We have ten forms of entry in the Sixth Form to ensure that class sizes are kept small. Applications for the Sixth Form open in November for the following academic year. The Sixth Form Application Form (from the website) should be submitted to the school prior to the December deadline.
Places in Year 12 will be awarded in the following order of priority:
- Children currently in public care (looked after children) / children previously in public care who meet the entry requirements and subject specific criteria (see notes below).
- Students who were on roll at Alperton Community School at the end of the academic year immediately preceding the proposed date of entry into the Sixth Form and who meet the entry requirements and subject specific criteria (see notes below).
- To receive priority for 2018 entry Alperton Community School students must apply by Friday 15 December 2017. Applications received after this date will be treated as external applications.
- External applicants for 2018 entry who meet the entry requirements and subject specific criteria (see notes below) must apply by Friday 6 January 2018. Any applications received after this date will be added to the waiting list.
- All applicants must be aged 16 on the 31 August in the year of application.
- Students must meet the entry requirements for their chosen programme of study as published in the Sixth Form prospectus.
- Students must meet the individual subject criteria as published in the Sixth Form prospectus.
- Sixth Form admission meetings for 2018 entry will commence on Monday 8 January 2018. Places will be offered in accordance with points 1-3 above and are subject to availability of places on courses and availability of resources.
- Late applicants may be invited for discussion if places are available on their chosen courses or for a place on the waiting list.
- The Sixth Form does not normally admit students to re-take Year 12 or Year 13.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR 2017-2018
Year 12 – Level 3 courses – AS Level
The AS courses are one-year courses with exams taken in the summer series. Sixth Form students typically study 4 subjects at AS level. Normally, applicants must have at least a grade B in the specific subjects they wish to study (or in related subjects if the A level subject is new) and grades B in English and mathematics.
Specific subject entry requirements for AS courses are outlined with the details of the courses Alperton Community School offers in the Sixth Form prospectus. These requirements will vary and will be in addition to the following minimum requirements.
The 4 AS Level programme:
- 6 GCSE passes at grades A*-B, including English and Maths.
The 3 AS Level programme:
- 5 GCSE passes at grades A*-C (or equivalent), including English and Maths.
Year 13 – Level 3 courses – A2 Level
The A2 courses are one-year courses with exams taken in the summer series. Most Sixth Form students study 3 subjects at A2 level. Students must follow A2 courses in a minimum of 3 subjects in which they have met the minimum entry requirements.
Students must have a minimum of 3 passes at grades A-D at AS level in the subjects they have chosen to study at A2 level, for all subjects except Further Mathematics.
The minimum requirement to follow 4 A2 courses is 4 A grades at AS Level.
SIXTH FORM COURSES
Pathway 1 and 2 (Level 3 Courses):
This is a two year programme of study that is at a higher level of challenge than work undertaken in Year 11. Level 3 courses prepare students for entry to university. ACS Sixth Form offers a wide range of both academic A Levels and applied courses (equivalent to 2 A Levels) at Level 3. Each A Level has 10 hours of taught study and BTEC subjects have 20 hours of face to face teaching each fortnight. For success a similar amount of private study is expected out of hours.
Each full A Level is divided into four units (six in Maths and Science) – two (three) AS units are studied in Year 12 and the further two (three) A2 units are studied in Year 13. Both the AS and A2 parts of the course have examinations in Summer Term.
AS qualifcations carry half the university points of an A2 qualifcation and success is essential to be able to progress to the A2 units. A BTEC qualifcation is achieved at the end of the second year. BTEC qualifcations earn the same university entrance points as 2 A Levels and are also welcomed by universities and employers. Level 3 students will undertake one of the following pathways and study one of the options below in Year 12:
Pathway 1 (Academic)
- 3 A2 level subjects
- 1 AS Level subject
Pathway 2 (Applied)
- 1 BTEC Level 3 subject
- 1 A2 level subject
- 1 AS level subject
Any student not achieving at least grade C in GCSE English and Maths will follow additional study in English and/or Maths and resit exams.
In Year 13, students normally drop their AS Level subjects and study:
- Their A2 subjects at A2 level.
- The BTEC subject they chose plus their 1 A2 Level subject
- Exceptional students may continue with all the subjects undertaken in Year 12. This is not expected by universities.
Entry Requirements for Level 3 Courses in Year 12 (Pathways 1 and 2)
The minimum entry requirement for a Level 3 programme of study is 6 A* to C grades at GCSE or equivalent in 6 or more subjects, including English and Maths. However, many Level 3 subjects have specifc entry requirements (such as a B grade in a chosen subject). These requirements are outlined in the subject information leafet available from the Head of Department, and must be met. Students not achieving grade C or higher in English/Maths may be permitted to follow Pathway 2,depending on the grade achieved.
Entry Requirements for Progressing Level 3 Courses into Year 13
The minimum entry requirement to progress from Year 12 into Year 13 for Level 3 students is:
- 3 A-D grades at AS level for students wishing to continue with A2 levels in 3 subjects
- 4 A-B grades at AS level for students wishing to continue with A2 levels in 4 subjects
- A satisfactory progress report and 1 AS at grade A-D for students on a mixed BTEC and A level programme involving 1 subject at A2
- A good progress report and 2 A-D grades at AS level for students on a mixed BTEC and A level programme involving 2 subjects at A2
* The School reserves the right not to offer students with poor behaviour or attendance a place in Years 12 or 13.
Pathway 3 (Level 2 vocational)
This is a one year programme of study for students who wish to progress to the Level 3 Applied Pathway and have not yet quite gained the 5 A*- C grades at GCSE or equivalent needed for this.
This Pathway enables students to retake English and Maths, gain an applied Level 2 qualifcation and participate in extended work experience.
All Level 2 students will study one BTEC First Diploma or Extended Certifcate (worth a minimum of 2 GCSE passes) taught in 25 periods per fortnight and lesson in English and/or Maths. Subjects offered in Pathway 3 are:
• BTEC First Certifcate in Business
• BTEC First Certifcate in Health and Social Care
• BTEC First Certifcate in Information and Creative Technology
• BTEC First Certifcate in Travel and Tourism Entry
Requirements for Level 2 Courses in Year 12
The minimum entry requirement for a Level 2 programme of study is 5 D-G grades at GCSE or equivalent in 4 or more subjects. A minimum of an E grade in English and/or Mathemat ics is also required.