One and two year A Level Courses
Bales Sixth Form is an A Level specialist college. We offer first-time and retake courses. Students can:
- Join us in year 12 for a full 2 year A Level course
- Transfer into Year 13 from another school/sixth form to complete A Levels
- Retake A Levels over 1 year
We offer small-group teaching, individual tuition where needed, and highly qualified and experienced staff with outstanding track record.
We have regular testing for students throughout the year, and a focus on past paper preparation and exam technique in order to maximise A Level grades.
We pride ourselves in being able to help any student no matter where they start. Click the button to see various examples of students from last year. Some joined us in the school, and moved to the Sixth Form.
Some moved to us to start a new A Level course in our Sixth Form (either 1 year, or 2 year). Some had very high academic records before the Sixth Form and went on to top universities with top A Level grades. Some came to us with mixed or weak academic backgrounds, but were able to get huge improvements in their grades after 1 or 2 years in the Sixth Form combined with hard work.
Many of our staff have been with us for 5-10 years. There is a mix of newer teachers who bring a fresh dynamic to the teaching environment also.
We have an excellent track record of keeping outstanding staff. We do not use supply teachers. This creates consistency in teaching style, management, and gives us full confidence that our teaching is of the highest standard. We always encourage potential new students to come to Bales, meet subject teachers and meet our management staff.
Why join Bales
Mr Moore brought the Sixth Form to the current location in 1972. Down the years, we have learnt an incredible amount and keep the learnings in our management today. We have a blend of experienced teachers, managers, as well as younger teachers with a new, fresh approach.
We have an excellent track record of keeping outstanding staff. Many of our teachers and management have been with us for 5-10 years or more! We do not use supply teachers. This creates consistency in teaching style, management, and gives us full confidence that our teaching is of the highest standard.
We have a lovely, quiet, leafy campus which does not feel like you’re in zone 2 in London! And all our teachers and staff really care about each student – one of the main benefits of being a smaller school is virtually every staff member knows every student.
Together with our Principal, vice Principal Mr Yearsley and Head of Studies Mr Corcut, we have added 3 new managers – Ben, Jake and Joe Moore – who all come form unique backgrounds, namely Finance, Sport Management and Business ownership. This gives the leadership team a unique background.
New for September 2017 – we have a unique, custom-built learning management system being launched.
This will store all timetables, lesson data, coursework, homework assignments (and due dates) and attendance centrally on a locked website. Parents and students will have unique log in access to see their own timetables, download lessons, load homework for marking, etc. It will be an extremely useful tool in managing teaching, as well as giving parents full visibility at all times on their children’s learning progress.
In September 2017, we are also launching the use of the Durham University CEM system. This is a system used by many top educational establishments to monitor the progress of students. The system allows us to give an online test to every student, which shows their current academic performance, including areas of strengths and weaknesses. This allows us to set unique learning plans for every student, and monitor them as they progress. We are very excited to begin to use this.
New A Level specifications
The new A Level specifications started to be phased in from 2016. From September 2017, some subjects will not allow any more legacy module resits. Eventually, all subjects by 2019 will have moved to this system.
We offer 21 A Level subjects at Bales.
Of these, 11 still offer legacy resit modules. These are: Art, French, Geography, German, Government and Politics, Law, Maths, Further Maths, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Spanish.
10 of the subjects have fully moved to the new structure, and require you to retake the full A Level. Module resits are no longer available.
These are: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English Literature, History, Physics, Psychology, and Sociology.
Teaching and academic
Every subject has a detailed yearly plan for Year 12 and Year 13. The summary plan is around 2-4 pages per subject per year, while the full detail is up to 60 pages per subject per year!
We also use our new Learning Management System to monitor all attendance, homework, assessments and allows students to access old lessons, and upload homework; as well as allowing parents to see the current status of their child’s work!
The Durham University CEM system also allows us to monitor student’s starting point and progress, and create a unique learning programme for every student.
Arrange a Visit
We understand that choosing the place to study for your A Levels is a huge decision. Websites are only words which try to represent what we do. To best understand Bales and what we can offer you, call or email us to book a visit to see us.
You can meet with some or all of your subject teachers, take a tour of the Campus, see schemes of work for each A Level, and ask us anything you want.