A Level student profiles
We have a range of students at Bales Sixth Form. We pride ourselves in being able to help any student no matter where they start. Below you will find 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, and 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.
See below for A Level student profiles.
Mohammed – Medicine at UCL
Mohammed started at Bales in Year 7 and always planned to become a doctor. After successfully gaining 8A* and 2 A grades at GCSE in 2015, he moved to the Sixth Form to do his A levels in maths, further maths, chemistry and biology. He got outstanding A Level results in 2017, and will take up a place at UCL to study medicine in October 2017, fulfilling his dream.
He ensured good preparation for medical school by getting work experience with a local GP and attending the Royal Free hospital. Mohammed participated in a range of school events from drama presentations, to charity fund raising. He says he benefited greatly from interview practice in school for the gruelling medical interviews and always enjoyed full support from his teachers.
Berk – History at Durham
Berk joined Bales in year 10. He applied himself with determination and scored fantastic GCSE results of 3 A* and 7 A grades, and moved into the Sixth Form.
He took his studies forward to A level and discovered a love of history. After more great results at A level of A*, A and B he has gone on to pursue his love of history at Durham University in October 2016. From there he keeps in contact, writing:
“I am really enjoying Durham. To be honest, it exceeded my expectations so I am really happy about my choice. It is very busy – especially towards the essay deadlines- but all of my modules are really enjoyable. Bales was a great environment to get ready for university. I felt I had freedom, but mixed with lots of structure and support to make it through the courses and exams, and find my true interests.”
Jan – Physics at Kings
Jan joined Bales in year 13 from a school in South London, to complete A level courses in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry.
Jan came to Bales because he felt he needed to be challenged more, and had aspirations to get higher grades for A2. With hard work from him, combined with a well-planned and executed study programme from his teachers, he gained 4 A* grades.
He has revelled in the close personal tuition at the school and now goes on to read physics at King’s College London. Working closely with fellow students and his teachers, he has forged strong links, which he believes he will take forward. Jan is an all-rounder; he enjoyed his soccer and debating and visits to London venues.
He writes of his time at the school: “The learning environment at Bales College was ideal for me as it allowed me to be independent with my learning, at times, which has prepared me well for my studies at university. The small class sizes meant that the teaching, and as a result, my understanding of concepts, was as in-depth as possible. The teachers were always there to help us with our studies and anything else we might be concerned about. I was able to apply to some of the best universities with Mr Corcut helping me with my application. We were also able to go on a few outings for football and paintball which were quite fun and helped establish a friendly atmosphere among the kids in school which, I think, is integral for a student to pursue their academic interests with confidence. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bales and I will most certainly miss being there!”
Lena – anthropology at Manchester
Lena spent the whole of her secondary education at Bales, progressing from year 7 studies through GCSE and A level. In her GCSE exams she gained 2A*, 5A and 3 B grades. After gaining three B grades at A level in English, History and Geography she went on to Manchester university to read for a degree in anthropology.
During her time at Bales she was involved in all aspects of school life, from being student editor of the magazine to taking on a major role in a school production and taking part in a number of school trips, both abroad and in UK. Outside of school Lena was actively involved in social projects.
She recalls her time at Bales with affection and gratitude for the foundations it gave her:
“Bales has been everything I could have hoped for when I joined in year 7. The dynamic approach to education at all ages/levels has aided both my academic and personal development and I am sad to leave.”
Arjun – from two Us to Three Bs
Arjun joined Bales from a school in South London where he had scored disappointing grades of D, E, U, U at the end of year 12 in the first part of his A Level exams.
Through hard work, strong teaching and personal support he was able to gain three B grades at A level on leaving Bales. He goes on to Leicester University to read Economics, which had always been his ambition.
Arjun appreciated the personal help he received and the extra tuition when not confident of a topic. He also enjoyed the social ambiance and friendly nature of other students, when going on trips or taking part in activities.
“My confidence was wrecked after my very poor year 12 results at my previous school. My subject teachers and Mr Yearsley worked really closely with me to start again, and build up my knowledge base and confidence, which allowed me to push for much higher marks and achieve 3 Bs, which at the start I never thought I could get to! I’m so happy, and thankful for the time and effort that all my teachers and support staff gave me at Bales.”
Arrange a visit
The best way to understand if Bales is the right Sixth Form College for you, is to visit us.
We have Sixth Form open days from August 21st-August 31st.
Either click the button to the left to use the contact form, or just give us a quick call to discuss your situation. The first phone call generally only takes 5 to 10 minutes, and you are under no pressure. We look forward to meeting you.