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2017/18
SIXTH FORM
PROSPECTUS
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The decisions you make will not only affect
the next two years, but will also shape what
you go on to do in the longer term future. We
realise students need a lot of support and
guidance throughout the whole process. We
want to ensure that you make an informed
choice so that the courses you study will
allow you to be successful and achieve your
chosen degree or career. Our application and
enrolment programme will ensure you get the
help you need to make the right choices.
At Whitley Bay High School our wide choice
of subjects to study at Advanced Level and
outstanding examination success are just
two of many reasons why you should join
us. However, our Sixth Form is about so
much more than results. Our students:
enjoy their learning and the whole
sixth form experience;
take part in the huge range of extra-
curricular activities on offer;
develop confi dence and self-esteem;
fulfi l or exceed their potential;
achieve their Post 18 degree/career intentions.
We will work very hard with you to help
achieve this too and ensure you have
an enjoyable and successful time at
Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form.
Thank you for your interest in Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form.
You are in the process of making exciting decisions about your future
options after you have completed your GCSE examinations.
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WELCOME
Steve Williams - Director of Sixth Form
If you would like to fi nd out more about
the courses we offer and talk to teachers
and current students, please come to our
Sixth Form Courses Evening on Tuesday
6th December 2016 from 5 – 7pm.
If you are currently at a different school and would
like to receive all future information about applying
and enrolling in the Sixth Form please contact
Helen Davison or Alison Wood on 0191 2008829.
It would be a great idea to follow us on Twitter.
Search for @wbhs6form for quick access to
information, photographs and more, and our
video prospectus is available on You Tube.
Welcome 3
Outstanding Reputation 4
The A Level Courses on Offer 6
How many subjects? 8
Who can join the Sixth Form? 10
Entry Criteria 11
Exciting Opportunities 12
Work Experience 14
Student Facilities 20
How to Enrol 22
Post-16 Bursary 23
Appendix 1 – Summary of Grades 25
Appendix 2 – Subject Requirements 26
CONTENTS
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We are the ONLY provider in the area where students
regularly achieve better A Level results than predicted,
based on their GCSE grades. We have consistently achieved
amongst the best A Level results (average point score
per entry, i.e. the grades achieved by students in each
individual subject) in the area for several years.
(See Appendix 1 on page 25 for a summary of the 2016 A Level Results)
OUTSTANDING
REPUTATION AND
ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form has an
excellent reputation regionally and nationally for:
Outstanding Teaching;
Outstanding Academic Success;
Outstanding Advice, Guidance and Care;
Outstanding Retention – students
who join courses complete them;
Outstanding progression to university,
training or employment.
99.4%
Year 13 trip to CERN in Geneva
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Geography fi eld trip
99.4%
PASS
RATE
78%
50%
OF ALL GRADES WERE A*-C
OF ALL
GRADES
WERE A*-B
2016 Results
ONE OF VERY FEW SIXTH FORMS IN
THE COUNTRY WHERE STUDENTS
REGULARLY ACHIEVE SIGNIFICANTLY
BETTER A LEVEL RESULTS THAN
PREDICTED BY THEIR GCSE GRADES.
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You can choose from a
wide range of A Level and
equivalent courses
Teaching is outstanding at Whitley Bay High
School and teachers devote a huge amount
of time to making their lessons challenging,
interactive and fun. This is another reason why
students enjoy the learning experience in the
Sixth Form.
It is important to point out that the courses
we offer are in some cases very different from
the same subject at GCSE. You will need to look
at the subject content information provided
by the departments at the Sixth Form Courses
Evening on 6th December, or on the website,
very carefully to check that the course is what
you expect.
Continuous
Academic Support
As part of our continuous help for students,
every A Level subject provides additional
support sessions each week to allow students
to discuss the content covered in lesson or to
get further help with any material they found
diffi cult. Students (and parents) also receive
regular Progress Reports to help set targets and
work with teachers to fulfi l their potential.
