Sixth Form Subjects & Entry Requirements
A Levels and BTEC
Students join the Sixth Form from our Year 11 and from other schools and they embark upon a challenging and stimulating academic programme of A Level courses, whilst enjoying enhanced roles within the school. From September 2018 we are introducing a small number of BTEC courses including Business Studies BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF).
Our purpose is that Sixth Formers leave Ewell Castle as well-rounded young people and experience achieving their potential - or beyond. An important aspect of life at Ewell Castle School that makes this happen, is the relationship between Sixth Form students and staff and indeed betwen the Sixth Form and the whole School. The quality of pupils' personal development is excellent. (ISI Report 2018).
Sixth Form facilities include; a common room and cafeteria with WiFi access, the Gadesden Library and computer suite. There are a range of opportunities for academic and personal development in our Sixth Form: from supporting school open events through to Model United Nations, or running an extra-curricular activity. We welcome students and their parents to visit our Sixth Form during one of the School’s Open Days, or, alternatively visit the School during one of our numerous Open Events.
Uniform consists of a grey, black or navy blue suit, creating a professional and business-like atmosphere. The pupils are the oldest student body and as such, contribute to the whole school community. We are proud of their appearance and conduct which reflects the attitude and leadership that characterises expectations in the Sixth Form.
Next Sixth Form Open Evening - Tuesday 25th September 2018 6pm to 8pm
Please note that the format for the Sixth Form Open Evening is as follows: Introduction Presentation to Ewell Castle Sixth Form, followed by A Level subject presentations. Tours of the School will not be possible during the Sixth Form Open Evening. If you wish to tour the School please visit us during one of our numerous Senior School Open Events - see the website for details.
Ewell Castle School Sixth Form Guide and Subjects Choices
- Art and Design / Fine Art
- Business Studies
- Classical Civilisation
- DT / Product Design
- Drama and Theatre Studies
- English Literature
- Government and Politics
- Information and Communications Technology
- Further Mathematics
- Music Technology
- Art and Design / Photography
- Physical Education
- Religious Studies
A Level PE and Filming of Pupil Performances
A level PE has a practical component and forms part of the non examined assessment. Any pupil choosing to take an A Level in PE will need to provide video footage, showing performances in their chosen sporting activities. The exam board suggest that each pupil has a variety of recordings of each of their chosen activities to ensure that they are able to show themselves performing at the highest level.
Reasons to Choose Ewell Castle School Sixth Form
- Ewell Castle School feels like a family
- Students "show self-confidence and are articulate" (ISI Report 2012)
- The majority of our students gain places at their first choice of University or College
- Strong Pastoral Care from a range of staff - from Tutors to Heads of Department; to careers guidance and library study support
- Extra-curricular opportunities; Model United Nations, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, sports, music, drama, UK and overseas trips
- Varied enrichment programme consisting of workshop-style learning to broaden horizons including preparation for university life and careers
Sixth Form Entry Requirements at September 2018
To enter the Sixth Form, potential students will have an interview with the Principal and a lesson taster session. Places offered are conditional upon GCSE (or equivalent) grades in public examinations.
Our current minimum entry requirements are five A*-C / 9-4 GCSE grades, including English and Mathematics. In addition a minimum B / 6 GCSE grade in the subject to be followed at A Level is expected for most subjects, although there are some exceptions. The table below summarises more specific subject requirements.
|Chosen Subject at A Level||Requirements|
|Art and Design - Fine Art||Minimum grade 6 or above is preferred in Art GCSE.|
|Art and Design - Photography||No previous experience is needed but GCSE Art/Photography is an advantage|
|Biology||Minimum grade 7 at GCSE|
|Chemistry||Minimum grade 7 at GCSE|
|Classical Civilisation||Minimum grade 6 at GCSE in English Language and English Literature|
|Computer Science||Preferably grade 6 at GCSE in Computer Science or grade 7 in Mathematics and pass a Programming Assessment|
|Drama and Theatre||Minimum grade 6 in GCSE Drama and a minimum grade 6 GCSE in English Language|
|Economics||Minimum grade 6 at GCSE in Mathematics and English|
|English Literature||Minimum grade 6 at GCSE in English Language and English Literature|
|French, Spanish||Minimum grade 7 at GCSE (grade 6 may be considered)|
|Geography||Minimum grade 6 at GCSE although grade 7 is preferable|
|History||Minimum grade 6 at GCSE in History if taken at GCSE. GCSE History not essential.|
|Mathematics and Further Mathematics||Minimum grade 7 at GCSE or higher|
|Music||Minimum grade 6 in Music at GCSE with grade 5+ standard instrumental performance on their first study instrument|
|Music Technology||Minimum grade 6 in Music at GCSE with some keyboard facility|
|Physics||Minimum grade 7 at GCSE|
|Physical Education||Minimum grade 6 at GCSE in Sciences; GCSE PE is not a prerequisite - if studied at GCSE, minimum grade 6|
|Politics||Minimum grade 6 History GCSE helpful as is an interest in current affairs|
|Product Design||Minimum grade 6 at GCSE in Design and Technology|
|Psychology||Minimum grade 6 at GCSE in Mathematics and English Language; minimum grade 6 in Sciences helpful|
|Religious Studies||Minimum grade 6 in Religious Studies if studied at GCSE or grade 6 in a related subject as such History or Classics|
Business Studies BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)
|Minimum grade (tbc) in Mathematics and English|
Sixth Form Organisation and Team
Mrs McManus and Mr Getty are joint Heads of Sixth Form. They monitor students’ academic progress and supervise pastoral routines. They also arrange the enrichment programme, the development of student study skills and manage the wider social development of students. They are supported by Mrs Lawrence, our Careers Advisor, Mrs S Malost our Senior School Librarian and the Sixth Form Tutors.
The School operates a House system. All students are members of a House and are expected to attend all House meetings, participate in and contribute to House activities and support their Head of House and House Captain.
One Head Boy and one Head Girl lead the Senior Prefect Team. Five Senior Prefects support them, with ten Prefects. All Sixth Formers assist at School functions and events. This not only creates the strong community in our School, but also gives students the chance to develop socially.