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Sixth Form Curriculum

At NCW there is always an academic focus, and a drive for all students to academically achieve what they are capable of. Sixth form years are a crucial time for achieving the academic qualifications that will see students onto further education and careers.

Sixth form study is also underpinned by:

  • Careers Advice
  • Work Experience
  • Transition Planning
  • Sixth Formers
  • A Wide Choice of Subjects

Students in the Sixth Form have a wide range of academic and vocational subjects from which to select. In order to offer the widest possible choice of courses, we can also support learning at the local Worcester Sixth Form College if a subject is offered there, that we are unable to provide.

Under our Pathway 1 students can study a choice of Level 3 subjects. For more information about the course content click on the subject name to access the exam board specification.

  • BTEC Level 3 Animal Management: This qualification offers an engaging programme to support learners who want to pursue a career in an animal-related industry .
  • A level Art: The course is designed to integrate critical , practical and theoretical work and includes research, drawing, creative making, observational studies and a final outcome
  • A level Biology: The Biology A Level covers all of the key concepts that will be needed to successfully pursue a degree and career in the biological sciences, medicine and industry.
  • A level Business Studies: By taking a holistic approach to the subject, we demonstrate the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations to provide a dynamic course.
  • A level Chemistry: The course covers the key concepts of chemistry. It allows you to study chemistry in a variety of contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life.
  • A level Computer Science: This qualification helps students understand the core academic principles of computer science. Classroom learning is transferred into creating real-world systems through the creation of an independent programming project.
  • A level Drama: A practical and challenging course offering learners an opportunity to develop performing skills, knowledge and analytical skills.
  • A level Economics: Economics attempts to explain the world around us from the perspective of individuals and groups. It is a social science that studies the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
  • A level English Literature: A selection of texts and poetry will be read and examined on and  there is also a non-examined component.
  • A level Film Studies: a selection of national and international films will be studied and examined on and students are required to produce either a short film or storyboard and screenplay.
  • A level French: For those with an interest in France and the French language, who have GCSE French, our A Level course is the next step to becoming more confident in French, as it builds on the four practical skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) gained at Key Stage 4.
  • A level German: For those with an interest in Germany and the German language, who have GCSE German, our A Level course is the next step to becoming more confident in German, as it builds on the four practical skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) gained at Key Stage 4.
  • A level History: History is far from being a subject which is stuck in the past. Historical events have shaped society worldwide into what it is today. Students learn to weigh up evidence and interpretations and reach conclusions, as well as to put over a point of view in written and verbal argument fluently.
  • A level Maths: A level Mathematics gives students the opportunity to study topics such as geometry, calculus and trigonometry (pure mathematics) and to use these ideas within the ‘applied’ topics such as mechanics and statistics.
  • A level Music: The course consists of 3 components: performing, composing and appraising. Pieces of music are studied which range from a wide genre – classical, rock and pop, musical theatre and jazz.
  • A level Physics: At AS we build on GCSE Physics and complete two units: Forces and Motion; and Electrons, Waves and Photons. AS involves two exams, taken at the end of Year 12. Students then go into Year 13 where the topics studied are: the Newtonian World and Astrophysics; and Particles and Medical Physics. 
  • A level Politics: A-level Government and Politics enables students to develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics.
  • A level Psychology: Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. In Year 1 students’ study five key approaches to understanding human behaviour. In Year 2 students apply their knowledge to areas such as criminal behaviour and addiction, and consider the implications of psychological research in the wider world.
  • A level Sociology:

    Ever wondered how we developed into the society we are today? How the way you see yourself determines the way people identify you? Whether men or women are more likely to commit a crime? Sociology will help students to make sense of the society we live in and understand the cultural and identity issues which affect us all.

  • A level Spanish This course has been designed to provide a profound understanding of the Spanish and Latin culture. This course has been designed to give you a profound understanding of Spanish and the Latin culture. Not only will you learn about the mechanics of the language i.e. grammar and vocabulary, but also how people live and use language on a day-to-day basis.


  • Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an accredited course that is aimed at developing research skills and independent study. Students are guided towards an area of interest and undertake a period of research and preparation, final presentation and evaluation. The presentation can take many forms – it could be a written dissertation, a musical composition, a play, model or a piece of artwork and can be across any subject area. Universities look favourably upon the EPQ because it demonstrates the independent learning skills that are required at higher education and it is worth more than an AS Level in terms of UCAS points.


For more information about all the courses available please view our full options booklet:

Pathway 2

This pathway consists of 3 A levels or a combination of A levels and level 3 vocational courses such as BTEC and an EPQ.  From this pathway students would usually want to go on to university or a level 4 apprenticeship. 

Most A levels can be studied for one year to gain an AS or 2 years to gain a full A level. A levels are taught over 5 hours a week and you would be expected to do 5 hours a week private study for each subject (unless otherwise stated). Students can re-take English and Maths as part of this pathway.

  • Level 2 English Functional Skills: There are three components: speaking and listening, reading and writing.
  • GCSE English LanguageRetake group for those who got a grade 3 in GCSE English Language. There are two papers each worth 80 marks with equally weighted reading and writing sections.
  • GCSE Maths: Retake group for those who got a grade 3 in GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Science: Science for ELC should have been achieved. Science GCSE to be taught over 2 years 
  • BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport: The course covers 4 units. Unit 1 is externally assessed by way of an online exam and the rest of the units are assessed by way of assignment.
  • BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Sport: For students that have already completed the BTEC First Award in Sport, this course offers a wider range of units at Level 2. This can be a one-year course or be further extended to the 2-year BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Sport
  • BTEC Level 2 Music Technology: Course to be decided following review by the Music Department


Pathway 3 – Vocational Pathway

Modules include: communication, community, environmental issues, wider world, beliefs and values, sport and leisure, health and survival, expressive arts, science and technology, world of work and home management.

All awards cover communication, working with others, problem solving, mathematics, English and IT skills based challenges.

Gold requires a period of work experience


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