Studying for A Levels
Girls who are considering applying for the Sixth Form at St George's will be invited for an interview with the Assistant Head (Sixth Form) or another senior member of staff. Any offer of a place made will be contingent on meeting our minimum admissions criteria of achieving at least six grades 9-4 (A*-C) under the new grading structure at GCSE, and grade 6 (B) or above in subjects that she would like to study for A level.
Excitingly, a period of significant upheaval in the Sixth Form curriculum is coming to an end with nearly all subjects becoming two year, linear, courses from September 2017. Such courses allow students the time to engage deeply with their subjects and pursue the broad range of possibilities offered by life at St George's in the Lower Sixth without the time pressures of public summer examinations. A Levels remain the most popular examinations for school leavers in the United Kingdom and provide girls with internationally respected qualifications which prepare them effectively for life after secondary education.
At St George's, girls are encouraged to take three A Level subjects in the Lower Sixth, although some decide to take four disciplines. This is particularly the case if a girl is going to study Mathematics and Further Mathematics which is increasingly in demand for admission into competitive science courses. Alongside their examination subjects, students are supported in the completion of an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). From the summer of 2018, the only subject girls will be allowed to take as an AS Level will be Mathematics; all other subjects will be examined in a liner fashion, at the end of the Upper Sixth.
In the Upper Sixth girls will proceed with their three or four A Levels through to completion with the vast majority of Georgians using their predicted A Level grades to apply to university. However, increasing numbers of girls will be interested in alternative post-18 options and we support all pupils in their ambitions.