Dear Redcliffe 6th Form applicants,

 

The cancelling of exams this year and bringing forward of the school-based assessment process for your GCSEs means that most of you left school at the May half-term with a long summer ahead of you. Your GCSE learning may also have some significant gaps in it due to the various Covid lockdowns and the early end of the GCSE courses. This makes it really important that you use this gained time to consolidate the most important parts of your GCSE learning and build your readiness to start A Levels next year. The step from GCSE to A Level is a large one, and when you are spending your week studying only three or four subjects it is important that you know you will enjoy them and that they will be what you expect.

We have therefore provided some transition tasks which we would like you to complete over the coming weeks, and certainly before the start of term in September.

 

Firstly there are three short general activities introduced by Mr Wheeler in the first tab below. Following that you will find a video and tasks for each subject you are planning to study next year. In most cases these include a short core task which you will be asked to bring in to lessons with you at the start of the year and which may be marked or discussed. In addition, where the subject has been studied at GCSE it may direct you to revise some aspects of your GCSE material in order to make sure that you are confident in the material which forms the foundations of the A Level. Beyond that, all subjects will have suggested things you could do or resources you could use in order to build up your understanding of and enthusiasm for your chosen subjects, and be confident that you have chosen the right ones.

 

If you become unsure whether you have chosen the right subjects then you may want to look at the transition work for some alternatives and should then contact the 6th form to suggest a swap if you wish to do this, but it may be worth waiting until you have your GCSE results before you finally decide this.

 

In the case of Maths and the Sciences there is a big step from GCSE to A Level and it is very important that the Higher Tier material from GCSE is secure if you are going to cope well with the early A Level material. The transition task therefore provides a way for you to work out where your strengths and weaknesses are and to get on top of this GCSE material. Some students will therefore need to spend longer on it than others. Your GCSE grades are being set by your teachers this year on the basis of a range of work which they are considering. For those of you are not awarded a sufficiently high grade in Maths or the Sciences to access these particular A Levels we will be providing you with an opportunity to sit a one hour test on the first day that school is open after the Summer holidays, which is Thursday 2 September (an INSET day for us), on the basis of which we can decide whether you have the understanding and skills needed for the A Level. The content which may be covered in this test is made clear in the transition task document.

 

Remember that after you receive your GCSE results on Thursday 12 August you also need to enrol online via a questionnaire that we have made available on the website along with further information about joining us. You should not complete this questionnaire until you have those results because it requires you to enter your GCSE grades. If you need a fuller discussion at that point you are welcome to request this through the questionnaire and we will set up a phone or video call during the following week.

 

We are really sorry that our normal Induction Day is not able to happen this year, but we will produce some further videos over the next couple of weeks to replace that input so that you feel you know how the building looks and feels and what to expect when you arrive. Further information regarding start of term arrangements will also be made available in the coming weeks.

 

Below you will find the transition tasks for 2021 entrants. We hope you enjoy them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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