Entry requirements for all students are five or more GCSE passes at grade 4/C, including either English language or mathematics (the other must be at least 3 grade) and then there are specific requirements for individual subjects. All Wrotham Sixth Form students are expected to undertake a full programme of study, which consists of a minimum of three subjects at level 3 (equivalent of A level). In all reformed A level subjects (most of which started to be taught in September 2015), students will study the full two-year A level and they will not sit the external AS level exams at the end of the first year. For more information about how universities are approaching the reformed A level qualifications when considering applications, please click here.
Typically students study three subjects at level 3, although some students do study four subjects if this is in line with their academic ability and their future aspirations. All subjects are taught by exceptionally well-qualified, experienced teachers, alongside a personalised structure of support and mentoring.
In September 2017, Wrotham School qualifed as an IB world school. Some of our students study the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) and this involves studying a combination of subjects including:
- Two IBO certificates at either higher or standard level (higher level is equivalent of one A level; standard level is the equivalent of half an A level).
- One vocational subject
- Either another vocational subject or one A level.
We also offer IBO certificates as stand alone subjects that can be studied in any combination with other level 3 qualifications.
Enrichment in Year 12
In their first year of their sixth form study programme, all students (apart from Pro Soccer Academy scholars) will have the opportunity to demonstrate that they are International Baccalaureate Learners and take part in activities that satisfy the expectations of service learning, professional and personal skills, and language development (which culminates in a visit abroad in their second year with us). Students who are enrolled on the full International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme also have the opportunity to earn extra UCAS tariff points by completing the reflective project qualification.
Enrichment in Year 13
To complete their programme of study, students have to undertake a minimum of 5 hours of supervised study. While students can also spend their remaining periods in the study centre, they are offered a wide range of optional activities. These include:
- the Extended Project Qualification (an AS level equivalent research project),
- the Duke of Edinburgh Award,
- charity and/or fundraising work (including working with the Time to Change mental health campaign run by Rethink Mental Illness and Mind),
- supporting lower school students in lessons,
- working with our SEN department,
- online MOOCs (massive open online courses) run by universities from around the world with the option of certification.
During your time in the sixth form you will be allocated a personal tutor to oversee your progress in your studies and to respond to your learning and pastoral needs. We also have a dedicated Sixth Form Study Supervisor, Mrs Cheval, who can offer support in any number of areas, including careers advice, study-support, attendance issues and your learning needs.
From summer 2018, Mr Doggett has been working with Mrs Hollinshead and Mrs Cheval in order to plan a full range of activities and opportunities to support your careers guidance and education. Mr Doggett is an impartial careers advisor and is available at any time for individual appointments – these should be booked through Mrs Hollinshead.