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Sixth (Ages 16 - 18)

Academic
Worth School

A unique transformational pre-university experience.

At Worth we expect the two years before university to be not only transitional but transformational as well. We look to see academic learning rocket during the Sixth Form, coupled with increased independence, leadership and responsibility. It is also a time for new experiences, friendships and for keeping well mentally and physically. This is a heady mix, but one where Worth’s reputation for sending out high-achieving students who are well-grounded young people is invaluable. It all comes together with our academic and wider curriculum programme, offering a huge range of arts, sports and wider-curricular activities; a lecture programme and social events; personal, social and spiritual development. It is a unique pre-university experience.

The quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent. Pupils display high level study skills and are challenged by the expectations of their teachers. Their attitudes to learning are excellent and the pupils’ achievements across an abundant range of activities are outstanding. ISI Inspection Report

IB Diploma

Worth is one of the UK’s top schools for the IB Diploma (International Baccalaureate), with a five-year average of 36+ points and 20 years’ experience. An average ⅓ of Worth Sixth Form students study the IB Diploma, first introduced at the School in 2002. We are not driven, however, primarily by league table performance, but by the sheer joy of seeing our students rising to the challenge of a rigorous and demanding course, developing into open-minded, knowledgeable and caring citizens equipped to meet the challenges of an increasingly global world.

The IBDP has a reputation for being demanding but very rewarding. It offers a broader programme of study than A Levels, and encourages students to think independently and to explore their creativity.  Students play to their strengths by selecting their particular combination of three Higher Level and three Standard Level subjects, from six subject groups, which is completed by Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay and the CAS programme. 

The 2021-22 IB Diploma Options Booklet can be found here.

A levels

Worth aims to offer the widest possible range of options, with over 20 subjects available. Students start Year 12 with three subjects at A Level. Our A Level programme means that subject specialisation continues to be a viable option. However, students can also choose a broader range of subjects, with considerable freedom in terms of possible combinations of subjects.

Each subject is taught in depth over 10 periods per fortnight. Independent work is absolutely essential to achieving the highest grades at A Level and this skill is taught from the outset. In addition to A Levels, Year 12 students are expected to undertake an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification).

The extended project qualification

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) offers Sixth Form A Level students the opportunity to research a topic in depth and produce a 5,000-word dissertation on a subject of their choice. It is a free-standing qualification worth half an A Level and its purpose is to add a further dimension to Sixth Form study, preparing students for the kind of independent learning that they will encounter at university. Students begin their EPQ in Year 12.

Btec national

A BTEC in Business is available subject to demand. BTEC Nationals are Level 3 qualifications designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. The course has the UCAS points equivalent to two A Levels and would typically be studied in conjunction with one other A Level subject.

The 2021-22 Sixth Form Options Booklet can be found here.

No ‘one size fits all’ here. At Worth our teenagers grow to be empowered, challenged and motivated to be independent and successful. Parent