Curriculum Sixth Form

The curriculum at A Level should ensure that all pupils will take 4 AS subjects except under exceptional circumstances, dropping to 3 A2s in Year 13.

  • Bonding: At the start of the Lower Sixth, the whole year group is taken to North Wales for a bonding trip. They will take part in abseiling, raft building, white water rafting, among other activities, and spend the evenings in discussion about being a Sixth Former. On their return to the College there will be a start of year prom, with parents, to complete the process.
  • Subjects on offer: All pupils will make a free choice from the subjects available, which are: Fine Art, Textiles, 3D Studies, Photography, D&T, Music, Music Technology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Human Biology, ICT, Maths, Further Maths, RS, Philosophy, Geography, History, English Literature, French, German, Spanish, Theatre Studies, Economics, Business Studies, Media Studies, PE, Law, Psychology and Creative Writing.
  • Breadth: With 30 A Levels on offer, the College believes that it has enough breadth to satisfy any career aspiration.
  • Setting Policy: Subject groupings are too small to allow setting.
  • SpLD lessons are arranged for those that need them. Many Sixth Form students prefer to use a ‘drop in’ facility at the Cottage rather than have formal regular lessons. Those that have been supported to GCSE are organised to gain regular input from the LSU to ensure that they do not lose ground.
  • Chapel: All Sixth Form pupils attend Chapel once every week on Wednesday. Prefects are encouraged to read in Chapel services and act as ushers and helpers.
  • Team sports: The College attempts to run competitive fixtures for a 1st team and a second team, for both boys and girls, in all the major team sports.
  • Assemblies: There are two full school assemblies each week. Sixth Form pupils will be expected to make contributions to assemblies in the form of musical performances, presentations on Young Enterprise, Green Issues etc.
  • Tutor Periods: In the Lower Sixth, tutor periods happen as in the main school. These will usually focus on study skills and being a sixth form student. Towards the end of the year, the emphasis will shift to University applications. In the Upper Sixth, pupils have a tutor or can pick a mentor who will guide them through the UCAS applications and draft their reference. These will normally be staff with a specialism in their chosen area. Oxbridge candidates will be given extra help by the Head of Sixth Form.  
  • Prefecture: All Sixth Form pupils have the opportunity to apply for prefecture. At the start of the Lower Sixth, many will have been identified in Wales as having potential and will have been offered the chance to become Wilberforce Prefects for the year. In the Summer of the Lower Sixth, they can apply by letter to become College prefects and, following an interview (that should be testing) they are then selected to serve. Prefects should, first and foremost, be role models for the younger students, an embodiment of what we believe the College turns out as its end product.
  • Careers:  All students will gain their primary careers input from their tutors or mentors. There will be opportunities to go to a careers fair and university open days. Guidance should be as detailed as possible throughout the Sixth Form.