Sixth Form at King’s is an exciting transition for both existing pupils as they move on to the next stage of their education, and for around thirty new pupils who join from a range of local state and independent schools. All pupils initially choose four A Level subjects in Lower Sixth (Year 12) and will continue with either three or four of these to full A Level in Upper Sixth (Year 13).
Choosing A Level Options
The formal process of choosing A Level options at King’s School Worcester Sixth Form, starts in the autumn term of Fifth Form (Year 11) with the Sixth Form Open Morning (for both prospective and existing pupils) and also the ‘Into the Sixth Form’ evening (for existing pupils). Everyone is encouraged to speak to and visit the departments they may be considering for A Level, where they can talk to staff and gather information. External applicants will also, of course, have a wider tour of the school on the Open Morning. The Sixth Form Prospectus and this website support the Sixth Form Open Morning and provide links to enable further research in each of the subject areas.
In the second half of the spring term pupils (both existing and new) will firstly be asked to confirm the four A Level subjects that they are most likely to do. Confirmation of the choice of A level subjects will then be sought towards the end of the spring term. Pupils can request a change in their choice of subjects all the way up to the first few days of the autumn term. We can usually satisfy these requests as long as there is space and may offer a waiting list if necessary.
A Level subjects
Entrance to King's at Sixth Form
We warmly welcome enquiries from pupils wishing to join King’s for the Sixth Form and invite all interested parties to visit on either an Open Morning or on a normal working day by requesting a visit. Offers are made on the basis of a reference from the current school, projected GCSE grades (or equivalent), a written personal statement and attendance on an Assessment Day (Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January 2017).
During the A level Assessment Day, applicants will take part in various team building exercises. They can observe A Level lessons in subjects they have indicated they are interested in, undertake a cognitive abilities test (a specially designed multiple choice test geared to the age group, which contains elements of English, mathematics and spatial relationships) and have an interview.
Offers are then made which are conditional on GCSE results. To qualify for entry to the King’s Sixth Form the minimum requirement for external candidates is usually six passes at least at B grade (or equivalent) and a further two passes at C grade (or equivalent) at GCSE. We would expect most of our Sixth Form applicants to comfortably exceed this. Ideally, candidates should expect to achieve a Grade A or higher in any subject that is to be taken at A Level if these subjects have been taken at GCSE, but a B will usually be accepted.