THE A LEVEL
COURSES ON OFFER
Subjects Subject Code Subjects Subject Code
Art & Design: Fine Art AQA 7242/7202 French AQA 7651/7652
Art & Design: Textiles Design AQA 7244/7204 Further Mathematics NEW COURSE - NOT YET CODED
Biology AQA 7402/7401 Geography AQA 7036/7037
Business (Applied General
Level 3 Certifi cate / Extended
Certifi cate)
AQA TVQ01026/TVQ01027 German AQA 7661/7662
Business Studies AQA 7131/7132 Health & Social Care (Applied
General Level 3 Certifi cate /
Extended Certifi cate)
NEW COURSE - NOT YET CODED
Chemistry AQA 7404/7405 History AQA 7041/7042
Computer Science AQA7516D/7517D ICT (Applied General Level 3
Certifi cate / Extended Certifi cate)
NEW COURSE - NOT YET CODED
Core Maths (Level 3
Mathematics Studies - AS only)
AQA 1350 Mathematics NEW COURSE - NOT YET CODED
Design & Technology NEW COURSE - NOT YET CODED Media Studies NEW COURSE - NOT YET CODED
Drama & Theatre Studies Edexcel 8DR0/9DR0 Music AQA 7271/7272
Economics AQA 7135/7136 Philosophy & Ethics OCR H173/H573
English Language AQA 7701/7702 Physical Education OCR H155/H555
English Language & Literature AQA 7706/7707 Physics AQA 7407/7408
English Literature AQA 7716/7717 Psychology AQA 7181/7182
Extended Project Qualifi cation
(AS only - equivalent to half an
A Level)
AQA 7993 Science (Applied General Level 3
Certifi cate / Extended Certifi cate)
AQA TVQ01028/TVQ01029
The subjects shaded grey are the equivalent of an A Level
qualifi cation. Course codes may be subject to change from
September 2017. Depending on demand and staffi ng, the
subjects shaded grey may be offered as a double option.
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Robert Sabourn, Year 13
(studying Chemistry, Biology and Physics)
‘I’ve been at Whitley Bay High School since Year 9 and have
thoroughly enjoyed being in the Sixth Form. You get so much
support from the staff and there are so many opportunities for
extra-curricular activities. As well as excellent teaching you are
enriched as an individual as the school isn’t solely focussed on
just grades. I’m planning to study Medicine at University and the
Sixth Form team have really assisted with my application. I’m also
a member of the Jazz Band and the school orchestra too. There’s
a great atmosphere here.’
Student View
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We want you to enrol on a course that you can cope with and which will allow
you to fulfi l your potential. We therefore use the following guidelines to help
you select your course.
HOW MANY SUBJECTS?
A*
A*
B
C
5/6 A* - C (OR EQUIVALENT) GRADES
We encourage you to take three subjects in Year 12
7/8 A* - B GRADES (OR EQUIVALENT)
You can consider taking 4 subjects in Year 12
8/9+ A* - A GRADES (OR EQUIVALENT)
You are encouraged to take 4 subjects in Year 12
This is a useful guide, however, you will have an opportunity to
discuss the number of courses you study at your guidance meeting.
Sixth Form students celebrate exam success
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The sixth form provides a wide
range of courses, and students
benefit from first-rate advice,
guidance and support.
Ofsted 2013
Changes to A Levels
Since September 2015, A Levels have been ‘de-coupled’. This means that
the grade awarded will be based on exams taken at the end of Year 13
only. It will still be possible to sit an AS in de-coupled subjects but if a
student moves to A2, the marks will not count towards the A2 grade.
Students should therefore be aware of this issue but, as
before, choose subjects that they enjoy and are skilled in.
Dillon Young, Year 12
(studying Chemistry, Maths and Biology)
‘I’m really enjoying WBHS Sixth Form having come here from Year 11. You
get treated like an adult and given a lot of respect. Students are also able
to express themselves here and the school is very pro-individuality. The
teachers are very supportive and there’s a huge variety of opportunities
available to everyone. I play for the school football team, and I’m hoping
to go on to University, ideally to Glasgow to study Dentistry.’
