Sixth Form Open Event & Videos
Ewell Castle School's Sixth Form is vibrant, diverse, happy and inclusive. The Sixth Form here is small, with small class sizes, yet we offer a wide range of A-level subjects as well as a small number of BTECs. At Ewell Castle Sixth Form, we truly believe that one size does not fit all. Our Sixth Form Team (Heads of Sixth Form, Careers Advisor, Librarian and Form Tutors) help take the worry out of UCAS. They are friendly and nurturing to all our independent learners, and offer our students a multitude of growth and leadership opportunities.
Live Zoom Virtual Sixth Form Open Event - Recording Available to View
The event which included talks from our Principal, co-Heads of Sixth Form and a live Q&A session was recorded and is available to watch via a link. Please email email@example.com to request the link be sent to you.
Heads of Department Video Presentations
Our Heads of Department have recorded subject video presentations, which you can view by clicking on the relevant section at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions for our Heads of Department, you can email them directly and they will reply within a week. Please see the pdf below for a list of Head of Department emails addresses. There is also a Sixth Form student video which you may like to watch to hear what our own students have to say about life at Ewell Castle School Sixth Form.
We very much hope you will take a look at our Heads of Department A-level/BTEC subject presentations on the page below. Simply click on the appropriate cross to open up the individual subject presentations. There is also a presentation by our Careers Advisor as well as by a small number of our current Sixth Form. Listen to their experience of what it's really like to be a new student here at Ewell Castle School Sixth Form.
If you would like to apply to join our dynamic academic and supportive Sixth Form, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you enjoy watching our tour of the School
We hope you enjoy our Sixth Form Video
Listen to our Sixth Form student video to hear from a small group of Year 12 and Year 13 students what it's like studying here at Ewell Castle School Sixth Form.
The Art Department benefits from two open plan art rooms with facilities for painting, drawing, print making, 3D work and many more materials. Photography is offered at A Level as an option. At A Level the pupils are able to produce coursework continuously through sketchbooks, homework and practical work from the beginning of the course gaining vital marks towards their result. In all units of work we encourage pupils to visit galleries and exhibitions. The School really is a place to capture the imagination and inspire young people. Art clubs and workshops are a part of everyday life and our upper school pupils are regularly found in the Art Department enjoying private study. Arts Week provides the Senior School pupils with the opportunity to engage in different forms of creativity and the week-long events, visits, performances and competitions are a fantastic opportunity for pupils to enjoy and engage with new creative mediums which enrich them academically and socially.
Ms Carrick (Head of Art & Photography) please click below to watch her video
Classical Civilization is offered throughout the School. At KS3 pupils broaden their education by studying aspects of the Classical World including Pompeii the Odyssey and the Roman invasion of Britain. For GCSE they study Myth and Religion and War and Warfare looking at both Greece and Rome. At A Level they study the Aeneid, the Odyssey, Greek Drama and Politics of the Late Roman Republic. We have a full program of trips including Fishbourne Roman Palace, the British Museum and plays in London. Pupils have also visited the Bay of Naples.
Mr J C W Blencowe - Head of History and Classical Civilisation
At Key Stage 5 we offer both A Level Computer Science and a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Computing.
We currently offer OCR A Level Computer Science. Component 1 comprises of topics covering internal workings of the (CPU), data exchange, software development, data types and legal and ethical issues. Component 2 covers what is meant by computational thinking, problem solving, programming and algorithms. The students will also complete a piece of Non Exam Assessment where they will programme a solution to a problem of their choice. The NEA is internally marked and externally moderated.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Computing is made up of 2 exams and 2 pieces of coursework. The Principles of Computer Science and exam covers topics such as data types, abstract data structures, programming paradigms. The Fundamentals of Computer Systems exam covers topics such as systems architecture, data representation in binary and Networks. The coursework to completed cover encryption and computer game development. The course work elements are internally marked and externally moderated.
Mr R Brooks - Head of ICT & Computing
Students enjoy three purpose built rooms; the Design Studio is equipped with 20 laptops running industry standard design software ‘Solidworks’ along with Adobe’s and Microsoft’s creative suite of software; Photoshop, Illustrator, PowerPoint, Word etc and 2D vector software. All computers are linked to the room’s A3 printer. Teachers have the ability to teach wirelessly with their iPads in the Design Studio thanks to the AppleTV connected to the projector.
