Can anyone please share me their daily sixth form school day?

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I heard school hours are around 09:00 to 15:00 or 16:00. But sixth formers study around just 3 subjects unlike the entire world where students usually study 5-6 subjects. How do they spend their typical school day?

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per week i have 13 hours of lessons and then we get directed study so then i only really have 5 hours of 'free time' excluding lunch times
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It depends on the sixth form you go to really. Apparently, some sixth forms make students stay all day but personally, I only do a few hours a day. Most people have a day off (some lucky people even have two!) but I go in everyday. This means that I only usually do about 3 hours of lessons though, plus tutor one day a week. I have 4 1/2 hours of lessons a week per subject, which I think is similar to what most people do but I'd suggest asking your sixth form, or someone you know who goes there, about it.
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It depends on the sixth form you go to really. Apparently, some sixth forms make students stay all day but personally, I only do a few hours a day. Most people have a day off (some lucky people even have two!) but I go in everyday. This means that I only usually do about 3 hours of lessons though, plus tutor one day a week. I have 4 1/2 hours of lessons a week per subject, which I think is similar to what most people do but I'd suggest asking your sixth form, or someone you know who goes there, about it.
I have six hours a week teaching per subject normally. plus revision, extra study and homework which adds up to somewhat 50 hours of work a week
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Thank you Caitxo Melirose Greywolftwo for your answers.

Could you give me the information in this format please?

09:00 -> School begins
09:15 -> Chemistry class
10:05 -> Biology Class
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16:00 -> School over; return home

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Could anyone answer this please?
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I do 4 A levels so I'm probably not representative lol.

My day looks like:
9.00 Assembly
9.25-11.15 lessons (3 periods)
11.15-11.35 morning break
11.35-1pm lessons (2 periods)
1pm-2pm lunch
2pm-4.10pm lessons (3 periods)

I have four free periods a week so it's fairly back to back. We also have half-days of school on Tuesdays and Thursdays with sport in the afternoon rather than lessons, and Saturday morning school.
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I do 4 A levels so I'm probably not representative lol.

My day looks like:
9.00 Assembly
9.25-11.15 lessons (3 periods)
11.15-11.35 morning break
11.35-1pm lessons (2 periods)
1pm-2pm lunch
2pm-4.10pm lessons (3 periods)

I have four free periods a week so it's fairly back to back. We also have half-days of school on Tuesdays and Thursdays with sport in the afternoon rather than lessons, and Saturday morning school.
Thank you for answering becausethenight!

So there are a total of 3 + 2 + 3 = 8 lessons in a day. Does this mean you have 2 lessons per subject since you do 4 A-levels?
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Thank you for answering becausethenight!

So there are a total of 3 + 2 + 3 = 8 lessons in a day. Does this mean you have 2 lessons per subject since you do 4 A-levels?
Not quite - some days I might have 3 or 4 lessons in one subject, and none in another, mainly because of double lessons/lab lessons. I have two or three teachers per subject, so even if I have the same subject for 3 periods, they might be completely different lessons. We have 8 periods a week per subject, with the rest for personal study.
So for example on Wednesdays when I have afternoon lessons my detailed timetable looks like this:
- double Latin (literature half of course)
- free period
- philosophy (ethics)
- biology (physiology)
- lunch
- double biology (lab practical with different teacher)
- chemistry (not entirely sure how they divided up chemistry)

You can probably easily see that if I were doing only 3 subjects, I'd have a lot more free time lol
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Not quite - some days I might have 3 or 4 lessons in one subject, and none in another, mainly because of double lessons/lab lessons. I have two or three teachers per subject, so even if I have the same subject for 3 periods, they might be completely different lessons. We have 8 periods a week per subject, with the rest for personal study.So for example on Wednesdays when I have afternoon lessons my detailed timetable looks like this:- double Latin (literature half of course)- free period- philosophy (ethics)- biology (physiology)- lunch- double biology (lab practical with different teacher)- chemistry (not entirely sure how they divided up chemistry)You can probably easily see that if I were doing only 3 subjects, I'd have a lot more free time lol
Your answer was very helpful. Thank you!

