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Sixth Form: Bridging Units

Updated: Mon 5 Jul 2021   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Thank you for considering The Bishop’s Stortford High School for Sixth Form.

The last two years studying for your GCSE ‘exams’ have been very challenging and we all hope that the summer will conclude positively for you. As there has been a great deal of disturbance to your Year 10 and Year 11, we want to provide you with as much support as we can to ensure that you use your time effectively to build up your study skills and knowledge to ensure you start Year 12 with confidence.

The study skills required of a successful A-Level student require you to take an active role in your progression and development. Throughout your two years of A Level study you will be required to…

  • Read texts that include complex academic vocabulary
  • Research new material from unfamiliar sources
  • Condense information in a legible format
  • Evaluate and analyse the work of scholars
  • Develop your essay writing and problem solving skills
  • … and many other exciting new challenges.

We firmly believe that getting off to a good start will aid you on your journey to success, allowing you to develop into an independent and responsible learner to achieve the best outcomes.

You need to locate the pages in this booklet relevant to the subjects you are studying, and complete the task for all of those you have chosen to join at TBSHS. Please note that some subjects will advise that you should complete certain tasks at the start of the summer (June) and complete a second set of tasks towards the end of the holiday in August. So please read the instructions for each subject carefully.

You must bring a hard copy of this work to your first lesson in each subject. If you are an A Level student you will therefore complete three bridging units, and BTEC students will complete two. If you are studying four A Levels, then you will complete four.

Ultimately, the purpose of this work is to help bridge the gap between GCSE and A-level study; approach it with confidence and an open mind. Any challenges you face – and what you did to try to overcome them - will be discussed in your first few lessons back. It is an expectation for all students joining The Bishop’s Stortford High School Sixth Form that this work is completed, and you will be held accountable for this.

You need to bring all completed units to your first day and prepare for an important set of tests on these in late September.