West Hatch High School 6th Form Prospectus

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West Hatch Sixth Form 2023

Work hard, together, to succeed

Welcome to West Hatch 2023

Dear Prospective Students and Parents,

Thank you for showing an interest in West Hatch Sixth Form.

At West Hatch, our students are encouraged to work and study hard and achieve all they are capable of academically. Equally important, we believe that they should become well-rounded citizens, who demonstrate good character habits in all aspects of their life, personal and professional. Standards and expectations are high, we lead a distinctive learning community, and we purposefully and explicitly prioritise the development of students’ character and academic accomplishments in equal measure, so that they flourish as socially aware, skilled citizens equipped to take their place on the world stage.

Central to our ethos is the motto: “Where we work hard, together, to succeed”. The core values of our Sixth Form is based on our vision; where all students can say that they belong so that they can thrive and excel and where all students and staff work together to unlock potential.

Our hugely successful Sixth Form offers a wide range of both A-Level and BTEC qualifications, to ensure students are able to successfully follow their chosen pathway, whether it be a Russell Group University, or Apprenticeship. We provide high quality teaching by staff with a track record of success. We offer an outstanding, experienced Pastoral Care system, ensuring every student is fully supported throughout their time with us. In addition, Key Stage 5 students enjoy the use of their very own Sixth Form Centre.

West Hatch Sixth form offers a broad range of courses to match student interests, ambitions and ability. Most students choose West Hatch Sixth Form to study A levels but we also offer a range of Level 3 vocational qualifications. The types of courses you will follow will depend on your entry qualifications.

We expect all students to be smart and well presented. Sixth Form students must recognise their responsibility to act as ambassadors for the school and as positive role models for all students at all times.

We have a robust pastoral care system where students are cared for and nurtured to make the next leap in their continuing education, post 18 or employment or apprenticeships.

We understand that making the choice about where and what to study in the Sixth Form is a major decision for students and families. With a focus on excellent academic teaching and our pastoral programme, West Hatch Sixth Form offers a truly distinctive experience at this important stage of your life

We look forward to meeting with you

“At West Hatch Sixth Form, teachers support students academically and personally to foster their growth and independence, providing an excellent foundation for the transition into a further academic or occupational future. The Sixth Form is thus a continuation of West Hatch’s diverse and encouraging community.”

**2022 Success**

A high achieving academic sixth form developing outstanding young men and women

Southampton Medicine

Southampton Mathematics

York Business Management

York Film and TV Production

Cardiff Software Engineering

Kings College London Environment Science

Kings College London Biomedicine

Bristol Philosophy

Birmingham Money, Banking and Finance

Birmingham Psychology

Nottingham Engineering and Physical Sciences

Queen Mary Business Management & Accounting

Sheffield English Literature

Birmingham Social Policy and Criminology

Manchester Law

Queen Mary History

Southampton Environmental Science

Loughborough Sport Science & Coaching with Physical Education

2022 Destination Data

Successes include:



Metropolitan Police



Wills Tower Watson

Barristers Clerk

Guy Carpenter London




Axis Europe

Sixth Form Entry and Progression

In August, students who meet the conditions of their offer combined with a satisfactory reference, will automatically be given a place in our sixth form. If you do not fully meet our entry requirements, your offer may be revised. All offers will be made according to group size, ability and aptitude. If students do not fulfil our entry requirements, their place cannot be guaranteed.

Maintaining a place in the sixth form and progressing to Year 13

As you enter sixth form it is the expectation of the school that you are to be role models for younger students within our school and show your commitment to all aspects of everyday life in our sixth form.

Students who are successful in gaining a place on a two-year linear A Level or Level 3 vocational programmes will maintain their place if they attend regularly, complete and are successful in internal assessments in Year 12 and 13.

A-Level students will be continually assessed via independent study, tests, Year 12 progression exams. Students will be expected to perform well in these continuous assessments in order to progress from Year 12 to Year 13.

If a student is on a vocational course the expectation is to pass at least 50% of assessments at the first attempt in Year 12 in order to progress from Year 12 to 13—this gives re-sit opportunities in Year 13.

