Our Curriculum

At Worcester Sixth Form College our extensive range of subjects and enrichment opportunities ensure that programmes of study meet the individual needs of our students. It is our intent that all our students achieve outstanding academic outcomes and develop personal skills so that they are well equipped to progress to university, employment or an apprenticeship of their choice.

Your Programme of Study

Your programme of study will be individually designed and agreed with you to ensure that you make the most of your time at College and have excellent progression opportunities available to you when you leave.

In addition to academic qualifications, it will contain other elements such as tutorial support, careers guidance, work experience and appropriate extra-curricular activities to ensure that you develop skills and experience which will stand you in good stead in your future life and work. We will encourage you to be ambitious about your programme of study by choosing a variety of challenging elements.

programme of study

In addition to academic subjects, every student will attend a tutor group session to ensure they have effective pastoral care and support with their progression. Students will also have timetabled extension, enrichment and academic or careers support from our additional curriculum.

How many years will you spend at College?

Level 3 programmes last for two years. At the end of that time you should expect to achieve a full Level 3 qualification consisting of at least three full A Levels or the Applied equivalent.

Foundation Year programmes last for one year, in the first instance, and provide an opportunity to achieve the Level 2 qualifications. You will then be eligible to progress onto a Level 3 programme. If you start a Mixed Level programme, you may want to start some additional Level 3 qualifications at the beginning of the second year. If this is the case and you will want to stay at the College for a third year, you must ensure that you are taking at least four blocks of subjects in your second year so that you can take at least two second year A Level subjects in your final year.

Curriculum Intent

The A Level and Applied courses we run are chosen to give students in Worcestershire and the surrounding area access to a broad and ambitious curriculum with good progression opportunities. The College invests significant time and resource into ensuring students are on the right course. College staff offer guidance on the best programme to enable students to have opportunities for positive progression and to offer stretch and challenge.

The Level 2 courses we offer are aimed at students who need another opportunity to gain qualifications and the curriculum is designed to ensure they achieve the grades required to secure progression onto our Level 3 courses

For each of our subjects we have outlined the curriculum followed.

  • Accounting A Level

  • Biology A Level

  • Business A Level

  • Business Applied

  • Business Level 2

  • Chemistry A Level

  • Chemistry A Level

  • Classical Civilisation A Level

  • Computer Science A Level

  • CPLD Extended Diploma

  • Criminology Applied

  • Dance A Level

  • Drama & Theatre Studies A Level

  • Economics A Level

  • Engineering Applied

  • English Language A Level

  • English Literature A Level

  • Environmental Science A Level

  • Extended Projects

  • Film Studies A Level

  • Fine Art A Level

  • Food Science & Nutrition Applied

  • French A Level

  • Geography A Level

  • Geology A Level

  • German A Level

  • Graphic Design A Level

  • Health & Social Care Applied

  • History A Level

  • IT Applied

  • Law A Level

  • Maths A Level

  • Media Studies A Level

  • Music A Level

  • Music Technology

  • PE A Level

  • Performing Arts Diploma

  • Performing Arts Certificate

  • Philosophy Ethics & Religion A Level

  • Photography A Level

  • Physics A Level

  • Politics A Level

  • Psychology A Level

  • Sociology A Level

  • Spanish A Level

  • Sport & Exercise Science Applied

  • Sport Level 2

  • Travel & Tourism Applied

Progression Opportunities

Successful completion of a Level 3 programme will enable you to progress to a wide range of employment and higher education opportunities.

You will enhance your chances of success considerably by showing evidence of the following:

  • Wider reading and extension work, including Extended Projects
  • Subject commitment, eg, attending lecture visits, theatre/museum visits, university tasters/summer schools
  • Participation in extra-curricular activities, including Academies, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Young Enterprise, Student Union, Student Ambassador scheme and sports teams

Particular careers or higher education courses may involve the need to have studied specific subjects. If you have clear ideas about a chosen progression route, please let us know via your application or interview so that we can advise you on the suitability of your subject and enrichment
choices.

Different subjects will develop particular skills which may be especially suitable for certain progression routes. It is worth remembering, though, that many progression routes do not require particular subjects to have been studied – the important thing is to do well at whatever you do.

Successful completion of a Foundation Year Programme will enable you to progress to a Level 3 programme, either at the College or elsewhere.