The Prototype workshop is equipped with a laser cutter, 3D printer, milling machines, metal and wood turning lathes and forge, along with other machines facilitating work in various materials including wood, metal, plastics, and fibreglass.
Sixth Form students have access to a designated Design Office; a professional and purpose built environment with a library and seven computers, loaded with Solidworks, Adobe’s and Microsoft’s suite as well as 2D drawing software. All computers are connected to the room’s A3 printer as well as to the AppleTV connected to the office’s flat screen TV. A Level students also have access to the department’s laptops whenever required.
Drama is a very popular subject at Ewell Castle with class sizes being small in order to give great attention to each pupil’s creative development. All teaching includes both practical and theory on theatre, practitioners and dramatic techniques. There are many opportunities both in class and extra-curricular to develop ones acting, directing, script-writing and technical skills.
The department offers pupils the opportunity to be in senior school productions, House Drama Competitions, Christmas Cabarets, Drama Reviews and Arts Festivals. In addition, pupils can take LAMDA exams. Those who pursue drama further in GCSE and A Level will be in many more performances. Recent productions include: Shakespeare in Hollywood, by Ken Ludwig, The Ladykillers, by Graham Lineham, Whodunnit by Anthony Shaffer, The Hypochondriac by Molière and Fools by Neil Simon.
All classes are taught by staff who have trained professionally at leading Drama schools including RADA, and with the wealth of teaching knowledge and experience the standards of pupil’s work is very high. The subject is taught from Years 7 to 13, including GCSE and A Level.
A wide range of theatrical genres, periods, practitioners and approaches to the theatre, both Eastern and Western, are studied. Some of the topics we teach are: Circus Skills, Physical theatre, Commedia dell’Arte, Mask Work, Devising, Stanislavski, Artaud, Brecht, Character Study and Visual Storytelling. In addition to in-house productions there are frequent theatre trips to The West end and local theatres. Some highlights of late have been: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, King Lear, Things I Know to be True, Blood Brothers, Othello, One Man Two Guvnors, The Believers and The Play That Always Goes Wrong.
The ethos in the Drama Department is one of promoting confidence and individual self-expression with a great focus paid to the wellbeing and personal development of each individual student. All the skills taught valuable and transferrable skills that pupils will need for the future.
Mr Bader-Clynes: Head of Drama
Economics is offered in the Sixth Form as an A-level course. Groups will typically be six to ten in number and the Edexcel examination specification is followed. The course provides a combination of micro-economic and macro-economic content, drawing on local, national and international contexts, and aims to provoke an interest in economic concepts and theories and their value and limitations in explaining real-world phenomena. Economic students will also develop analytical and quantitative skills, together with qualities and attitudes that will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.
The course is structured into four themes: Markets, consumers and firms, the wider economic environment, the global economy and making markets work.
Sixth Form students can study Business BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate or Business A Level. In Year 12, students are introduced to the challenges and issues affecting businesses. The course then explores with in-depth analysis the key internal functions of business (people, operations, finance and marketing) and how the management of these functions can assist in improving the effectiveness and performance of a business. In Year 13, strategies for larger businesses are analysed and evaluated in the context of changing internal and external circumstances.
Mrs R Rudd - Head of Economics and Business - Video
A Level Geography is offered for a two year course and follows the EDEXCEL syllabus. A broad range of skills are developed at both GCSE and A Level. Fieldwork is an integral part of Geography and in addition to local fieldwork and day trips there are residential trips.
Mrs R Owen - Head of Geography
Mathematics is one of the most popular A-Level subjects in the school with Further Mathematics also available. For students aiming at for top universities such as Oxbridge, we provide extra assistance in preparing for the interview. A Level Mathematics students will study two pure and one statistics modules in Lower Sixth. This is repeated in the Upper Sixth, with mechanics replacing statistics to make a total of six modules. Further Mathematicians will study all the modules over the first 12 months, sitting their Mathematics A-Level at the end of the Lower 6th Form. They will then study the Further Mathematics syllabus in the 12 months of the Upper 6th Form.
