THE FARLINGTON PATHWAYS PHILOSOPHY
Through our Pathways Philosophy, we take great care to make sure that you choose the right combination of A-Levels and enrichment qualifications for you. We also prepare you for Sixth Form study through an induction programme, ensuring that you fully understand the demands of the subjects you have chosen.
The Pathway Planning Meeting (PPM)
As part of our sixth Form admissions process, every student attends a Pathway Planning Meeting (PPM), which helps to identify which subjects they might be interested in studying, their broader educational interests, and what thought they have given to careers and higher education.
The PPM is the important first step on the Sixth Form journey, as it initiates a discussion that will continue for the next two years, and potentially beyond.
Flexible Study Routes
At Farlington, whilst three A-Levels is the norm, studied over a two-year period and examined at the end of Year 13, it is also possible to study four full A-Levels, or just two; we can offer flexible study routes to suit you as an individual. We highly recommend that most students also take an enrichment qualification to broaden their education and show universities and future employers that they have ‘gone the extra mile’.
Farlington offers three possible 'pathways' in the Sixth Form:
- Some A-Level subjects also offer a separate but co-teachable AS qualification at the end of the Lower Sixth. Thus students effectively start off with four A-Levels and exit one course with an AS after one year, leaving more time to concentrate on the three A-Levels they will rely on to get into university. This also offers some flexibility in terms of which subject is dropped.
- Alternatively, students may choose the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This additional AS-Level is highly regarded by universities and shows commitment to research and a special area of interest.
- In addition to or instead of an AS or EPQ, students may choose a GCSE-level enrichment qualification, namely Italian (taught in two years from scratch). Note that students who do not already have Maths or English GCSE will also need to take these vital subjects.
Guidance & Support
Your progress will be closely monitored throughout the Sixth Form, so that you can develop an appreciation of your strengths as well as the areas of study that need greater attention.
Students in the Sixth Form at Farlington are encouraged to take responsibility for their own time and success. Study periods encourage independent learning, and our highly trained staff are there to help and support you in all of your studies and extra-curricular activities.
This hardworking, dedicated and supportive environment really encourages students to reach their potential, preparing them to become self-motivated learners and providing the perfect transition from school to university.