Study A levels in any combination
Starting with 4 A levels
All students starting in the Sixth Form are expected to choose four subjects for the first year. They may then continue with these four in their second year or more commonly will drop one subject to focus on three for A level.
Many students are uncertain of exactly what they want to study for A level and in a number of cases will be taking subjects they have never studied before. By taking four subjects in the first year they can maintain breadth in their education and explore their options before they finalise their three A level subjects. The feedback from this year’s students was that they valued studying four subjects in the first year; in a significant number of cases the subjects the students carried on with in year two were not the ones that they thought they would continue with at the start.
Students can choose four subjects in almost any combination; this flexibility means they can study subjects that engage them and that play to their strengths. Studying something you enjoy is likely to lead to a much more successful outcome than being forced to take a subject because of option blocks. We will provide a great deal of support to help students choose the right subjects given their background, their skills and their university and career ambitions.
A Typical Week
In addition to their studies in class students will benefit from many speakers, visits, workshops and conferences that are part of their course in many subjects. This will enhance their learning in the classroom and ensure their studies are relevant, active and engaging.
Students may also benefit from:
- d’Overbroeck’s Plus: a specialist preparation programme for the most competitive courses and universities.
- Our Independent Learning Skills course is available to all students who would like to work for short periods of time on specific skills such as organising their revisions, structuring an essay or note taking
- Subject workshops: these are offered by different departments at relevant times during the academic year. They include support sessions for those wanting help on a particular aspect of the subject .
- Extended Project Qualification: The EPQ is an exciting option for students wanting to pursue a particular area of interest. There are some general classes to develop research skills but each student has a personal supervisor to support their work. Most of the projects are focused on a written report on an academic area but they have also included the creation of a poem, a film , dance choreography and a musical composition.
- Enrichment. We have an enrichment session each week for all Lower Sixth students. These sessions include speakers, workshops and activities and are designed to help students develop the study skills their need for Sixth Form life, help them engage with issues in the wider world and prepare for university and their careers.