Guidance for Post 16 Parents and Pupils

Students returning to St. Killian’s College or transferring from another school choose to continue their education for another two years in the pursuit of success at Post 16 level.  It is important to recognise that this is something that you choose to do and that it is not an easy option.

 

Post 16 study is a challenging and rigorous course.  Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own study patterns and to develop these to suit the subjects they have chosen.  Private study time well used in the study-hall and at home is crucial to success at this level because of the in-depth study that Post 16 courses demand. Students will be encouraged to commit themselves fully to independent reading and research, using the library and internet facilities in conjunction with material provided by the subject teacher.

 

As well as Post 16 courses, other enrichment activities will be promoted in Sixth Form.  Careers Education is compulsory.

 

The school is confident that given the co-operation of students, parents and teachers working in harmony together, Sixth Form students will feel secure as they acquire the skills which will enable them to become competent and articulate young people.

 

The following pages are designed to give students an outline of the contents of the subjects offered at Post 16.  Before making any decision, it is essential that you read these summaries and identify the subjects you enjoy.

 


The Curriculum at Year 13

It is possible to offer a number of options to students, in terms of the number of subjects that they can follow in Year 13 leading on into Year 14.

 

Option 1         

Students can select 3 subjects at the beginning of Year 13 and they will be taken as AS levels in Year 13 and continued to A Level in Year 14.

 

The qualification would be 3 AS levels and 3 A levels.

 

Option 2

Students can select four subjects. These will be taken as four AS Levels in Year 13. The student will select three subjects to continue with into Year 14.

 

The qualification would be 4 AS levels and 3 A levels.

 

Option 3         

Students can select four subjects. These will be taken as four AS Levels in Year 13. The student will continue to follow all four subjects into Year14.

 

The qualification would be 4 AS levels and 4 A levels.

 

A Level Subject Choices:

 

Art and Design History Physics
Biology Home Economic Psychology
Business Studies Health and Social Care Religion
Chemistry ICT Spanish
Construction Irish Technology
English Literature Mathematics Theatre Studies
French Music  
Geography Physical Education  

 

 

Option 4

Students can choose one from:

 

National Certificate Level 2 in Business Studies

National Certificate Level 2 in Health and Social Care

National Certificate Level 2 in BTEC Level 2 in Engineering

National Certificate Level 2 in ICT

National Certificate Level 2 in Sports Studies

 

In addition students will be required to study Cope Level 2 and GCSE English and Maths.

 

This is a one year stand alone programme. Pupils will have 4 days in school and 1 day on work placement.

Enrichment courses on offer:

 

  • Students will also be timetabled for Enrichment Courses in European Studies, GAA Coaching, Music, PE, Careers and R.E.

 

  • AS Engineering online course – tutor lead, part practical. This is a full AS qualification.

 

  • A computing qualification ECDL will be made available to approximately 50 students in Year 13 (Non Computer Studies students).Successful completion of all modules will result in a Level 2 qualification.

 

  • AutoCAD is available for students interested in Engineering and Architecture and could provide up to 70 UCAS points in the future.

 

  • Solid Works will be made available to Technology students.

 

  • The Engineering in Education programme – Gold Crest Award could also provide up to 70 UCAS points in the future.

 

  • COPE level 3 – Certificate of Personal Effectiveness if completed successfully is equivalent to 70 UCAS points.