Independent Scholarship Award: Preparing for A Level Study
Independent Scholarship Award
Dear year 11. The 6th Form Team understand that you will need support as you move into ‘Advanced’ level study – namely, A levels. However, it is also important that you learn the importance of Independent study. The ‘Independent Scholarship Award’ is in place for two reasons: to build up your resilience in terms of independent study and to give you solid foundations for your A level course.
What is this?
It is an award (Bronze/Silver/Gold level) for new year 12 students to work towards over the summer months. You will receive a certificate as evidence of your achievement, with students who complete three Gold awards receiving a prize and Head Teacher certificate.
How do I achieve it?
Each subject has set criteria for Bronze, Silver and Gold and that criteria can be found in the ‘Independent Scholarship Award: Tasks by Subject’ section on this page. You should read carefully and complete the tasks in order from Bronze, through Silver to Gold. For example, in English Literature you would need to work through Bronze, move onto Silver and then complete Gold to achieve Gold.
Why should I complete this?
Bronze is compulsory. It is made up of a task(s) that are always set for year 11 going into year 12. It is the minimum work needed for you to enter A level prepared for your subject. This is doubly-so in a year that has seen so much of your learning disrupted.
Additionally, you can use this award in your personal statements. Personal statements are a requirement for university and apprenticeship applications. This award will show that you are able to engage with independent learning – a key skill at A level and university.
Lastly, if you complete Gold for all three, you will be strongly considered for year 12 home study in term 2. We have never offered year 12 home study in the past, but this year we are keen to do this. If you can prove you are an effective independent learner by achieving Gold award in three subjects, you will earn 2 periods of home study (dependent on your teachers saying you are continuing the excellent attitude to learning in term 1).
Regards, The 6th Form Team.