Student View
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Subject to numbers, anyone is welcome to join our Sixth
Form, provided they meet our entry criteria and an A
Level programme is the most appropriate course.
Whether you are joining us from Year 11 at Whitley Bay High School
or coming from another school we want to make sure you get all the
advice you need. We want to ensure the course you choose is at the right
level, will take you in the direction you want to go and that you will be
able to manage its demands. We will help you with these decisions.
WHO CAN JOIN
THE SIXTH FORM?
Sixth Form Coast to Coast Charity Bike Ride
Rebecca Moore, Year 12
(studying Maths, English Literature, History and Economics)
‘I’ve joined WBHS Sixth Form from Marden High School. I really love it,
I feel totally independent and my teachers are very friendly. I met new
friends right away, from the fi rst day actually! Teaching is great here, I
feel like we get a lot of support and with great diversity. The lessons are
always enjoyable! I’m currently involved in the Youth Parliament and
very interested in politics and I’m thinking of studying Economics at
University.’
Student View
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ENTRY
CRITERIA
Students must have a supportive
reference from their current
Head of Year which suggests
they can meet the requirements
of an A Level course.
Students must achieve a minimum
of 5 A* - C (or equivalent) grade
passes in separate subjects * at
GCSE level to start an advanced
course. All subjects have
specific entry requirements that
students must achieve to start
that course. (See Appendix 2 on
page 26 of this Prospectus).
(*Some GCSE and BTEC courses, e.g. ICT, Media, Health
& Social Care, Business Communications, Engineering
etc., will be classed as one subject, even if they are
equivalent to more than one GCSE grade. Both English
subjects and Double/Triple Science will continue to be
classed as separate subjects.)
Ellie Naseby, Year 12
(studying Media, Drama,
English Literature and Psychology)
‘I love Whitley Bay High School! We get a lot of freedom and
I feel like we are trusted. Even in lessons we are encouraged
to learn on our own but we are given support too. It’s an easy
place to make friends and meet people, especially in Drama!
Everyone is so friendly! The teachers are very involved in the
lessons and always on hand to help and answer questions.
They help a lot and make an effort towards new students.
It made me feel included from day one. I joined WBHS from
George Stephenson and I’m really looking forward to getting
involved in the school play. When I leave here I’d like to go to
Newcastle University to study Media.’
Student
View
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EXCITING
OPPORTUNITIES
BEYOND THE
CLASSROOM
A high quality Sixth Form should provide students with lots of opportunities
to take part in activities beyond the classroom. These activities are enjoyable,
develop new skills and allow students to improve their CV when applying
for jobs or personal statement when applying to university.
At Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form you will be encouraged to take part in the busy
wider life of the school. Whether it is sport, drama, music, debate or working with younger
students as part of our In-Class support programme, there is something for everyone.
If you have new ideas, or just want to join in with something you enjoy, there will
be many options to interest you. This year you could have chosen from:
Sports Teams
Debating Club
Creative Writing Group
Café Scientifi c
Young Enterprise
Community Sports Leader
Award
In-Class Support
Bar Mock Trial
Soloist of the Year
Drama Productions
Bay TV
University Challenge
Art Club
Psychology/Film Club
Orchestra
Choir
Wind Band
Senior Maths Challenge
Percy Hedley Link
Web Design
Staff / 6th Form Reading Group
History Russia Trip
Art/Media New York Trip
Physics CERN Trip (Geneva)
Kenya Club
Music Theatre
6th Form Dance Group
Jazz Band
Teaching to Teach
Sustainable Design/3D CAD
Up-cycling Charity Group
Medicine Discussion Group
Geography Field Work
Residential
Biology Field Work Residential
Geography Trip to Iceland
Benton Dene School Link
British Sign Language
Charity Bike Ride
Student Journalism
Accredited Certifi cate in
Financial Studies
Gold Arts Award
Year 13 Art and Media Trip to New York
These are only some examples of
the many opportunities available.