(1) If you have 2-3 classes of biology (for example) per day, then I think your entire A-level syllabus should be over right after one year of schooling. How many pages of your A-level textbook does your teacher usually cover in one class? (I am asking this as there are a mere 500-600 pages for the entire A-level syllabus which is prescribed for 2 big years) Just to get an idea

(2) May I ask how do you spend a typical biology class (say Circulation in Mammals chapter)?

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Your answer was very helpful. Thank you!

(1) If you have 2-3 classes of biology (for example) per day, then I think your entire A-level syllabus should be over right after one year of schooling. How many pages of your A-level textbook does your teacher usually cover in one class? (I am asking this as there are a mere 500-600 pages for the entire A-level syllabus which is prescribed for 2 big years) Just to get an idea

(2) May I ask how do you spend a typical biology class (say Circulation in Mammals chapter)?

Best wishes.
Hey, you’re pretty much right. Again, I’m not representative - I go to a selective independent school, so we have longer holidays, and can spend more time on extension work (for example, we spent a couple weeks in the summer working on an extension essay for an internal essay prize). We finished the syllabus in January this year but personally I found it was a good thing as we had lots of time to go over stuff and really solidify our grasp of exam technique and detail ahead of February mocks. I have no idea how many pages we covered per class - maybe a topic every two/three weeks with a test?

There’s no ‘typical’ lesson. Often we might start with a quick active recap of the last lesson (say an on the spot quiz), then the rest of the lesson is ‘learning’ and that can be more or less interactive depending on the teacher/topic. For circulation, as a lot of it is similar to GCSE, there was space for fun stuff like making our own kahoots, but when we did respiration and photosynthesis it was more lecture-y as it’s so new content heavy. We also have labs where you obviously spend an hour or so performing an experiment.
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I go to a college, and I’m in every day, but the hours are really random. My subjects are Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths. We can come and go whenever we want, but I usually spend time in between lessons doing work.
Eg.
Mondays
10.30-11.30 chemistry
11.30-1 maths
2.30-4 maths again
Tuesday
10.30-11.30 maths
2.30-4 chemistry
Wednesday
9-10.30 maths
2-2.30 tutorial
2.30-4 maths again
Etc.
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I go to a college, and I’m in every day, but the hours are really random. My subjects are Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths. We can come and go whenever we want, but I usually spend time in between lessons doing work.
Eg.
Mondays
10.30-11.30 chemistry
11.30-1 maths
2.30-4 maths again
Tuesday
10.30-11.30 maths
2.30-4 chemistry
Wednesday
9-10.30 maths
2-2.30 tutorial
2.30-4 maths again
Etc.
Thanks Dancer2001 for your answer!
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Hey, you’re pretty much right. Again, I’m not representative - I go to a selective independent school, so we have longer holidays, and can spend more time on extension work (for example, we spent a couple weeks in the summer working on an extension essay for an internal essay prize). We finished the syllabus in January this year but personally I found it was a good thing as we had lots of time to go over stuff and really solidify our grasp of exam technique and detail ahead of February mocks. I have no idea how many pages we covered per class - maybe a topic every two/three weeks with a test?

There’s no ‘typical’ lesson. Often we might start with a quick active recap of the last lesson (say an on the spot quiz), then the rest of the lesson is ‘learning’ and that can be more or less interactive depending on the teacher/topic. For circulation, as a lot of it is similar to GCSE, there was space for fun stuff like making our own kahoots, but when we did respiration and photosynthesis it was more lecture-y as it’s so new content heavy. We also have labs where you obviously spend an hour or so performing an experiment.
That really explained almost everything to me!

"maybe a topic every two/three weeks with a test?"

This though confused me a bit haha... 2 weeks are very big. How come just one or two topics? I thought two weeks would be enough to finish 1 or maybe 2 chapters. In my country it works like that.
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I heard school hours are around 09:00 to 15:00 or 16:00. But sixth formers study around just 3 subjects unlike the entire world where students usually study 5-6 subjects. How do they spend their typical school day?

