The Sixth Form is a vibrant part of Enfield Grammar School, offering many opportunities for academic and personal development.
We offer students joining our Sixth Form a valuable experience. In addition to our proven record of accomplishment of academic success, we offer outstanding pastoral support and an array of extra-curricular opportunities for our students.
Our curriculum is flexible and broad, offering a range of A Level and BTEC choices; we offer high-quality teaching by experienced teachers who will expect students to take a great deal of responsibility for their own learning. In return, we ask that students display a high level of commitment to their studies and make an active contribution to our school community.
We pride ourselves on the quality of support we offer when preparing students for the next stage of their lives. The support and guidance offered to students through the UCAS process means that students have a high level of success in securing a place at their chosen university: typically, over 90% of students accept places at their choice of university.
We offer further, tailored support for students applying for courses at competitive universities enabling students to be successful in obtaining places at Oxford or Cambridge and other leading universities. We have been successful offering personalised support for students who apply to study medicine and law.
In addition, we offer guidance to students seeking employment or apprenticeships, helping them to prepare CVs and offering practical advice and support on applying for jobs and the interview process. In recent years, students have faced great competition in their applications for apprenticeships. We are proud that, due to their resilience and determination, amongst a host of other characteristics and skills, Enfield Grammar School students have successfully secured highly sought after placements with some of the best companies in the UK to undertake Degree Apprenticeships on leaving school.
Choosing The Right Course
Fundamental to the success of our Sixth Form is the fact that students choose to study courses they will enjoy and be successful in. We work hard with all of our students to match their interests, qualifications and career aspirations with appropriate A Level and/or BTEC courses that will help them to progress towards their next step, whether that is university, an apprenticeship or employment.
At Enfield Grammar School we offer a wide range of A Levels and vocational qualifications. The nature of A Levels and vocational courses (BTEC has changed significantly over recent years). The A Level is now a linear qualification, with all exams taken at the end of Year 13. Vocational courses now mix external assessment, including exams, with internal assessment. Some students find it hard to reduce the range of GCSE subjects they have studied and enjoyed down to three at A Level. Variety and breadth can be increased in many supported ways, for example studying an EPQ or by choosing a diverse range of subjects. Almost all students will choose three A Levels, or the equivalent through vocational courses, but the exact number of subjects a student studies will depend on their GCSE results and the combination of subjects they pick.
Sixth Form subjects are grouped into option blocks so that lessons can be timetabled effectively. These blocks are designed around the provisional subject choices students indicate before the formal Sixth Form application process. We have refined this process and we expect that all of the courses offered will be delivered, however, the school cannot guarantee to run a course for which there is insufficient demand nor guarantee all first choices. To help you decide, have a look at the links below.
Once students have applied to join the Sixth Form, the applications are assessed on an individual basis and applicants meeting our entry criteria are offered a conditional place during the spring term. For details of our Sixth Form Admissions Policy and for Application Forms, please see the Admissions Policy and Applying to the Sixth Form pages under the Sixth Form menu on our website.
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Whether you have already decided your A levels for next year or you are struggling to decide, here are six steps to making the right A level choices ………
1. Certain university courses will look for specific A-levels
This is important if you have a particular degree in mind. You won’t be able to apply to some degree courses without having taken some specific A levels (and scored the right grades in them too, of course).
Below are a few examples to give you an idea of what to expect (some are no- brainers)
- Pharmacy must have: chemistry, plus at least one from biology, maths and physics
- English must have: usually English literature, maybe English literature and language or English language.
- Geology/earth sciences must have: at least two from maths, physics, chemistry and biology.
- Economics sometimes need: maths, very rarely do you need economics.
For more guidance on what to study at A level to go on to particular degree subjects, see our full list of university subjects and their typical A level requirements.
Tip: Check out the full entry requirement details for a handful of courses across different universities to make sure you are ticking all the boxes with your subject choice.
2. Making certain A levels will open up more university course options
Keep your future options wide open when choosing your A levels by selecting a smart mix of the most commonly asked-for subjects in university entry requirements, known as ‘facilitating’ subjects.
- Modern and classical languages
The more of these you choose, the more courses at university will be open to you.
Additionally, if you have a talent for art, design or music and think it could be an avenue you will pursue, taking the relevant A levels will help that to happen.
Be aware: Some universities openly discourage students from taking certain combinations of A level subjects, particularly when subjects are very similar like business studies and economics – something to bear in mind when you are making A level choices.
3. A-levels are a lot tougher than GCSEs
The reason you take a particular subject at A level will come down to one (or more) of these three scenarios (usually): you need it to pursue a particular career; it is a subject you enjoy and are good at; or it is a subject you have not studied before, but you think will suit you.
Either way, be prepared for a big jump in the level of difficulty when you transition from GCSE to A level (or any other Advanced level qualification for that matter). You will also see differences in the way you are taught and in what is expected of you.
4. Some courses and universities have lists of subjects they don’t accept
Particular courses – take, for instance, an architecture course at the University of Bath – will view certain A levels as less effective preparation for university studies than others. Similarly, some universities – such as the University of Sheffield – actually list which A level subjects they prefer. Others, like the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) have ‘non-preferred’ subject lists.
If your subject choices don’t match up, you shouldn’t necessarily discount the course, or be put off from taking a creative or vocational A level subject you are really interested in.
Taking a subject such as history of art, classical civilisation, economics, geology, government and politics, law, media studies, philosophy, psychology, religious studies and sociology in conjunction with at least one (ideally two) of the ‘facilitating’ subjects listed above should not be an issue, if you get the grades.
5. Know myth from reality
Don’t take everything you hear at face value – the reality might be quite different.
Say you have heard that you have no chance of getting on to an ultra-competitive law course at the University of Durham because it doesn’t accept psychology A level. Well, Durham Law School proactively states on its website that ‘we do not make offers in respect of critical thinking or general studies, but we are otherwise unconcerned by the subjects you take’. Couple that with a closer look at what A levels current students on the course took – in this case you will find that 14% of students studying law at Durham arrived with A level psychology! It is always worth investigating things yourself so you get the full picture.
A university may view you differently from another candidate based on other factors such as extra-curricular interests or your portfolio. Don’t rely on preconceived assumptions or what you hear through someone else from their experience. Double check your facts!
We have found that media studies, law and general studies usually throw up some confusion and cases of ‘he said-she-said’. Read our guides on how universities view these at A level.
6. Many universities and courses will consider you whatever you choose
Question: Accountancy, anthropology, archaeology, banking, business studies, classical civilisations, hospitality, information science, law, management, marketing, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology, public relations, religious studies/theology, retail management, social work, sociology, surveying, television, travel and tourism …… What do these subjects have in common?
Answer: They will all consider a very wide range of A level choices and do not normally have essential subject requirements! So don’t get too bogged down in essential A levels you have to take.
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