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Sixth Form

The decisions you make at Post 16 are some of the most important of your life; they will determine your higher education and future career options.

 

At Heston, you will be able to take advantage of a broad curriculum delivered by highly skilled and experienced teachers, with a track record of academic success. Above all, you will be joining a safe and caring community where every student matters and every student contributes to our vibrant community ethos. Independence in learning, leadership, team working and communication skills will be fostered through a variety of extracurricular opportunities such as Student Council, Debating Society, Charity Committee, Community Service, Duke of Edinburgh, sport and creative productions.

 

We have a strong record of securing offers from some of the most prestigious universities including Cambridge, Imperial College, UCL, King’s College, LSE, Warwick, St. Andrews, University of Arts, Birmingham and Nottingham. Our students have pursued a diverse range of disciplines including Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Engineering, Actuarial Science, Computer Science and The Creative Arts. We also offer full support for those who wish to follow the increasingly attractive route of Apprenticeship degrees.

 

Applications for September 2020 are now open

 

Year 11 into year 12 Transition work
 

A Level Biology                                   A Level Business

A Level Chemistry                              A Level Economics

A Level English Literature                 A Level Fine Art

A Level Geography                             A Level Government And Politics

A Level History                                   A Level Graphic Communication 

A Level Mathematics                         A Level Photography

A Level Physics                                  A Level Psychology

A Level Sociology                              BTEC Level 3 Applied Science 

BTEC Level 3 Business                      BTEC Level 3 Information Technology

A Level French

 

Curriculum 

Our Post 16 curriculum allows students the opportunity to pursue a challenging suite of subjects, suited to their interests, career goals and academic aptitude. We are highly successful at securing the best possible outcomes for students by tailoring the most appropriate programme of study.

We offer Level 3 vocational subjects in ICT, Business and Applied Science, with which students continue to secure excellent university places.  Our A Level subjects cover a broad range of disciplines. Furthermore, our students are able to access an even greater number of A Levels through the Hounslow Borough Consortium.

 

In addition, we offer a one-year Foundation Programme for students have not met the entry requirements for A Level. This enables students to secure Level 3 qualifications and progress to university.

16-19 Study Programme

All our Post 16 students will follow a high quality, individualised programme of study to ensure their success as they prepare for employment, an apprenticeship, university or further or higher education.

In our Sixth Form, all students can expect the following as part of their study programme:

  • Personalised career advice and guidance from our in-house Careers Advisor
  • Individual academic monitoring and support
  • Relevant vocational or academic qualification at Level 2 and Level 3
  • GCSE English and Mathematics
  • Opportunities to access external work experience
  • Tutorial Programme
  • Enrichment activities

 

Careers Advice

Throughout your time in the Sixth Form, you will receive impartial advice and guidance on what you need to do to reach your career aspirations.

 

English and Maths

Students who did not achieve a GCSE grade 4-9, or equivalent qualifications, in English and Mathematics, will be required to study these courses as part of their Post 16 Programme of Study.

 

Personal Development

You will attend a regular tutorial programme, which will consist of:

  • One-to-one Progress Reviews
  • Careers education
  • Employability skills

A PSHE programme that will include:

  • Equality & Diversity
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Finance & Lifestyle
  • Work & Progression
  • Safeguarding
  • British Values
  • Prevent Agenda
  • Citizenship

 

Enrichment Activities

As part of your Study Programme you will take part in a range of Enrichment activities which can include:

  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Research Project
  • Educational speakers
  • Educational visits
  • University visits
  • Volunteering activities
  • Community Service
  • Sporting Activities

 

Attendance

Excellent attendance is key to academic success.  Therefore, it is a requirement for you to attend all aspects of your Study Programme.

Curriculum Allocations

 

 POST 16  Lesson per week
 A Levels [per subject]  6
 BTEC Level 2  12
 BTEC Level 3 [Double]  12
 BTEC Level 3 [Single]  6
 PSHCE – compulsory  1
 Community Service – compulsory  2
 GCSE re-take  3

Admissions 

SIXTH FORM ADMISSIONS CRITERIA 2020 – 2021

In deciding to offer a place in the Sixth Form, the following criteria will be used:

  • An average GCSE point score of 43+ to follow an A Level programme of study. Individual subject entry requirements must also be met
  • An average GCSE point score of 30+ to follow a BTEC Level 3 programme of study
  • An average GCSE point score of 20+ to follow a NCFE Level 2 programme of study
  • Courses will only be offered subject to demand and staff availability
  • Where a course is oversubscribed, places will be allocated on the basis of the Attainment 8 Score
  • Satisfactory references for external candidates
  • Guidance provided by the Year 11 Learning Coordinator, Curriculum Leaders and the Sixth Form Team

PLEASE NOTE

Students will not be permitted to repeat a course.

