When considering subjects for study in the Sixth Form, the following important factors should be noted:
There must be a GENUINE interest in the subject. Students should select subjects which they enjoy and in which they have been successful in the past. Although they should seek as much advice as possible before making their choice, students should understand that they will be attending six lessons a week in a particular subject and tackling more than five hours of additional work each week in that subject.
Students should appreciate where the course may lead and how it will affect future career aspirations. Students who intend to enter Higher Education are urged to make sure that the subjects they are considering are acceptable for entry to specific careers.
Where career goals are still largely undecided, students should select an acceptable and workable subject combination which will ensure maximum flexibility in the future.
Academic demands in the Sixth Form
Students will find that success in the Sixth Form depends not so much on what the course puts into students but much more on what students put into their courses.
There will be a large amount of serious, rigorous academic work which can at times be tedious and very time consuming, involving a degree of both routine learning and demanding tasks. Most of the work will be at a level of difficulty and complexity not previously encountered by students.
Outside of lessons, a student will be expected to devote approximately 6 hours EACH week to EACH of their courses. A sensible, realistic approach to Private Study sessions in school will be absolutely essential.
Students in the Lower Sixth Form will all spend a period of time each week making a contribution to the life of the local community.
For all students wishing to enter Higher Education abroad, such community service is highly valued. It is particularly important for students who are considering one of the “caring professions” (medicine, veterinary science, nursing, teaching, social work, physiotherapy and dentistry) as their eventual career, as a period of committed and successful work in the community is a vital part of a Higher Education application.
Possible placements may be with a local charity, in a local school or working with the disabled or other needy people. Community Service will be arranged at a suitable non-contact time. The school already has a chapter of Habitat For Humanity administered by pupils, with support from the school authority, but other alternatives are possible.
Subjects offered at A level
Art and Design
Information and Communication Technology
Individual subjects will only be available if there is sufficient student demand.
Sixth Form Admissions Policy and Procedure
Normally, students entering the Lower Sixth should:
Have passed English Language and Mathematics and at least four more IGCSE subjects at grade C or above.
Have a grade B or above in any subject to be studied at A level.
Be no younger than 15 and no older than 17 on the 31st August prior to the year of entry.
The application deadline will normally be 31st January of the year of application. Applicants will be informed by the end of March as to whether they have been offered a provisional place subject to IGCSE results in August meeting the entry requirements. At enrolment, external applicants will be required to produce evidence of their IGCSE results.
In the event of insufficient demand from applicants for a particular subject, the school may decide not to deliver that subject. If this should happen, students will be informed and they will be given the opportunity to choose an alternative subject.
Late Applications: Applications received after the closing date will be considered. Students making late applications should note:
No place may be available.
The Option Blocks may have been amended.
Certain subject groups may be fully subscribed.
Under normal circumstances, no late applications will be accepted after the end of the first week of September.
For students who have not taken IGCSE, alternative testing arrangements will be made.
It is possible to take A levels in Economics, Geography or History without having taken the subjects at IGCSE. Students must understand, however, that there will be no additional subject induction and that they may be required to undertake additional reading, especially in the early stages of the course.
Some subjects have additional recommendations regarding the advisability of taking related subjects – refer to individual subject listings.
Upon receiving a firm offer to join the Sixth Form programme, pupils are required to pay a Registration Fee of US$100, with a further Admissions Fee of US$2,500 is payable before a pupil joins the school.
Thereafter, a termly Tuition Fee of US$1,850 is payable at the start of every term.
The Roman Ridge School Form Five leavers, however, are not required to pay a Registration fee or an Admissions fee.
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