A-Levels are a two-year programme (taken in years 12 and 13) including AS levels, which are completed in Year 12. Students are able to pick a combination of subject choices, these choices are usually closely related to each other.
In addition to academic subjects, students are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of Service and Extra Curricular Activities (SECA), spread out within the two years, as part of the Sixth Form programme at ESK. This provides the opportunity to increase confidence, autonomy and become a well-rounded individual.
We also offer the Extended Project Qualification (a 5000-word essay) for students who have strong research and essay writing skills. The EPQ is a self-guided (but supervised) passion project which encourages independence, research skills and organization.
ESK offers mostly International A Level subjects (except for Art, Music and Drama) and their exams can be taken for specific units studied twice a year in January and June. This is an advantage for our students compared to UK students who have to take exams at the end of the two years. However, it must be stressed that students should not rely on the ability to re-take unit exams as this can be an increased burden. All efforts must be made to do well in unit exams at the time scheduled.
There will be an increased challenge as students study in greater depth and become more specialized in subjects related to the course they wish to study at university.
Increased independence is an important part of bridging the gap between A Levels and study at university. Students will have independent study time built into their timetables. It is important that they use this time appropriately for completion of homework, research or additional reading around the subject in order to ensure proper preparation for study at university.
Exam board websites provide feedback on past exams that can be used to help improve students’ future exam results.
Students will have the opportunity to contribute to lessons and have more one to one interaction with their teachers.