Welcome to WG6 (Joint 6th Form for Wilmington Grammar School for Girls and Wilmington Grammar School for Boys)
You will be embarking on a different type of Sixth Form experience with A Level courses following a linear model. There will be some flexibility in the number of courses you will be able to select and all provisional and final offers will be subject to each individual student's programme being formally approved by a WG6 senior leader.
You will normally choose to study either 3 x A Levels and an AS course or 3 x A Levels. All combinations will fit alongside a personalised complimentary programme which may include the Extended Project AS level equivalent, employability skills through on-going work experience placements, other Enrichment activities and dedicated private study. There is the option to take 4 A2s but this will require true commitment.
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:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
A Level requirements for popular degree courses
Use this section to help give you some further guidance for this selection of popular degrees:
Chemistry A Level is essential or very useful for: Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biology (and Bio related subjects).
To study Medicine: Chemistry is essential, plus 2 other A Levels, one of which should be a Science. Biology is not essential, but it is useful.
For a Business Studies degree: No essential A-level subjects, though Mathematics is useful and you will need a good Mathematics result at GCSE. Business Studies or Economics A Levels are helpful. Top Universities do not like you to do both. European Business Studies generally requires a European Language.
- degrees: No essential subjects, though they like you to have subjects which show logical ability and the ability to write (e.g.: a mixture of Arts and Science subjects).
Psychology: No essential subjects (a mix of Arts and Science subjects is good.) You will need GCSE Mathematics.
- No essential subjects for most courses. Mathematics A Level is essential for a few Universities and useful for all.
Engineering: Mathematics and Physics are generally essential (though you can apply without them and do an extra Foundation year). Chemistry is essential for most Chemical Engineering degrees.
Most other degree courses either have no essential A Level subjects, or just require an A Level in the subject concerned plus any two others. Do check though! Bear in mind that the top academic degree courses will generally expect three ‘academic’ A Levels.
WG6 Standard Entry Requirements
To join WG6 you must have achieved a minimum of at least 6 grade 6s and at least a grade 5 in Mathematics and English Language as well. In addition, most subjects will require at least a grade 6 in the chosen or related subject. To study Mathematics students will be required to pass an entrance examination as well as achieve a grade 7 for Mathematics and a grade 8 for Further Mathematics.
Specific subject entry requirements are outlined as accurately as is possible in this booklet as well as on the website www.wg6.co.uk.
Please note that there may need to be some alterations made to specific course details when all information has been finally accredited by the examination awarding bodies.
How to Apply?
Applications are to be made through the WG6 website (www.wg6.co.uk)
The application deadline will be Thursday 10th January 2019 at 5pm. We will not be processing any applications received after this deadline.
If you have any further questions regarding Sixth Form please contact the Sixth Form Team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Students applying to study Mathematics A Level will be expected to pass an assessment which will be held on Saturday 26th January 2019.
We offer an additional showcase of subjects with existing students in March 2019. This is an opportunity to discuss any questions you may have regarding your course selection.
You will then receive a letter with a decision whether to offer you a conditional place, based on you achieving the required grades at GCSE.
Sixth Form Induction: Monday 1st July 2019
- your application is successful, you will be invited to attend our summer induction. Attendance at this is very important as it will help to confirm choices by giving you an insight into your chosen courses and plan for September 2019. There will be an expectation to complete bridging assignments for the subjects you wish to study.
Contact details: Please do get in contact in you have any queries about joining WG6 or the application process.
Tel: 01322 226351 (WGSG site) or
Tel: 01322 223090 (WGSB site).
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact WG6 (Joint 6th Form for Wilmington Grammar School for Girls and Wilmington Grammar School for Boys) directly.