At the core of the Sixth Form experience at Walthamstow Hall is an academic programme characterised by breadth and flexibility which enables each student to follow her own tailored path of academic study. Students are given the freedom to choose the subjects which they want to pursue at A Level or, in some instances, Cambridge Pre-U. Unusually, their choices are not constrained by pre-determined ‘blocks’ and the availability of courses is not determined according to how many students wish to study them. Instead, students are free to select the subjects which play to their strengths, the subjects which will open the doors to their desired university destination and the subjects which they love. It is possible either to specialise in Arts or Sciences or to diversify, depending on where individual strengths and interests lie.
Students choose from 26 subjects are offered at A Level or Cambridge Pre-U, including the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). Most girls choose four subjects in the first year of the Sixth Form and continue with three or four in the second year. It is possible to take more, or fewer, courses, bearing in mind career aspirations and personal preference.
Walthamstow Hall students achieve outstanding results by working closely with committed Specialist Teachers in seminar-sized groups. These groups encourage discussion, build confidence, allow students to make optimum progress and equip them with the skills they need to thrive in the environment of independent work which lies ahead at university or on higher level apprenticeship schemes.
Curriculum - Sixth Form Courses
|Fine Art||A Level|
|Creative Textiles||A Level|
|Classical Civilisation||A Level|
|Drama & Theatre||A Level|
|English Literature||A Level|
|Extended Project Qualification||EPQ|
|Government & Politics||A Level|
|Mathematics & Further Mathematics||A Level|
|Further Mathematics||A Level|
|Music||Cambridge Pre-U or A Level|
|Physical Education||A Level|
|Religious Studies (theology and philosophy)||A Level|
|Three Dimensional Design||A Level|
Cambridge University International Examinations developed and introduced the Pre-U in response to demand from schools and universities for a qualification designed specifically for students who wanted to go on to university. Pre U courses have been designed to enable students to study their chosen subject with greater breadth and depth, employing study skills which better prepare them for Higher Education. The courses are linear with examinations after two years’ study which enable the most able students to achieve Distinction grades which exceed the new A level A* and top International Baccalaureate grades.
The courses are fully compatible with A levels and students can take any combination. Every student studying at least one Pre-U subject is eligible to access the GPR course, in addition to her main subjects. This involves following the Global Perspectives course, in Lower Sixth, followed by an Independent Research Report of the student’s choosing in Upper Sixth, leading to the full Cambridge Pre-U Diploma (145+ UCAS tariff points).
The Pre-U has been welcomed by top universities both in the UK and abroad.
The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), has proved to be a very popular addition to the roster of subject choices available to Walthamstow Hall Sixth Formers. The EPQ is an independent piece of work which means that most of the project is self-guided. This makes the EPQ both challenging and rewarding.
What is the EPQ?
The AQA Extended Project Qualification is a standalone level 3 (A level standard) qualification designed to develop students’ skills in independent research and project management. It involves choosing a topic, carrying out some research, keeping a production log, and then creating either a 5,000 word report or an ‘artefact’ and a 1000 word report. Students also deliver a 10-15 minute presentation to a group of non-specialists about your topic. Students can choose topics linked directly to their other A level subjects or they can explore an area of personal interest or linked to an area of potential study at Higher Education level.
What are the benefits of taking an EPQ?
The EPQ helps students to demonstrate, to both Universities and future employers that they able to work independently. It also further develops essential skills required for study at a higher level. These include:
- Working to deadlines
- Working with others
- Project planning and management
- Decision making and problem solving
- Presentation and communication skills
The EPQ is proving very popular with universities, with some leading and Russell Group establishments making reduced offers to students achieving a high EPQ grade.
How is the EPQ organised?
The EPQ consists of two parts, a taught element and independent work. The taught element includes instruction on all the skills necessary to complete the project well and comprises 30 hours of teaching. The remaining 90 hours of the project is spent on individual work producing, recording and presenting the EPQ. Students have a supervisor to guide them through this process.
Students start planning their EPQ at the beginning of Year 12 and develop it throughout the coming academic year. Reports and/or artefacts are completed during the summer and presentations delivered at the beginning of Year 13.
Lectures, visits to galleries, productions, museums and residential courses are organised to support Sixth Form courses and all students are encouraged to take a lively interest in current and world affairs. There are regular opportunities to travel within the UK and abroad.