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Year 13 Art and Media Trip to New York
Year 12 Geography Field TripSixth Form History Trip to Russia
Year 13 Economics Trip to London
Whole school production of Beauty and the Beast
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WORK EXPERIENCE
We appreciate the important value of relevant
work experience to help students secure
places on degree courses and employment.
All Year 12 students are supported in fi nding a relevant
one week work experience placement. Students often
nd this one of the most important factors in helping
them decide what they want to do in the future.
Students have spent successful weeks:
in TV production at the Discovery Channel in London
as a journalist with Metro Radio
in design at Berghaus
as an astronomy assistant at the Kielder Observatory
in speech and language therapy at a local hospital
as an engineer at British Engines Ltd., and at Siemens
in academic research at Newcastle
and Northumbria Universities
in law at a local solicitors
at a barrister’s chambers in London
in hospitals for those students
considering medical careers
as teaching assistants in local schools
and many others.
Alison Wood is our Work Experience Co-
ordinator who will support students through
the whole process and help students secure
relevant work experience opportunities.
Personal Development in
the sixth form is a major
strength, and the sixth form
helps students develop into
confi dent, sensitive and
refl ective adults.
Ofsted 2013
Isabella Sheridan, Year 12
(studying Chemistry, Biology, Psychology and Maths)
‘I’ve returned to Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form after moving
from the area to New Zealand with my family, and the school is
great! You get so much independence but this is balanced with
great teaching and support. I’ve been made to feel really involved
in my lessons and my questions and queries are always answered.
I’m hoping to studying Medicine at University when I leave here.’
Student View
A Year 12 Drama class at work
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Oli Bales, Year 12
(studying Psychology, History, Drama and Media)
‘I moved to WBHS from Marden and I’ve been delighted by how many
opportunities there are here. I’m already involved in the school show
and have signed up for extra-curricular singing lessons too. I’m hoping
to go to theatre school in London when I leave WBHS so I’m making
the most of all the opportunities that are available to me. Everyone’s
so upbeat here and there’s a great ethos. It’s such an inspiring school.’
Student View
They (6th Form students)
reach high standards and
are strikingly successful in
gaining places at university,
training or employment.
Ofsted 2013
A Year 12 Drama class at work
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We have a large Sixth Form team to support
students throughout their time with us.
Students benefi t from excellent advice, guidance and support, not only from their
tutor, who they see every day, but also from members of the large, specialist Sixth
Form Management Team. We have a continuous open door policy so that students
can talk to a member of the Sixth Form Team at any time – we do not want any
student to leave at the end of the day with a problem. Help is always available.
SUPPORT IS
ALWAYS AVAILABLE
Students receive guidance on next steps from a dedicated Sixth Form Team
Hannah Latif, Year 12
(studying Media, English Literature and Psychology)
‘I’ve joined WBHS Sixth Form this year having previously been
at Marden High School and I’ve found the learning fun and the
teachers really passionate. It’s such a lovely environment to be in
and you can express yourself without being judged. The teachers
are very motivational too and have sparked my interest in Media so
I’m considering that as an option for University when I leave here.’
Student View
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Classroom relationships
are based on respect and a
thirst to learn.
Ofsted 2013
SUPPORT IS
ALWAYS AVAILABLE
Chaitali Meneux, Year 12
(studying Media, English Language and Psychology)
‘I’ve started at Whitley Bay High School having moved from Bois de Nefles
High School, Reunion Island. WBHS is a large school but so friendly and
welcoming and I was able to find my way around very quickly as well as
making lots of new friends. The teachers are very supportive and eager to
help on a one to one basis. I feel comfortable asking them for help. I’m
planning to go university after WBHS Sixth Form to study to be a teacher.’
Student View
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Teaching is outstanding.
There is an absolute
determination amongst all
staff to ensure that lessons
are exciting and effective
Ofsted 2013
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STUDENT FACILITIES
Attached to this is a dedicated Sixth Form
ICT Suite, allowing students to access a large
number of internet linked computers. Within the
Common Room there is a Sixth Form Café, serving
hot and cold food and drinks from 8.30am.