What are the requirements for Individual University Subjects?*

 Medicine or Dentistry: GCSE Grades 8/9 in Sciences and Mathematics and the majority of grades as 7 or above. There is an expectation that you are studying at least two of the following subjects: A Level Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics—some universities may not require Chemistry so check individual university requirements. (Applicants will also need to register for pre-entry tests BMAT and UCAT dependent upon university).

 Veterinary Science: Grades 8/9 at GCSE in Sciences and Mathematics. (Applicants will also need to register for pre-entry tests BMAT and UCAT dependent upon university).

 Mathematics: Must have studied A Level Mathematics, some universities will require the STEP pre-entry test or other pre-Admissions test (if planning a gap year, some universities will not make an offer for this course).

 Economics: Most of the Russell Group universities will require A Level Maths.

 Education—Primary: A Level in at least one National Curriculum subject (which is taught in primary school).

 Law: no specified subject but recommend one subject that requires extended writing e.g. English, History or Religious Studies.

 Engineering: Russell Group universities will most likely require A Level Maths and Physics.

 Psychology: to have studied a science preferably Biology but many universities will accept A Level Psychology as a science.

N.B. Some Russell Group Universities may not offer due to the combination of A Levels being taken.

*This is not exhaustive or comprehensive. We emphasise that research must be undertaken by the student, as to the individual requirements of universities and courses. We recommend that all university research is undertaken throughout year 12 when the school also delivers a pastoral programme based on higher education.

Our Curriculum

Programmes of study at West Hatch aim to get the best out of each student, encouraging breadth and depth without compromising rigour or levels of achievement.

We offer a variety of routes through the Sixth Form, resulting in courses that are individually tailored to meet the interests and needs of each student.

There is a compulsory re-sit of Maths and English GCSEs, if not achieved at Level 4 or above.

All students should be prepared to work hard and make their studies a priority for the duration of their time at West Hatch.

Independent Advice & Guidance

We offer qualified experienced teachers and support staff within a caring pastoral setting

 Academic Support

 Pastoral Support

 Student Services to help with practical financial issues

 Professional Counsellor

 University & Careers Guidance

 Learning Support

The Mindset Programme

When you enter a new mindset, you enter a new world. The world of changing qualities to stretch and learn something new. It is now time to take charge of developing yourself.

The programme will consider:





 Coaching

Hatch Extra 6th Form Enrichment

Our ‘Hatch Extra’ enrichment is a compulsory programme that encompasses a 3 strand rota to include development of academic skills, self/social skills and a focus on our pupils’ careers post 6th form. Students will engage in a number of different workshops and activities designed to add further skills to personal statements, CV’s and potentially assist in any future pathways. Workshops in self-defence, financial education, first aid and higher education, will allow for students to become immersed in sixth form life, the wider school community and make long lasting friendships outside of normal timetabled lessons.

Delivering PSHE

The sixth form PSHE programme sits alongside the national curriculum framework in order to support students’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development as well as prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. The programme of study is based on three core themes to include: Health & Well-being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. The sessions will include independent and group work, reflections on current issues and attempts to engage students in development of their oracy skills. All sessions will allow for equal opportunity without prejudice and preconception.

“The 6th form’s enrichment programme helped me understand the importance of investing in my own future. From the Higher Education sessions, career research to first aid and sporting activities, I have been encouraged to develop and learn skills that I will be able to use for the rest of my life. West Hatch invests in the students and make us feel valued.”

Success for You

Success starts from within, and our Sixth Form will encourage and support you. To reach your full potential you must:

 make a commitment to independent study

 create a balance between your studies and other activities

 organise your study time and develop effective study skills

 take responsibility, together with your subject teachers, for your progress

 self-evaluate what you want to achieve during your time with us and beyond

Monitoring Performance

Regular monitoring is an important element for successful study. We will provide:

 Regular feedback

 Progress Checks

 Academic Reviews and Mentoring

 Parent’s Evenings

 Intervention and Support at Department level

 Expected 95% attendance for all students

 Automatic Progression to Year 13 depends on achieving a C grade in Year 12; this decision is at the discretion of Assistant Headteacher of KS5

Independent Learning

At West Hatch, we believe that success can only be achieved when responsibility for learning is taken by the students. We expect all students during their time here to develop the independent learning skills that will prepare them for the challenges that come from university or employment. To assist with this development, all students will need to allocate a minimum of three hours on their timetable (dependent on learning programme) to spend time in our Study Centre. The Centre offers a wide range of resources and is supervised by experienced staff who offer support and guidance.

