Deeside Sixth

Yale Sixth

Entry Criteria

A minimum of 6 full course GCSEs grade C or above, including a grade C or above in one of GCSE English or GCSE English Language (GCSE English Literature is NOT a substitute).

All AS/A level students will undertake at least 3 AS/A level subjects together with the Welsh Baccalaureate at Advanced level.

Where GCSE Maths grade C or above is not a requirement of the individual AS subject, students with a D or lower are required to undertake GCSE Maths during their course to enable appropriate progression to higher education or employment.
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Academic Support

Within each subject area there is a regular programme of assessment and support. Whilst all subjects set interim tests there are formal mock exam weeks for both AS and A2 level courses to provide a realistic exam experience. Two reports are issued each year outlining student performance and progress following key assessment activities. There is also an opportunity for parents and students to attend a Consultation Evening following mock examinations to meet subject tutors and discuss their progress.

All students are involved in planning their learning and setting targets for improvement through an Individual Learning Plan agreed and regularly reviewed with their tutor for each of their subjects. Many subjects provide tutorial support in addition to timetabled lessons to assist exam preparation. Students requiring additional support with their learning are offered this in the Library through specialist teams. All our Modern Foreign Language A levels ensure that students spend time with a native first language speaking assistant every week, giving them essential practice in the language that they are learning.
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Teaching Standards

We are proud of our committed, well qualified and hardworking staff, some of whom are national and international examiners in their subject disciplines. Some staff support ESTYN on inspections of colleges in Wales and staff participate in national course developments with awarding bodies.

All of our staff are involved in regular curriculum reviews and monitoring to ensure continuous quality improvement to benefit our learners. We are pleased to have been recognised as the best college in Wales for Teaching and Learning by winning the Colleges Wales Award for three years, 2012, 2013 and 2015, and shortlisted for the TES Outstanding Innovations in Teaching and Learning Award in November 2012.
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Progress To University

We have an extensive programme of support and very good links with many prestigious universities. The College has a programme of talks and visits involving many universities, including Birmingham, Bangor, Cardiff Medical School, Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester, Liverpool and the University of Law. Students are encouraged to attend Open Days, Challenges and Taster Sessions at their chosen universities, which can be highly motivational and enhance the chance of receiving course offers.

Most students progress to a university of their choice. Some gain Oxbridge or Russell Group places. Students have progressed to universities throughout the UK and in some cases overseas. Students are supported throughout the university application process (UCAS), receiving excellent guidance from specialist advisers and experienced personal tutors. Support is also available in preparation for university interviews and for seeking relevant vocational work experience.
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Gifted & Talented Programme

This is a structured programme of support for students with exceptional GCSE results (mainly A*- As) which caters for their needs and aspirations. These students will be aiming for the top universities in world rankings and some of the most competitive academic courses.

The programme aims to:
• Broaden students’ horizons beyond their chosen subjects.
• Develop students’ higher level thinking, reasoning and analytical skills.
• Provide academic research and writing skills through a major investigation into a topic of the student’s choosing.
• Provide early advice on building a strong portfolio of relevant activities to support an application to the top universities.
• Provide targeted support for those students preparing for admissions tests such as UKCAT and the TSA.
• Provide specific support for those students preparing for interviews at Oxford, Cambridge, Russell Group universities and for Medical courses. Students have weekly sessions with a personal tutor and will be given specialist support preparing a polished UCAS application. Students completing this programme have progressed to the best universities in the country, and achieved the highest grades.
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Seren Network

Our sixth forms are also active partners in the prestigious Seren Network which supports high achievers to reach their academic potential through a regular programme of super-curricular activities. Excellent links have been made with Oxford and Cambridge universities and students can enjoy specialist one to one advice on the applications process as well as opportunities to visit one or possibly both universities. read more

Celebrating Success

We are keen to recognise our students’ achievements and celebrate success, effort and endeavour. This is done constantly throughout the year with students being identified every week for their hard work, but particularly at the end of the final term when the most impressive students from every course are invited into college (with their parents) to attend the annual Endeavour Awards.

We are especially proud of those students who have left us for prestigious universities and careers, and we have developed an active alumni association, alumni cambria, which involves these former students in helping the development of those currently studying at the college. We have also enjoyed our own success in recent years, with teaching and learning developments across our A level courses heavily contributing to all Wales awards that the college has won for Teaching and Learning, Literacy and the use of IT. Indeed, we made the shortlist for the UK Colleges’ awards for the first of these.
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