Sixth form is the time when you make your final preparations for adult life. Our core offer is a range of academic A levels and vocational qualifications accepted by universities, training providers and employers. Alongside this is a wealth of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities that will allow you to develop a wide variety of skills and competences that will support your progression to the next stage.
As a member of the sixth form you will have the chance to engage with local businesses and the community, as well as acting as a mentor for some of our younger students. Throughout the academy, our mantra is ‘be the best you can be’. Respect, Responsibility and Resilience are our three core values and lie at the heart of learning, which at sixth form can be demanding and require a lot of commitment and determination to succeed.
Our new building opened in March 2017 and you are welcome to take a tour of the new facilities. The building provides high-quality teaching areas for all subjects alongside a dedicated sixth form study room, café and learning resource centre.
We ask that students choose 3 courses from three different blocks as shown in the table below. In addition to these students will also study either Core Mathematics or the Extended Project Qualification to supplement their studies. For the most able students, we offer the opportunity to study 4 courses and will discuss this with students at interview.
Please be advised that subjects will run dependent upon sufficient uptake from students. Whilst we endeavour to ensure the optimum number of students undertake their chosen programme of study, subject combinations can only be confirmed once offers have been accepted and the option blocks finalised.
Our entry criteria require students to achieve grades 4 in both English Language and Mathematics alongside a further three grade 4 GCSE results. The course specific requirements are outlined below:
Art – Grade 5 in GCSE Art alternatively a portfolio of work can be submitted.
Applied Science – A grade 4 in both Science and Additional Science
Biology – A grade 6 in GCSE Biology required or Grade 6-6 in Combined Science and Grade 6 in Mathematics
Business – A grade 5 in English and Mathematics and GCSE Business grade 5 recommended
Chemistry – A grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry required or Grade 6-6 in Combined Science and Grade 6 in Mathematics
Core Maths – A grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics is required
Design Technology – GCSE Grade 5 in Design Technology required
Economics – A grade 6 in Mathematics and English Language required
English Language – A grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language required
English Literature – A grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language/Literature required
French – A grade 7 in GCSE French required
Further Mathematics – Grade 8 in Mathematics required. (This course can only be studied alongside A Level Mathematics)
Geography – A grade 5 in English Language, Mathematics, Combined Science and Geography required
German – A grade 7 in GCSE German required
Health and Social Care – A grade 5 in English Language and either GCSE Biology at grade 5 or 5-5 in Combined Science required.
History – A grade 5 in English Language and GCSE Grade 5 in History required
ICT – A grade 5 GCSE ICT related qualification or alternative Level 2 ICT Qualification required
Maths – A grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics required
Media – A grade 5 GCSE ICT related qualification or alternative Level 2 ICT Qualification recommended
Performing Arts – GCSE Drama or music at Grade 5 or evidence of prior involvement in performance related activities, alternatively, an audition may be offered; as well as Grade 5 in GCSE English Language
Physics – Grade 6 in GCSE Physics required or Grade 6-6 in Combined Science and Grade 6 in Mathematics
Politics – Grade 5 in English Language required. Grade 5 in either History or Geography recommended.
Religious Studies – A grade 5 in English Language required. GCSE Grade 5 in Religious Studies recommended.
Sport – A level 2 pass or above in BTEC Sports Science or a grade 4 in GCSE P.E. If no previous experience, a grade 5-5 in Combined Science, 5 in English Language and 5 in Mathematics are required and evidence of contribution to a sport team.
For all subjects you choose we will ask for a recommendation from Year 11 teaching staff as it is important that you follow an appropriate course of study during Sixth Form that develops your individual strengths.
Please use the links below to find detailed information on the courses we offer.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs A McAllister, Director of Learning Sixth Form or Mrs M Wilson, Student Provision Officer Key Stage 5.
Thank you for your interest in Workington Academy Sixth Form. We look forward to welcoming you in 2018.