Welcome to a new world of opportunity at The Cheadle Sixth Form.
Feel good about your subject selection . . .
We want you to feel supported and prepared as you begin your journey with us at The Cheadle Sixth Form. We want you to feel safe in the knowledge that you have chosen subjects that are right for you; we enjoy working through this process with you. In part, taken from the Good Schools Guide, here are some talking points that you might wish to explore with our staff:
- Playing to your subject strengths. Ask teachers (and those who know you well) for an honest assessment of your ability and, importantly, how you can improve. You may be guided by your progress at GCSE but many sixth forms offer new subjects at 16 - politics, economics, psychology, to name just a few - so they'll need to be added to the mix too. Sometimes there's a balancing act between your aptitude for a subject and what universities and colleges want; we’re here to help you with that. In fact, if you have any concerns, we’re here for you.
- Doing what you enjoy. You'll typically have twice as many lessons for an A level as a GCSE and potentially weeks’ worth of one subject at university. If you have a bent for physics but an aversion to lab work, oscillations leave you in a spin and mechanics fail to move you, you will have been urged to consider alternatives rather than alternators. When it comes to endurance, enjoyment can be the redeeming feature – we want you to enjoy the subjects that you have chosen.
- Your subjects are valuable. You will have been encouraged to take subjects that ‘count’. As a rule of thumb, leading universities strongly recommend that students should take at least two of the facilitating subjects or other 'hard subjects'. Facilitating subjects such as maths, English literature, physics and history will have been suggested to keep your options open. Not all hard subjects are facilitating (economics and music, for example) but hard subjects will also be welcomed by top universities. Music and art may not appear on the facilitating list, but you will struggle to get a place on a music or art degree without evidence of previous study at a high level.
- Keep reading the small print. If your heart is set on a particular career or university course, keep checking the detail. Course requirements can change over time and new courses appear – offering more/different choices as time progresses. Know that you can discuss these at any time with your teachers/IAG leads. There is no need to feel confused or unsure; let us help you, together we can shape and build your future.
- Check for additional requirements.Not studying biology will severely limit the choice of medical schools available to those wishing to pursue a career as a doctor. The vast majority of economics degree courses require either A level maths or top grades at GCSE. Similarly, only studying applied A levels or BTecs will limit your chances of getting a place on a course at top universities (those in the Russell Group). We take these important points into consideration when recommending Courses to study. If you wish to talk further about your choices with us then, in the first instance, please contact Dr. Adams for further advice.
- Offering something special. We want to help you to grow into a confident, well-rounded and interesting person. If you can offer extra experience, either work related or linked to an extra-curricular activity, you will fly! We will help you to seek out those opportunities and enjoy them to the full. They will prove very valuable as you make your applications.
- Helping you to think about future employers. University isn't the only post-18 path and, regardless of when, the world of work will loom at some point – so the more doors you keep ajar the better. We will be there for you, every step of the way. We have the experience, the knowledge and the desire to provide extremely relevant support, we want you to shine!
Moving Forwards. Together. Stronger . . .
Leadership. Enrichment. Extra-curricular opportunities. A well-rounded, well-balanced Sixth Form College is of utmost importance to us all. As we work together, it will allow you to develop and broaden your outlook on life and to experience events/happenings that encourage you to grow and become an interesting and inquiring individual. We know that you will enjoy the broad array of opportunities that the College will deliver, from great sporting opportunities, cultural pursuits to overseas visits and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.