Sixth Form at MTS

Year 12 and Year 13

Our Sixth Form will inspire our school student leaders to follow the guiding principles of our school, to develop academically, culturally and physically through a commitment to academic achievement and success; by being responsible citizens when representing the school through community service; and by displaying an overall commitment to tolerance and respect in all they undertake.

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Sara Thomas

Deputy Head of Secondary / Head of Sixth Form

Meet The Head of Sixth form

"It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you GEMS Metropole School’s Sixth Form offerings. With careful subject selection, we firmly believe our students will be capable of accessing highly regarded career opportunities throughout their lives."

Sixth Form Overview

GEMS Metropole Sixth Form offers personalised pathways available to students, which include IAS and IA Levels, and some traditional AS and A Levels.

  • AS & A Level

    • A levels have been described as the ‘gold standard’ of post-16 examinations and they are accepted as an entry qualification into all the best universities around the world.
    • A levels are particularly well suited to students who have particular strengths in 2 or 3 areas of the curriculum and wish to study them further in greater depth.
    • The A level is examined at the end of Year 13. The AS level is a standalone qualification taken at the end of Year 12 and cannot be counted towards the A level. Assessment is 100% examination at the end of Year 13.
  • International AS & A Level

    • International A levels are also recognized by all the top universities worldwide.
    • International A levels are similar to A levels but they have a more flexible, modular structure than A level and the syllabus content is designed to have greater international relevance.
    • Unlike AS level, international AS level modules can be retaken to try to improve a student’s score. The AS is half the content of the A level and counts towards the final A level result. It is taken at the end of Year 12. Assessment is 100% examination.
  • Post-16 Phase

    Our Post-16 Phase is being developed with the following core principles:

    To ensure we are able to offer accessible courses for our students’ abilities and passions, and provide qualifications which will help them access Higher Education Institutions and the workplace.

    To build independent, responsible and resilient citizens by giving our students greater autonomy. Sixth Form students will receive the opportunity of greater freedom to help transition them into the independent life at university, as well as further leadership opportunities as student leaders of Metropole.

    To provide students with opportunities to enhance their studies by developing skills beyond the classroom, giving them opportunities to develop social responsibility as well as to contribute to the community in which we are situated.

 

Selecting Courses

  • Advice

    • Consider subjects you enjoy and currently do well in. Give some thought to choosing subjects that you have not studied before but don’t be tempted to choose them just because they are new. Make sure you have the skills, knowledge and aptitudes which are suited to the study of those subjects.
    • Listen to the advice of your teachers.
    • Don’t choose a subject because your friends have. Choose what’s right for you.
    • Research which subjects are required or are of benefit for the career you wish to pursue. You don’t want to discover that you can’t access the career you want because you don’t have the right A levels.
    • Ensure that you do not exclude yourself from any university courses that you may wish to pursue (for example by having too few full A levels or the wrong subjects). 
  • Compulsory Courses for Year 12 and 13

    • Physical Education
    • Moral Education
  • Compulsory Courses for Year 12

    • Arabic (MoE) - if student holds an Arabic Passport
    • Islamic - if student is registered Islamic, regardless of passport
  • Enrichment Activities

    • Duke of Edinburgh Award
    • IPQ (subject to academic performance)
    • Community Service
    • Prefect / Student Council
    • Model United Nations
  • Courses offered in Years 12 and 13

    Courses offered in Year 12 (2019/2020)

    Courses offered in Year 13 (2019/2020)

    English Literature

    English Literature

    Core Mathematics

    Mathematics

    Mathematics

    Biology

    Biology

    Chemistry

    Chemistry

    Physics

    Physics

    Sociology

    Sociology

    History

    History

    Psychology

    Psychology

    Business

    Business

    Information Technology

    Information Technology

    Computer Science

    Computer Science

    Economics

    Economics

    Arabic as a first language

    Arabic as a first language

    Art & Design (2 year course only)

    Drama (2 year course only)

    Physical Education (2 year course only)

    French (2 year course, or 1 year full A Level for native speakers)*

    Spanish (2 year course, or 1 year full A Level for native speakers)*

    Media Studies (2 year course only)

    * Native Speakers must be tested in and approved by the Head of Department

    Please Note:

    • Students will choose a combination of 4 subjects for Year 12 and if following the IAS/IAL/AS/A Level route, will have the option not to continue one onto Year 13.
    • All students will take Physical Activity and Moral Education as compulsory subjects. Muslim students will take Islamic Studies as a compulsory subject. Students holding Arabic passports must study Arabic (MoE).
    • Applications to Post-16 will be reviewed and a conditional offer may be made subject to interviews.
    • Prerequisites: Students must meet the minimum entry requirements for Sixth Form. The standard requirement on to our 'AS', ‘IAS’, ‘IAL’ and 'A' Level pathway is 5 GCSE's at Grade 4 (C) or above plus the minimum requirements of each subject. There are specific subjects studied in Sixth Form that will require higher GCSE grades such as Mathematics and the single Sciences. Exceptions may be made, but only after consultation and agreement with the Head of Secondary School and the Head of Sixth Form.
    • Courses will only be run where there is sufficient student uptake.
    • The courses choice structure may be subject to change at any time.
  • Our Sixth Form Students

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