You can supplement your curriculum subjects – and build wider skills – by choosing one or more of these options:
- Core Mathematics (Level 3)
If you are taking courses that need quantitative reasoning skills (such as Business, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry or Physics) and are not studying A Level Mathematics, we encourage you to take this one-year course. This qualification attracts UCAS points to the same value as an AS Level.
- Critical Thinking
This course is ideal for those who are applying for highly competitive university courses. We focus on analysing the credibility of evidence, critiquing arguments and writing and vocalising your own strong views. This course does not have external certification or UCAS points and will be internally assessed.
- Extended Project Qualification (Level 3)
Plan, research and produce a project of your own choice, under the guidance of a project supervisor. This is excellent preparation for many degree courses, which require independent investigations or dissertations. The EPQ is worth UCAS points to the value of half an A Level.
- Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
These are free online courses designed by universities. Students independently select and follow one or more of these courses, which generally take 2–5 hours per week and last 3–6 weeks.
- Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
A well-known and popular option in which you complete activities in four sections: Skills, Volunteering, Physical and Expedition. The awards are available at three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
- Become a subject ambassador
Sixth Form students can apply to become ambassadors for their favourite subjects. You could mentor students in lower school lessons; lead clubs and societies; create revision resources, displays, quizzes or competitions; and promote the subject at events.
- Join clubs and societies
These may include Debating Society; Science Journal Club; History Society; Book Club; ‘Interested in Oxbridge’ group; ‘Interested in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine’ group; sports clubs; and a range of musical ensembles.