Pre A Level Courses at Princess Helena College

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Year 11 students should have been sitting their GCSE exams from between Monday 11 May and Monday 15 June. We have taken the decision to offer all students in Year 11 a pre-A level programme which will allow them to develop the necessary skills and pre A level material to benefit their move from GCSE to A level study/ Post -16 study. This programme is accessible to all students in Year 11 and includes skills which will be transferable across all Post-16 courses.

Students will choose 3 subjects (these may or may not be their choices for next year study) where they will be provided with a foundation programme of skills, content and activities. Those who do not get their preferred choices will not be at a disadvantage as they will not miss parts of their A level course, equally all resources will be made available for all subjects for further study over the summer as required.

Alongside this, students will continue to receive a PE and a PSHE session each week to support on wellbeing during the lockdown. Moreover, there are two sessions a week in their timetable which will help develop their study skills and independent learning abilities which are key for all post-16 study options.

Furthermore, we are providing a careers lecture programme during this period to support students in finding out more about future career opportunities, exposing them to differing roles and skills needed. Some of these will be live lectures, others will be pre-recorded. Both allow our students to learn from and ask questions of the guest speaker.

From Monday, 15 June Year 11 students will have completed their pre A-level programme, and given the hard work and dedication from them it is only fair that they have the extended summer that every Year 11 works towards. In the meantime, this is a rare opportunity to bridge the gap between GCSE and A level study so that when we return in September our students are prepared and ready to go. 

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