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6th Form (Key Stage 5)

What does this mean?
Students in the 6th form are always 16 and over and study for AS Levels and A Levels. They would have normally taken iGCSE or an equivalent course in a prior country of study. It is called year 12 and year 13 because a student who has been at school since the age of 5 would have normally spent either twelve or thirteen years at school by this stage.
 
AS Levels and A Levels
 
These are normally studied in Years 12 and 13 for students. ‘A Levels’ are an international entry requirement to universities in the UK and internationally. The first year of study is called AS Level (Advanced Subsidiary). An AS Level exam can be taken at the end of the first year of study. This is a separate exam and does not contribute to the A Level grade taken in the second a year of study. 
 
A Level examinations are taken in the second year of study. Students take a ‘terminal exam’ in the summer of the second year of study. This exam covers two years worth of study. 
 
This programme is considered very difficult, as you would expect.  
 
What subjects do we offer?
The BISK AS and A Levels programme offer the following subjects:
English
Mathematics
Physics
Chemistry
Biology
History
Geography
Computing
Business
 
All the specification details and examination structures including past papers and mark schemes are available on this website using the following link. 
 
You can also access the Cambridge website using the following link:
 
http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-advanced/cambridge-international-as-and-a-levels/subjects/
 
University processes and applications
 
As a British curriculum school, A Levels offer a route to study in the UK. Other countries accept the qualification but students will be expected to research those countries in which they may wish to study using the following link:
 
http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-advanced/cambridge-international-as-and-a-levels/recognition/
 
Do Kurdish universities accept AS and A Levels?
We are in close liaison with the Ministry of Education to receive final conformation about entry into local universities. Please be patient and when we have written definitive guidance from MofE then we will inform parents and students.
 
How the A Level system is graded and what ‘points scores’ means
The current a level system in the UK scores 'A Level' grades in the following way:
 
(The A* grade is for those students scoring 90% plus in their exam. Universities ask for a specific number of points for a course or specific grades. A university may ask, for example, grades BBC or specify the points needed ie 280 points) 
 

Grade

AS Level Points

A Level Points

A*

NA

140

A

60

120

B

50

100

C

40

80

D

30

60

E

20

40

 

As you can see, ‘AS levels’ are worth half the score of an ‘A Level’ because they are half of the full entry requirement to British Universities. 
 
When do students apply to University?
Applications are made to international universities in the first term of Year 13. Most students will receive notification of places in the Spring of their Year 13. 
 
 
How do international students apply to UK universities?
The following link will offer useful guidance. The UCAS is the definitive site for all the information you will need.
 
https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/international-and-eu-students
 
 
 

 

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