"I don't want to leave Astor! I am staying on another year to study the Art Foundation Diploma".
Our Sixth Form offers a supportive environment where students are able to build upon the qualifications they have gained at the end of Year 11. Our aim is to ensure that students have the qualifications, aptitude and resilience to be successful in adult life and to obtain their personal goals.
Astor Sixth Form welcomes students from other schools and overseas students. Sixth Form courses can run for one, two or three years. We offer a wide range of academic, Arts based and vocational courses.
We offer a clear programme of support to ensure that students who choose to apply for a place at University have the opportunity to continue their education. This includes help with UCAS application and University visits. Students are highly successful in obtaining places at their chosen University.
We enjoy a collaborative curriculum with the Duke of York's Royal Military School, enabling our students to enjoy their facilities and resources.
Our commitment to student wellbeing is reinforced by our dedicated pastoral team. Sixth Form students have their own common room, computer suite, study room and specialist classroom areas.
The role of the Sixth Form as ambassadors for College values is reflected by their work as prefects and mentors.
The opportunities offered by our Young Enterprise Scheme epitomise the enrichment activities available in our thriving Sixth Form.
Astor College for the Arts prides itself on the strength and quality of its Sixth Form, which will consist of about 180 students next year. There is a considerable variety of opportunity, and Sixth Form students are encouraged to formulate their own programme of study in negotiation with tutors and in the light of guidance from Careers Staff. Courses of study in the Sixth Form may last one, two or three years.
Students learn how to produce individual action plans and log their progress of achievements. Astor considers the development of personal and social skills to be of great importance and, to that end, the day to day organisation of the college and its programme of special events involve the Sixth Form fully. This complements and enhances our full and well established Intermediate and Advanced level programmes. The policy runs neatly alongside and within the academic framework.
Tutor periods enable tutors to monitor students’ progress and to give advice on such things as time management, revision programmes and university application. It is intended that students will have the opportunity to attend Sixth Form conferences. Sixth Formers occupy their own social room which provides an area for relaxation and has a pool table and coffee making facilities. A Study Block provides an enviable facility for supervised private study.
Prospective Sixth Form students are given information about the Sixth Form Curriculum throughout the Spring Term. Parents of prospective Sixth Formers and students are invited to an informal evening where, after a short presentation, staff, parents and students can talk about the nature of life in the Sixth Form. At the end of the Spring Term students will be invited to an interview in order to review their chosen course of study. Students are invited to apply to the Sixth Form by using the on-line applications system at www.ucasprogress.com.
Students should also write a letter to the Principal requesting a place at Astor’s Sixth Form. Throughout the remainder of the year, staff are on hand to answer timetable questions and offer guidance on the next stage of the student’s education. Towards the end of the Summer Term a Registration Day is offered by way of an introduction to the Sixth Form. At this stage, personal action plans are formulated. Where necessary students keep in touch throughout the Summer holiday and are advised in the light of their examination results. Staff will be available when results are published to give advice and support. During the first few days of the Autumn Term, Sixth Form tutors work closely with students and subject staff to produce the most appropriate individual timetable.
Entry to the Sixth Form is dependent upon students filling in an on-line application and a successful letter of application to the Principal. All students joining us will be asked to sign a Sixth Form Agreement, a copy of which is included in this folder. Entry to Advanced Level courses is generally restricted to those students with five GCSEs at C or above or the equivalent GNVQ qualification in four different subjects. The student should also have achieved a Grade C or above in English Language.
If an Advanced Level student has not achieved a Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics, then they must make a commitment to retake. An opportunity to resit Science GCSE will be offered to those students who have already achieved a Grade D. Students who wish to follow a career in teaching who have not achieved a Grade C in Science should follow this option. These requirements are meant as a guideline only. All individual applications will be considered on their own merits. Students who have not yet achieved this recommended level are advised to take a BTEC Intermediate Course.