 COURSE  ENTRY REQUIREMENT
 Art – Fine Art  Grade 5 required in an Art subject at GCSE
 Art – Graphic Design  Grade 5 required in an Art subject at GCSE
 Art – Photography  Grade 5 required in an Art subject at GCSE
 Biology  Grade 6 in Biology or Combined Science and Mathematics
 Chemistry  Grade 6 in Chemistry or Combined Science and Mathematics
 Business  
 Economics  
 English Literature  Grade 5 in English Language and English Literature
 Geography  Grade 5 in Geography
 Government & Politics  
 History  Grade 5 in History GCSE
 Mathematics  Grade 7 in Mathematics at GCSE
 Mathematics – Further  Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics
 Physics  Grade 6 in Physics or Combined Science and Mathematics
 Psychology  
 Sociology  

 

 BTEC L3 Applied   Science  Attainment 8 Score of 30 and preferably a grade 4+ in English   and Mathematics
 BTEC L3 Business  Attainment 8 Score of 30 and preferably a grade 4+ in English   and Mathematics
 BTEC L3 IT  Attainment 8 Score of 30 and preferably a grade 4+ in English   and Mathematics

 

BTEC Level 2 Technical Award - Marketing Attainment 8 Score of 20 and preferably a grade 3+ in English and Mathematics

Enrichment 

 

We offer a wide range of enrichment opportunities to broaden your learning experience and develop your cultural capital. In addition to academic excellence, our programme of enrichment will help you to develop into a confident and resilient young adult.

Much like university, there are a host of clubs and societies to join in the Sixth Form and, as senior members of the School, you will have an integral role in helping run them. Through positions of responsibility like the Senior Student Leadership Team, Student Learning Mentors and Wellbeing Champions, you will develop vital skills for the future: leadership, team working and communication skills, preparing you for the world of work.

The Debating Society promotes public speaking, critical thinking and communication skills, giving you the ability to think quickly, challenge existing views and explore new ideas. This equips you for high quality, well-reasoned decision making in your professional and personal lives as well as furthering your understanding of the ever-evolving world in which you live.  Above all, debating is good fun!

The Explorers Club Lecture Programme enables you to deliver and listen to lectures on a range of subjects as diverse as hillwalking and astronomy. We also invite a range of visiting experts to talk to you about their interests and, crucially, the programme allows you to share your passions with others.

Community Service is a compulsory feature of life in the Sixth Form, encouraging you to make a positive contribution to our community through supporting younger students in lessons, supporting literacy and numeracy in local primary schools, completing placements in local care homes and raising funds for charity.

The Extended Project Qualification is offered to targeted students alongside A-level choices. The pursuit of the EPQ requires great commitment, discipline and organisation. You will be able to enhance and evidence your communication, critical analysis skills and independence, which will benefit you when applying to university and prepare you for the demands at undergraduate level.

Most Able 

 

To support our most able students realise their full potential, the Director of Sixth Form delivers the Oxbridge Pathways Programme which includes:

  • Organisation of high quality internships with prestigious companies across both the public and the private sector
  • Visits to Oxford University and Cambridge University
  • Support with the organisation of appropriate work experience placements
  • Support with the writing of Personal Statement and Interview workshops
  • Support with applications to Oxbridge Summer Schools
  • Organising the attendance to Medical and Legal Career Workshops
  • Providing a named mentor for the A Level Extended Project

In Year 12, the top 10% participate in the Cambridge University Outreach Programme called “HE+”. Students attend a series of lectures and seminars that give information, advice and guidance on how to make successful Oxbridge applications, write personal statements and prepare for interviews.