Our Academic Pathways

Art & Design


Drama & Theatre Studies






Computer Science


English Literature Extended Project Level 3

Government & Politics

Media Studies



Philosophy & Ethics

Business Studies

AS Level Maths in Context

English Language & Literature



Physical Education

Product Design Psychology



BTEC National Extended Certificate—Applied Science

BTEC National Extended Certificate—Business

Cambridge National Extended Certificate—IT

BTEC National Foundation Diploma—Dance

BTEC National Extended Certificate—Sport

BTEC National Extended Diploma – Business

COMPULSORY COURSES GCSE (Resits) English GCSE (Resits) Maths

General Entry Requirements


You must have achieved a least 6 or more GCSE grades 9 - 5 including English and Mathematics Grade 5.

To study a particular subject, you must achieve the specific entry requirements as outlined on the next page.


On this pathway you will study 3 courses which are a combination of Advanced Level courses and Vocational courses.

You must have achieved a least 5 or more GCSE grades 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics Grade 4.

You must then achieve the specific entry requirements for each subject as outlined on the next page.




You must have achieved a least 5 or more GCSE grades 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics Grade 4.

It will be compulsory to study English and/or Mathematics at GCSE if you have not achieved a Grade 4 in either subject at Key Stage 4.

N.B. These lessons may be timetabled after school and your attendance is compulsory.

N.B. The ESOL qualification will not count towards an English Grade 5. The qualifications for ECDL and Financial Literacy will not count towards the 9— 4 grades as a GCSE equivalent (these qualifications are preparation for work.)

**All applications are subject to a satisfactory reference.

A Level Entry Requirements

We highly recommend that you have studied the subject at GCSE level to move on to the A Level course. Where this is not the case, there is an element of flexibility in some subjects as outlined below.

A Level Subject

Entry requirements (if taken at GCSE)

Art Grade 6 or above in Art


Business Studies


Computer Science

AS Level Maths in Context

Drama and Theatre Studies


Grade 6 or above in Biology or Combined Sciences at Grades Double 7 or above

Grade 6 or above in Business Studies

Grade 6 or above in Chemistry or Combined Sciences at Grades Double 7 or above

Grade 6 or above in ICT or Computing

Grade 5 or above in Mathematics

Grade 6 or above in Drama

Grade 6 or above in Economics

English Language & Literature Grades 5 and 6 or above in English Language and English Literature in both respectively

English Literature Grade 6 or above in both English Literature and English Language


Government & Politics



Media Studies

Philosophy & Ethics

Physical Education


Product Design




Grade 6 or above in Geography

Grade 6 or above in Government & Politics

Grade 6 or above in History

Grade 6 or above in Mathematics

Grade 5 or above in Media Studies

Grade 6 or above in Religious Studies

Grade 6 or above in Physical Education

Grade 6 or above in Physics or Combined Sciences at Grades Double 7 or above plus Grade 6 in Mathematics

Grade 6 or above in Resistant Materials, Product Design or Systems & Control

Grade 6 or above in Psychology

Grade 6 or above in Sociology

Grade 6 or above in Spanish

Entry requirements

(if NOT taken at GCSE)

This subject cannot be taken

This subject cannot be taken

A grade 6 in another GCSE subject and grade 5 in Mathematics

This subject cannot be taken

This subject cannot be taken

This subject cannot be taken

A grade 6 in another GCSE subject and grade 5 in English

Grade 6 in Mathematics

This subject cannot be taken

This subject cannot be taken

A grade 6 in another GCSE subject and grade 5 in English

A grade 6 in another GCSE subject and grade 5 in English

A grade 6 in another GCSE subject and grade 5 in English

This subject cannot be taken

Grade 4 in English Language

A grade 6 in another GCSE subject and grade 5 in English

Grade 5 in a Science

This subject cannot be taken

This subject cannot be taken

A grade 6 in another GCSE subject and grade 5 in English

A grade 6 in another GCSE subject and grade 5 in English

This subject cannot be taken

Vocational A Level Courses for the Combined Pathway

Vocational Programmes

(1 A-Level equivalent)

