Studying for A Levels
If you are considering applying for the Sixth Form at St George's you will be invited for an interview with the Head of Sixth Form or another Senior member of staff. Any offer of a place made will be contingent on meeting our minimum admissions criteria of achieving at least six A* - C grades at GCSE or equivalent, with at least a B in the subject to be taken at A Level.
Girls usually take four A Level subjects in Lower Sixth, though some take five subjects – particularly if you are thinking of applying to Oxford or Cambridge, for Medicine or Veterinary Medicine, or, to a highly competitive university.
In the Upper Sixth most girls proceed with three A Levels, though some take four, and very occasionally five. You will receive individual advice on your subject choices from the Assistant Head however quality is more important than quantity.
A Level Prospectus
We are currently in a unique situation regarding Government reform of A Levels.
A period of significant upheaval in the Sixth Form curriculum is coming to an end with nearly all subjects becoming two year, linear, courses from September 2017. Such two year courses allow students the time to engage deeply with their subjects and pursue the broad range of possibilities offered by life at St George's in the Lower Sixth without the time pressures of summer examinations. These A Levels provide girls with internationally respected qualifications which prepare them effectively for life after secondary education.
At St George's, girls are encouraged to take three A Level subjects in the Lower Sixth, although some decide to take four disciplines. This is particularly the case if a girl is going to study Mathematics and Further Mathematics which is increasingly in demand for admission into competitive science courses. Alongside their examination subjects, students are supported in the completion of an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). From the Summer of 2018, the only subject girls will be allowed to take as an AS Level will be Mathematics; all other subjects will be examined in a liner fashion, at the end of the Upper Sixth.
In the Upper Sixth girls will proceed with their three or four A Levels through to completion with the vast majority of Georgians using their predicted A Level grades to apply to university.
For more details of the reforms please click here