Meet the Students 

Maria  Alves-Pires

I  am  a  hearing  impaired  student  attending  to  a  mainstream school. Being  part  of this School, means that I am part of a community and my disability doesn’t define who  I  am,  or  my  ability  to  achieve.  I  do  not  use  my  hearing  impairment  as  an excuse  for  not  achieving;  it  is  just  who  I  am.  Being  at  this  school  for  my  GCSE’s and my A Level studies reflects my happiness with the support I receive which has exceeded my expectations and that of my parents.   I have excellent support  from my   teachers   and   my   lessons   are   interesting   and   fulfilling.      I   have   become extremely independent and with the support of my teachers  my confidence in my abilities  has  also  grown.     Heston  has  allowed  me  to  explore  and  develop  my passion  for learning and  I am challenged to grow  and develop as  a  person  all the time.  I  have  achieved  excellent  GCSE  results  and  I  am  on  track  to  achieve  well  in my  A  Levels.  I  am  confident  that  I  am  going  to  university  to  study  the  course  of my  choice and  the support  received to help  me  to decide  which  course  to  pursue has been second to none.

 

Madeline Debra-Davies

I  couldn’t  have  picked  a  better  place  to  continue  my  studies  than  here  at  Heston Community School. The teachers are very passionate about the subjects they teach and  always  make  time  for  those  who  need  extra  support,  whether  it  is  before  or after school they are always willing to help! The Sixth Form Centre gives students the  perfect  environment  to  work  undisturbed  and  develop  skills  such  as  time management  and independence, helping us  prepare  for  future  work  or  university life. Whilst there is a big focus on academics, the School also focuses on character building.  We  are  encouraged  to  attend  workshops,  subject-related  trips  and  do volunteer work.   This will help us to gain a broader understanding of our subjects and inspire us to be more open minded. I am eagerly looking forward to the future because I am confident that I will achieve excellent A Level results and will be able to go on to the university of my  choice.

 

Dean Chughtai

Having   studied   at   Heston   Community   School   from   Years   7   to   11,   I   knew continuing in the Sixth Form  was  right  for  me. At  Heston, I achieved nine  grade 9s, mainly  due to the extraordinary  support  of the teachers. I  firmly  believe the atmosphere  around  the  school  is  unique,  making  it  impossible  for  me  consider Sixth Form studies  anywhere else. My time in Year 12 so far has  reaffirmed this belief due to the passion of the teachers and in my chosen subjects. Settling into more  challenging  studies  was  easy  as  the  teachers  gave  me  advice  to  support the  transition  from  GCSE’s  to  A  Levels.  Not  only  have  I  developed  academically in  the  Sixth  Form,  but  also  personally  as  well.  Alongside  my  academic  studies the  School  also  offers  a  wide  array  of  extracurricular  activities  and  workshops that build on key skills for the future, as well as equip us with the tools to attend university.  This  School  not  only  cultivates  interest,  but  encourages  students  to reach  their  full  capabilities  and  therefore  I  have  no  doubt  that  being  here  will support  me in reaching my aspirations.

 

Jasleen Nagi

Having  entered  the  school  as  a  Year  7  student,  I  feel  that  Heston  has  helped  me to  develop  as  a  person,  as  well  as  flourish  academically.  In  this  school  you  are provided   with   excellent   teaching   and   engaging   lessons,   but   perhaps   more importantly, it  is  a  place  in  which  each  individual  student  is  cared  for  and  driven to  achieve   their   personal   goals.  It   is   easy   to   build  an   excellent   rapport   with teachers  because  they  are  so  caring  and  passionate  about  their  subjects.  I  have no  doubt  that  Heston  will  continue  to  support  me,  and  ultimately  help  me  to achieve my goals for the future. Due to the sheer dedication of staff, and of course hard  work, I  achieved  ten  grade  9s  in  my  GCSEs.  I  am  certain  that  the  school  will continue to drive me to reach my full potential in the future. My future career goal is  to  study  medicine  and  I  have  already  had  several  opportunities  increase  my knowledge   of   the   field   and   prepare   me   for   applying   to   top   universities   via numerous programmes, such as the Russel Group Pathways  Club.

