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Sixth Form Curriculum

Sixth Form students at WHSB study three or four A Level subjects (four being recommended).  These are taught over two years without AS examinations in Year 12.  Students sit a rigorous Internal Examination in May of Year 12 to allow them to gauge their progress.  Students who begin the Sixth Form with four A Level subjects may discontinue one of them following a formal review if it is in the student’s best interests as judged by the School in consultation with the student and their family.

Details of the subjects offered are given below, together with the details of specifications followed and specific entry criteria.

In addition to A Level studies, all Sixth Form students benefit from a programme of wider education on important issues of relevance (including health, study skills and practical skills for working and domestic life) through assemblies, Form periods and bespoke training events.  All Sixth Form students also spend one afternoon each week on activities chosen from a range of sporting, creative, entrepreneurial, academic and community-based options.  Volunteering in the local community is actively encouraged and facilitated.

In Year 12, students undertake a ‘Breadth Studies’ course giving training in wider academic skills as well as enabling critical thought around topical matters.  The Breadth Studies course concludes with students writing a 3,000 word mini-dissertation on a subject of their choice.  For those who wish to develop their independent learning further, students may enrol for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Dissertation and research project in the Summer of Year 12, with the projects being completed over the course of the Summer holiday and the Autumn Term of Year 13.  Weekly support is given to all Year 13 students completing EPQs.

Students have extra opportunity to develop teamwork, organisational and leadership skills through our House system, through mentoring younger pupils, through organisation of our annual Charity activity programme as well as through our comprehensive co-curricular programme.