About Sixth Form

When one journey ends, another begins….

The Marches School has a proven ability to support students to achieve their personal best. In the Sixth Form we provide a post-16 facility where you can access an exceptionally high standard of education, strong pastoral networks, and a full range of enrichment activities, in an independent and supportive learning environment. The Sixth Form Centre provides independence and autonomy away from the lower school and students have full access to top-class ICT facilities.

Academic work is supported by a strong tutorial system. A specialist team of tutors work closely with subject teachers to ensure that each student reaches their full potential and all members of the Sixth Form staff are well versed in supporting students with the transition from Year 11 to Year 12 and further progression into Year 13 and beyond.

We passionately believe that post-16 study is not just about succeeding in exams; it is about establishing yourself as an independent learner, with a range of transferable skills which will underpin and facilitate future endeavours.

Students who leave The Marches do so equipped with the skills they require to prosper in the 21st Century. We are always delighted to hear from past students and learn of their successes post The Marches. Many students have gone on to study at some of the country’s leading Universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Durham, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, University College London and Imperial College London. Here at The Marches, we pride ourselves on building strong, dynamic learning foundations that students continue to build on, whichever path they choose next.

“The Sixth Form is well-led. The study programme provides students with good opportunities and good support to gain relevant academic qualifications, to develop their work-related learning skills and to receive high quality information, advice and guidance about their future options. Careful monitoring of students’ progress and attendance ensures they are on track to succeed”. OFSTED

To find out about the Sixth Form A Level results please click here.

For more information on careers and Higher Education, please click here.

Applying to the Sixth Form

To apply to the Sixth Form, please download the Sixth Form Application Form and return to:

The Head of Sixth Form
The Marches School
Morda Road
Oswestry
Shropshire
SY11 2AR

Please click on the links to open the information about each course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geography                                             English                                                    Drama and Theatre Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applied Science BTEC                            Art                                                         Biology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Studies                                    Chemistry                                              Engineering BTEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sport and PE                                           Spanish                                                 Sociology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information Technology BTEC                Law                                                        Mathematics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography                                           Music                                                      Product Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Studies BTEC                          RE, Philosophy and Ethics                    Psychology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French                                                     German                                                  History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Studies                                         Physics

Post 16 Programmes of Study

All post 16 students are expected to follow a minimum of three study programmes (A Level or Level 3 BTEC) plus an additionality qualification, for example, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths. In addition to these programmes there will be a wide-range enrichment activities following an Academic tutor programme and reading time.

Each programme of study is given 5 hours of teacher contact time. The Extended project is given two hours contact time and Core Maths has three hours. There is an expectation that students use their independent time to carry out an activity under this programme in an area of personal interest.

Hours that contribute to the typical student programme over two years:

3 Programmes of Study at 5 hours each per week over two years = 360 per qualification total hours 1080

EPQ or Core Maths – Extended Project Qualification or Core Maths 2 hours per week = 144 hours contact time

Academic tutorial and reading time 40 minutes a day = 240 hours

In addition to these programmes of study students will be expected to take part in a work experience exercise and will have the offer of Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Typical programmes

All post 16 students must have a minimum of 5 grade 5-9 GCSE subjects including English and Maths at Grade 4 above. They must have a grade 6 in the subject they intend to study at A Level, a Grade 5 as a minimum to study on our BTEC programmes, or a recognised alternative. They should be choosing three A Levels, or a combination of A Levels and BTECs. Students with the appropriate academic profile may choose four subjects.