for a September start.
Returning Year 12 students will start their A2 studies and are expected to attend all lessons of all their subjects. Some will complete two chapters of the new course within this period. Students will not be permitted to alter any subject choices until after the August results.
In addition, we will invite all parents to a presentation at 2:30 pm on Tuesday 20th June where they can join the students to hear about Sixth Form developments and the transition process from studying IGCSEs to the completion of A- levels. We will also highlight a range of skills and attributes that students require during the next two years of their education.
The Sixth Form team believe this will give a valuable insight into the expectations for all returning students and thus, commence their preparation for a successful year ahead.
“The Creative task really developed our entrepreneurial flare and the Activity task was really fun! The beach clean allowed us to interact with the environment and made us realise the importance of protecting it. “
Guyanne Sinon – Year 13 Student, Class of 2015.
Pre-Year 12 Summer Work
Managing the jump from IGCSE to AS Level can be a stressful and daunting prospect. Students must adapt and develop new skills and competencies for success at A-Level, bridging this gap requires the right attitude to learning. In order to assist students in this process, they have the opportunity to meet with subject teachers before the beginning of the year for taster classes. Subject teachers will also set project based work for students to complete during the long break at the end of the academic year – the focus of these projects will be to develop understanding of the differences between IGCSE and AS Level.