Assessment at KSA
At KSA Sixth Form, our students are enrolled on either full A level courses or BTEC level 3 qualifications or a combination of the two. All students will complete a minimum of three full level 3 qualifications that are necessary to attend top university. For all A level subjects we deliver, the students do not sit AS exams instead they complete their final exam papers at the end of year 13. At the end of Year 12, university predicted grade exams are sat which replicate final A level papers and allow students to know their predicted grades for UCAS before the summer holiday. From September 2019 Year 12 students we also study one of three additional qualifications which we believe will make them both better candidates and more successful at university or in the workplace. Students can choose from Core Maths, the EPQ or the Sports Leaders Award.
Every three weeks all subjects will provide an assessment opportunity for students based on the content that has been studied in the last three weeks. The assessment will be done under exam conditions and replicate the structure of the external examinations. Students are given marked assessments alongside a ‘re-teach’ lesson. The data for these assessments is judged against Alps target grades.
There will be three formal mock exam periods across the year: HT2 Week 6, HT3 Week 3&4 (Yr13) or HT4 Week 2&3 (Yr12) and HT6 Week 5 for Yr12 university-redicted grade exams. These exams will replicate the external examinations that will be sat at the end of year 13 and provide students and teachers with an idea of how students are performing based on all content that has been taught up to that point.
University Predicted Grade Exams
The final mock exams of Year 12 in HT6 Week 3&4 will be used to judge if students have made sufficient progress to be able to transition to Year 13. The results of these exams will also be used as the basis for predicted grades to be sent to universities as part of students’ university applications.