The Peterborough School Curriculum Booklet 2016 - page 5

STRUCTURE OF THE
CURRICULUM
The A Level programme has recently seen
significant national reform. All A Level courses
offered at The Peterborough School from
September 2017 are the new ‘reformed’ A Levels.
The most significant change is that the AS
qualification has been ‘de-coupled’ from the full A
Level. This means that the Lower Sixth AS
examinations no longer count towards the final A
Level assessment grade.
This is a return to the more traditional ‘linear’ A
Level model that existed before the major A Level
reforms of ‘Curriculum 2000’.
Pupils choosing an A Level subject are assessed
on two years’ worth of work at the end of the
course and there are no modules or re-sit
opportunities along the way as there were
previously.
There has been little significant change to the
content of the A Level courses or to standards and
grading.
The Sixth Form curriculum at The Peterborough
School is based around the study of three, or
occasionally four academic subjects to advanced
level, with a significant degree of valuable
enrichment.
All pupils follow linear A Level courses, which are
assessed primarily in the summer of the final
Upper Sixth year.
The academic subjects available to study cover all
the major intellectual and curriculum areas, with
subjects drawn from the sciences, mathematics,
English, modern foreign languages, humanities
and the creative arts.
In addition to chosen subjects, all Sixth Form
students undertake the Extended Project
Qualification (EPQ), which brings valuable
academic enrichment and promotes excellent
study skills for university life. Pupils also complete
a core curriculum of volunteering and elective
subjects, and there are a range of opportunities
available in these two fields.
The current Peterborough School Sixth Form
Curriculum may be set out as a diagrammatic
model (see overleaf).
ACADEMIC SCHEDULE
The table that follows shows the number of one-
hour periods assigned to each A Level and each
activity during the fortnightly timetable throughout
the two years.
EXAMINATION BOARDS
Each department at The Peterborough School
offers a syllabus from one of the exam boards
listed below.
AQA
OCR
EDEXCEL
WJEC
Periods
A Level Subject 1
10
A Level Subject 2
10
A Level Subject 3
10
Independent Study Periods / A Level
Subject 4
10
Enrichment
4
EPQ
2
Games
2
PSHE
1
Chapel
1
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