In the Sixth Form, Years 12 and 13 (16 – 18 years old), Hillcrest follows the A Level curriculum, offering AS and A level qualifications. This examination level encompasses advanced and challenging academic work with fewer subjects and higher expectations of students’ standard of work with a strong emphasis on independent study. By offering a broad range of subjects, with teaching styles tailored to suit individual needs, Hillcrest empowers students to explore their passions and follow courses in a range of subjects at varying levels and depths.
In 2018, Hillcrest will be expanding the options for students with the introduction of BTEC courses. BTEC courses provide practical knowledge and skills and can be taken in conjunction with A Levels. Initial BTEC courses are likely to include Business Studies as well as others.
What are the AS / A2 / A level qualifications?
What are the AS / A2 / A level qualifications? The AS (Advanced Subsidiary) is a qualification forming the first unit of study of the A level, it is intended to be more ‘accessible’ both in terms of its content and assessment, representing the first half of the full A level. It has also been designed, and is recognised, as a separate qualification.
The A2 is the second unit of study and contributes to the full A-level. It is more demanding and assessed to a higher level. The A2 is not a qualification in its own right. An A level is awarded only after students have successfully completed both the AS and A2 units of their chosen subject. A flexible system, this allows the opportunity for a broader curriculum and greater choice without sacrificing depth or reducing the standard of the GCE A level.
All students are expected to do a minimum of four AS subjects in Year 12 and three A2 subjects in Year 13. If you already know which University and course you want to apply to, check exactly what courses at AS and A2 levels they require obtained.
Subject groups vary from year to year but range within the following options:
- Art and Design
- Business Studies
- Design and Technology
- Drama and Theatre Studies
- Food Studies
- Global Perspectives
- Information Technology
- Literature in English
- Further Mathematics
- Music Technology (*New* Sept 2016)
- Physical Education