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Making choices

A new Sixth Form Course Guide is available below.

The choice you make about which path to take at the age of sixteen will influence the future direction of your life. It is a critical decision.‚Äč

Choosing the right course in the sixth form is an important first step to success. We offer two types of Level 3 courses at Highlands Sixth Form and both are designed to help you progress to university, an apprenticeship or employment.

A Levels are the traditional academic route. They require a strong ability to recall learnt knowledge and are examined at the end of two years of study.

BTECS are applied learning based on a work sector. They include both exams and coursework assessment taken throughout the course.

Both routes are, of course, challenging and represent a significant step up from GCSE. However, your particular learning and preferred assessment style may favour one of the routes, so it is important to be informed.

A Levels

A Levels are two-year courses with challenging exams at the end of the course which test the whole of the syllabus. There are no longer any units or resit opportunities during the two years.

Most students will choose to study three A Levels through years 12 and 13.

Some of our most able students will study four A Levels.

Art (Fine Art) Economics Maths: Further Politics
Biology English Language MFL: French Psychology
Chemistry English Literature MFL: Spanish RS: Philosophy & Ethics
Computer Science Geography Music Sociology
D&T Graphic Products History Physical Education  
Drama Mathematics Physics  

Whenever possible Highlands Sixth Form will deliver these subjects through lessons based on site. The provision of any individual subject is based on student numbers with a minimum group size of 11. Highlands is an active member of the Enfield Sixth Form Consortium, and we are able to offer minority subjects through collaboration with local schools.

BTEC National Level 3

BTEC Nationals are Level 3 (A Level equivalent) work-related qualifications and are assessed through written examination and coursework. The courses provide specialist, work-related learning, delivering the knowledge, skills and understanding students need to prepare for their chosen career. BTEC Nationals offer progression to higher education or directly into employment. The qualification is equivalent to three A Levels and is graded at Distinction*, Distinction, Merit and Pass.

We offer a choice of two:

  • Business
  • Creative Digital Media Production (Film, TV with Photography)

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