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Sixth form courses

At BSG we offer 27 A level courses and the opportunity to take the (AS) Extended Project Qualification, Core Maths and also the Gold Crest Award. All students start year 12 studying 3 or 4 subjects and it is possible to continue with all of these or drop to three in Year 13.

The Extended Project Qualification or EPQ is an independent project which will take around 90 hours of study and is equivalent to an AS Level. The EPQ is much valued by university admissions tutors.

Core Maths is a level 3 qualification for students who wish to develop their practical skills so they may apply these in work, study or everyday life. It is also equivalent to an AS level and cannot be taken alongside A level mathematics.

Gold Crest is a science based open-ended project which will take around 70 hours of study to complete. This would greatly support any student wishing to pursue a science based degree/careers in the future.

All A level subjects are now Linear. This means that your A level grade will be awarded on examinations taken in the summer of Year 13 to test two years' work.

It is possible however to sit an AS examination at the end of Year 12 in some subjects that you may be considering dropping in order to validate the work that you have done. Please note that the AS qualification no longer counts towards your final A level mark. All students in the Sixth Form also follow a programme of Core Studies. This is a vital part of the Sixth Form experience, enabling students to develop additional skills and knowledge, which we believe gives them an extra 'edge' that is valued by employers and university admissions tutors, and will help to prepare them for life after school.

Core Studies includes careers advice and guidance, communication skills, and an organised social education programme which includes talks by a variety of outside speakers.

In addition, we run an exciting programme of Enrichment every Wednesday afternoon. Students are offered the opportunity to do work experience, volunteering or work in the community, as well as gain additional qualifications (such as Sign Language or First Aid), or to take part in PE or sporting activities.