6th Form – Leadership and Excellence
Baobab College 6th Form continues to flourish with good numbers of students, whether from Baobab College or elsewhere in Zambia, choosing to finish off their secondary education with us.
These healthy numbers allow us to offer a good range of A Levels and other qualifications to students ensuring that we can meet the personal needs of each individual. A’ levels continue to be regarded by the best universities around the world as the “gold standard” in terms of secondary school qualifications, and they form the backbone of our curriculum in the 6th Form. However, we have also built into our curriculum the chance for students to study English or Maths IGCSE’s should they require higher grades in these important subjects.
There are exciting developments afoot in terms of some of our students combining their academic learning with learning in the workplace and we have plans to bring on stream some more vocational courses in the next year as well.
We believe that the experience of being in a 6th Former should be about more than just achieving academic excellence. We ask all our 6th Form students to participate in the International Youth Award (the international equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh Award) where they are challenged to develop their teamwork and interpersonal skills and to contribute significantly to their community.
In addition, we have developed a wide range of leadership opportunities within school for our 6th Form students so that they can develop the kinds of skills and aptitudes that will help them to succeed, not just in school, but far beyond.
Finally, our Head of 6th Form and Careers Counselor each ensure that our students are carefully guided and supported in the choices that they make for further study at University and the processes involved in their applications.
Sixth Form Education may be an end to itself, with students entering the world of work directly from A-Levels, but more usually it is a stepping-stone to further study or training. Both of these factors were borne in mind when our Sixth Form programme was designed.
We see the Sixth Form as the final stage in preparing students for the challenges that life will present them with. As with other stages of the secondary school we offer a broad range of subjects at AS and A Level.
Students are expected to take a minimum of three subjects (maximum of five), in fact most will take four to AS Level with three of these continuing to full A-Level. In order to be accepted onto an AS/A level course, students must have gained a B grade or higher (or equivalent) at IGCSE level.
In certain subjects students must also have followed the Extended syllabus at IGCSE.
The subjects currently on offer are as follows (please note all subjects follow the Cambridge International Examinations syllabus except where indicated Edexcel):
Key Stage 5 – AS/A2 Level Option Blocks
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4||Group 5|
|A2 Level||Art and Design
Travel and Tourism
Design & Technology (Edexcel)
Literature in English
|AS Level||Art and Design
Literature in English
Design & Technology (Edexcel) Geography
Physical Education Travel & Tourism
In addition to this students will have one lesson per week in; Physical Education, Tutorial, Careers. Selected students will also have one lesson per week of Critical Thinking.
Please note: AS corresponds to the first year of the course and A2 the second.
For more details, please contact the school and ask for a copy of our Sixth Form Prospectus. Sixth Form students have their own Common Room where they may study in their non-contact time.
Sixth Form students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through the Prefect System while they are required to be involved more in community service both within and beyond the school. We also have a system of “student experts”. This is where our top students in each subject area offer support and guidance to younger students in the secondary school.