 

Abdul Hakeem Dussroth

The  Sixth  Form  at  Heston  Community  School  is  a  welcoming  place  where  I  am confident  that  I  will  thrive.  This  is  because  of  the  superb  teaching  and  excellent system  of  highly  supportive  pastoral  care.  Before  joining  the  Sixth  Form,  I  was exclusively  home-educated  and  was  worried  about  fitting  in  with  my  peers  and settling  into  the  school  routine.  I  should  not  have  worried  as  the  teachers  and students are so welcoming. My peer group is fantastic as they are both friendly and focused  on  achieving  academic  success.  Teachers  always  help  us  to  engage  with the  reading  material  and  advise  us  to  explore  beyond  the  curriculum.  There  are opportunities  to  take  on  positions  of  responsibility  to  develop  our  confidence, resilience;  and  regular  community  service  which  is  an  enjoyable  and  rewarding experience.  I  am  delighted  and  proud  to  be  part  of  this  caring  community  where everyone is  welcoming and we are encouraged to be the best we can be.

 

Abby  Rowles

I  am  a  very  hard-working  student  who  sometimes  struggles  with  understanding work in class; however, at Heston, there are a variety of staff who support students like me. This is one of the main reasons I have decided to return here to complete my  Sixth Form studies. I’m  expecting to achieve  a  minimum  of Bs  in  my  A-Levels and  I  am  extremely  confident  that  the  staff  support  and  respect  amongst  the students  will  help  me  achieve  that.  I  am  confidently  looking  towards  university and beyond because of the excellent support and advice I have received.

 

Amber Birdi

My  time  as  an  A  level  student  has  been  very  demanding,  but  with the network  of support   in the Sixth   Form   I   have   been   able   to   effectively   cope   with its   many challenges. All members of staff are available to discuss concerns that I have about my  work  or  in  any  other  area  of  my  life.  I  have  profoundly  benefited  from  this guidance  and  feel  well-prepared  looking  ahead  to  University  and  my  career  after school.  Multiple  summer  schools  and  taster  days  have  also  been  shared  with  us, which  is the reason  why  I  was  able  to  secure  a  place  for  an  Engineering  summer school  at  Homerton,  Cambridge.  Looking  forward  to the year  2020,  I  am  I  am confident I will secure a place studying Mechanical Engineering at the university of my  choice.  Being  in  the  Sixth  Form  at  Heston  has  helped  shaped  me  into  the individual  that  I  am and  I  feel  ready  to  meet  the  challenges  of both  university  and the world of work.

 

2019 Success Stories 

 

Nadia  Awad, English Literature A* History  A* Politics A [Reading History, University of Oxford]

Nadia  has  always  had  a  long  standing  interest  in  studying  History  with  a  specific focus on Sudanese History.   Her work ethic and resilience over the two years of her A  Level  studies  along  with  her  relentless  efforts  to  read  widely  in  her  all  three  of her  A  Levels  contributed  to  her  phenomenal  achievement  in  the  examinations. Nadia  visited  the  University  of  Oxford  in  November  2017  and  decided  then,  that she  would  pursue  her  higher  education  studies  there  -  that  ambition  became  her sole  focus  over  the  rest  of  her  studies.   Nadia  was  passionate  about  her  subjects and   this   was   fostered   and   supported   by   her   teachers.     The   School   provided 1:1 interview support and  mock interview resources to help Nadia win her place.

 

 

Vikram Kainth, Politics A History  A Economics B [Reading Economics, University  College London]

Vikram was  an  extremely  hard  working  and  conscientious  student  whose  teachers recognised  his  commitment  to  his  studies.   He  was  very  well  organised  and  used the  Sixth  Form  Study  Area  to  perfect  his  Economics  essays.   He  would  always  use his lunch times to study because he so wanted to excel.   So was his passion for his academic  pursuits.  Vikram  was  determined  to  study  Economics  at  UCL  and  his teachers tell of a flair in his writing abilities and his highly developed analytical and evaluative skill sets.  He was a pleasure to teach as he read the recommended texts to support his learning and was therefore able to participate in the most electrifying debates in his lessons.

 

Sara  D'Jilali, English Literature A* Psychology A History  A [Reading Human, Social and Political Sciences - University  of Cambridge]

Sara’s  enthusiasm  for  her  studies  and  her  distinct  passion  for  Humanities  was immediately  evident  once  she  began  her  Sixth  Form studies. Her  flair  for  writing and her ability to work with her teachers to perfect her higher order thinking skills helped  her  to  secure  a  place  at  one  of  the  world’s  most  prestigious  universities. Sara served on the Senior Student Team and could be relied upon to support all of the school’s activities and also meet the obligations of her academic studies. Sara visited the University of  Cambridge  in November  2017 and  decided  then that  she would pursue her higher education studies there. The School provided 1:1 interview support and  mock interview resources to help Sara win her place.

