Access to the Sixth Form to begin preparation of Advanced Subsidiary (AS) examinations in Year 12, and General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A2) examinations in Year 13, is open to those students who have passed a required minimum of subjects at (I)GCSE with good grades.
Students take five subjects in their first year (Year 12). One of the five subjects will be Spanish A Level or, for those students who intend to study for their degrees in Spain, Convalidation Studies.
In their first year our A Level students take four or five subjects from the wide range offered at Kings College. These include:
- Art and Design
- Spanish (compulsory)
In addition, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Physical Education (PE) form part of each student’s timetable.
At the end of the year, students sit an Advanced Subsidiary examination in their chosen subjects. This examination is set at a level of difficulty halfway between (I)GCSE and A Level and will count towards students university entrance. More importantly at this stage it will give our students and their teachers the opportunity to see how they are progressing.
Students may then choose which of their subjects they wish to continue studying to A Level standard in their second year. Most students sit A Levels in 3 or more subjects at the end of Year 13.
Success in the A Level examinations gives access to university education worldwide.
At the same time, Spanish students equally have access to universities in Spain with their English qualifications and are entered for the “Selectividad” university entrance examinations. The same is the case for non-Spanish nationals who may wish to enter Spanish universities.
King’s College is justifiably proud of a consistently high pass rate in official examinations leading to an excellent record on University entry.