Curriculum

In Sixth Form, pupils can choose to study three or four subjects. Each subject is allocated eight periods of 35-40 minutes per week and group sizes are capped under normal circumstances at 14, though most groups are smaller than this. There are no requirements to study any particular subject(s).

Head Girl Team with Head of Sixth Form Mrs Elizabeth Robinson

In Year 13, pupils studying four subjects may choose to revert to three subjects abut many continue with four. In addition they will attend an imaginative Enrichment Programme. There may also be extra lessons for those applying to Oxbridge, preparing for Olympiads, or keen to extend their knowledge beyond the A-level specifications.

The following subjects are offered to A Level for pupils who intend to start in the WGS Sixth Form in September 2018 :

Art French Further Mathematics
Biology Geography Music
Chemistry German Physics
Computer Science Government & Politics Psychology
Drama & Theatre Studies Greek Philosophy and Theology
Economics History Spanish
English Language Latin
English Literature Mathematics

Click here to see the details and specification of all the above subjects.

 

The following subjects are offered to A Level for pupils who started Sixth Form in September 2017 :

Art French Further Mathematics
Biology Geography Music
Chemistry German Physics
Computer Science Government & Politics Psychology
Drama & Theatre Studies Greek Religious Studies
Economics History  Spanish
English Language Latin
English Literature Mathematics

Click here to see the details and specification of all the above subjects.

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A new Enrichment programme is being introduced for Year 12 students in September 2016, in place of the General Studies course that was previously undertaken. The new course contains core elements of PSHCE, Careers, Professional Skills, Financial Literacy and a Speakers Programme. All girls are expected to take part in some physical activity and some voluntary service. Beyond those compulsory elements, girls have a choice of the following subjects:

Italian

Russian

Painting for Pleasure

Communication Skills

Voices of Dissent

Knitting

Computer Coding

British Politics

Interpreting Film

The Renaissance

Astronomy

Football

Yoga

Fitness Training

Maths in the Courtroom

Mosaics

Eastern Philosophy

 

Some of these courses are five weeks long; some are ten weeks long. Some Enrichment lessons are one period long; others are an hour or take a double period. Girls are aware of these differences when making their choices, and all girls must choose a minimum of four single-lesson, five-week courses per year. Many choose to do more than that.

Following the results of the GCSE mock examinations, current pupils will have a personal interview with the Careers Department to discuss their future plans.

Pupils will then be required to make firm decisions regarding their A Level choices in February. The subjects are arranged in ‘blocks’, based on the subject combinations chosen by the girls. Most will be able to study their selected subjects, but there may be a very few girls whose preferred options cannot be fitted into the blocking system along with the choices made by other students.

Some pupils may change their minds after making their choices. This is, of course, understandable and will be accommodated as long as subject sets are not full and the combination of subjects is possible within the existing blocking system. However, pupils must bear in mind that the timetable is constructed on the basis of which subjects they initially choose, and group sizes are balanced at that point. Some changes may not be possible after the timetable has been constructed because of the implications for other groups of girls switching between blocks. This especially applies to practical subjects such as Sciences, where the ability to run certain experiments may be compromised in larger groups.

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