Entry Requirements

(if taken at GCSE )

BTEC National Extended Certificate Applied Science Grade 4 ore above in any triple Science or Grade 4-4 in Combined Science

BTEC National Extended Certificate Business Grade 4 or above in GCSE Business Studies

BTEC National Foundation Diploma Dance (equivalent to 1.5 A levels)

Cambridge Extended Technical Certificate

BTEC Dance Merit or GCSE grade 5 in Dance or medals/grades from dance school and successful audition

Grade 4 or above in ICT

BTEC National Extended Certificate Sport and Exercise Science Merit in BTEC First Certificate or Diploma in Sport or Grade 4 in PE or Dance

Full-time Vocational Pathway

Vocational Programme

(3 A-Level equivalent)

BTEC Subsidiary and Extended Diploma Business

GCSE English Resits

Entry Requirements

(if NOT taken at GCSE)

This subject cannot be taken

A grade 4 in another GCSE subject and grade 4 in English and Mathematics

Evidence of dance experience and qualifications must be uploaded on to the application form at submission

A grade 4 in another GCSE subject and grade 4 in English and Mathematics

A grade 4 in Biology and Grade 4 in English

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE grades 9 - 4 from separate subjects with at least a grade 4 in in English and Mathematics

Compulsory Subjects

GCSE Maths Resits

This course involves preparation for examinations and is compulsory for students who achieved a grade 3 at GCSE and need a grade 4 for further education purposes. Entry is made in November and the following June. This decision will be made in consultation with the teacher.

Students are required to attend all lessons and it is a condition of their place at West Hatch Sixth Form.

This course involves preparation for examinations and is compulsory for students who achieved a grade 3 at GCSE and need a grade 4 for further education purposes. Entry is usually made in November and the following June. This decision will be made in consultation with the teacher.

Students are required to attend all lessons and it is a condition of their place at West Hatch Sixth Form.


Making an application to West Hatch Sixth Form

The sixth form have an on-line application form, you will find the link on our school website:


 To complete this form, applicants need to register to create an account. The initial email must be the students email account. Parents/carers have the opportunity to put their own account in later. We will always communicate with all email accounts.

 It is important that the account is set up in the applicant’s name and not the parent/carer and that the login details are recorded. The initial email must be the students email account. Parents/carers have the opportunity to put their own account in later. We will always communicate with all email accounts.

 When providing contact details, please double check information provided, particularly email addresses as this is how we will be communicating with you (we do not recommend that you use your school email) as access to this to may be restricted during the summer holiday.

 We ask that you also provide a parent email address that is different from the applicant’s.

 Please ensure that the box for communicating with parents is also completed.

 If this ticked, all emails are sent to both applicant and parents.

 When providing the referee for the school reference email, we would recommend that this should be the Head of Year 11 (check the address is correct as without a completed reference, we will not be able to process your application).

 After completing the application form this will be automatically submitted to the Sixth Form Team.

 This system allows us to maintain regular contact and keep you informed on the progress of your application and, if an offer is made, to invite you to our Induction Day.

We look forward to receiving your application. All offers are subject to a satisfactory school reference.

If you have any queries, please email: 6thadmissions@westhatch.net

Applied Science (BTEC Extended Certificate)

A portfolio and exam based assessment covering a variety of scientific investigations: laboratory, medical, environmental, biological, chemical and physical. This qualification provides a route into either University, employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science.

Business Studies (A Level)

This is based within the context of the real world and focuses on topical issues. The topics cover Marketing and People, Managing Business Activities, Business Decisions, Strategy and Global Business. The course takes the opportunity to look at a whole range of business functions.

Business (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Art & Design (A Level)

This programme focuses on Portraiture offering opportunities to develop new skills and techniques using a variety of materials. You will be encouraged to explore a diverse range of other artists work to help develop your own ideas and interests creatively. The subject is primarily about the person making art that reflects their ideas and interests. You need to be selfmotivated as after a structured start, you will be required to undertake independent study outside the classroom.

Biology (A Level)

Biology involves the study of a wide-range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to humans. You will learn more about these including cell biology, biodiversity, classification, disease medicine, biochemistry, food production and the anatomy of the human body.