 

 

Sajjia  Aslami BTEC Diploma Business D*D* A Level Psychology  B [Reading Nursing, Kings College London]

Sajjia  was  always  the  most  hardworking  student  in  any  of  her  classes.    Her  quiet confidence in her abilities and her drive and ambition to succeed were exceptional. Her well-developed work ethic and her exceptional organisation skills helped her to achieve  the  highest  grades  in  all  of  her  BTEC  Business  units  whether  they  were assessed  internally  or  externally.    Sajjia  was  able  to  balance  well  the  demands  of pursuing    both    A    Levels    and    vocational    subjects,    a    true    testament    to    her determination to study nursing at one of the country’s top universities.

 

Shayan Khan, Mathematics A Biology  B Chemistry B [Reading Medicine, University  of Southampton]

Shayan  wanted  to  follow  in  the  footsteps  of  his  brother  and  study  medicine.    He worked  diligently  towards  achieving  well  in  his  public  examinations.     He  was  a Senior   Student   and   so   served   the   school   community   as   well   as   balancing   the demands  of  his  subjects.   Shayan  was  supported  by  the  Sixth  Form  Team  and  the Science  Curriculum  Area  with  1:1 interview  practice  and  wider  reading  materials  to support his application.

 

Riya Samra, Business Studies A* Sociology A Graphic  Design B [Reading Primary Education, University  of Roehampton]

Riya  was  always  interested  in  becoming  a  teacher.    She  was  able  to  access  help with work experience in a nursery with the support of the Sixth Form Team which reinforced   her   passion   to   pursue   education   studies   at   university.      Riya   was exceptionally hard working in all of her subjects.  She loved Business and was able to  develop  high  quality  analytical  and  evaluative  arguments  which  helped  her  to achieve an A*. She possessed an impressive quiet determination to succeed which should be emulated by all.

 

Gurpartap Saggu, Business Studies A Economics A Chemistry  C [Accounting Degree Apprenticeship - Moore Stephens]

Gurpartap’s interest in Accounting grew out of his family’s business.   He came into the Sixth Form with a determination to access a degree apprenticeship at one of the top  5  accounting  firms  in  the  UK,  and  so  he  did.   He  applied  to  university  as  well but had attended a range of apprenticeship opportunities afforded him by the Sixth Form Team and he was secured work experience in accounting and finance through the School’s work with UPTREE.  Gurpartap was a conscientious student who worked really hard in all of his subjects and was a pleasure to teach.   Teachers  were always impressed by his quiet determination and he was able to balance well the demands of being a Senior Student and his academic obligations.

Careers and Guidance 

Throughout your two years in the Sixth Form, you will receive practical advice and support to research career options, university courses, apprenticeships, writing personal statements, CVs and letters of application. All students will attend workshops to develop interview techniques.

Specialist careers education software is used to develop a professional profile, supporting university and apprenticeship applications. Furthermore, all students receive one to one careers support and attend targeted career workshops.

Student Destinations 

UCAS 

UCAS is the admissions process for students applying to further education at universities and colleges.

The majority of our students apply to UCAS, with increasing numbers gaining higher level apprenticeships in recent years, so a significant amount of time is allocated to the process of applications. The Sixth Form Team provides expert guidance and support to students to help them choose the most appropriate courses.

The UCAS widget links you directly to the UCAS website. Through simple navigation, it is easy for you to explore the information and advice UCAS has to offer. The content is reviewed regularly by UCAS so it remains up-to-date and relevant.

The section for parents is invaluable to the different stages of the application process. It includes a UCAS Parent Guide and the parent information tool.

 

OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES

There are subject guides and a range of useful resources to help you choose subjects and courses at:

www.ucas.com/ucas/subject-guide-list

www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/what-study

www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/University_Courses

www.bestcourse4me.com

 

You can also take a virtual university tour on many university websites, by visiting www.ucas.com/virtual-tours