SIXTH FORM CURRICULUM
JAS provides a high-quality British-style education based upon the framework of the National Curriculum for England and Wales. Our holistic approach to education fosters respect, tolerance and understanding and enables each child to maximise their academic success and also develop the skills and aptitudes that will allow them to adapt and succeed in a world that is rapidly changing.
The school offers a secure and safe environment where children are challenged in order to gain the necessary skills in academic, social, sporting and aesthetic fields. We emphasise the development of the individual but also encourage students to see themselves as valued and productive members of our school and the wider community.
We continue to follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales and offer a wide array of A-levels and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Students can choose up to four different A-levels and are expertly guided through their two-year study by experienced subject specialists.
With a variety of pathways available to students, we are able to tailor our provision and timetable to suit each student. We work back from each student's interests and aspirations to ensure that upon graduation they are able to next the next step on to university, an apprenticeship, or their chosen career.
Alongside our academic provision, JAS students are supported by our unique ETHOS programme; this includes our Study and Life Skills programme which develops essential skills for when students move to university, our Options and Aspirations program, and our Tutor programme which gives students access to learning support when required.
For more information, download our Sixth Form Prospectus or our Academic Provision Handbook
Upon applying to join JAS Sixth Form students will be invited to attend a guidance interview with our Options and Aspirations Advisor. Guidance interviews provide personalised advice based on aspirations, and students will discover appropriate courses and pathways available to them at JAS.
We know that there is an apparent correlation between a student’s passion and their likelihood to succeed, therefore whether attending a guidance meeting, or independently perusing our academic provision we advise students to consider, firstly, their interest and enthusiasm for the subject; secondly, the potential to help access university courses; and, thirdly, to think about their career aspirations.
Universities offer their places based on qualifications gained and experiences established. Our pathways and provision are tailored to a student's interests and aspirations. Most universities and employers look for successful completion of at least 3 A-level subjects.
Pathway One: Three A-Level subjects + GCSE Maths and/or GCSE English Language Resit
Pathway Two: Three A-Level subjects
Pathway Three: Three A-Level subjects + EPQ
Pathway Four: Four A-Level subjects
Pathway Five: Four A-Level subjects + EPQ
Read our Academic Provision Handbook to find out more about individual A-level qualifications.
Assessment is an integral part of our learning and teaching. It facilitates daily ongoing review of individual progress and impacts on planning and target-setting for each child. In each phase of the school, students will have personal learning targets based on assessment outcomes. Our students contribute to self- and peer-assessment to enable them to develop critical personal evaluation skills and so become successful and increasingly independent learners.
In sixth form, baseline assessment at entry to Year 12 will be implemented to inform accurate planning of next steps. Regular formative and summative assessments in each subject will be used to track and monitor progress and to set aspirational targets for each student.
End of Year assessments will facilitate comparisons with the baseline to measure progress. There will be formal tracking and monitoring throughout the secondary phase by class teachers, heads of department, and senior staff to identify individual progress and key trends.
Throughout A-level studies, students will be assessed as per the exam board specification. The form of assessment depends upon the individual subject. Some subjects assess through written examinations and non-examined assessments (coursework or practical assessment).
We believe that supporting children involves everyone and we have robust systems in place to identify children with additional learning needs. Effective support for pupils starts in the daily planning for every classroom lesson. Teachers plan differentiated activities as an integral part of learning and teaching across all phases of the school. This takes the form of, for example, extra time to complete a task, different resources, classroom prompts or outcome expectation.
Groupings are also used as appropriate to the needs of learners so these may be ability, mixed ability, pairs or individuals. In addition, further provision supports specific difficulties, eg booster groups for reading or maths or extra sessions to develop fine motor skills.
All programmes are based on analysis of students’ needs using assessment data and teachers’ observations and judgements to ensure the most effective support is offered.
In sixth form, specialist learning support teachers will continue to provide support for students and staff to ensure appropriate programmes are in place.
Personalised pathways for A-levels will support students who require either a reduced or enhanced curriculum. Directed study will also be offered to those students who require to resit GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English Language.
We offer Advanced Levels (A-Levels) across a wide range of subject areas and students can select to study up to four different subjects at the beginning of Year 12. Like a GCSE qualification, A-Levels are linear which means students sit an examination at the end of the two-year course. Depending upon the course and its content, examinations can be theoretical or practical.
The advantage of following a linear qualification is that students will receive more purposeful teaching time and will spend the majority of their two-year study learning, consolidating and applying newfound knowledge and understanding. A linear qualification lends itself to ongoing revision which embeds knowledge and increases student’s abilities to retain and retrieve content when required.
Our Sixth Form ‘blended learning’ method provides students with unlimited access and opportunity to revisit and revise content throughout their course. All of the aforementioned is designed to better prepare students for success not just in their A-Level examinations but also as they move into higher education or a career.
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) allows learners to select their own project title and topic area, whilst it must be relevant to one of their A-level qualifications, students are advised to select a project topic that is of personal interest, and might help apply for a particular university degree or career opportunity.
Students will receive essential support to complete this qualification; not only will students have time allotted on their timetable (for direct teaching, instruction, or independent study) but each student will be assigned an EPQ tutor who will advise and guide them throughout.
Universities and employers value the Extended Project Qualification because of the depth of knowledge, and the increased understanding it requires for successful completion. It is also valued for the skills it develops in students; researching, referencing, note-taking, presentation skills, and in some cases essay writing skills.
The one-year qualification also awards UCAS points which will enhance a student's UK university application.