The Sixth Form Curriculum
Different institutions offer different types of qualifications for 16 to 19 year olds. At QPCS we offer a variety of Advanced courses as well as the BTEC Level 2 course in Business. The information available from Connexions will give you information about where you can study other types of courses.
Advanced Level Courses: A Levels and BTEC Level 3 Vocational Qualifications:
To study these courses you need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English or Mathematics. The majority of A level courses require a minimum B GCSE grade.
You gain an A Level qualification by successfully completing AS and A2 courses over two years.
AS courses are made up of two or three units of work which are assessed using a combination of coursework and external modular exams. The courses take one year and you will finish them at the end of year 12. Most students who have 5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above, with at least 4 Bs, would be expected to take four AS Levels in year 12.
In year 13 you will continue with at least three of your AS subjects to attain A2 qualifications. Again the courses are made up of separately assessed units. At least one assessment, called a 'synoptic' assessment, will draw on all your learning in both the AS and A2 courses.
BTEC qualifications encourage a more practical approach to learning, they involve learning about applying knowledge and skills to vocational contexts. BTEC courses are assessed by coursework portfolios.
You may study a mix of A Level and BTEC Courses. Consider if you are better at exams or coursework when you are choosing your courses.
BTEC Level 2 Diploma
For those who achieve at least 4 GCSE passes at grade D, this course enables you to achieve the equivalent of 4 GCSE A*-C passes and give you the opportunity to progress to Advanced Courses the following year.
If you have not already achieved grade C's you will be expected to take GCSE retake courses in Mathematics and English. You will have to gain grade C in at least one of these to progress to advanced courses at QPCS.
Since 2004 we have worked in partnership with Capital City Academy to make additional subjects available to our students. Teachers from across the schools ensure students are supported with travel arrangements and we keep in close touch with each other about our students' progress.
“The overall effectiveness of business education, including the development of students' economic and business understanding and financial capability, is outstanding.” (May 2010)
... "the sixth form is flourishing” (March 2012)
Brent Local Authority said:
“Relationships across the sixth form are very good. Staff are very committed to the success of their students and students value the support given to them” (October 2006)
Planning for the Future
Preparing for University
We work with various organisation to raise aspirations and broaden horizons by introducing sixth form students to a range of places and people, in particular developing links with universities. As a QPCS student you will have opportunities to experience different aspects of university life through:
Informal mentoring sessions with student ambassadors
Shadowing schemes at Oxford, Cambridge and at a number of the London Universities
Summer schools at a variety of universities, including the most prestigious
Visits to universities in various parts of the country
Master Classes for AS and A2 students given by Lecturers and Professors at local universities
The use of up to date, state of the art university facilities. For example, you will have access to:
The Art and Design Studios at Brunel University
Media Studies resources at the University of Westminster
Science laboratories at University College London
The STEM Programme at Imperial College.
Applying to University
We provide excellent support with the application process:
Undergraduates and Admissions Tutors visit the school to provide information about the university application process, to give additional advice on your UCAS form, conduct mock interviews, and help you choose the best university option for you
Your teachers and tutors support you carefully through the application process, ensuring that your personal statement and references promote success
We draw on specialist external support for students applying to Oxbridge and for medicine.
Preparing for Employment
We will also help you prepare for the future by encouraging you to develop a range employability skills as well as the ability to present yourself effectively at interview and in your cv We will support you in exploring the full range of options whether you are preparing for a gap year, for an apprenticeship or for full time employment.
Contact: Jenny Akhurst & Jayne Llewelyn
“Students receive good advice about careers and entrance to Higher Education . . . (there is) good tracking of progress . . . A wide range of curricular, extra-curricular and business and enterprise opportunities promote community cohesion extremely effectively …” (November 2008)
Brent LA Sixth Form Review 2011
Students told the inspectors that “the quality of most of the teaching is excellent ... the teachers are specialised and know their subjects, and are passionate and dedicated”. Students said that “a major strength of the sixth form is the excellent relationships that they have with their teachers”. They praised the support that their teachers give them for their subject work, progression and personal issues. (October 2011)
Ayanle Aden, 2012-2013 Senior Student Leader
“My experience of the QPCS sixth form has been truly exceptional. Something which I believe is unique to this sixth form is the propensity of the staff to provide out of hours support to the students. The versatile learning environment combined with a strong focus on the personal development of the students through projects such as the Careers Academy and the Youth Philanthropy Initiative, has prepared me and my classmates for the challenges and the opportunities of university.”