Mr D Vijapura - Head of Mathematics
In the Sixth Form students may opt for A Level Music. We provide a wide range of musical instrument tuition to any student who wishes to learn an instrument at any standard. There are a variety of musical groups which include: Chapel Choir and instrumental groups such as; Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Senior A Capella Choir; Guitar Ensemble; Chamber Ensemble; Big Band; Pop Choir; Percussion Ensemble and Discovery Band. Students are encouraged to organise their own smaller bands and may use the facilities to practise at their own leisure. The Music Department hosts a weekly in-house concert series, an annual large-scale musical production performed at the Epsom Playhouse, an annual Christmas Cabaret at The Bourne Hall and an annual choral and instrumental concert at St Mary's Church as well as several other impressive events through the year. Our bi-annual music tour has seen our Chapel Choir perform at Notre Dame Cathedral Paris and Cologne Cathedral.
Mr B Essenhigh - Director Performing Arts, Head of Music and Music Technology
Miss P Hernandez is Head of Modern Foreign Languages - click below to watch her video presentation.
A Level studies in the Sixth Form use AQA syllabus focusing on Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics. This includes an in depth study of Christian sources of wisdom, views of God, and self along with the examination of a huge range of the world’s greatest thinkers, from Plato and Aristotle to Dawkins and Darwin and much else in between.
Mr T Stone - Head of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
A Level Physical Education and Filming Pupil Performances
Pupils looking to pursue their knowledge and learning in Physical Education may choose to study A Level Physical Education through AQA examinations. Class sizes are no larger than 10 enabling both a broad and in depth learning experience. Studying a Science based A Level subject may be a complement to PE but is not compulsory.
A level PE has a practical component which 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.
Mr N Turk - Director of Sport
Mrs J Jones - Head of Academic PE
Politics is offered in the Sixth Form at A Level. Groups will typically be eight to ten in number and the Edexcel examination specification is followed.
Papers 1 and 2 provide an understanding of how the UK political system works and how it is linked to contemporary political structures and issues in their historical context. We look firstly at how people are involved in politics and democracy through political parties, electoral systems and voting behaviour and the media. Secondly we study how the UK is governed which takes in topics on the constitution, parliament, prime minister and relations between institutions. Both papers focus on the political ideas of nationalism, socialism, liberalism and conservatism. This encourages a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes.
In Paper 3 students will explore the US Constitution and Federalism, US Congress, US Presidency, US Supreme Court, democracy and participation and civil rights. Students will study the impact of the US government on the world beyond its borders by comparing and contrasting politics and institutions in the US with those in the UK. This will develop a wider understanding of politics as a discipline, underpinned by the theoretical concepts of comparative politics.
Mrs E Harrison - Head of Politics
Psychology is offered for study at Advanced Level only. This means potential students need to have achieved at least a grade ‘6’ in GCSE Mathematics and English. A similar grade in GCSE Science subjects will support achieving a good final grade.
Psychology is a science. Students need - at the very least - a foundation of good numeracy and literacy. This because they will be developing a range of deep skills over the two year course - from understanding and thinking critically about scientific theories, to reading and collating written sources, through to analysing and interpreting statistical data. Students learn how to assemble all this into a coherent written argument - in exam conditions.
The first year of the course covers the main schools of thought in the subject collectively called Approaches. They range from the focus on observable phenomena of Behaviourism to the creator of Psychoanalysis, Freud. Students apply this understanding to specific areas including Social Influence, Memory, and Attachment (how babies form relationships with their caregivers).
In the second year, students study three areas in-depth: Relationships, Stress and Aggression. They do this by reading, examining, and evaluating the current research. There is also a strong biological element in the course with the fundamentals of Biopsychology added to the approaches in this year.
Advanced Level Psychology also develops a good understanding of research methods including experimental design and writing a research study. Students have a practical week where they design, complete and write up an experiment. From this, pupils develop their ability with statistical and scientific interpretation.
Overall, Advanced Level Psychology not only provides a good basis for further study in the subject, but also effective analytical and evaluative skills valued in a range of careers from Sports Psychology to Market Research or Business Analysis.
Mr J D'Souza - Head of Psychology
At Key Stage 5 A Levels are offered in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The department enjoys five designated Science laboratories. Interactive whiteboards and other technologies are available within the department.
KS5 Exam Boards followed at Ewell Castle School are:
Biology OCR A
Chemistry OCR A
Mrs N Narayanan - Head of Science