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WHAT TO EXPECT AT SCHOOL IN BRITAIN

The majority of schools are comprehensive, meaning that boys and girls of all abilities study together. There are some single-sex schools, many of which have a religious foundation, often Roman Catholic. To apply for these schools, you will usually be asked to prove your affiliation to a particular religion, and your regular attendance at a place of worship. There are also a few "selective" schools (often these are single-sex) for the most able students, but you need to apply very early for a place, and you may be invited to sit an entrance examination around Christmas, for entry the following September.

Up to year 9 (age 14) you study a broad range of subjects.  In year 10 you begin a two-year course which takes you up to GCSE.  Normally you will study 8 - 12 subjects, some of which are compulsory:  English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, PE (sport) and often ICT (Computers).  You will be given a choice of other subjects such as modern languages [French, Spanish or German, but you must already have studied these for at least one year] History, Geography, Music, Drama, Art, Religion, Design and Technology, Home Economics (Cookery & Nutrition) or Business Studies.

You are unlikely to get good GCSE results if you haven't done the whole two-year course.

If you achieve good GCSE grades, you start another two-year course in year 12, leading to

A Levels, which is the path to University admission.  [For historic reasons, years 12 and 13 are often called "Sixth form"]. Schools cannot accept new students into year 13.  You will study up to five subjects of your own choice, and you will have important examinations in BOTH years of the course.  You will be allowed to drop one or two subjects at the end of year 12 if you wish to.  There is a wide range of subjects from which to choose your A levels. You can of course continue subjects you studied for GCSE, or you can choose other subjects such as Economics, Computer Studies, English Literature, Media Studies, Pure and Applied Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Engineering and so on.  If you want a particular subject which isn't offered at your GCSE school, you may join the sixth form at another School or College.

If you are applying for an A level course now, please indicate which subjects are the most important for you.  

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STARTING DATE

We strongly recommend starting your course in September as starting later puts you at a disadvantage, as you will have missed some coursework, and the classes you choose may already be full.  To be certain of a place in a good school in the right area, it is best to apply before April for the following September start.  

Which month and year do you wish to start:        September  /  January  /  April     200……

Year Group: …………   How many years do you intend to stay at this school? .…………...

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