Sixth Form

Welcome to Hastings Nexus
The pre-university experience at Hastings School

Hastings Nexus has its own campus at Manuel Marañón 8, a purpose-built learning centre for students aged 14 to 18.

It is a real-world centre where distinct study and social spaces support independent study, and at the same time encourage the development of the 21st century skills (communication, critical thinking, teamwork,
resilience) required in a rapidly changing world.

At Hastings Nexus we offer two world class qualifications – both of which allow students to gain access to top universities in the UK, Spain and around the world: 

  • A Levels
  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

 

The Nexus Concept

What is it?

It is a sixth form education that looks beyond school to help ensure young people are ready for the challenges and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We want our students to get outstanding grades and go on to top universities but we want more than that. We want to help our students develop the skills and attributes they will need in a world where many jobs will be automated and distinctly ´human´ qualities – creativity, collaboration, collaboration  will be prized above all else.

How do we aim to do that?

We aim to make sure all students are valued and given strong individual support:

  • Personal tutor with regular 1:1 guidance
  • Small class sizes (average 10)
  • Strong Sixth Form team
  • Specialist university and careers guidance
 

Sixth Form Programme

At Hastings Nexus we offer two world class qualifications – both of which allow students to gain access to top universities in the UK, Spain and around the world:

A Levels

  • These are the British curriculum university entry qualification
  • Students choose 3 or 4 subjects
  • In additions students may choose to do:
    • Spanish curriculum options, PCEs, to allow them to gain maximum points for Spanish universities.
    • An Extended Project Qualification – a 5000 word piece of academic writing on any topic

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an international organisation committed to educational excellence. The IB Diploma Programme is structured as follows:

  • Students choose six subjects
  • In addition, students do:
    • An Extended Essay – a 4000 word piece of academic writing on any topic.
    • Theory of Knowledge – a philosophy of knowledge course.
    • Creativity, Activity, Service.

The Diploma Programme is globally recognised as an outstanding university qualification as can be seen by the acceptance rate of Diploma Programme students at top US universities:

University

Standard National Acceptance Rate

IB Diploma Student Survey Acceptance Rate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

7.2%

23.1%

Stanford

4.65%

17%

Harvard

 

5.1%

12.2%

Princeton

6.5%

17.2%

Yale

6.3%

14.3%

Cornell

14.1%

47%

The IB diploma graduate destinations survey 2011

Offering both A Levels and the IBDP is a huge advantage for our students as it allows them to choose the curriculum path that suits them best. More details of both systems can be found here: 

Facilities

Hastings Nexus is a real-world centre where distinct study and social spaces support independent study, and at the same time encourage the development of the 21st century skills (communication, critical thinking, teamwork, resilience) required in a rapidly changing world.

More than just a building

  • 6 Floors
  • 24 Classrooms
  • Cafeteria
  • Collaborative Working Space
  • Art, Photography and Design Studios
  • Specialised Science Labs
 

Higher Education in Spain

As part of our Sixth Form experience at Hastings, we like to treat students as young adults but this also means that they, in turn, need to take ownership of their own learning. In the Sixth Form, the academic ‘jump’ from IGCSE to AS level is considerable and the level and intensity of the student workload increases significantly. This means that students need to be well-organised, be able to work independently and self-motivate, whilst also seeking and following advice from teaching staff. Using free time well, both in and out of school, is all part of the post-16 learning curve. Students are therefore expected to carry out homework, coursework, wider reading and research and dedicate approximately 4 -5 hours’ work beyond the classroom per week, per subject.