Sixth Form Academic Scholarship Application for entry September 2022
External pupils who wish to be considered for a Sixth Form Academic Scholarship must submit this form by Friday, 5 November 2021. Scholarship applications will only be considered if the applicant has also registered to join the School. If you have not already registered, registration forms may be completed via the following link:
Process:Following receipt of this application form, the Examinations Office will contact applicants to confirm examination details.Papers are set and marked by Heads of Department. They are designed to allow applicants to demonstrate their potential for outstanding achievement at A level. Papers will challenge applicants to ‘think outside the box’ or to look at an issue from a different viewpoint.In most subjects, papers are unlikely to include questions in the format used in GCSE examination papers. Please note that if an applicant is not successful this does not affect the selection process in deciding to make a conditional offer for entry to the Sixth Form.
Applicants will sit three papers, two subject papers and a General paper. The General paper will consist of one essay question chosen form a wide range of topics. Please indicate below which two A level subjects you wish to be examined on:
Brief description of Sixth Form Scholarship Examinations by SubjectEach examination will last 50 minutes
ART & DESIGNA fifteen-minute interview based on the student’s portfolio.The portfolio should consist of work completed outside school to show commitment and enthusiasm for the subject.
BIOLOGYWritten Biology examination including a mix of shorter question and essay style questions
CHEMISTRYWritten chemistry exam: Section A includes short questions Section B answer two longer style questions
CLASSICAL CIVILISATIONThis paper will take the form of one question from a choice of two, broken into three sub-questions testing AO1, AO2 and AO3 skills respectively. There will also be an essay from a choice of two titles. Questions must be chosen from one of three sections: Athens, Sparta, or Ovid's Metamorphoses. External candidates who have not studied these options at GCSE should give advance notice of which topics they are covering so that appropriate questions can be set.
COMPUTER SCIENCEA written Computer Science exam or for non-GCSE Computing candidates a mathematics paper
DRAMA AND THEATREPerform a monologue & complete a written theatre response questionFurther information sheet available on request
ECONOMICSMust sit a Maths scholarship paper
ENGLISH LITERATUREEnglish Literature examination: respond critically and analytically to an unseen poem
GEOGRAPHYWritten exam – a single open ended essay question
HISTORYTwo short, source based questions and a 30 minute essay
LATINComprehension, translation and grammar questions based on a Latin passage slightly above an OCR GCSE A402 Higher Tier paper Knowledge of the entire OCR GCSE A402 Higher Tier Vocabulary List will be assumed
MATHEMATICSWritten paper – Calculators are allowed
MODERN LANGUAGES(French, German or Spanish)For all three languages, some short grammar-based questions and an extended piece of descriptive writing in the target language.
MUSICThe assessment will consist of all or some of the following:Written paper – Listening and AppraisingPlay two prepared and contrasting pieces on the main instrument and one piece on a second instrument (or voice)Read at sight a short piece of appropriate standard on the main instrumentGeneral discussion with the Director of Music about music and its context
PHYSICAL EDUCATIONThere will be three questions; these are long-answer questions allowing students to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding. Physiology will be examined, analysing how body systems affect exercise.The contribution diet plays will also be feature.
PHYSICSA mix of multiple choice and short answer questions, some involving calculationsCalculators are required
POLITICSMust sit a History scholarship paper
PSYCHOLOGYMust sit a Biology scholarship paper
RSWritten, essay based paper for Religious Studies
SOCIOLOGYThe Sociology scholarship exam consists of six questions in total: Five of these will require fairly succinct answers which should indicate sound knowledge and understanding of elements of contemporary society. The final question will be an essay. This will test the students’ abilities to apply existing knowledge and understanding to an issue of importance in contemporary society and, especially, to analyse and evaluate.