About Sixth Form
Welcome to Ifield Community College Sixth Form
We aim to give every student a broad academic, creative and cultural education while also preparing them for life after school in higher education and work.
The academic timetable runs over two weeks, Week A & B. Sports matches take place on Wednesday afternoon while extracurricular activities take place after school. Students are encouraged to participate in work experience and community service.
There are a number of different ways in which you can choose to study in the Sixth Form.
A Level Pathway
Some students pick a purely academic pathway and choose to study only A levels. Most students in year 12 will study four A levels, and then focus on three in year 13. A levels are assessed through exams at the end of year 12 and at the end of year 13.
BTEC Level 3 Pathway
Other students are keen to take a more vocational route and therefore study Level 3 BTEC courses. These are equivalent to A levels but tend to be assessed through coursework. These courses all run for two years. Some students enjoy studying a mix of both BTEC level 3 courses and A levels.
BTEC Level 2 Pathway
Finally, we have a Level 2 BTEC Pathway. Level 2 courses are equivalent to GCSEs. They are suitable for students who have not achieved the criteria to study Level 3 BTEC or A level courses and last one year.
At the end of the first year, students then ‘step up’ to study level 3 BTEC courses in year 13.
GCSE English and Maths Resits
It is a national requirement that all students must re-sit their English and/or
Maths GCSE if they do not achieve at least a grade 4 in Year 11.
The Sixth Form options groups are reviewed annually. Students choose four subjects in year 12 being AS Level, BTEC or a combination of the both and continue with three in Year 13. Current subjects offered are:
Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Product Design.
Geography, History, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy.
English Literature, English Language, Media.
Fine Art, 3-D Art, Dance, Theatre studies (Drama), Textiles.
Business, Law, ICT, Health & Social Care, Music, Travel & Tourism, Science, Sports, Performing arts.
The AQA Extended Project Qualification is offered for suitable candidates