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Well I studied Engish Literature Biology and Psychology
This was my week timetable

Monday
9AM - Psychology (this was a double period so lasted until 11:35 with a 15 minute break in the middle)
11:35AM until 12:30PM - Lunch
12:30PM until 1:25PM - Tutorial/Form
1:30PM until 4PM - Biology (another double period with a 10 minute break in the middle)

Tuesday
12PM - Psychology
1PM - Lunch
1:50PM until 2:50PM - Religion (I went to a Catholic Sixth Form that prided themselves on being multifaith and so this was usually learning about different religions or an ethics and morality debate class)
3PM until 4PM - I had a volunteer Biology class

Wednesday
9AM - English Literature (double period with a 15 minute break in the middle finished 11:45)
11:45AM - Short tutorial for midweek notices
12PM until 1PM - Biology

Thursday (the shortest day ever - my commute was longer than this)
12PM until 1PM - Psychology

Friday
12PM - Biology
1PM - Lunch
1:50PM - English Literature (double period lasted until 4PM with a 10 minute break in the middle)

This is very specialised to my college - some others don't have Religion, some only have 1 tutorial and some may not have double periods, I also found some did have double periods that were shorter and so didnt have a midway break
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Thank you for answering becausethenight!

So there are a total of 3 + 2 + 3 = 8 lessons in a day. Does this mean you have 2 lessons per subject since you do 4 A-levels?
Each school is different - some have 5 one-hour lessons in a day, others have 6 50-minute lessons. You need to look on the websites of the schools you are interested in.
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That really explained almost everything to me!

"maybe a topic every two/three weeks with a test?"

This though confused me a bit haha... 2 weeks are very big. How come just one or two topics? I thought two weeks would be enough to finish 1 or maybe 2 chapters. In my country it works like that.
Maybe we’re just lazier lol. I have two teachers so we’re always doing two topics concurrently, so two weeks is probably 6 x 40min periods? (8 periods - 2 lab periods / 2 teachers) It’s not too much time imo.
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We had 3 90 minute slots a day - 3 per subject per week , 1 slot for tutor and then one or two for extracurriculars with the other 4 or 5 for study
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Maybe we’re just lazier lol. I have two teachers so we’re always doing two topics concurrently, so two weeks is probably 6 x 40min periods? (8 periods - 2 lab periods / 2 teachers) It’s not too much time imo.
Thanks for the information!

I promise this is my last question:-

Could you give me some examples of extension work or co-curriculars that you do in a year? It is a totally new thing for me; in my country we just study, study and study. After that, we just give tests, tests and tests and then we finish high school, That's it, nothing else.

I am really curious what activities you do in school? Can you give me a list of examples of activities in Biology that you have done up till now? I used to read from the A-level Biology textbook but our school never went beyond the so-called "theory" and "practical" classes

Thank you
Best wishes
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Well I studied Engish Literature Biology and Psychology
This was my week timetable

Monday
9AM - Psychology (this was a double period so lasted until 11:35 with a 15 minute break in the middle)
11:35AM until 12:30PM - Lunch
12:30PM until 1:25PM - Tutorial/Form
1:30PM until 4PM - Biology (another double period with a 10 minute break in the middle)

Tuesday
12PM - Psychology
1PM - Lunch
1:50PM until 2:50PM - Religion (I went to a Catholic Sixth Form that prided themselves on being multifaith and so this was usually learning about different religions or an ethics and morality debate class)
3PM until 4PM - I had a volunteer Biology class

Wednesday
9AM - English Literature (double period with a 15 minute break in the middle finished 11:45)
11:45AM - Short tutorial for midweek notices
12PM until 1PM - Biology

Thursday (the shortest day ever - my commute was longer than this)
12PM until 1PM - Psychology

Friday
12PM - Biology
1PM - Lunch
1:50PM - English Literature (double period lasted until 4PM with a 10 minute break in the middle)

This is very specialised to my college - some others don't have Religion, some only have 1 tutorial and some may not have double periods, I also found some did have double periods that were shorter and so didnt have a midway break
Quite a detailed answer, very helpful. Thanks anonirl!
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