FAQs

Below are a number of frequently asked questions that relate to life at DSFC


Will I be offered a place at DSFC?
You will be given a conditional offer based on your choice of subjects and predicted grades. When you have received your GCSE results you will be able to take up your place at Didcot Sixth Form College if you have met the conditions of that offer.
If the grades that you receive are not as expected we will discuss the options that are available for you.

How do I chooses a course at DSFC?
You should try to choose a programme which you will find interesting and rewarding, and above all, one which is likely to lead to success.
Please note that if insufficient interest is shown, some courses might be withdrawn. In this situation, we will contact individual students to consider alternative options.

What type of courses are on offer at DSFC?
Level 2 Courses and Level 3 Courses are on offer.
Level 2 programme
If you have not reached the threshold of 5 A* to C grades and would like the opportunity to boost your GCSEs, a Level 2 course will suit your needs. You will be more prepared for Level 3 courses or employment and training at the end of the year. This will include the possibility of taking GCSE English and Maths.
Level 3 programme
Advanced Level Courses
You will study a combination of subjects over two years. Some subjects will offer a Single award of one A level or the equivalent and other subjects will be Double awards earning two A levels or the equivalent.

How many courses should I choose?
If you study at advanced level, we expect you to choose three or four single award subjects or one double award subject, combined with one or two single award subjects.
Advanced level courses are in two parts: AS and A2. The AS course is a one year course which can stand alone or count as 50% of the A2. The A2 course develops your subject knowledge and understanding at a higher level.

BTEC courses are equivalent to A levels but are two year courses. An example of what course you might choose:

If you are predicted three D grades at GCSE and a pass at Key Skills or ASDAN, we would advise you to follow the Level 2 programme. If you are predicted 5 D grades at GCSE or equivalent Level 2 courses, we would advise you to follow the Level 2 programme.
If you are predicted a mixture of A to C grades at GCSE or equivalent Level 2 courses, we would advise you to apply for Level 3 courses.

How and when do I apply to UCAS?
There is full support and guidance for UCAS applications so there is no need to panic!
Your tutor and Heads of Sixth form have developed a comprehensive support package that covers course selection, application and personal statement preparation. All all of which takes place starting in September in Yr 13, all in good time for the UCAS final submissions date.

What is the Student Management Team?
The SMT is a body of students made up from representatives from both sites. The SMT organise fund-raising activities including support for our work with World Vision

How can I find out more?
Contact the Head of Sixth Form at either Didcot Girls' School or St Birinus School for an informal chat or to arrange a visit. Details of how to do this are on the Contact US page of this site

We also hold an Open Evening in November - Full details of this will be advertised in local press and the school websites closer to the time.