Here at the Sixth form, we are convinced that we are not only an excellent choice for any student looking to further their education and prepare for adult life but that we are the right choice for you. Our Sixth Form is always improving – in fact, the high quality of teaching on offer in the Sixth Form has always been consistently recognised by Ofsted, particularly in May 2014 when inspectors judged us as “good, providing a wide range of well-taught study paths to follow.” A set of excellent results this summer also shows us to be performing in the top 10% nationally for teaching and learning in several of our Departments, including Art, Media and Philosophy & Ethics. Sixth Formers from TBS have gone on to fantastic degree courses at Russell Group universities and to begin great careers in the world beyond school. As well as the excellent work done in A-levels, we also have a thriving range of BTECs on offer.
There are two main qualifications available at The Bicester School: A-levels and BTEC. A-levels are more traditional, academic qualifications. These are largely assessed through examinations, some at the end of Year 12 and most at the end of Year 13. BTECs offer a more vocational and less traditional route, with assessment based on coursework. Both BTECs and A-levels can be studied for one year or two. All Sixth Formers are expected to choose four subjects to be studied in Year 12, which should then drop down to three in Year 13, which can be a mixture of BTEC and A-level or can focus on either one or the other. Each type of qualification has its own benefits; both can lead to study at university or on to other forms or training and work.