Welcome to Sixth Form

Sixth Form, a passport to an international future

Sixth form (Y12 & Y13) are the final two years of school, corresponding to the Spanish Baccalaureate. At LES we follow A Levels (Advanced Level qualifications), a British subject-based qualification for students 16 and up. They are taken over two years, and offer recognised qualifications for entry to higher education in the UK and many other countries around the world. Students wishing to improve their entry grades for Spanish universities are strongly advised to take additional PCE subjects.

What is the Sixth Form methodology like?

There are specific entry recommendations for each subject. A level Mathematics or PCE Pure Mathematics, for example, are not recommended for students who do not have at least a grade 7 at (I)GCSE. In other words, a solid foundation is needed to take the next steps and this is the case for all A level subjects.

For timetable purposes, subjects are organized into blocks. All subjects in a block are taught at the same time, so it is impossible to take more than one subject from the same block. The block time table for the academic year can be consulted with the Sixth Form team.

Sixth form, individual attention and maximum performance

During the final years of secondary school we work with students to help them decide on their future path. Each individual has a personalised program that takes them to the next phase in their education. With excellent academic qualifications they can access universities across the globe or take another path, such as an apprenticeship, towards obtaining a degree or professional qualification.

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Benefits of Sixth Form

✓  More than 20 subjects to choose from taught by A level specialists

✓  Academic excellence with a pass rate of 97%. 

✓  Successful applications to over 100 universities worldwide. 

✓  Immersion in English and other languages. Our students speak, listen, read and write fluently in English, Spanish and other languages.

✓  Development through experimentation and reflection, taking responsibility for their actions.

✓  Active, autonomous, creative and analytical learning 

✓  Continuous guidance and development of their independent study skills so that they can recognise their strengths and develop their talents.

Lady Elizabeth School: over 20 specialised A level subjects!

We offer a wide range of over twenty specialized courses designed to meet the needs of students and their future aspirations. Our aim is to ensure that students choose the right program so that in A Level examinations they achieve the grades they need for the future, and thus gain access to the university studies they want.

At the end of Year 13, students sit the internationally recognised A Level examinations and the A Levels they need for university entrance. The school then validates their A Levels. With this personalised program of studies, our students can gain access to Spanish or international universities.

Why choose our Sixth Form programme?

As a British international school, we place great importance on the development and learning of skills that go beyond pure academics. As well as the A level and PCE subjects taught by experts in each field of study, we also have an incredible range of activities to build a skills and interests profile for a personal statement or CV.  Plus Clubs, as well as student-led school initiatives such as the Model United Nations, Mentoring, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, the Student Council, and the House System develop the leadership and other skills required in our ever changing world of work. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in unique international initiatives organised by ISP School for all schools in the group, known as the ISP ILOS programme.

At Lady Elizabeth School, we encourage our students to achieve their ambitions and give them the support they need to fulfil their individual potential.

Sixth-year subjects

Most of the work in this curriculum is practical or studio work, so that pupils can develop their skills of observation and analysis of the visual world, sensitivity, dexterity, self-expression, and imagination. Visit our brochure for more information

Biology A level builds on the knowledge, understanding and practical skills acquired at IGCSE Biology. Therefore, students must already have a minimum of grade 6 in their IGCSE in order to continue with this subject at A level. Visit our brochure for more information

Although it would be an advantage to have prior knowledge of Business Studies at GCSE level, it is not a prerequisite for studying A level. However, students need a good level of English and Mathematics for both comprehension and communication in order to analyse business problems and find solutions, at least a grade 4 in each, or equivalent.Visit our brochure for more information

Students are expected to have at least the equivalent of an IGCSE grade 6 in Chemistry and a minimum of grade 5 in Mathematics. Chemistry students should be able to communicate effectively, research, work independently and think critically to solve problems. Good practical skills are also important. Visit our brochure for more information

Ideal for students who have good logic and analytical skills, usually good in Mathematics, at least a grade 6 at GCSE. Visit our brochure for more information

Will engage students by encouraging creativity, focusing on practical work that reflects 21st century theatre practice and developing skills that will support progression to further study in drama and a wide range of other subjects. Visit our brochure for more information

It is divided into two parts: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. No prior knowledge of Economics is required to take A level. Visit our brochure for more information

For students of first language GCSE grade B or above, or the equivalent, in English. Visit our brochure for more information

A grade C  or above in both English Language and Literature at GCSE, or equivalent, would be the recommended basis for studying English Literature at A level. Visit our brochure for more information

EAL teachers aim not only to support second language learners in their A-level work, but also to help them gain further qualifications in English Language. These will be needed to gain access to universities in the future and to obtain student visas in some countries. Visit our brochure for more information

A broad based academic subject which will open up options for  your future. Employers and universities see geography as a robust academic subject rich in skills, knowledge and understanding. There are no prerequisites however  you must have a reasonable pass in GCSE English. Visit our brochure for more information

