Curriculum

A Level courses taught at King Edward VI Handsworth School for girls will be two year linear courses. Taught over the full two years and only examined at the end of Year 13. Thus, there is no opportunity to re-sit elements of the A Level qualification, it will all depend on performance at the end of Year 13. At King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls we expect all students to select 3 subjects in Year 12 and to begin to prepare for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). They will have the opportunity to select between the EPQ, PE or self-directed Enrichment courses as an additional strand of their curriculum. Further Mathematics may be an additional 4th A-Level subject either as a standalone AS qualification or the full A Level. Any requests to study four subjects beyond this will be considered on an individual basis following the publication of GCSE results. 

The school operates as part of a wider Academy Trust and to ensure a continued broad and balanced curriculum some subjects may be run across the four schools of KE Handsworth School for Girls, KE Aston, KE Handsworth Grammar School for Boys and Handsworth Wood Girls School. For 2021-2022 this may include Art, Drama, Design Technology, French, German and Music. All schools have outstanding teaching and transport between sites will be provided. In Year 13 students will continue with 3 subjects to full A Level. The Sixth Form curriculum also currently includes fortnightly PSHCE lessons to help prepare students for life after school. 

As a school we have committed to setting aside time on a Wednesday afternoon for sixth form students to organise voluntary work, work experience or to have opportunities to attend university Masterclasses. All valuable enrichments to study for examinations and aimed at developing the whole person. All A Levels are demanding, they all have requirements for deeper analysis and evaluation than at GCSE. In preparation for A Levels, students should research and consider the course content and whether a subject is going to appeal to them over the full two years. Motivation for a subject is key to success so a wise choice now should enable students to follow their chosen pathway with confidence. Students should ask questions about course content and style of delivery, ask them of staff, older students and of yourself.