The A level course is spread over the two years of the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13). The old AS followed by A level system is being phased out by the Government, so that AS examinations taken in Year 12 will no longer count towards the final A level grade.
Most pupils study three or four A level subjects, and some additionally take the Extended Project Qualification. English Language and Mathematics courses are available for pupils who do not have GCSE level qualifications in these subjects.
St Lawrence College aims for educational excellence, and nearly all of the Upper Sixth will continue to Higher Education at University. Regular monitoring of progress is essential to ensure that each pupil realises his or her fullest potential. Work is formally assessed at frequent intervals and the results analysed so that advice and guidance can be made available in good time.
The option range is regularly enhanced with additional subjects, provided that there is evidence of a sustainable demand for a subject that will be regarded well by university admissions tutors.
The options currently available include Art and Design, Photography, Design Technology (Product Design), ICT, Music, Music Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, French, Spanish, Geography, History, Business, Economics, Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physical Education. German is available for native speakers of this language.
Option Blocks are created from pupils' lists of preferred subject choices so that as many pupils as possible can be timetabled with their chosen subjects. Taught lessons are accompanied by Private Study sessions within which pupils develop the essential skills of research and self-study that they will need at university.
In addition, our Academic Enrichment Programme provides pupils with the opportunity to be intellectually stretched and develop general skills that will not only support their GCE studies but also help prepare them for entry to university or future careers. This course includes Careers and PSHE components and pupils are also addressed by visiting speakers on a variety of topics.