WG6 is an exciting next step in your education. It offers a wealth of oppprtunities from academic to extracurricular activities. As a co-educational provision it is a natural stepping stone to help prepare you for the transition to the world of work or higher education.
You will see there are over 30 A Level subjects to choose from. Make sure you check the details on individual subjects and their entry requirements carefully.
Much consideration and discussion should be made when choosing your A Level courses, it is important that you try to link them to pathways for your future. We will of course offer you support. Do make sure that you talk to your subject teachers who know your abilities and capabilities.
A typical sixth form programme will comprise of 3 A2s along with a choice of an additional AS subject, EPQ, MOOC or specific bespoke work experience or work shadowing.
We encourage students to further enhance their positive growth mindset. Students also have the opportunity to be part of the ASPIRE programme to support high attaining students to reach their full potential.
Choosing your A Level programme is the most important decision you will have to make and it is vital that you choose the right courses for the right reasons.
Achievement at GCSE will be a significant factor when considering appropriate combinations of subjects. In students’ best interests, WG6 senior leaders will ensure that their proposed A Level subject choices and combinations are appropriately matched to their GCSE attainment and applicable further progression routes. Full support and advice will be provided during the application process using a variety of ‘Pathway Progression Models’.
Use these 3 principles to guide your choice:
- Choose subjects you will enjoy
If you do not enjoy studying a subject (most of the time at least), it is demoralising and difficult to do well. In the Sixth Form you want to be stimulated, not bored, and if you enjoy the work you will be more likely to achieve highly, though the opposite is not always true. It is vital that you are passionate about your chosen subjects as it is proven that students with intrinsic motivation are more likely to succeed. Studying A Levels should never be about doing just enough!
In thinking about whether you will enjoy a subject you should consider two things: the content of the subject and the skills it requires. You should have a real interest in the content – the things that you learn about – but you should also be confident that you have or can develop the skills that the subject requires. Each subject will involve a different mixture of activities. One subject might require a great deal of learning detail, another might require a great deal of independent reading, some subjects involve much essay writing, others a vast array of creativity. The way a subject is assessed might also be important to you, particularly if assessment involves a great deal of project work.
Beware of taking a subject just because ‘it sounds interesting’. Investigate all courses thoroughly. Finding out more about a subject is essential if you have not studied it before, but it is also important to review subjects you are familiar with – they are likely to change significantly as you move from GCSE to A Level. Maths and Languages are examples of subjects where there is a real jump in difficulty (and interest too!) when you move into the Sixth Form, so if you are thinking of A Levels in these subjects it is vital that you talk it through with teachers who know you.
- Choose subjects that will fit in with your career plans
If you have clear ideas about what you want to study at university, you should check whether your plans require specific subjects. Look at specific requirements on the UCAS website.
Listen to the careers advice you receive and test if you need to clarify your long-term plans before choosing A Level subjects, but do not feel that you have to have exact plans before choosing A-Levels. Keeping options open is a good idea but check that your A Level choices do not rule out degrees you are interested in. You will find that there are many degree subjects that you can apply to with any A Level combination. Do not choose a subject you find really tough just because it is needed for a particular career or just because it is a facilitating subject. You will need to have a very good reason to be able to say with confidence that the subject will be easier for you at A Level (and your teachers confirm this) it is far better to rethink the pathway to your chosen career or look for suitable alternatives.
- Take time to find out all you need to know
You will need the time to think carefully about your interests and skills; and about possible directions after A Levels. You then need to match these ideas up to the A Level subjects on offer, which will involve finding out more about them. Time to do the thinking and time to talk to people; and time to change your mind if necessary, are all important.
While other people might have good advice and opinions worth considering carefully, this is your choice: you are the person who will be doing the work, and it is your future that A levels help decide. Take advice seriously but do not just take a subject because someone else tells you that is what you must do (or because that is what your friends are taking). The ultimate decision must be yours.