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Joining the Lower Sixth

Pastoral Support in the Lower Sixth

There are a variety of staff member to support you through your time in the Lower Sixth, the key members on hand are:

Form Tutor - will see students twice a day, plus a Mentor period and a ‘Plus 1’ session once a fortnight
Head of L6 – Mrs Sally Brunt
Head of U6 – Mr Mark Pearson
Careers Team – Mr Reeve, Mr Pearson, Mrs Brunt, Mrs Thornes, Mrs Oakes( Medicine, Vets, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy etc), Mr Kenyon (Gap Year, YINI), Mrs Ahern (Lower school).
Head of Sixth Form – Mr Andrew Reeve
Deputy Heads and Head

Two Year Programme

Lower Sixth – 4 subjects studied
Upper Sixth – 3 subjects studied
Some are still modular but most are linear
Modular AS Levels represent the half way stage – the ‘easy’ half whereas linear is equally difficult.
A2 Level modules are far more challenging

Modular UMS

Each subject is marked out of 400 UMS (4 modules) or 600 UMS (6 module subjects).
An A grade is 80% - 320 UMS or 480 UMS
It is important that students score highly in the AS modules – to boost their grade chances
Grade B – 70%
Grade C – 60%
Grade D – 50%

The A* (Modular only)

This is not the same as an A* at GCSE. 90% in the A2 (Upper Sixth) modules, with an average of 80% overall
E.g. Sam scores 60% (C) at AS Level, and 100% at A2 Level – An A* is awarded, as 80% overall with 90%+ in final A2 modules
E.g. Emily scores 92% (A) at AS Level, and 88% at A2 Level – average score 90%, but A grade awarded because A2 modules were not 90%+

Linear A*

In Modular subjects an A* is awarded by taking an average of 90% across all A2 units (U6 units only)
In Linear subjects the guidance has only recently been released from Ofqual to examination boards.

“In reformed linear A levels, there is no need for such a complex rule, and no need for a ‘uniform mark scale’ either.
A* will be another grade boundary that can be set by senior examiners (as for A and E) or set arithmetically (as for B, C and D)”

The Importance of the Lower Sixth<

We believe that the Lower Sixth Year is vital in gaining success at A level:
Modular A levels: the AS Level score is half the assessment and provides a significant indication of a student’s likely outcome and therefore helps to determine our predicted grades.
Linear A levels: there is no AS at the end of the L6 so the end of year INTERNAL examination is extremely important and will help to determine our predicted grades.

Wider Reading

It is important to use the Lower Sixth to under take independent research into aspects of the academic subjects studied. It is also essential to show a real passion for a subject when you are applying to a highly competitive course at university. we ask that parents encourage your son/daughter to enter competitions, undertake online courses, join societies etc.

Students have been given a “Personal Development Record” to complete during mentor periods. Form Teachers, Head of Lower Sixth and HEad of Sixth Form will review these.


Getting involved in the wider school life and helping to lead clubs and societies is essential to help in UCAS applications and development of inter-personal skills.

Every Wednesday afternoon a programme of enrichment activities are run with a mixture of sport and non-sporting activities. In a two-week cycle there are four double lessons allocated to Wednesday afternoon enrichment. Your son/daughter must do at least ONE sporting activity out of the four.

This enrichment programme starts in the Autumn Term following the choices made by students in the Spring term. Enrichment stops in the Summer term for examination preparation and independent study time.


Delivered through a series of talks called “Lectures for Life” the following topics are discussed:

  • Stress Management
  • Healthy Eating
  • Exercise
  • Sexual Health
  • Gambling and Debt
Work Experience

Work experience is becoming increasingly important for all students to participate in. We advise that this is organised at the earliest possible convenience. Feedback will be incorporated into your UCAS reference.


Modular V Linear

The differences between Modular and Linear


  • Public exams in the summer of Lower Sixth
  • Predicted grades based on AS scores


  • No public exams in the Lower Sixth
  • Predicted grades based on internal end of year exams

Modular subjects:

Classical Civilisation, Further Maths , Latin , Maths and Politics

Linear subjects:

Art, Spanish, Biology, English, Business, French, Chemistry, Music, Computer Science, Textiles, Economics, German, History, Geography, Graphic, Design, Physics, Philosophy and Theology (Pre-U)