Sixth Form at Metropole
Year 12 and Year 13
The Senior School, which includes years 10-13, (14 – 18 years) focuses on academic and vocational achievement. It aims to bring the dreams and aspirations of our students to life, where they begin to see their future evolve. Students build excitement over their journey beyond school, and work on becoming fully prepared for further study and the world of work. We consider the ability, needs and desires of all our students on an individual basis, ensuring they opt for qualifications that provide the best chance of success. Students are skillfully guided to choosing the pathway and subjects which will open the door to higher education and employment.The school is delighted to offer a range of pathways for students, from highly academic routes to more vocational opportunities. Students are welcome to undertake the traditional GCSE/iGCSE programme, or opt to engage in a vocational curriculum, which has seen the introduction of iBTEC (Level 2) courses in Business, Sport, and Travel & Tourism. Having these routes available for option choices entering into Year 10, ensures that Metropole has a number of pathways available that support all learners. Students have the unique opportunity to combine their courses, ensuring all our students are passionate about their chosen pathway and appreciate the relevance of the outcomes they will come to achieve. We are proud of our inclusive and attractive Sixth Form curriculum, which meets the needs of all our students and those in other schools who are looking for a broader, unique and more flexible provision. We adopt a truly holistic approach, delivering a range of high quality, cutting edge, internally and externally recognised pathways incorporating the A-Level, International A-Level, International BTEC, IPQ, and ASDAN qualifications. In parallel to our academic qualifications, we deliver enrichment, pastoral and work-related programmes through various external partners to ensure students are developing the broad range of skills and attributes that future employers and universities are looking for. Our holistic programme is broad, including sport, the arts, debating, mentoring and leadership to name just a few. Students will have the opportunity to leave school at the end of Year 13 with Highfield certificates from a wide range of life skills courses to further prepare them for the real world. Students will participate in university and careers fairs and build networks with local businesses through our 1Hub. The enrichment programme in the Senior School is vast and incorporates accreditations such as the Duke of Edinburgh award, where we see our students lead on expeditions in developing countries. Debating is practiced through our students leading Ted Talks and hosting Model United Nations conferences. The IPQ qualification in Sixth Form allows students to lead their own learning in preparation for university assignments at undergraduate level. Our Senior School offers specialist scholarships to celebrate the academic abilities of our students and to encourage them to continue to strive for success.
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Assistant Headteacher of Secondary
Meet The AssistAnt Headteacher (Sixth form)
"It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you GEMS Metropole School’s Sixth Form offerings. With careful subject selection, we firmly believe our students will be capable of accessing highly regarded career opportunities throughout their lives."
Senior Course Options
Year 10 and Year 11
Age: 14 Years old to 15 Years old
As students move into Year 10 the next stage of their learning journey to excellence and global citizenship requires them to make a number of decisions around the subjects that will define their learning journey for the next two years.
We strive to support knowledge, help students to acquire skills and develop a strong character to help prepare them for their future aspirations. Metropole is usually a place central to the city, country or community, this is what our school is; the hub of our community and will support all aspects of community life inside and outside school. Our school welcomes all into our central hub.
Sixth Form Overview
GEMS Metropole Sixth Form offers personalised pathways available to students, which include IAS and IA Levels, and some traditional AS and A Levels.
AS & A Level
- A levels have been described as the ‘gold standard’ of post-16 examinations and they are accepted as an entry qualification into all the best universities around the world.
- A levels are particularly well suited to students who have particular strengths in 3 areas of the curriculum and wish to study them further in greater depth.
- The A level is examined at the end of Year 13. The AS level is a standalone qualification taken at the end of Year 12 and cannot be counted towards the A level. Assessment is 100% examination at the end of Year 13.
International AS & A Level
- International A levels are also recognized by all the top universities worldwide.
- International A levels are similar to A levels but they have a more flexible, modular structure than A level and the syllabus content is designed to have greater international relevance.
- Unlike AS level, international AS level modules can be retaken to try to improve a student’s score. The AS is half the content of the A level and counts towards the final A level result. It is taken at the end of Year 12. Assessment is 100% examination.
Our Post-16 Phase is being developed with the following core principles:
To ensure we are able to offer accessible courses for our students’ abilities and passions, and provide qualifications which will help them access Higher Education Institutions and the workplace.
To build independent, responsible and resilient citizens by giving our students greater autonomy. Sixth Form students will receive the opportunity of greater freedom to help transition them into the independent life at university, as well as further leadership opportunities as student leaders of Metropole.
To provide students with opportunities to enhance their studies by developing skills beyond the classroom, giving them opportunities to develop social responsibility as well as to contribute to the community in which we are situated.
- Consider subjects you enjoy and currently do well in. Give some thought to choosing subjects that you have not studied before but don’t be tempted to choose them just because they are new. Make sure you have the skills, knowledge and aptitudes which are suited to the study of those subjects.
- Listen to the advice of your teachers.
- Don’t choose a subject because your friends have. Choose what’s right for you.
- Research which subjects are required or are of benefit for the career you wish to pursue. You don’t want to discover that you can’t access the career you want because you don’t have the right A levels.
- Ensure that you do not exclude yourself from any university courses that you may wish to pursue (for example by having too few full A levels or the wrong subjects).
Compulsory Courses for Year 12 and 13
- Physical Education
- Moral Education
- Arabic (MoE) - if students hold an Arabic Passport
- Islamic - if student is registered Islamic, regardless of passport
- Mix of termly activities that may include (sport, online employment readiness courses and entrepreneurship)
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- IPQ (subject to academic performance)
- Community Service
- Prefect / Student Council
- Model United Nations
Courses offered in Years 12 and 13
Courses offered in Year 12 and 13 (2021/2022)
Arabic IAS / IAL
Art and Design A Level (Linear Course)
Biology IAS / IAL
Business IAS / IAL
Chemistry IAS / IAL
Computer Science A / AS
Drama and Theatre A Level (Linear course)
Economics IAS / IAL
English Literature IAS / IAL (Linear Course)
French A Level (Linear Course)
Geography A Level (Linear Course)
History IAS / IAL
Information Technology IAS / IAL
Mathematics IAS / IAL Media Studies A Level (Linear Course) Physical Education A Level (Linear Course) Physics IAS / IAL Psychology A Level (Linear Course) Sociology A Level (Linear Course) Spanish A Level (Linear Course) Business BTEC (Linear Course) Sports BTEC (Linear Course)
* Native Speakers must be tested in and approved by the Head of Department
- Students will choose a combination of 4 subjects for Year 12 and if following the IAS/IAL/AS/A Level route, will have the option not to continue one onto Year 13.
- All students will take Physical Activity and Moral Education as compulsory subjects. Muslim students will take Islamic Studies as a compulsory subject. Students holding Arabic passports must study Arabic (MoE).
- Applications to Post-16 will be reviewed and a conditional offer may be made subject to interviews.
- Prerequisites: Students must meet the minimum entry requirements for Sixth Form. The standard requirement on to our 'AS', ‘IAS’, ‘IAL’ and 'A' Level pathway is 5 GCSE's at Grade 5 (C) or above plus the minimum requirements of each subject. There are specific subjects studied in Sixth Form that will require higher GCSE grades such as Mathematics and the single Sciences. Exceptions may be made, but only after consultation and agreement with the Head of Secondary School and the Head of Sixth Form.
- Courses will only be run where there is sufficient student uptake.
- The courses choice structure may be subject to change at any time.
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