WHAT ARE A-LEVELS?
A-Levels are a two-year academic programme taken in the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13). Students at ESK begin by taking 4 subjects at AS Level in Year 12 and in Year 13, students continue with 3 or 4 of these subjects at A2 Level.
There are no compulsory subjects with A Levels, so students are free to choose any combination of subjects. A-Levels allow students to specialize in a particular subject area of their interest, or subjects which are more closely related to the course that they might aspire to study at university. A-Levels offer students with in-depth subject expertise.
In addition to academic subjects, at ESK, A-level students are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of Service and Extra Curricular Activities (SECA), spread out within the two years. This provides students with the opportunity to contribute to the community around them, while developing confidence, autonomy, compassion and becoming well-rounded individuals.
We also offer the Extended Project Qualification (a 5000-word essay) for students who have strong research and essay writing skills. The EPQ is a self-guided (but supervised) passion project which encourages independence and organisational skills.
DEPTH OF STUDY
Students study each subject in greater depth and this allows them to become more specialised in subjects related to the course they wish to study at university.
With smaller class sizes, students will have the opportunity to contribute to lessons and have more one to one interaction with their teachers.