16-19 Programme of Study at The Ridgeway Sixth Form College (R6)
All students follow a programme of study which combines both qualifications and other activities and which is tailored to each student’s prior attainment and career goals.
Students who do not hold a GCSE grade 4 in maths and/or English will have the opportunity to boost their grade to achieve this minimum requirement. Many of our students complete an applied level 3 mathematics qualification, which supports their quantitative skills in certain subjects if they are not already studying A level Maths.
How to Choose Your A-levels
There are six things to consider when choosing which subjects to study in R6:
- Some degree subjects ask for specific A-levels. This is because they cover the basic knowledge and skills you will need later on.
- Certain A-levels can keep your options open for the future. These are known as facilitating subjects and include maths, further maths, biology, chemistry, physics, English literature, modern languages, geography, and history. If you have absolutely no idea what you might like to study at university in the future, or what career you might wish to pursue, it might be worth having 1 or 2 of these A-levels.
- Subjects are a lot tougher at A-level than at GCSE, so you need to be sure what you are taking on. If you are only ‘ok’ at a subject at GCSE, you need to ask yourself if you will be able to keep it up at A-level.
- Some universities prefer certain A-levels over others, so you need to check this out. This is because they feel that certain A-levels prepare you better than others for certain degree subjects.
- You need to get your facts straight. If in doubt, always check with a university or apprenticeship provider. Call them or check on their websites.
- Choose subjects that you will enjoy. Business, law, politics, and psychology are just a few of the subjects at university that do not require you to study particular A-levels.