Approximately half of Malvern’s Sixth Form pupils take A levels. Pupils at Malvern College choosing A Levels will study three subjects throughout their two years in the Sixth Form, with all public examinations being taken at the end of the two year linear A Level course. In addition, most will choose an enrichment course such as the Extended Project Qualification or a language acquisition course. The academic years 2015-16 and 2016-17 will be a transitional period because the government's A level reforms are being phased in over three years. In the period up to June 2017, pupils will continue to sit AS examinations at the end of the Lower Sixth in a limited number of subjects.
Malvern offers a wide range of A level subjects and pupils may choose either to specialise in a particular area such as sciences for those wishing to become, for example, doctors or engineers, or offer a broad spread of subjects in the case of pupils who may not be sure what they wish to study in higher education.
The teaching staff at Malvern offer a great deal of advice to pupils about their choices and their suitability for a particular degree course or career path. Our aim is to ensure that each pupil chooses the most appropriate subjects, given their abilities and interests, and their longer-term objectives.
A focus on independent learning throughout the Sixth Form aims to equip pupils with the skills and desire to be responsible for their own learning with the ultimate goal of preparing them to perform strongly at university and in subsequent work environments. The practical element of many A level subjects is stressed through field trips (Biology and Geography) and visits to businesses and government organisations (Business Studies and Politics) and by inviting prominent visiting speakers to Malvern, such as Mervin King, Governor of the Bank of England and other leading academics such as Alastair Buchanan (OM 1975-1980), Chief Executive of the UK’s energy regulator, OFGEM.