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Sixth Form – Academic life

Students at Woodbridge Sixth Form get to explore their specialised subjects in greater depth, in a programme that provides the ideal balance of support and independence. With one eye on the next stage of their education or career, we help students to set themselves on the right path towards their goals.

A levels targeting your future path

All A Levels offered at Woodbridge are equal. Most are in the group called ‘facilitating subjects’, which will give you a solid basis to proceed to study the subject, or a related area, to degree level at university. Others are more ‘specialised subjects’ aimed towards a more specific area of study, usually in creative or technological fields.

The A level courses we teach can not only open the doors to a huge range of degree course options, they are also highly respected by those outside higher education. The aim is to choose a group of subjects that fits your ability and interests while keeping as many doors open as possible. Although, do not try to keep every door open; it can’t be done.

Facilitating subjects

Subjects such as English Language or Mathematics, while being an introduction to further study in their own fields, also allow you to apply for degrees in more specialist areas such as Law. Desired grades in two facilitating subjects and one other are enough to ensure an offer from the Russell Group universities.

 

Specialised subjects

We also offer a range of subjects at A Level that may be seen as more specialised, but are certainly not less respected or easier to study. Be aware that if you take two specialised subjects you may be reducing your options beyond school. However, we know that for higher education courses in the Arts, two of your A Level subjects may indeed need to be in more specialised fields.

The choice of subject is clearly a very personal one, depending on what you envisage for your future and the steps you need to take to get there. The Russell Group offers useful advice on A Level choices; if you would like to find out more go to: www.russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices.

 

Learning support

While Woodbridge Sixth Form encourages independent study, we maintain a diligent learning support scheme to help students as and when they may need more guidance, insight and advice. Especially if they have progressed up from our Senior School, our supportive tutor system will recognise each student’s aptitudes and help them to make the most of their time and talents.

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A Level subject options

Students will typically take three A Levels, but exactly which subjects they chose will be down to their personal talents, university preferences and plans for their lives after education.

There’s a definite step back from staff. You’re not spoon-fed. You have to work independently, take it seriously and work hard. The support is there if you need it, but you’re encouraged to take control.

Support choosing subjects

Your choice of subjects will obviously be a very personal decision. Our dedicated A Level options guide goes into each subject in detail, and also provides a complete overview of life in Sixth Form and the application process.

If, after reading the guide, you have any doubts or difficulties in defining what you want to study for A Levels, seek advice. We are always happy to discuss your possible pathways and indicate which subjects might be most suitable for you personally.

Further advice

The Russell Group offers useful advice on A Level choices; feel free to read their guidance at: https://www.informedchoices.ac.uk/

Results & Outcomes

Schooling may have been disrupted during the Covid-19 pandemic, but 2020 saw our Sixth Form students yet again achieving impressive results, with another year-on-year improvement in grades. Find out more about their results and the paths they chose to follow beyond Sixth Form.

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