Sixth Form students also make full use of
our large modern Library which provides
further access to ICT and is equipped with
new multimedia resources and a constantly
growing book stock. Important journals such
as New Scientist, Economics Review and
emagazine (the journal of English Language
and Literature), are available here.
However, the most important resource within
the Library is the library staff, who go out of their
way to support students with their work including
helping students find sources and material for
their studies. There is a specialised introduction
to the Library for all Sixth Form students during
one of the induction sessions to help students
make the most of this excellent facility.
In both the Common Room and Library
there is always a lovely atmosphere as
students relax and carry out independent
study in these informal settings.
The Sixth Form area has undergone a £1 million development. This has provided
students with a large Common Room area in which to relax and work.
Millie Young, Year 13
(studying Economics, Business Studies and Psychology)
‘Whitley Bay High School is so supportive and the Sixth Form team are always
on hand to help you. The teaching is fantastic and my teachers are amazing.
The student/teacher relationship is really relaxed and you’re always encouraged
to take part and get involved. I’d like to go to University when I leave and I’m
also interested in joining the Territorial Army.’
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A message to
prospective students
from other schools
from Caelan Oram (Year 13)
(Caelan joined Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form from a
local high school in September 2015 and is studying English
Literature, English Language, Psychology and Drama).
Joining a Sixth Form from another school felt like the world’s most
daunting situation. As summer neared its end, there seemed to be
no worse fate; I imagined it to be a similar experience to entering
into a den of wolves. Blindfolded.
But despite my fears, my time at Whitley Bay has been anything
but frightening. There was an instant and overwhelming sense of
being welcomed in every new lesson. Every interaction seemed to
become friendlier and easier as the days went on. The teaching
style was unlike anything I’d experienced and I was allowed to
make mistakes because I had the support to learn from them.
School became more than just learning. It contained so many of
my favourite experiences. As a new kid on the block I expected
nothing, and walked away from Year 12 with 4 AS grades, a lead
role in the school musical, and a place as one of the nine finalists
of the national Poetry by Heart competition. Worlds were opened
up to me that I could never have even dreamed of before Whitley
Bay High School, all through the endless, faultless, encouragement
I received.
I started Year 13 a different person from who I was two years
previously. I’m now confident, assured and independent. I knew I
had the staff and the students of my school by my side. My advice
to a student considering joining Whitley Bay High School would be
to do it without a doubt. For me it was the best decision I could
have made.
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If you are currently at Whitley Bay High School you will receive support
from your tutor, the Pastoral Team and North Tyneside Careers
Service to help you think about all your Post 16 options.
You will also have a guidance meeting with a senior member of staff. This will help you consider your
future options in relation to your target GCSE grades. You may be helped to gain further advice from the
people best equipped to help you – for instance with specifi c university advice or vocational options.
If you are joining Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form from another school the fi rst thing
to do is contact Helen Davison or Alison Wood (our Sixth Form Administrators) on 0191
2008829 in order to be added to our mailing list. Once you have completed an application
form, which we will post, you will receive a guidance meeting with one of the Sixth Form
Team. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@wbhs6form) to keep up to date!
HOW TO ENROL
Sixth Form Courses Evening
All students considering joining the Sixth Form should come to
our Sixth Form Courses Evening on Tuesday 6th December, from
5 – 7pm. Here you will get the opportunity to speak with students
and staff about A Levels you are interested in studying.
Students are offered a range of exciting opportunities. Here, students visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford upon Avon
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Callum Dyer, Year 12
(studying Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
‘I joined Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form from Benfi eld School and I’ve found it so
inclusive. I felt settled in after only a few days and the Sixth Form team works really
hard to make you feel part of the school. We were all invited to lunch in the fi rst few
weeks and given the chance to meet other students. The teachers are great and very
helpful. I’m hoping to study Medicine or Biomedicine at University when I leave WBHS.’
Student View
Students joining Whitley Bay High School may be
eligible for the Post 16 Bursary, which is funded by the
government. Its purpose is to help those students who
need support in meeting the costs of Post 16 education.
