We offer an ever-increasing range of Advanced and Intermediate level courses for post 16 students. Our post – 16 curriculum is undoubtedly student centred, and many courses have been introduced as a direct response to the demands of students. As part of `Campus Calderdale` students have the opportunity to study certain subjects at other Calderdale institutions. They remain HLHS students but this allows them to study more specialised subjects that not all institutions offer.
The majority of our students follow the traditional two-year A-level courses. Intermediate courses are also available if students require a ‘bridging year’ before further study. Whichever courses of study you choose to follow it is up to you to show the necessary commitment to make a success of them.
Generally, year 12 students choose four AS courses to follow (BTEC Double Award Sport counts as two courses). Year 13 students must continue with three of them to A2 level as long as they achieve a grade in the subject at AS. Students make subject choices when they apply to the sixth form; timetables are then completed over the summer and given out during the year 12 induction. All students who have at least a C at GCSE English Language will take General Studies. This is timetabled for one lesson a week. Re-sit opportunities are available in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) for students who didn`t attain a C in their Year 11 exams.
We hope you will find your courses intellectually and personally rewarding. We strongly encourage you to take an equal role in the process of learning whilst at the same time offering a strong, well-structured support network to help you overcome any difficulties you are experiencing. Deadlines are created to support your learning and it is vital that they are met. If there are special circumstances, you must discuss them with the relevant members of staff. By failing to meet deadlines the pressure increases on both you and your teachers, so thorough advance preparation is essential.
The majority of our students follow the traditional two year A-level courses. This involves AS level at the end of year 12, before progressing to A2 in year 13. We would expect most year 12 students to select four AS level courses, before choosing three to continue with to A2. Progression to A2 is clearly dependent on achieving success at AS level in year 12.
Each level 3 course is outlined below. Further information is available from the subject teachers, and we also have student representatives for each subject if you would prefer to listen to their perspective.
We constantly review the courses we offer students. The courses in this section are the ones likely to be offered in 2011/12, but new courses may be offered if there is sufficient demand, just as some courses may not run if there is insufficient demand. We aim to be as flexible as possible; our curriculum is driven by the needs of our students.
All applications will be considered on their individual merit but normal entry requirements for students wishing to enter the sixth form are;
Advanced level courses A minimum of five full course GCSE or equivalent grades at C or above and a suitable reference from your year group co-ordinator or another appropriate referee.
Intermediate level courses A minimum of five full course GCSE or equivalent grades at E or above and a suitable reference from your year group co-ordinator or another appropriate referee.
PLEASE CHECK INDIVIDUAL SUBJECTS` ENTRY REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY
Students wishing to join us should complete an application form and return it to Mr Green or Miss Ridley at the school.
ADVANCED LEVEL COURSES