Courses on offer
The following courses are on offer for students joining our Sixth Form in 2021. Please look closely at the course descriptions as they will give you details about examination boards, course content and how the subjects will be assessed.
We ask that all students choose three A levels that they will study across a two-year course. Students will not be entered for AS levels, there are end of year examinations to ensure students are making good progress.
The Oldfield Offer
We request that all students select one of the options from the Oldfield Offer below;
The Extended Project Qualification – an independent research-focused project on a subject the student chooses. The EPQ is highly regarded by universities and is worth 28 UCAS points (half an A level).
Gold Arts Award – aimed at those students with an interest in the creative or performing Arts but who have chosen not to take Arts-based A levels, this project-based qualification is worth 16 UCAS points.
Further Maths – ideal for high-ability mathematicians considering studying the subject at university. Students must be studying Mathematics at A level to take this option and have achieved a grade 8–9 at GCSE.
Core Maths – ideal for students not taking Mathematics A level but who recognise the importance of continuing to study the subject. As many subjects, from the Sciences to Geography, now have a larger element of Mathematics in their curriculum, Core Maths also serves to support those studies. A grade A is worth 20 UCAS points.
Sports Leadership – This course is ideal for students who are interested in sports coaching, leadership or teaching in the future. You will learn how to lead sports based activities and develop the skills required to work with a wide range of people considering their individual needs. This course includes 30 hours of leadership experience. The course is worth 16 UCAS points.
To be accepted into Oldfield Sixth Form students must achieve at least three GCSEs at grade 5 or above with a further two GCSEs at grade 4 or better, including at least a grade 4 in Mathematics, English Language and English Literature. Subject-specific entry requirements are detailed in the course descriptions but it is advisable to have achieved a grade 6 or above at GCSE to study a subject at A level. However, we take the time to know our applicants’ strengths and what they can offer our Sixth Form so we look at each application on its own merits.
For those students who meet the entrance requirements but have not achieved a grade 4 in either English or Mathematics, we can arrange for that student to retake that one subject, if we feel that student can make a success of their A level study. Our retake programme is highly successful and 100% of students have achieved the necessary grade in that core subject on retaking their examination.
Advice on which combination of subjects to choose can be obtained from teaching staff, tutors or from Mr Nash. Students should make sure that they are making an informed personal choice of subjects.
Course descriptions can be found below;