New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
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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

The Sixth form curriculum at New College

At New College we offer a wide range of Sixth form programmes adapted to individual student’s needs.

Components that can form part of a student’s programme include:

  • A Level or AS level qualifications
  • GCSE courses in Maths, English, Single sciences and other subjects if requested
  • BTEC level 1/2/3 courses
  • Individual Braille training
  • IT training
  • Individual mobility training
  • Individual Independent living skills training
  • English as a second language support
  • Adult Numeracy courses at a variety of levels
  • Adult Literacy Courses at a variety of levels
  • ASDAN Bronze, Silver or Gold
  • Work placement
  • Enhancement programme

As part of the assessment and induction procedures, we will work with students to devise an individual timetable for them which meets their need for academic progress, skill development and independence training.

There are three main types of programme which a student can follow:

1. A level / Level 3 BTEC programme Plus Extended Project qualification

(a) Students can follow a programme of 3 A level qualifications or Level 3 BTEC (or a mixture of the two types of qualification) if they meet the following criteria:

  • They have achieved 5 GCSE grade C or above, including Maths and English and other GCSE subjects relevant to their choice of AS subjects.
  • They have an effective medium of work in Braille or print.
  • They do not need intensive mobility or Independent Living Skills.
  • Their reference from their previous school shows that they have a good work ethic.

What is the Extended Project Qualification?

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. It can be across any subject area. Universities like EPQ because it demonstrates the independent learning skills that are required at higher education. In terms of UCAS points, it is worth half an A Level.

(b) Students can follow a programme of a mixture of A Level or BTEC level 3 and GCSE or BTEC Level 2 qualifications if they meet the following criteria:

  • They have achieved 5 GCSE grade C or above, but these do not include Maths or English.
  • They have an effective medium of work in Braille or print.
  • They do not need intensive mobility or Independent Living Skills.

Any student who has not achieved grade C in GCSE maths or English will be expected to take an appropriate literacy or numeracy course until they reach 18 years of age. This is in line with regulations set by the Department of Education.

Any student without an effective medium of work will be assessed for the appropriateness of starting on a programme of Braille.

All students’ programmes will be reviewed in November of their first term to check that they are making good progress on their chosen courses. If there is a lack of achievement, there may be modifications of programmes.

Changes to A levels

A levels have become two year linear courses which are assessed at the end of the second year of study. Universities only require three A levels for courses that specify particular grades (rather than points). Previously the results for AS formed part of the A2 result but this is not now the case. At NCW students will usually be entered for AS at the end of the first year of study in order to give an indication of the expected outcome for A Level and to gain experience of sitting exams. If there is a lack of achievement in the first year of study, there may be modifications of programmes.

2. Access Year

This is aimed at students with fewer than 5 GCSE’s at C grade, and mainly E-D grades, or students needing intensive support following recent sight loss. This one year course will aim to consolidate GCSE work or introduce BTEC level 2 and will be a preparation for one of the following:

•A move onto A level or one Level 3 course at New College Worcester

The programme could include study for 4-5 GCSEs, BTEC Performing Arts, an ASDAN course and Work Experience.

3. Transition Year

This course will offer an individualised programme made up of a variety of elements. These elements will generally be a selection from the following:

  • The completion/continuation of some GCSE courses
  • BTEC level 1/2
  • Adult Numeracy
  • Literacy skills
  • Work experience
  • ASDAN course
  • Preparation for work
  • Additional skills work – ILS, IT, Braille etc.

This will prepare students for vocational options at NCW or other colleges.

Courses offered:

  • Art, Craft & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government & Politics
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • Home Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Music BTEC Level 3
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Other Subjects

  • Adult Literacy
  • Adult Numeracy
  • BTEC Level 3 in Environmental Sustainability
  • Citizenship Skills GCSE
  • English Language and English Literature GCSE
  • Health and Social Care Cambridge Nationals Level 2
  • Home Cooking BTEC Level 2
  • Information Technology – ITQ Level 2
  • Leisure and Tourism GCSE
  • Mathematics Entry Level 1
  • Mathematics GCSE
  • Money and Finance BTEC Level 1/2
  • Music BTEC Level 2
  • Physical Education, BTEC First Award in Sport Level 1/2
  • Sociology GCSE

You can download NCW's UCAS Reference Statement here:

UCAS Reference Statement