Sixth Form

AS and A Level Overview
Entering the Sixth Form at ISM will mark an important educational milestone. Sixth Form comprises the final two years of school (Years 12 and 13) where students work towards obtaining AS and A Level qualifications. A Level is one of the world’s most widespread and highly regarded university entrance qualifications. It is recognised by universities around the world including all universities in the UK and USA.

The A Level programme allows specialisation and adapts to pupils strengths and interests. Pupils are free to choose up to four subjects from a list of options that include Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English Literature, Geography, History, Economics, French, Spanish, Russian, Music, Drama, Performing Arts, Media Studies and Physical Education.

Pupils typically sit AS Level examinations in their chosen subjects at the end of Year 12 and A Level exams at the end of Year 13. The specialised nature of the A Level course prepares pupils well for the academic rigour of university. By passing the course, pupils demonstrate a level of intellectual accomplishment that universities recognise and value highly.

The Sixth Form at ISM is very much geared towards preparing pupils for university. However, as is the case at every stage in ISM, the study of academic subjects is only one part of the educational experience. Sixth Form students are encouraged to build on their academic knowledge by pursuing experiences in their field of interest. As the most senior pupils of the school they are also expected to assume a greater role in the leadership of the student body, leading sports teams, social clubs and community initiatives.

It is our ambition that by the time pupils complete their education with us they are not only well prepared for university, but are equipped with the skills, confidence and character to succeed in life.

University Entrance
The majority of students at ISM will be aiming for entrance to top universities around the world. The school is committed to ensuring that our pupils are well prepared for the application process and helping them choose the degree programme they wish to study.

Every Sixth Form student is assigned a Tutor, usually a specialist in a pupil’s field of interest, who provides ongoing support and guidance throughout Sixth Form.

ISM enjoys a close and fruitful relationship with universities and higher education providers. From Year 10, students are encouraged to consider future choices in higher education, and career opportunities post Sixth Form, though it is crucial they keep their options open at this stage. ISM organises higher education information sessions for students and parents aimed at guiding them through the university application process.

The vast majority of our students aspire to study at Russell Group universities in the UK, including Oxford and Cambridge, while the USA is also a popular university destination. Find out where some of our students have gone on to study.

Our Careers Office is dedicated to providing students with the appropriate information they need to apply, as well as assisting with mock interviews and writing the personal statement. Pupils attend university and careers fairs locally, and the school hosts Admissions Officers from universities in the UK. Post IGCSE, our Year 11 pupils will attend a one week Higher Education Conference in the UK or Moscow: this is an opportunity for pupils to visit a range of top universities, meet admissions tutors, and to begin to refine their degree aspirations ahead of A Level courses.