UCAS

Sixth Form qualification provision and rationale

This page is identified in all UCAS references so that an accurate understanding of the School's policies and expectations is clear to universities’ admissions tutors.

It is the School's policy not to certificate examinations until the end of Year 13.

Our A level predictions are based on performance and progress throughout Year 12, including but not limited to, the internal examinations for Linear subjects and the interim Art portfolio.

Please refer to the applicant’s school reference for further information.

The following information is relevant to the Year 13 cohort who will leave school in summer 2021:

Alleyn’s School offers A Levels and Cambridge Pre-U (depending on the subject) in the Sixth Form. To take the place of a fourth A Level subject in Year 12, students may also opt to study: an Extended Project Qualification; an AS level (studied over two years and examined at the end of Year 13) in English Language, or Mathematics; or a language qualification (DELE/DELF). Students study three or four A Levels in Year 13 (the majority study three).

It is the School’s pedagogical preference that each course is delivered in line with its design, i.e.:

A level:

A levels follow a linear structure and are delivered without public examinations in Year 12, i.e. students do not sit AS exams. Our students sat internal assessments remotely in June in Year 12, and internal assessments in September in Year 13, which were set and marked at a level at least as demanding as AS Level.

Cambridge Pre-U:

Cambridge Pre-U subjects follow a linear structure and are delivered with public examinations in Year 13 only. We offer this specification for German. Our students sat internal assessments remotely in June in Year 12, and internal assessments in September in Year 13.

Covid-19

Alternative provision for remote education was delivered via a combination of live video lessons, recorded material and independent written tasks. The students received no face-to-face academic support from March 20th onwards.

Students will have experienced disruption in our usual university application process as they were not able to receive as effective individual support and guidance from staff on their subject and university choices. They will also have had far less opportunity to complete work experience, to attend lectures and other taster courses externally, or to give talks or attend academic societies at school.

Under normal circumstances, students would have sat internal assessments under exam conditions in June which would have formed part of the information used to determine UCAS predicted grades. These were sat remotely at home in June, and replaced by formal internal assessments in September.

The following information is relevant to the Year 13 cohort who left in 2020:

For 2020 leavers, the programme of study was the same as that described above for 2021 leavers, although final grades were subject to Ofqual’s revised grading process and students were awarded their centre assessed or calculated grades, whichever were the highest. We understand that students who are sitting the Autumn exam series will receive grades for these exams in late December.