Key Stage 5: Year 12 and A Levels
Year 13 by August 2021
The NAIS Manila Secondary School are delighted to announce that a brand new Sixth Form (Key Stage 5) which opened August 2020. While a number of different study pathways will be available for students to follow, A Levels qualifications will be at the forefront of the qualifications being offered.
A Levels are a globally accepted qualification. They are recognised by institutions worldwide, including US, Asian, European and Australian universities,
At NAIS Manila, a detailed A Levels Study Programme is being planned for that will focus on a personalised approach to A Levels so it plays to each individual’s strengths, which we believe is of vital importance when it comes to maximising our students’ chances of success.
The Cambridge International A Levels is a traditional route for students wishing to progress to the world’s major English-speaking universities.
What are International A Levels?
International A Levels are England’s national high school qualification, although they are also used in nearly 130 other countries because they have a proven reputation for being an excellent preparation for universities around the world, employment and life. They are studied by students aged 17 – 18 during their final two years at school.
Students typically take four subjects in Year 12 (Grade 11) leading to AS Level examinations at the mid-point of the two-year course. Students normally continue into Year 13 (Grade 12) with fewer subjects (usually three) to enable specialisation.
What are the Benefits of International A Levels?
- Universities around the world, including all UK universities and more than 450 US universities, accept A Levels for entry. A Levels are seen as the equivalent to the Advanced Placement courses by American universities. Many universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, MIT and Stanford often see the best A Levels applicants as prime targets.
- A Levels provide breadth of study in Year 12 before specialisation in Year 13. This provides a deep understanding of chosen subjects, enabling students to prepare for specific university courses and career pathways.
- Academic expectations are high and close to those experienced in top universities.
- A Levels emphasise and develop critical thinking, advanced comprehension and research skills
- A Levels promote advanced reading and writing skills, particularly the ability to structure and defend an argument
- A Levels develop the ability to present and participate in a debate and to positively engage with critical feedback
- A Levels develop students as independent learners
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 NAIS Manila is very much geared towards preparing pupils for university. However, as is the case at every stage at NAIS Manila, 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.
These entry requirements are guidelines and we review each student’s application on a case-by-case basis:
- Five (I)GCSEs A*-C
- A minimum of grade B at (I)GCSE in subjects you wish to take for A Levels
- For A/S and A Level Mathematics, it is strongly advised that those applying have achieved at least an A Grade Mathematics IGCSE (or equivalent) qualification.
Each subject that a student takes receives a separate grade. Grades are benchmarked using internationally recognised standards, with clear guidelines to explain the levels of achievement.
A Levels are reported on a grade scale from A* (highest) to E (minimum required performance). There is no A* grade for AS Levels which run from grade A to E.
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
NAIS Manila is a registered examination centre for the CIE A Levels. CIE is the world’s largest provider of education programmes and qualifications with over 9,000 schools in 160 countries. Click here to view a research document showing how CIE A Levels develop ‘college-ready’ students
CIE also supports the teaching of A Levels by offering a wealth of teaching and learning resources, as well as past exam papers and examiners’ reports. NAIS Manila teachers are part of a network of top professionals who receive continuing professional development through regional courses organised by CIE to ensure they are kept up to date with the latest educational thinking.
By studying subjects within this field, students will have the opportunity to specialise in core subjects that are key requirements for entry into all major specialist university courses throughout the world. A number of students at KS4 will not quite be at the stage where they are fully committed to a set career pathway. However, the subjects being offered at NAIS Manila will support progression into well paid and sought-after careers.
Careers and University Information:
Successful completion of A Levels at NAIS Manila will lead to a number of higher educational opportunities around the globe.
A Levels are recognised by all of the top English-speaking universities around the world.
The majority of students at NAIS Manila 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.
NAIS Manila enjoys a close and Nord Anglia Education. 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. NAIS Manila organises higher education information sessions for students and parents aimed at guiding them through the university application process.
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 will have the opportunity to attend university and careers fairs during their time at NAIS Manila Sixth Form.
Information for Universities:
We warmly welcome admissions representatives and lecturers from universities and colleges from around the world to speak with our pupils and deliver lectures/taster sessions.
To express interest or book a visit, please get in touch with
Head of Secondary - Sam Gipson firstname.lastname@example.org