It is an exciting medium that is used in many different ways to communicate a visual message through design and text. Syllabus: GCE Art and Design: Graphic Communication 9GC0 – www.qualifications.pearson.com Visit our brochure for more information

This A Level International course builds on the knowledge gained at IGCSE History (or equivalent). Syllabus: IAL History YHI01 12 – www.qualifications.pearson.com Visit our brochure for more information

Both are available at AS and A2 levels. To study Mathematics at Advanced level, it is recommended to have obtained a 7 or above at IGCSE or equivalent. Syllabus: IAL Mathematics YMA01 23 – www.qualifications.pearson.com Visit our brochure for more information

An introduction to marine science, for marine and environmental enthusiasts. Syllabus: GCE Marine Science 9693 – www.cambridgeinternational.org Visit our brochure for more information

Spanish, French and German. AS and A level qualifications are a natural progression from IGCSE and therefore students should have a good level of competence before starting the AS/A level course in any foreign language. Syllabus: IAL Spanish YSP01 10 | IAL French YFR01 8 | IAL German YGN01 12 – www.qualifications.pearson.com Visit our brochure for more information

This A level will be available from September 2023. Visit our brochure for more information

A grade 6 at IGCSE Physics with a grade 5 in Mathematics would be the recommended for entry to the Physics A level course. Students will build on the knowledge, understanding and processing skills developed at IGCSE. Syllabus: IAL Physics XPH11 – www.qualifications.pearson.com Visit our brochure for more information

It is advisable but not essential to have studied Physical Education at GCSE level. Students must be participating in at least one sporting activity at a good level and must be willing to dedicate time to enhancing performance or coaching outside the curriculum. Students must have a competent level of written English. Syllabus: Edexcel GCE Physical Education 9PE0 4 – www.qualifications.pearson.com Visit our brochure for more information

For first language students this A level can be completed in one year. Syllabus: GCE Russian 9RU0 – ww.qualifications.pearson.com Visit our brochure for more information

Travel and Tourism A Level is ideal for those who wish to specialise in this subject. The course of study is designed so that it can be undertaken by candidates entering the area for the first time. Syllabus: CIE Travel and Tourism 9395 16 Visit our brochure for more information

An opportunity for our students to deepen their understanding of human behaviour. Variety of topics, such as social, cognitive and criminological psychology. No previous qualification in psychology needed, however, a good grasp of maths and science is recommended. Level 6 in English, Maths and Science (if studied at GCSE). Syllabus: AS/A2 Psychology –  www.qualifications.pearson.com Visit our brochure for more information

What are the specific competency tests (PCE)?

The PCE tests are recommended for students who wish to improve their university entrance marks. They are exams conducted by UNED asiss  in order to assess students’ competence in specific subjects and at LES we offer individual and group guidance so that students know the pathway to follow and the plan to develop. At LES we offer a wide range of PCE subjects to suit different career paths.

A levels are very demanding academic curriculum. We recommend that students only consider them if they have a strong (I)GCSE background. A Year 11 student who struggles to achieve 5 (I)GCSEs will struggle to pass A levels. Therefore, we have a recommended entry requirement for Sixth Form of 5 (I)GCSEs, School Leaving Certificate, Attestat (10 years) or equivalent. It is also important that students have a good command of English, a minimum of B2 level. Learn more here: THE SIXTH FORM BROCHURE 2023 

Most universities require a minimum of 3 A level subjects for entry. Subjects and grades can vary greatly depending on the country and the university to which the student is applying. Therefore, it is very important to do your research before starting the penultimate year (Y12). 

How many PCE subjects should I take?

  • Alumnos de Y12: Y12 students: 2 PCE subjects plus English as an Additional Language (EAL).  
  • Alumnos de Y13: Y13 students: 3 PCE subjects plus English as an Additional Language (EAL).


What PCE subjects are offered in LES?

  1. Biology
  2. Technical Drawing
  3. Graphic Design
  4. Business Economics
  5. Physics
  6. Fundamentals of Art:
  7. Geography
  8. History of Art
  9. Pure mathematics
  10. Applied Mathematics
  11. Chemistry

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Sixth Form Life


Below is the list of University Placements for the 2019/2020 Academic Year. Students have been accepted into universities in Britain and throughout Europe undertaking studies in a variety of different fields.

