Thinking of Studying A-Levels at Magherafelt High School?

PLEASE NOTE THE OPTIONS SHOWN ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE REFER TO OPTIONS FROM THE PREVIOUS ACADEMIC YEAR (2013-2014).

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The purpose of this area on the school website is to help you select the subjects you wish to study at AS Level in Year 13 and A2 Level in Year 14.  For AS Level we ask pupils to select three subjects.  In addition there will be the opportunity to attend Careers classes and enrichment programmes.

You will find that there is a different atmosphere in the Sixth Form and a different relationship with your teachers as well.  They will set high standards and guide your studies, but you will need to be self-motivated and plan and organise your own study time. 

The more you are prepared to involve yourself in the study of your subject, the more likely you are to make good progress.  Involvement means asking questions about points that you have not understood, and having confidence to put forward your ideas.

It is not possible to follow a Sixth Form course successfully without a considerable amount of study, both in school and at home.  You will be expected to develop habits of personal organisation, private study and reading that will be of value to you in the future, whether you progress to higher education or to work.

It is important that you decide early in your Sixth Form career on the goals and targets that you wish to set for yourself.  The Careers Department has a stock of relevant information to assist you in planning ahead.

To make sure that you get the most of your Sixth Form experience, I would encourage you to allow yourself adequate time to explore the opportunities available.  Do not spoil these important years, which are a preparation for academic study in Higher Education, by taking on part-time jobs for low wages, which leave you too busy and too tired to succeed in your studies.  The greatest constraint on success at Sixth Form for some pupils is the commitment of too much time to part-time work.  No-one should be working for more than six hours per week, and even then only at weekends.

There is certainly much hard work ahead of anyone entering Year 13 but also a great deal of satisfaction to be gained by making the most of all the opportunities that are offered, both in the classroom and outside.  You need to be aware that these two years are a most important time for you to build up an impressive CV and to develop your Personal Statement.

I hope that you will find this section of our school website useful in making your choices.  The careers staff will be happy to help you if you are unsure about subject choices or combinations.  I look forward to seeing many of you back with us in the sixth form in this new school.