Two Year A Level courses – join Year 12
A Level Focus
Bales was founded as an A Level College, and our main focus continues to be A Levels.
Most students join us from government-funded schools in Year 12 after GSCE, or transfer from other private schools or colleges.
Around 20% of our students join from overseas, whether due to family relocation or with the aim of getting into British universities.
We have been teaching one and two-year A Level courses for over 40 years. In that time, over 4,000 students have taken GCSE and A Level examinations with us.
Our ex-students now included politicians, diplomats, BBC news reporters, as well as top professionals in the medical and business world.
What type of students join Bales College
We accept students of mixed abilities (with a minimum of 5 passes at GCSE), who we feel will add to the Sixth Form in certain ways. Some of our students have very strong academic backgrounds and performance, however we also look for rounded personalities and a mixed intake.
We look for students who exhibit the following characteristics – which we aim to develop further during their time at the College:
• interest in education and learning;
• passion in the subjects they are studying;
• mature approach to learning and interacting with staff and students;
• desire to contribute to the College and community in extra-curricular activities; and
• willingness to work hard towards goals
Regular Exam Practice
All A-Level subject teachers give regular class tests based on topics studied throughout the year. Formal mock exams are given in December and April to help with preparation for upcoming A Level examinations. This regular practice helps build confidence and focuses each student’s mind on using the information learned in a practical way.
Work Placement, UCAS and Careers Advice
Throughout both Sixth Form years, students are helped both formally and informally by the teaching and support staff in applying for summer work placements, in developing their UCAS applications and in general careers advice.
Progression of learning
When starting Year 12, we are very aware of the need to direct students regarding how to study and to guide them in ways where they learn to study. This is done by providing a continuing process of suitable input from teachers dealing with the different subjects.
It can take at least the first year of the A-level program for a student to achieve a good level of skill in the study process, and we do this in a very positive way while being careful not to create artificial pressures.
Staff are available during the day for individual meetings with students who need extra pointers regarding the latest homework – these talks can clear possible delays in a student’s work schedule. Our staff are very experienced in teaching, many have higher degrees and several work for examination bodies such as Edexcel.
Over a long period of time, we have made more of students’ abilities than many others could do, by setting standards, and working with each student in a more uplifting way than they might have experienced before.
Find Out More
The best way to get to know us is to call us to speak in person and arrange an informal visit to the school either at one of our open evenings or open days, or at a time of your choosing. Call 020 8960 5899 now to speak with us.
On a visit, you can meet with the Principal, teaching and support staff, as well as getting to see classes in action – all of which helps you to get a feel for what Bales College has to offer.