Silvia – Amsterdam University College
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Alba – Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
International Sports Management and Business

Victor – Tilburg University

Siqi – University of Amsterdam
Economics and Business Economics

Victor – University of Leiden
International Relations

Nina – Wageningen University
Food Technology

Lucia – Ecole Superior Commerce Paris

Season – Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
Business Administration

Alex – École Hoteliére Lausanne
Hotel Management

Fares – Concordia University
Linguistics and Macroeconomics

Elena – Francisco de Vitoria

Dario – Universidad Europea de Valencia
Tourism Management & Leisure

Sam – ESIC
Global Marketing Management

Luis – Universidad de Valencia

Miro – Universidad Politecnica de Valencia

Fionamay – University of St Andrews

Jiayu – King´s College London
Biomedical Science

Charlotte – Falmouth University

Lauren – Nottingham Trent University
Fashion Management 

Thomas – University of Leeds
Business Management

Natalie – Nottingham Trent University
Global Studies and TESOL

Victor – University of West London
Aviation Management with Commercial Pilot Licence

Anna – Sheffield Hallam University
Creative Writing

Alisa – Oxford Brookes University
Media, Journalism and Publishing 

Jack – University of Reading
International Management and Business Administration with Spanish

Sofía – CEU Valencia
Relaciones Internacionales y Políticas

Marc – CEU Madrid

Sadie – Rey Juan Carlos

Antonio – Universidad de Alicante
Ingeniería robótica

Emma – Universidad Pompeu Fabra Barcelona

Alicia – Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Ingeniería Industrial

Alicia – Universidad ESNE Madrid
Diseño de Interiores

Martías – Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Ruth – CEU Valencia

Jorge – Universidad de Valencia

Iván – Universidad de Valencia

Ayla – Universidad de Valencia

Julio – Universidad de Valencia
ADE y Turismo

Alexia – Universidad de Madrid
Digital Business

Antonio – Universidad de Alicante
Robotic Engineering

When students are considering their career options, they need accurate and comprehensive information. The Careers Department at the British College Alicante provides a program of courses and activities which will enable them to make informed choices related to their further education and employment. The department works in partnership with parents, the local community, and industry specialists. We use a wide range of complementary workshops and seminars designed to make the students think independently and to develop their creativity. This builds confidence and self-esteem and extends their social skills.


Many of our students opt to continue their studies at University and we have structured our A Level program to offer the best opportunities for them to do so.

We host an annual University Fair and we typically welcome around 35 Universities from across Spain and throughout the world. Links to attending Universities can be found below.

Should you have any questions surrounding University applications, process or placements please contact our Head of VI Form Maria Wickman.

Attending universities fom the 2020 fair:

Work Observation Week

Work Observation Week provides an opportunity for Year 10 students to spend some time in a business, so that they can relate their school curriculum and qualifications to the skills and qualities that are required in the workplace. Students find either locally based work in a field of their interest or they travel further a field to other areas in Spain or throughout Europe and the UK. It is an invaluable experience and can help students to decide whether or not they will pursue a particular career.

Careers Fair

LAUDE, The Lady Elizabeth Secondary School Annual Careers Fair is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain an insight into a career which they may be interested in. These sessions are proving to be a huge success and are aimed primarily at students in Year 9 and 11, when important subject and career choices need to be made. It is also open to Year 12 and Year 13 students to attend, as they often find the delegates interesting and inspiring.

The Fair is designed to give students the opportunity to meet with professionals to discover more various career paths. They are able to get a first-hand account of a particular field and obtain lots of relevant information about a career that interests them. Many of our delegates bring equipment and materials which are used in their profession and students can look and try this equipment to get a more practical insight into what a career may offer.

We have extended the invitation to parents to attend the event as well, as we feel that it is just as important for parents to have the chance to meet with delegates from such a wide range of professions to discuss possible career choices for their children.

Workshops and Activities

Support and guidance is provided to students in a variety of ways, such as:

– Careers interviews give the student advice and help when trying to decide on future career choices.
– Skills workshops increase the knowledge and intellectual development of the student, covering topics such as:

  • presentation skills
  • interview techniques
  • problem solving
  • team work
  • communication skills
  • time management

The Mentoring Program for Year 7 students  is another resource that is run by Year 13 students and incorporates teamwork, communication skills, etc.

Sixth Form Life

The Sixth Form mentoring program involves organising activities and tutoring sessions with the Year 7s and the Year 8s. We try to incorporate the Value of the Month into our weekly mentoring lessons as a basis for the activities.

For any new pupil, the transition into a new school with new people can be a little daunting, therefore mentors try to give any guidance and advice to help them adjust and feel like a part of our school community.

Whether it is a ‘high five’ in the corridor or help with their problems, mentoring is a fantastic opportunity for both the mentors and the mentees to bond!

Our Sixth Form students assist with several charity events during the year. They help staff and motivate younger pupils to participate. They organize and supervise stalls at the Christmas Fayre and are always keen to dress-up to help create a great atmosphere. House Captains come up with new fundraising ideas and discuss which charities to give to. Student participation in such events helps with team-building, organizational, and communication skills, which in turn produces young independent adults ready for future studies and employment.

The Sixth Form Christmas Ball has become an annual event organized by the Head Pupils, and a fabulous way to end the term. It gives 6th formers the chance to relax for the night and momentarily forget the looming examination period and all the pressures of their A Levels. The standard of dress is superb, with every student going to great lengths to make the night memorable. Prizes are awarded for the Best Dressed Girl and Boy and the Queen and King of the ball.