You will qualify for funding if you are any of the following:
In care;
A care leaver;
A family in receipt of income support;
A student with learning diffi culties or disabilities in receipt of both
Employment Support Allowance and Disability Allowance.
If so you will qualify for £1,200* per year from the scheme.
OR
Eligible for Free School Meals;
A family in receipt of Working Tax Credit;
A young person aged 16-18 looking after a sick or disabled relative;
A family with a low household income.
If so you will be eligible to receive up to £700* per year from the scheme.
In addition, any funding that is left will be used as a
Hardship Fund for learners experiencing severe fi nancial
hardship. If you have any questions about this Bursary
please do not hesitate to contact the Sixth Form Team.
*Figures correct at time of going to print.
THE POST
16 BURSARY
Year 12 German Lesson
Year 12 Media Lesson
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The way
in which
students work
with other
adults and
each other to
make progress
is exceptional
Ofsted 2013
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SUMMARY OF A LEVEL
GRADES ACHIEVED
2016
Appendix 1
Subject (A Level) Ent A* A B C D E U A*-B A*-E
Applied Business 11 0 1 4 3 3 0 0 5 11
Applied ICT/Computing 27 0 0 12 12 3 0 0 12 27
Applied Science 12 0 0 0 6 4 2 0 0 12
Art 15 8 1 6 0 0 0 0 15 15
Biology 49 2 7 16 11 4 8 1 25 48
Business Studies 19 0 1 5 6 5 2 0 6 19
Chemistry 43 2 9 11 11 6 3 1 22 42
Economics 25 0 3 7 7 7 0 1 10 24
English Language &
Literature
14 0 0 5 6 3 0 0 5 14
English Language 30 1 5 10 10 4 0 0 16 30
English Literature 59 7 9 19 18 6 0 0 35 59
French 7 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 5 7
Further Maths 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 4
General Studies 88 5 11 27 26 15 4 0 43 88
Geography 32 2 3 7 11 7 1 1 12 31
German 4 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 4
Health and Social Care 24 0 1 9 10 4 0 0 10 24
History 68 2 14 26 16 10 0 0 42 68
Mathematics 73 7 12 23 13 12 6 0 42 73
Media Studies 39 0 4 17 14 4 0 0 21 39
Music 4 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 4
PE 16 0 0 4 5 5 2 0 4 16
Physics 39 0 6 11 10 6 5 1 17 38
Psychology 48 3 6 13 13 8 5 0 22 48
Philosophy & Ethics 7 0 1 3 2 0 1 0 4 7
Technology 7 0 0 2 3 2 0 0 2 7
Textiles 5 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 3 5
Theatre Studies 9 1 1 1 3 3 0 0 3 9
Total 778 41 102 243 224 123 40 5 386 773
See page 6 for 2017 courses on offer.
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Applied Business Level 3 Certificate
Students must achieve at least a grade 4 in
GCSE English Language or Literature. It would
be desirable if students had studied GCSE
Business Studies, but this is not essential.
Health & Social Care Level 3 Certificate
Students must achieve at least a grade 4 in GCSE
English Language or Literature and grades CC in
GCSE Science. A GCSE in Health & Social Care and/
or Child Development would also be an advantage.
Applied Science Level 3 Certificate
Students must achieve at least grades CC in
Double Award Science and a grade 4 in Maths
and English Language or Literature.
Applied ICT Level 3 Certificate
Students must achieve at least a grade 4 in GCSE
English Language or Literature. If students have studied
GCSE ICT they must achieve a minimum of grade C.
Art & Design: Fine Art
Students must achieve at least a grade C in Art and
Design at GCSE level. Students must also have at
least a grade 5 in English Language or Literature.
Art & Design: Textiles
Students must achieve at least grade 4 in GCSE
English Language or Literature and having studied
Textiles or Art at GCSE would be an advantage.
Biology
Students must achieve at least grades BB in GCSE Double
Award Science and a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.
