Educating young people who are blind or vision impaired

Sixth Form (Key Stage 5)

Welcome to Sixth Form

We believe there is no better place for a young adult who is vision impaired to study A Levels than at New College Worcester.

On the academic side every single lesson is taught by a qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) who are subject specialists teaching at an extremely high level. Subjects include those that can be challenging to access at A Level; Maths and Further Maths, Science and Music. Our teachers are specialists in education for visually impaired learners and experts in Braille, including specialist codes for Music and Maths. Our aspirations for students are high and we fully expect our students to go onto higher education, careers and personal success.

Our teachers work towards eight specific learner outcomes for each student:

Our teachers work towards eight specific learner outcomes for each student:

  • Independence and negotiation skills
  • Life after College
  • Meeting Others
  • Participation
  • Getting Around
  • Learning to Access
  • Use of Equipment
  • Looking After Me
Students walking down steps

Teachers and Residential staff work together and our holistic approach to education ensures that students are prepared for transition onto the next stage of their lives and every skill that is learnt during the day is practiced and embedded in the residential side of College. Residential staff at NCW are passionate about the success of our young people and work tirelessly to develop their independent living skills and ensure their happiness during their time here.

Friendships that last for a lifetime are founded here and our young adults develop their independence within ever-expanding boundaries – gradually spreading their wings until they are ready to fly.

Life in the Sixth Form

Supported Transition to Independence

While we are here to help when we are needed, developing independence means students making their own decisions. They will start to do more for themselves, including budgeting, shopping, cooking, washing… even the dreaded ironing! Experienced, knowledgeable and qualified staff are on hand to provide support, advice and encouragement while students develop these skills.

Options for Support
Care tutors support our students in the Sixth Form Hostel which is organised to ease the transition to University and further education. The hostel us set up very much like University accommodation, and students live quite independently, with support on hand if needed.

Fun with Friends
Sixth Form life is relaxed and fun. As independence grows, a new world of exciting activities opens up. The atmosphere is full of confidence and achievement. Living in a large group means making new friends, as well as always having someone to socialise with. In sixth form accommodation there is a Common Room with TV/DVD Player, stereo, pool table and video games as well as shared living areas. For those who are able, sixth form students are offered much greater freedom and independent mobility – whilst safeguarding is still of the utmost priority.

Skills/Social & Emotional programme
At NCW, we place great importance on developing students’ wider skills. They will have a personalised skills programme covering ICT/ Assistive Technology, Mobility, Independent Living Skills, Careers Advice and Guidance, Fitness / PE and Study Skills. They will be in a form group where, under the guidance of teh form tutor they will benefit from regular academic mentoring and study skills support and follow a programme of PSCHE (Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education)

Opportunities for Leadership
Because NCW sixth formers are part of the wider College environment, there are many opportunities to develop leadership skills and become role models for members of the lower school. Each year a Head Girl and Boy are elected, along with a Student Student Team, who get involved in decision making and fundraising. These older students set a fabulous example to the lower school, whilst gaining valuable experience as leaders.

"NCW completely transformed my life and gave me opportunities that I would never have had before. Don’t doubt what it could do!"
Student - Charlie
2018 Leaver, who went on to study Spanish and Portuguese at Belfast University
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