King's offers a wide range of subject choices at Sixth Form and provides considerable flexibility in subject combinations.
Students may choose from a wide range of different subjects. The majority of our students study three A Levels, thus maximising contact time in their subjects. Some students will follow four subjects, usually where both Mathematics and Further Mathematics are studied. Time is also scheduled for private study, recreational activities and tutorials.
A Level subjects on offer:
In Year 12, students taking three A Levels take an IGCSE in Global Perspectives. This qualification encourages independent research, reflection and group work. These skills are invaluable as students prepare for university and the workplace.
In Year 13, the Extended Studies programme continues with around half our students taking the prestigious Extended Project Qualification, with other students choosing an additional AS subject, such as General Studies or Theatre Studies, or an alternative qualification such as Sports Leadership, the Arts Award or Japanese.
The PSHE programme covers many areas, but includes tutorials on study skills and lectures from visiting speakers on subjects and, of course, sessions on university applications, writing a personal statement, student finance, student cooking skills, etc. Sixth Form students benefit from regular excursions and field trips. Many of these trips bring a new dimension to the material on the syllabus as well as being hugely enjoyable.
Recent examples include French work experience placements and a German Exchange. In addition to curriculum visits, students are offered opportunities to attend lectures at Manchester University, visit University Open days and Oxbridge Colleges, and are provided with information on relevant events. Opportunities abound for international travel with ‘Global Challenge’ expeditions to India, Namibia and Bolivia, plus trips to China, Russia and America in recent years.
Each year, Sixth Form students raise thousands of pounds for charity through organised events such as Big Band Concerts and the annual Fashion Show. We host a Volunteering Fair and many students volunteer as part of their participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Our participation in ‘World Challenge’ expeditions also helps to broaden students’ experiences of volunteering oversees.
Sport and Activities
Every Wednesday afternoon is devoted to recreational activities. Students choose from a range of activities including art, drama, team sports, volunteering, swimming, indoor games at school or Macclesfield Leisure Centre, or outdoor activities including rock-climbing, caving, abseiling and sailing.
There is a wide range of activities for all abilities in competitive and non-competitive sport. Many Sixth Form students achieve very high standards as individuals in representing their county, region or even their country. Alternatively, students may persue arts-related or music-related activities, according to their specific interests and future plans.
Significant independent study is expected at A Level and facilities are provided for timetabled private study periods. It is expected that each subject will require around 5 hours per week outside lessons in Year 12 and Year 13 to consolidate knowledge and read around the subject. All students are encouraged to take independent online courses (MOOCs) as a way of extending their knowledge.