Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do students go after college?

The great majority of our students move onto Higher Education courses at Universities and colleges across Britain and overseas. Some students delay entry and take an exciting gap year. This may involve voluntary work, paid employment and/or travel, often arranged through organisations such as Project Trust or GAP Activity Projects. Malbank students have been involved in education projects in China, Japan, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Other students opt to enter the world of work via modern apprenticeships or progress directly into rewarding careers such as Nursing, the Police and Armed Forces.

The Sixth Form team have the expertise and experience to help students to successfully apply for courses through UCAS, NMAS, LNAT etc. Advice and guidance is available for preparation for scholarship applications and college entrance exams. Practical guidance is offered to help Job Seekers make successful applications.

What grades do I need to get in to college?

Every applicant is treated individually. Typically 5 passes at C or grade 4 or above at GCSE are needed for A level courses. The main thing you need is enthusiasm for continued study and a willingness to work hard to succeed. If you are taking a new diploma in KS4 you can still switch to A Levels in the Sixth Form.

What is a normal day like?

College starts at 9.00 a.m. and finishes at 3.00 p.m. with a 20 minute morning break and 40 minute lunch break. Students have approximately one free study period per day, and flexibility to leave early when they have no classes. Monday afternoons are solely for the enrichment programme – an opportunity to gain extra qualifications, work experience or to take part in our extensive option K programme. See page 8. 

How is it different from school?

Every day is a mixture of lessons, tutorials, and free study periods. Students are more self-reliant within a structured learning environment. Throughout the week you will find a massive range of extra-curricular activities to enhance your CV. You are treated more like adults and do not wear a uniform!

How big are the classes?

Class sizes are smaller than you have for GCSE – average about 12. Smaller groups allow a closer working relationship between teachers and students.

What can I do in my study periods?

The main purpose of study periods is of course to study! There are a number of quiet study rooms and ICT rooms in the purpose built Sixth Form building for students to use at any time. With the development our new Olympic Boulevard students can use their free time to enjoy the Gym, sport activities and catch up with friends in the new Wi-Fi café, café/bar and common room. There is an academic library to support your studies outside of the classroom and subject tutors are available for additional help outside of timetabled lessons.

Who is available for support?

Your personal study mentor will see you get all the help and advice you need to cope with College life and making choices for employment or higher education. In addition the Sixth Form Leadership Team has a constant overview of your progress and is there to offer guidance at any time. We pride ourselves on our tracking system which allows tutors to regularly comment on progress being made, this system ensures all students are on track to achieve their full potential. There is a Student Services Office which is available throughout the day for support and help with
any queries.

What should I do now?

Find out all you can about Malbank Sixth Form College and other colleges, attend Information Evenings, Open Days and Taster Days. Then apply. See the “Application Process” on Page 9 of the Prospectus.

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