Students studying Chemistry, Biology and Physics as
separate sciences must achieve a minimum of a grade B
in Biology and one other science and grade 6 in Maths.
Business Studies
Students must achieve at least a grade 5 in GCSE English
Language or Literature and a minimum of grade 4 in
Mathematics. It would be desirable if students had
studied GCSE Business Studies, but this is not essential.
Chemistry
Students must achieve at least grades BB in
GCSE Double Award Science and a grade 6 in
GCSE Mathematics. Students studying Chemistry,
Biology and Physics as separate sciences must
achieve a minimum of a grade B in Chemistry
and one other science and grade 6 in Maths.
Computer Science
Students must achieve a minimum of two grade B
qualifications in Science and a grade 7 in Mathematics.
Design Technology
Students must achieve at least a grade 5 in GCSE
Mathematics and ideally grades CC in Double Award
Science. A grade C in Electronic Products or equivalent
in Engineering at KS4 would also be desirable.
Drama & Theatre Studies
Students must achieve at least a grade 5 in
GCSE English Language or Literature.
Economics
Students must achieve at least a grade 6 in GCSE
Mathematics and English Language or Literature.
English Language
Students must achieve at least a grade 6 in GCSE
English Language and a grade 5 in English Literature.
SUBJECT SPECIFIC
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Appendix 2
Summary of Academic Entry Requirements for the Sixth Form.
Due to changes nationally in the grading system for GCSEs in English and Maths, with students
receiving a “number grade”, requirements may be subject to change during the summer term as the
national picture becomes apparent.
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English Literature
Students must achieve at least a grade 6 in GCSE
English Literature and a grade 5 in English Language.
English Language & Literature
Students must achieve at least a grade 5
and 6 in either combination in GCSE English
Language and English Literature.
French
Students must achieve at least a grade B in GCSE
French and a grade 6 in English Language or Literature.
Further Mathematics
Students must achieve a grade 8 or 9 in GCSE Maths.
Geography
Students must achieve at least a grade
B in GCSE Geography and a grade 5 in
English Language or Literature.
German
Students must achieve at least a grade
B in GCSE German and a grade 6 in
English Language or Literature.
History
Students must achieve at least a grade B in
GCSE History. If students have not studied
History at GCSE then they must achieve at least
grade 6 in English Language or Literature.
Mathematics
Students must achieve at least a
grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.
Media Studies
Students must achieve at least grades 4 and 5 in either
combination in GCSE English Language and English
Literature. In the case of two 4s in English, an Art
grade of B or higher may be taken into consideration.
Music
Students must achieve a minimum of a grade
C in GCSE Music but should also possess a
minimum standard of a grade 4 on a musical
instrument and have the ability to read music.
Philosophy & Ethics
Students must achieve at least a grade 5 in
GCSE English Language or Literature.
Physical Education
Students must achieve at least grade CC
qualifications in Double Award Science, and grade
4 in English and Maths. If students have taken PE
at GCSE it would be expected that they will have
achieved at least a grade C on the theory paper.
Physics
Students must achieve at least grades BB in
GCSE Double Award Science and a grade 6 in
GCSE Mathematics. Students studying Chemistry,
Biology and Physics as separate sciences
must achieve at least a grade B in Physics and
one other science and grade 6 in Maths.
Psychology
Students must achieve at least grades CC in
Double Science and grade 5 in either English
Language or Literature and Maths.
Katie Charles, Year 12
(studying Applied Science, Applied IT and Geography)
‘I’ve moved to the area from Macclesfield and although it felt a bit scary at first,
I’ve really settled in and it’s just wonderful here! I’ve made lots of friends already
and it’s really not the kind of school where you just come to school do work and
then go home. There are lots of opportunities to get to know people and to get
involved. I’m hoping to study to become a Primary School Teacher when I leave.’
Student View
Whitley Bay High School
Deneholm
Whitley Bay
Tyne and Wear
NE25 9AS
T. 0191 200 8829
E. sixthform@whitleybayhighschool.org
W. www.whitleybayhighschool.org
@wbhs6form