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SIXTH FORM Prospectus


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“Success is seeing our students leave Sixth Form full of confidence, with the skills to succeed in employment, apprenticeships or university.” Headteacher, Mrs C McCormack


I often describe a student’s school career as a journey through school, and the Sixth Form part of the journey is the most personal and most demanding. It offers excellence in subject specialism, respect, in the choices each student makes as a learner and in the responsibility for their own learning. Alongside studies, the opportunities are there for curriculum enrichment and the advice and guidance to make decisions on future careers. I look forward to seeing our students, new and old, build on their GCSE success. Our students consistantly achieve 100% A Level pass rate, a testament to the dedication of our staff and our hard-working students. But we measure success in other ways too. We encourage all our students to be independent learners, team players, and positive contributors to our community.

AWARDS & PROM Our Sixth Form Awards Evening is a celebration of students’ journey at South Wirral. It’s a relaxing, exciting and emotional evening, with music and photographs, and parents are invited to see the students make their final walk onto the stage to collect their awards. Students receive certificates and subject trophies for their efforts, which is a proud moment for parents, carers and staff. It’s an excellent opportunity to see the students together for one last farewell before they embark on the rest of their exciting journey. Each year, Sixth Form students attend Prom in the final term. Students and staff all thoroughly enjoy the evening that consists of a three-course meal, speeches, certificates and dancing. It is a night to remember for all.

WE ASKED OUR STUDENTS... “Why did you join South Wirral Sixth Form?”

I stayed because the standard of teaching is high and the staff are supportive.

Because of the good courses, particularly Photography A Level.

Ami, Year 13

Lauren, Year 13

The Sixth Form is friendly; everyone gets on well, and the teachers are great. We’re treated like adults, but still receive the support we need. The careers advice and university and apprenticeship application process is amazing here.

Tom, Year 13

WE WILL: Provide a learning package to suit you. You can mix A Levels with BTECs to get additional UCAS points Deliver a comprehensive PSHE programme including study skills and citizenship

Offer you personal and education support to help you transition successfully from High School

Provide you with excellent careers guidance for university and work applications and opportunities

Provide extra-curricular activities and opportunities to travel to various locations on a wide range of trips



A-C A Level

Pass Rate A Level

Pass Rate


Receive bursary per year to help with trips and materials

Use our free WIFI to connect your mobile or tablet

100% of A Level students passed


Combine A Levels and BTECS for more UCAS points

Receive extra careers support via our Connexions Advisor

54% leave with at least 2A*-B A2 or equivalent

“It is a highly inclusive environment and the Sixth Form has adapted the curriculum to ensure student success.� Ofsted 2013

ACHIEVEMENT Study at our Sixth Form and feel secure about your future. Our students go on to study at university, apprenticeships, and employment. We will work hard to ensure you step into higher education, apprenticeships or work. Your journey, experience and destination motivate our dedicated staff to ensure you get the most out of your Sixth Form education. Many of our students earned places in prestigious Russell Group universities such as the University of Leeds, Liverpool and Edinburgh.




BA (HONS) Dance & Sport RICHARD


The UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER BA (HONS) Neuroscience with Industrial Experience



BA (HONS) Comedy Writing & Performance AMY


ADAM’S STORY As I had achieved the correct GCSE results, I was able to choose which Sixth form college to attend. However, I decided to stay on at South Wirral High School. Not only did they offer the A level courses I wanted to study, but I knew the teachers, and they knew me, and my strengths and weaknesses. They were able to guide me in the right direction. The main attraction to South Wirral High School was the general sense of community and a personal learning experience. Teachers know your name and go above and beyond to help if there are any issues or queries. South Wirral helped prepare me for both university life and working life beyond that by teaching me to achieve the best of my ability and to also be an independent learner. South Wirral also offered many opportunities that both help my CV stand out but also gave me invaluable experience such as participation in a scheme in which I worked with younger children to help them with their mathematics.

“South Wirral helped prepare me for both university life and working life beyond.� Adam Garland

“We will identify your strengths and talents and set challenging targets to enable you to achieve your ambitions.�

STUDENT SUPPORT Develop your independent learning skills with the guidance and support from teachers and staff.

We will:

Provide teaching that meets your preferred learning styles Identify your strengths and talents and set challenging targets Equip you with the transferable skills, great for CVs Support you in every way we can, with educational or pastoral needs


Allocated tutor time to complete your UCAS personal statement UCAS application workshops with specialist


University visits, taster days and workshops Work with our Connexions Advisor to discuss and apply for further education, training or work (visit


CATERING TO YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS You will have the option to ‘mix & max.’ subjects and qualifications.

For example, you can study BTEC Level 3 and 2 A Levels and earn the equivalent of 4 A Levels. Our courses are flexible to ensure you choose the course combination to suit your individual need. For more information, please

“I did a combination of BTECs and A Levels and was offered a place at the University of Liverpool.” Laura Traynor Dist* BB


Many students are opting to study BTECs over A-Levels, and universities now recognise them as valid qualifications. BTECS will enable you to earn UCAS points for university. For more information, please visit

BTEC Levels Level 3 - Equivalent to A Levels

How are BTECS assessed? BTECs are vocational qualifications, not traditional academic courses. One of the main differences between BTECs and A-Levels is the way both are assessed. Continued assessment of practical projects and coursework will take place, rather than an examination at the end of the course (subject dependent).


