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We now offer a variety of A level and BTEC courses to suit your strengths and help you achieve your ambitions. Want to know more? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

Why choose to do A levels at Leek High School?

The teachers
Our teachers have the qualifications and experience to teach their subjects up to an exceptionally high standard and, with teachers having already established good relationships with pupils in Years 9-11; you will find the atmosphere in sixth form lessons friendly, supportive and a great place to learn.

SixthForm4The support
As a school we understand that the transition from GCSE to A level can be difficult. The workload is heavier and the level of academic study higher. That’s why we work hard to ensure that students have an opportunity to talk to tutors on a regular basis to assess their progress. We also offer support in the form of a learning mentor and a careers advisor from Connexions.

The facilities
We currently have approximately 340 computers around the school, and of these 30 are solely for the use of sixth form students. These can be found in the quiet working environment of the sixth form study area, or in the slightly more relaxed sixth form area of the Fulmar Centre.

The ‘Aim Higher’ ethos
We encourage all our students to achieve their ambitions, and an added reason to take A levels with us is the support we offer to students applying for university. From the summer term of Year 12, students are guided through the application process: from visiting universities, to making their choices, to writing their personal statements, to completing their UCAS forms.

What other lessons do we attend, other than our chosen A levels?
In Year 12 you will also take the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness qualification, which is the equivalent of an A level. This is an independent study course, designed to encourage young people to develop their skills outside school. In Year 13, all students will have the opportunity to take AS level General Studies. Both qualifications are important as they will give you an extra few strides in the race for university places.

How much lesson time and free time will I have?
Most A levels have approximately 7-9 hours of lesson time each fortnight, though this can vary between subjects.

Sixth form students are expected to supplement their contact time with private study, the guidelines being about one hour’s private study for every hour of lesson time.
This means that, for an average student taking 4 AS levels, a fortnightly timetable of 50 hours should include approximately:

35 hours of lesson time
15 hours of study time

So what now?

Take a look through the subjects on offer in this prospectus and choose up to 5 subjects you are interested in taking at A level. Make sure your choices are based on subjects you know you are good at, subjects you enjoy and (if possible) subjects that will lead to your future career ambitions. If you have any questions about taking subjects at A level, subject teachers will be only too happy to tell you more about the course and discuss how they think it will suit you.

We would like you to join our Sixth Form so why not visit and see what we have to offer? Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be delighted to show you around.

email: enquiries@lh.leekfederation.org.uk

Completed application forms should be returned to Mrs J Wheat

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