Years 12 and 13
Our Sixth Form is one where scientists mix with artists, linguists mix with actors and sports stars mix with dancers. What better preparation for higher education can there be? 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. Students leave Frensham to start a wonderful range of university courses – from neuroscience to music and fashion management to astrophysics. Some have been at Frensham for most or all of their school lives while others joined the school in the Sixth Form but they all have that self-respect and self-belief that is so ingrained in life at Frensham.
The Sixth Form options groups are reviewed annually. Students choose to study three A Level subjects and have the option to take an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)or a fourth subject. Current A Levels offered are:
Mathematics and Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Psychology, Physics.
Humanities: Business Studies, Geography, Government and Politics, History, Sociology.
Creative: Fine Art, Dance, Drama (Theatre Studies), Music, Music Technology, Photography, Product Design.
Languages: French, German, Spanish.
Sport: PE or BTEC Level 3 National Sport and Exercise Science.
The Extended Project Qualification is offered for suitable candidates and English as an additional language is available if required as a charged extra.
In addition to the more traditional games, Sixth Formers have a wide choice of activities for the games afternoon including yoga, weight training, cycling and aerobics.
Students wanting to join our Sixth Form must have achieved or be likely to achieve at least six GCSE passes (9 – 4 grade), ideally with grade 6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. We are selective only in the sense that we aim to choose the students we believe will get the most out of everything the school has to offer and who in turn we can best help to achieve their potential.
Entrance interviews and exams
All candidates registered for entry into Year 12 by mid-October are called for interview with the Head and Head of Sixth Form. Scholarship candidates will also be called for an audition and interview with the relevant head of department.
The main entrance process will take place in mid November for entry the following September.
The entrance exams comprise a 30-minute general paper and three 20-minute questions to be answered in the subjects of each student’s choice. (Students do not have to take their exams in the same subjects they wish to study at AS Level.) They will also be asked to complete an on-line standardised test.
Scholarship students sit the 30-minute general paper and one 60-minute paper for which there is a choice of subjects for students applying for an Academic Scholarship or a subject-specific paper for students applying for a Scholarship in art, dance, drama, music, photography and sport. Candidates will also be asked to complete an on-line standardised test.
Admissions procedures for late candidates
If places remain available after the November exams, individual candidates will be invited in for interview and to sit the entrance exams on a mutually convenient date.
Higher and Careers Education
The careers offer for the Sixth Form has a dual focus. The Sixth Form team focus on higher education, whereas the careers programme focusses on other options for further study and specific careers information.
The Sixth Form team offer visits to a Higher Education (HE) Conference, University and College open days and on occasion a gap year fair. Their main emphasis is on HE and supporting students with their HE applications. Tutors use their close relationships with students to advise them on suitable course and careers options. The Careers department offers a trip to What Career Live in the autumn term.
The careers offer in the sixth form also includes all Year 12 students having one-to-one meetings with EC careers advisors to discuss their career aspirations and plans for future study. For students who were at Frensham Heights in the middle school, this interview uses the report from the careers guidance interview in Year 11. All Year 12 students will take part in the careers section of ‘The Edge’, which includes extensive use of the Unifrog platform to aid their decision making process. New for the 2019-20 academic year, students will be offered a one-week work experience placement during the summer term, in conjunction with the Education Development Trust. All students are also invited to the Careers Networking Evening together with Year 11, preceded by a presentation on networking skills.
In addition, ‘Life After Frensham Week’ is offered to Year 12 students in the summer term. This is a full week of careers and HE related activities. Students are fully briefed about the university applications process (UCAS) and are given information about university study, as well as Apprenticeship routes. This week also contains a ‘Life After Frensham Evening’ for Sixth Form students and parents which includes information on University study and presentations from admissions tutors and major employers.
Frensham’s Sixth Form is a lively and vibrant part of the school where students are guided and supported through their A Level exams – and in choosing the right path to the wider world, whether that be higher education, a worthwhile gap year or starting out on the career ladder.
We are proud of our Sixth Formers, both academically and in so many other areas. Those who leave us at 18 after anything from two to 15 years are perhaps the best advertisement for the school. They embody so much of what we aim to achieve: rounded, tolerant, creative, resourceful, curious and respectful individuals.
In August 2019, our students achieved an excellent set of results, so much so that all those not taking a gap year realised their first or second choice of university. The sheer breadth of courses is a testament to the flexibility of Frensham and reflects the wonderful kaleidoscope of talents among our Sixth Formers.
In the last few years, our students have gone on to many different higher education colleges and universities. The wide range of courses, from Art to Medicine, Drama to Mathematics, English to Physics and Dance to Marine Biology, clearly reflects the wonderful diversity of life at Frensham.