Sixth Form Admission Information
Applications for September 2017
Diary dates for 2017 entry
Although the deadline for applications has now passed, we will still consider your application.
The Open Evening was on Thursday 10th November 2016 from 6-7.45pm. This was a chance to learn more about the sixth form and what it has to offer.
Students and parents were able to talk to staff and student ambassadors from each department to learn more about the courses on offer.
If you missed the open evening, please click on the link below to see the presentation. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Key Dates 2017
- Sixth Form Open Evening Thurs 10th November at 6 – 7.45pm 2016
- Student Guidance Meetings Jan/Feb 2017
- Y11 Parents Evening Thursday 19th January 2017
- Application deadline We are accepting late applications
- Y12 Induction Thursday 22nd June 2017
- GCSE Results day Thursday 24th August 2017
We are pleased to share our new Sixth Form Prospectus : SVA Sixth Form Prospectus 2016 – 2017
Applications for admission into the sixth form (Years’ 12 and 13) should be sent directly to the Academy. Please fill in the SVA Application Form 2017
It is important to make informed choices when choosing the subjects you wish to study in the sixth form. Please see this very good video for helpful information:
Informed Choices – The Russell Group’s guide to post-16 subject choices
To learn more about BTEC qualifications, please click here
Entry Requirements Sept 2017
In order to be successful in the Sixth Form, students will need to demonstrate a positive approach to learning through their Learning Profiles and be up-to-date with coursework in all subjects.
The Academy offered the following range of courses in the Sixth Form for 2017 intake.
Eight things I wish I’d known before starting my A-levels
From The Guardian, Wednesday 3 February 2016
Picking your A-level subjects is one of the first big academic decisions that students face. Choosing what to study won’t just determine what you’re doing in year 12 and 13, it could also affect your university choices and even your future career. And it’s not just a case of picking between subject areas – you’ll need to decide what type of qualifications you want to sit and whether it’s best for you to do them at school or a college.
So, what options are available to year 11 students? And how can you weigh up which subjects best suit your ambitions? We spoke to university admissions tutors to find out.
- Should I take a BTec or A-levels?
If you are studying in England, there are two main types of exams you can sit – BTecs or A-levels, says Jamie Bradford, school and college liaison manager at De Montfort University. “A-levels are exam-focused, and the benefit is that you pick three or four different subjects in your first year, so you don’t need to commit to studying just one area.” These are well established, have an academic focus and are recognised by all universities across the country, he adds.
Two years is a long time to do a subject, so it’s important that you have the drive and passion to succeed.
BTecs, on the other hand, tend to be more vocational and coursework-focused. They’re an increasingly popular option for students who want to go to university – last year, one in four people starting a degree course had one. They tend to be in subjects such as business, media or performing arts and normally students take just one, which is equivalent to three A-levels.
“It’s increasingly common for students to take a mix of A-levels and BTecs – so it’s worth finding out what your local college or sixth form offers,” says Philip Bloor, admissions manager at Sheffield Hallam University. If there’s a particular university course that you’re keen on applying to, he advises checking that BTecs are accepted by its admissions tutors. “In some cases the BTec might be better preparation for university, depending on the study style. They’re acceptable for lots of courses, but not all.”
- Are AS exams important?
Students taking A-levels next year may want to find out whether local sixth forms will be offering AS qualifications. In the past, AS-level exams, which are sat at the end of year 12, made up half of the final A-level grade. However in many subjects (full list here), this is no longer the case. Despite this, many sixth forms are still entering students to AS exams, even in subjects where this won’t count towards the A-level mark. Doing so means that if a student wants to drop a subject after year 12, they’ll still have a qualification to show for their work.
At Abbeywood school in Bristol, students are being entered for AS exams so that teachers are able to get a sense of whether they’re on track: “It gives us predictions for university admissions and can be useful at a time when the A-level reforms are up in the air,” says Gemma Shafto, head of post-16 at the school.
- Picking subjects: which ones do universities prefer?
Among the Russell Group universities, which are rated best for research, some subjects are favoured more than others. Each year it publishes an updated guide called Informed Choices, which explains what they are looking for. For example, many admissions tutors won’t accept critical thinking or general studies as one of your three A-level grades.
Students are also encouraged to study some facilitating subjects, which include: maths, English literature, physics, biology, chemistry, geography, history and languages.
The number of facilitating subjects required will vary according to degree programme, explains Mike Nicholson, head of admissions at Bath University. Some, such as medicine, could require three (chemistry, biology and either maths or physics). However, in most cases, there’s no harm in doing one subject that falls outside this list, even if you are keen to go to a Russell Group university.
“For instance, if a student is going to do a degree where they’ll be doing lots of presentations, it might be useful to study drama,” he says. “With something like a law degree, drama may not be an obvious choice. But if you’re thinking about going into the legal profession, where you might need to perform in court, it might actually be useful.”
Russell Group universities also value the extended project, which is a standalone qualification, equal to an AS-level, that shows independent research skills. Some will include this in their offer requirements.
- Do I need to study maths?
Maths recently overtook English to become the most popular A-level subject. There’s good reason for this: it’s valued by admissions tutors and can help students to keep their options open, says Bloor. “It can allow you to apply to courses in the sciences, maths or computer science,” he says, but adds: “If you already know now that you want to study English, then there’s no need to study maths – you may be better off doing English language, English literature and history.”
Lots of courses will, however, ask for GCSEs in maths, science and English. “This means some students will have to resit, which can be a problem if they don’t find out until it’s too late. For example, for primary teaching courses you need to have a GCSE in a science subject, irrespective of your A-level grades,” says Bloor.
- Should I pick something I’ve never studied before?
Picking subjects can feel high stakes, but Nicholson adds that – as long as you’ve done your research – there’s no reason to be put off trying something new. “There might be a subject, like politics or the social sciences, that you haven’t studied at GCSE but that would be perfect,” he says.
Speak to your teachers and former students, read up on university requirements and try subjects out, says Scott Peasey, head of the school of A-levels and GCSEs at Kingston College. “A lot of universities will run taster days for year 11s to give them a sense of what a subject is like at university level – they’re keen to do residential events, especially with state schools.”
- Should I listen to my parents?
University requirements aside, you need to ensure that the subjects you pick are ones that you enjoy. This means thinking about what you – rather than your parents – believe is the best option. “A problem we often have is parents become obsessed with their dream, rather than their son or daughter’s reality. They might think ‘I want to go to Oxford’ – that’s a great dream to have, but if your son or daughter doesn’t want to go to Oxford, then it’s not going to end well.” Shafto says. “Two years is a long time to do a subject, so it’s important that you have the drive and passion to succeed.”
Induction Day 2016
The Sawtry Village Academy Sixth Form induction day was on Friday 24th June 2016. On this day, students had the opportunity to hear important information, have an introduction to the subjects they would like to study and catch-up with one another following the completion of their GCSEs. The day started at 9am (ended around 2.30pm) and was non-uniform. Transition packs (required study for completion before starting in September) were available through the sixth form website shortly after the day. We will be running a similar induction day for new students starting in 2017, date to be confirmed.
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