The public examination system of schools in England is set at three levels. The first level is known as the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) for which there is an International version known as the IGCSE. Students sit examinations for (I)GCSE at the end of Year 11 following a two-year course. The second level of public examination is the General Certificate of Education at Advanced Subsidiary level, better known as the AS Level. Students sit examinations for AS Level at the end of Year 12. The final level of public examination is the General Certificate of Education at Advanced level, better known as the A Level. Students sit examinations for A Level at the end of Year 13.
In September 2014, the Kuwait Ministry of Higher Education specified new requirements from candidates attending British system schools for the prestigious Merit Scholarship. The new requirements demand that students should have eight passed subjects, two at AS Level and six (I)GCSE, (minimum five grade C plus one grade D). Moreover, to be considered for a science course, in addition to passes in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics at (I)GCSE, students must study at least one science at AS Level. Furthermore, in order to read medicine, most universities require a minimum of one AS to be in Chemistry.
As a response to these new requirements, The British School of Kuwait (BSK) proposes the establishment of evening and weekend classes offering Mathematics and Science Courses at GCE AS Level, thus enabling students to obtain scholarships for Science-based degrees, if successful.
The Sixth Form at BSK is the route to the most prestigious Ivy League (USA) and Russell Group (UK) universities such as Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford. These universities require a minimum entrance standard of four grade A* or A subjects at A Level. Additionally, students are best served at interview by holding a portfolio of extracurricular achievements. For Kuwaiti students targeting such universities, the Sixth Form is the ideal platform.
For Kuwaiti students, and others, needing only AS Level in two subjects, the Sixth Form is not appropriate. However, by holding AS Level a far better standard, or tier, of university becomes available than for graduates holding only (I)GCSE.
Students will be able to study two Advanced Subsidiary (AS Level) subjects on the programme. Chemistry will be compulsory and subject to availability, students will be able to choose a second AS Level from either Biology or Mathematics.
Students will receive fourteen hours of lessons per week (seven for each subject studied). Lessons will be delivered by respected BSK staff and the sciences will include practical laboratory work.
AS Level examinations are administered through Ofqual-regulated Pearson Examinations (Edexcel) and students will sit these examinations in the summer session (May/June). BSK will not facilitate January Edexcel examination entry.
A Night School Coordinator (NSC) leads this programme. Her role includes academic guidance and assistance with university application: UCAS for the UK, Common Application for the USA, and applications to other systems worldwide.
The NSC can also advise students on other additional certifications which may be required for university entrance.
Excellent attendance and punctuality are essential factors in educational success. By contrast, poor attendance and/or lateness are significant factors in most cases of academic underperformance.
With this in mind, students should arrive to school by 14.50, in time for the evening classes that will run from 15.00 to 17.00 from Sunday to Thursday. In addition, students should arrive at 07.50 on Saturdays, ready to start classes promptly at 08.00. These classes will finish at 12.30.
Although uniform is not compulsory, it will be an expectation that students will be suitably dressed for classes.
All enquiries concerning the Night School should be directed towards Miss Alya Muflihi via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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