Academic Life

Within Wetherby Senior’s Sixth Form, our sixth formers follow three A Levels and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Our Sixth Form’s close-knit, supportive community provides an fantastic foundation for our boys to apply to top universities, in the UK and overseas, and to enjoy a successful future career. Our small class sizes, dedicated teaching staff and strong pastoral care (with each boy having a tutor to guide and support him) ensures our sixth formers make excellent academic progress within their three chosen A Levels. (Sixth formers wishing to take a fourth A Level, for example Further Maths, should discuss this with our Head of Sixth Form).

Alongside A Levels and the EPQ, our sixth formers  can take part in other initiatives within our Sixth Form, such as our range of A Level Plus programmes. These additional courses, which range from art to psychology, help our young people beyond the syllabus of their chosen A Levels, extending both knowledge and understanding, as well as introducing subjects that our boys might want to study further at university.

Wetherby Senior’s current A Level offering

Art and Graphic Design

At KS5, boys enjoy independence and freedom when engaging with their A Level projects, choosing and researching the themes themselves.

Biology

A Level students follow the Edexcel A specification, which is split into eight modules:

  • Lifestyle, Health and Risk
  • Genes and Health
  • Voice of the Genome
  • Biodiversity and Natural Resources
  • On the Wild Side
  • Immunity, Infection and Forensics
  • Run for your Life
  • Grey Matter

Business Studies

We follow the Eduqas specification at A Level. The subject is assessed by three exams at the end of two years of study.  In Business the boys study a range of Business types from the sole trader/entrepreneur to multi-national corporations. They study all of the major facets of what every business will need to do and consider in order to succeed including:

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Operations
  • Management
  • Change
  • Risk
  • Globalisation

Chemistry

  • A Level students follow the OCR A specification. Content of this course is split into six modules:
  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
  • Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
  • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
  • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
  • Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

Drama

The A LeveL, Edexcel A Level Specification, involves furthering the skills of analysis, playwriting and acting to a much more complex level. The A Level requires students to:

  • Think like a director
  • Perform in both group and monologue performances
  • Create detailed academic theatre evaluations
  • Write complex essays concerning play script and their context
  • Consider the social, cultural and historical context of theatrical work.

Economics

We follow the Eduqas specification at A Level. The subject is assessed by three exams at the end of two years of study.  In Economics the boys cover the fundamentals of Micro and Macroeconomics and in the second year of the A Level course also investigate global economic issues such as trade, the EU and development economics.

English

At A Level the boys receive seven periods of English a fortnight and benefit hugely from our central London location through the enriching opportunities which we are able to offer. In addition to viewing archived performances of their set texts in the V&A and being taken to multiple theatre trips to complement their studies, our Sixth Form boys have been able to attend literary lectures and benefit from visits from literary experts in the field of their study.

Geography

At A Level we continue to follow the AQA specification which provides a challenging, rigorous and current curriculum that best prepares the boys for higher education. In human geography, boys will study changing places including the gentrification of Brixton, global governance and population and environment which includes the study of diseases, migration and food insecurity. In physical geography, the boys will study the importance of water and carbon cycles, our global ecosystems and gain an appreciation of the beauty and diversity of the world’s coasts.

The coursework allows the boys to explore a particular interest of theirs from the course and design an investigation around it, developing valuable skills needed at university. Our boys are all members of the Royal Geographical Society and frequently attend their Monday evening lectures to expand their knowledge beyond the course.

Government and Politics

Course Outline – Students will follow the AQA Politics (7152) specification.

Paper 1: Government and Politics of the UK (33.3%)

  • Structure of British government
  • Elections and participation
  • Political parties and pressure groups

Paper 2: Government and Politics in the USA (33.3%)

  • Structure of US government
  • Electoral process
  • Political parties and pressure groups
  • Comparative politics

Paper 3: Political ideas (33.3%)

  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Socialism
  • Anarchism

History

We study the OCR History A Level. There is a very wide range of modules that can be studied, and what we study will change depending on pupil numbers and staffing. Currently the course consists of the following:

  • Britain 1930–1997 (Enquiry topic: Churchill 1930–1951)
  • American Revolution 1740–1796
  • Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992
  • Coursework Essay (topic chosen by the candidates)

Latin

Latin A-Level (OCR) enables boys to further develop their understanding of complex grammatical structures whilst also providing the opportunity to gain further experience in reading and analysing the works of famous Roman authors such as Cicero and Virgil.

Maths

At A Level, we use the Edexcel specification for Mathematics and Further Maths. Each class will be split between two teachers, one focusing on Pure Maths and the other Applied Maths (Statistics and Mechanics).

Modern Foreign Languages

At A Level, the AQA A Level is followed for French, German and Spanish

Philosophy

The A Level curriculum (AQA) has four parts:

  • Metaphysics of God
  • Metaphysics of Mind
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Epistemology

Physics

A Level students follow the AQA specification, which is split into eight modules:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields
  • Nuclear physics

In the second year, there is an option module, which offers a choice of Astrophysics, Medical physics, Engineering, Turning points in physics, or Electronics.

 

THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)

The EPQ is a formal independent research project, which involves writing an extended essay of 5,000 words and is completed in the autumn term of Year 12. Each sixth former chooses his own topic and title, based on his interests, and it is an excellent opportunity to explore the subject matter in depth. It provides important preparation for undergraduate study, as under the guidance of a supervisor, you plan your own research, identify your sources and manage your own time.

A LEVEL + COURSE

Our Sixth Form also offers further electives via our A Level + course. This includes topics within psychology, sociology, anthropology, German, ancient history, and art.


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