AS levels and A Level will be de-coupled, meaning, AS level will become a one year course whose content is the same as the first year of A level. A2 will no longer exist. The changes will allow more time for students to learn throughout the A Level and minimise the focus on modular exams. We anticipate this will reduce the burden for you. Now you will face examinations at the end of AS year (year 12) and A Level (year 13), instead of throughout the year. The new system is being rolled out over two years from September 2015 so there will be a two-year in-between the period where a mixture of old courses (AS and A2) will run alongside de-coupled courses. For more information, please visit

How are A Levels assessed? AS - End of year examination and coursework (subject dependent) A Level - End of year examination and coursework (subject dependent).

‘6 for Sixth’ Pledges

1 Perform or represent the school in the community/school


2 Achieve additionally recognised

A pledge is ‘a promise to do or give’ and we have identified SIX pledges that will help you develop socially, spiritually and culturally throughout their time at South Wirral.

3 Complete work-related learning


4 Partake in pastoral/subject specific trips and activities

Our aim is to encourage all students to take part in at least one activity under each different pledge.

5 Develop leadership skills by taking up

You will improve your personal statement by achieving the Pledges, which are also a great talking point in job, apprenticeship and university interviews.

6 Get involved in charity work.

extra responsibilities/activities in or outside of the Sixth Form


We pride ourself on advising our students in their choice of appropriate courses at Sixth Form. The enrolment procedure is an important part of this process. As a student here, your full-time study will consist of three or four A Level subjects or their equivalent. Some of your own time will be taken up with a combination of Private Study and our Enrichment Programme. If you wish to study A Level courses, you must gain at least five GCSEs at Grade C or above. Particular entry requirements may affect the subjects you can study.


It is not always necessary to have studied a subject at GCSE to undertake A Level. Other courses are available for students who do not have five GCSEs at Grade C or above, combining GCSE resits in English and Maths. It may be possible to study one AS level in conjunction with these courses. Enrolment is undertaken after GCSE results are published. It takes the form of an interview, with a parent, to discuss courses. At this time, you will be counselled in choosing appropriate subjects based on exam grades and potential career choices.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A Levels 5 + A*-C GCSEs (Entry requirements may vary

depending on courses and students)

BTECS Level 3

Entry requirements may vary depending on courses and students

BTECS Level 3

Applied Science and Forensics Business Studies Health & Social Music Sport Performing Arts Travel & Tourism Sports Leadership Dance For information on course-combinations, diplomas and subsiduries, please visit our website.


Improve your employability and boost your UCAS points with additional qualifications

*Sports Leadership LEVEL 1 and 2 *Higher Sports Leaders Award Level 3 *Dance Leaders *Maths Leaders *Duke of Edinburgh Award *First Aid *Individual Sports Coaching Awards & FA Learning Courses

There may be some course changes and updates so please visit our website for the latest information

AS & A Level

Visual & Performing Arts Fine Art Digital Photography Dance Drama and Theatre Studies

Science & Maths Human Biology Chemistry Psychology Mathematics


Applied ICT

Humanities & MFL

English Literature Philosophy of Religion & Ethics Geography History German French


Physical Education Extended Project Qualification (AS Level only)


The pre-apprenticeship course is a stepping stone to help you get into the desired apprenticeship of your choice. If you don’t think you are quite ready to go straight on to an apprenticeship or haven’t been successful in securing one, this programme is ideal for you.

“Combine work placements and qualifications.“

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There are no entry requirements, but you must have an excellent attendance record and a positive attitude to learning. The programme will be specifically tailored to meet your needs as well as developing the skills needed to secure a future apprenticeship.


The course includes a work placement and will allow you to assess if an apprenticeship is the best option before starting one.


You will work towards GCSE Grade C in Maths and English, Level 1/2 employability qualifications and necessary skills working towards a Level 3 qualification.


Help you secure work-related learning in a chosen area Provide you with a designated member of staff who will regularly review your progress and provide you with valuable information, advice and guidance Develop your motivation, confidence and self-belief Help you establish a work ethic that is essential to being successful once an apprenticeship is secured

Successful completion of this course will help you: Prepare for the working environment of your choice

Secure a high quality apprenticeship and gain permanent employment Achieve further recognised qualifications if you are not opting for higher education Acquire skills that are in high demand in the UK and within the local area

Continue on to year 13 and complete BTECS

HOW TO GET HERE Hop on a Merseyrail train (Wirral Line) to Eastham Rake Rail station, a short ten-minute walk from the South Wirral Sixth Form. Many bus services drop you off close by to South Wirral Sixth Form. Services include: 609, 623 and 610 Please visit www.southwirral.wirral.

HOW TO APPLY Please visit our website for more course information, and to access the online application form.


South Wirral High School Plymyard Ave, Eastham, Merseyside CH62 8EH Tel: 0151 327 3213 Email:

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South Wirral Sixth Form Prospectus  

South Wirral Sixth Form offers flexible course combinations to earn UCAS points for university, and prepares students for quality apprentice...

South Wirral Sixth Form Prospectus  

South Wirral Sixth Form offers flexible course combinations to earn UCAS points for university, and prepares students for quality apprentice...