The Pre-Sixth is a one-year course for pupils for whom English is not their first language. Successful completion of the course should be ideal preparation for Sixth form study at Rydal Penrhos School; for both A-level and International Baccalaureate.
Pupils study subjects from the GCSE course in a broad range of disciplines alongside pupils in Years 10 and 11 (ages 14-16). The Pre-Sixth curriculum and planned examination programme for 2015/16 is as follows:
7 lessons of Science integrated with Year 10 (GCSE Science)
4 lessons of Maths (IGCSE Maths)
8 lessons of English (IGCSE English)
5 lessons of History (GCSE)
3 lessons of languages (from option a and b)
2 lessons of Games.
1 lesson of Personal Health & Social Education with Year 11
Pupils will also benefit from an afternoon of Games or Outdoor Education and, in addition to daily registration meetings, they will have a formal tutor group meeting each week. Pupils receiving support from either the Learning Support or the English as a Foreign Language Departments may experience a reduced GCSE programme.
Although Pre-Sixth pupils will have only completed five or six GCSEs, it is an expectation that they achieve a minimum of 5 A* – C grade GCSE passes. In order to study IB diploma or A-level only courses, pupils will normally be expected to secure a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B, or equivalent. It is an expectation that all pupils intending to study an IB or A-level academic discipline should have achieved at least a grade B or equivalent in that subject where applicable.