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The Sixth Form

Many students find that the Sixth Form is one of the happiest and most fulfilling parts of their school life and at Kent College we certainly aim to make it so. By providing an excellent academic environment as well as many opportunities to develop personal skills and interests our aim is to produce happy students who fulfil their potential and go on to the university of their choice. 

A Levels offer the chance to study chosen subjects in depth and are the passport to higher education. During the two-year course, students develop a more independent approach to learning and are required to read extensively. They will develop a more pro-active learning style, improve their communication skills and learn to practise critical evaluation and analysis. Conferences, lectures and visits are used to enhance all subjects.

We welcome students of good academic ability who will be able to cope with the demands of A Level study. We are able to offer places on the basis of a reference from an applicant's present school and predicted GCSE grades. Students are required to achieve at least 6 GCSE passes at level 6. To study Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology A Levels, students require a level 7 or above at GCSE.

Every student is part of a new tutor group, made up of a mix of Lower and Upper Sixth Formers, and they stay in this group for the full two years. Form tutor are able to get to know all students well, help them stay on track academically and guide towards the best decisions regarding their future.

Click here to download a copy of our Sixth Form Brochure

Click here for the A Level Guide 2021-2022

Click here to watch videos of each of the A-Level and BTEC subjects available. 

Sixth Form Centre

The focus of life in the Sixth Form is Tilley House. Tilley provides Sixth Formers with their own base where they have fully equipped areas for quiet study as well as a Common Room with kitchen and cafe. Tilley is run by the students, under the leadership of the Head of Tilley and an Upper Sixth Prefect. Other students, meanwhile, are busily engaged with other positions of leadership and responsibility - as Head Girl, Deputy Head Girl, Head of Boarders, Deputy Head of Boarders, Sports Captain, Head of House, Chaplain's Assistant and Prefects in charge of Music, Drama, Charity, Lower School and Middle School - for which they receive special training in leadership skills. In fact, whether a School Officer or not, every Sixth Former has the opportunity to run or manage something, whether it is a club or society or even a fashion show.

The main change in the Sixth Form is, of course, the increased focus on chosen academic studies. Full details of the subjects on offer can be viewed in our A Level Guide, or requested from the school, but perhaps the most important point to make is that, unlike many other schools, we organise the timetable around the subject choices made by students. It is therefore extremely rare that a student cannot pursue the combination of subjects they wish to study.

Your child will also get to know girls and boys from other Sixth Forms at local and national Model United Nations conferences, debates against local boys' and girls' schools, the Young Enterprise programme and at conferences arranged through World AIMS (Action in Methodist Schools).

In the Sixth Form we start looking more closely at life beyond school and preparation for applications your child may make to university, degree apprenticeships and gap year programmes. The students benefit from having a fully qualified and very experienced Head of Careers to guide each individual through the research they need to do in order to make an informed choice.  We have a well-stocked careers library in Tilley and the guidance is supplemented by a trip to a UCAS Conference, university visits, taster courses, lectures and open days as well as inspiring presentations by a variety of outside speakers.

Sixth Form Dress Code

Dress code for the Sixth Form is a grey pinstripe suit with a choice of shirts, available through the school uniform website For further guidelines, please click here.





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