Sixth form guide

On to A Level

(Year 12 and Year 13)

Access to the Sixth Form to begin preparation of Advanced Subsidiary (AS) examinations in Year 12, and General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A2) examinations in Year 13, is open to those students who have passed a required minimum of subjects at (I)GCSE with good grades.

Students take five subjects in their first year (Year 12). One of the five subjects will be Spanish A Level or, for those students who intend to study for their degrees in Spain, Validation Studies.

In their first year our A Level students take four or five subjects from the wide range offered at King’s College, The British School of Madrid.

These include:

  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • History
  • English
  • Economics
  • Art and Design
  • ICT
  • French
  • Spanish (compulsory)
  • Psychology
  • German
  • Business Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Accounting
  • In addition, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Physical Education (PE) form part of each student’s timetable.

At the end of the year, students sit an Advanced Subsidiary examination in their chosen subjects. This examination is set at a level of difficulty halfway between (I)GCSE and A Level and will count towards students university entrance. More importantly at this stage it will give our students and their teachers the opportunity to see how they are progressing.

Students may then choose which of their subjects they wish to continue studying to A Level standard in their second year. Most students sit A Levels in 3 or more subjects at the end of Year 13.

Success in the A Level examinations gives access to university education worldwide.

At the same time, Spanish students equally have direct access to universities in Spain and do not have to enter the EvAU (university entrance examinations). With their British A Level qualifications, students obtain their Calificación de Acceso a la Universidad (CAU) automatically. They can enter the “Fase voluntaria” exams in order to improve their grade point average by up to 4 points, especially if they intend to access those courses that require a high grade point average such as engineering or medicine. The same is the case for non-Spanish nationals who may wish to enter Spanish universities.

    King’s College, The British School of Madrid  is justifiably proud of a consistently high pass rate in official examinations leading to an excellent record on University entry.