Curriculum Enrichment

University admissions tutors and employers are increasingly looking for evidence of involvement in activities outside the classroom. The wide range of activities and courses available to you in the Sixth Form will help to enhance your team-working, leadership and communication skills. They may also help you to develop a new interest or hobby.

Sixth Form enrichment afternoons take place each Wednesday and students can opt to take part in recreational or competitive sport, community/volunteer work or complete an additional qualification such as First Aid or the English Speaking Board.

As well as being able to participate in a wide variety of societies, clubs and groups, Sixth Form students are invited to apply for internal leadership posts such as school officers, house officers, prefects and peer mentors, many of which involve working with younger students.

Along with other students, Sixth Formers also take part in sporting and cultural visits, debating societies, business enterprise activities, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards scheme, sports clubs, art exhibitions, choir, orchestra and school productions. They also enjoy visits from speakers as diverse as charity representatives, MPs, and motivational speakers.

Wednesday afternoons have allowed me to develop skills I never would have learnt through my A-level studies. Raising money for the Prince’s Trust gave me a true sense of community and the First Aid course has given me transferrable life skills.

Hannah Patel, Deputy Head Girl 2014 – 2015

AQA Baccalaureate Award (AQA Bacc)

The AQA “Bacc” is an opportunity for students to significantly improve their further learning, education and employment prospects. It is an academic qualification which builds on a student’s core A Level subjects, adding value through wider learning and enrichment activities.

It is composed of four essential elements, each developing key facets of the students’ all-round education. These elements are:

Academic in-depth study

Students will study 3 or 4 subjects to A Level.

Broader study

Students will study General Studies to at least AS Level

Enrichment activities

Students will take part in personal development activities (eg Duke of Edinburgh’s Award) or community work.

Independent learning

Students will complete the Extended Project Qualification.

By completing these four elements, students will be awarded an “AQA Bacc” – there are three levels: “AQA Bacc”, “AQA Bacc with Merit” and “AQA Bacc with Distinction”. We expect that many Westholme students will gain this over-arching qualification by skilfully combining their Sixth Form options to meet the requirements.

Preparing for the Future

Sixth Form staff (pastoral and academic) and our Careers Department provide students with the information and support needed to make the right decisions about their future.

Our Careers and Higher Education room has a comprehensive range of university guides and computer facilities for online research and advice is available to help choose universities and courses in an informed way during weekly PSHE sessions or via individual appointments.

For students considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge universities, our Oxbridge Co-ordinator will provide all the guidance needed including the choice of subject and college.

Sixth Formers also have the option to attend careers courses and university open days. In addition, students are able to participate in a practice session with external interviewers from academic, industrial and commercial institutions.

We pride ourselves on the attention to detail that is given to UCAS and other applications. Individual support and guidance is given by form tutors, the Head of Sixth Form and the Principal.

Sixth Formers are also able to benefit from our extensive network of former students who are happy to share their experiences of universities and careers and provide valuable contacts and work placements.

Sixth Form News

Peel Scholarship

02 Sep 19

Congratulations, Shuresh! 

Creative Multilingualism Programme

10 Jul 19

Congratulations to Lower Sixth Form student, Louisa Harkness, who has been awarded a Highly Commended award in the Magical Translation Competition, run by the Creative Multilingualism Programme and in conjunction with Oxford University.

Y12 Blencathra Trip

19 Jun 19

Year 12 biologists recently spent two enjoyable days at the Blencathra Field Studies Centre, in the Lake District, working on the Ecology topics for their A Level.