The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector. This course is equivalent to one A Level. Learners will complete the following Units: Exploring Businesses, Developing a Marketing Campaign (Externally Assessed), Personal and Business Finance (Exams Unit) and Investigating Customer Service.

Business (BTEC Extended Diploma)

This is a full-time practical work-related course, equivalent to 3 A Levels. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. This will include giving presentations, completing research tasks, taking part in role plays, creating new product designs and writing reports. You will study a range of topics: Developing a Marketing Campaign (externally assessed), Personal and Business Finance (exams unit), International Business and Managing an Event. The course comprises of 7 mandatory units including 1 exam and 6 other units chosen by the teachers.

Chemistry (A Level)

Chemistry is the study of matter and energy and the interaction between them. It teaches useful skills helping you to understand the world around you. You will learn how to be objective, how to reason and solve problems. The aim of Chemistry is to make life’s little mysteries a little less…... mysterious.

Core Maths (AS Level - taken over 2 years)

This is a qualification that will allow students who have not met the entry requirement for the full A-Level in Maths. It provides students the opportunity to study Maths in Context.

Computer Science (A Level)

Reasons to study Computer Science:

 It is part of everything we do

 Enables you to solve complex, challenging problems

 Offers great opportunities for true creativity and innovation

 Space for collaborative work and individual effort

Dance (BTEC National Foundation Diploma)

This course gives you the opportunity to learn more about the Dance styles you love. There is a focus on Jazz, Contemporary, Street and Ballet with the opportunity to explore your creative side through the choreography units. The course is designed to nurture the dance skills you already have and improve your performance skills with our annual dance show. You will take part in show-stopping performances in our school theatre and attend fantastic trips. This is equivalent to 1.5 A Level.

Drama & Theatre Studies (A Level)

This is a fun, yet testing, course that develops vital research, writing, communication and analytical skills. Our aim is to achieve a balance of academic knowledge and practical skills to encourage students to become highly creative individuals. Drama has the support of higher education institutions as a specialist qualification for drama and theatre related courses but, equally, it provides a worthwhile experience for students wishing to use it as a part of the entry requirements into other subject areas.

Economics (A Level)

This is a challenging subject which tests your analytical skills, the ability to evaluate arguments and decisions and to assess the reliability of information. It can also give you new perspectives on some of the pressing and challenging problems facing the world today. You will learn about the impact of international trade, both positive and negative.

English Language and Literature (A Level)

The dual focus provided by our course will enable you to develop your study of prose, poetry and drama. What if we could use a computer programme to analyse spoken language from different cultures? Could you compare the linguistic qualities of an experimental poem against those of a gourmet crisp packet? Studying this subject will provide the foundations for a more practical approach to exploring the linguistic aspects of our society.

English Literature (A Level)

You will encounter profound and thought-provoking characters from Shakespeare’s oppressed, vengeful Iago to Williams’ dissembling, lustful protagonist. As you reflect upon social contexts such as Atwood’s 1980’s feminism and Shelley’s age of Romanticism, some of the deepest of human truths will disclose themselves to you, bringing the lessons of the past to bear powerfully upon your own life.

Geography (A Level)

The programme covers both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. The course will show how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. This is complex and dynamic; varies from place to place depending on people’s resources, technology and culture. You will also learn in a variety of ways using maps, GIS skills, data analysis, photos and videos.

Government & Politics (A Level)

Students will study UK politics and government which will give them a secure knowledge and understanding of politics. This knowledge is consolidated by studying three core political ideas: Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism as well as non-core political ideas (feminism or anarchism). The government and politics of the USA are also studied and students are expected to compare the US and UK systems in the exam. You will gain an informed understanding of political systems, develop the ability to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate information to make judgements and finally, develop an interest in contemporary politics.

History (A Level)

History allows students to gain a richer understanding of the world we live in, giving context to current affairs and some of the major events in society. The course is designed to enhance understanding of modern day society.

IT (Cambridge Technical Certificate)

Reasons to choose IT

 There is always employment in IT or linked sectors

 Opens up global opportunities for work

 Involves business thinking and creativity

 At the forefront of the most dynamic, fast-moving and innovative sectors

 IT is key to important global issues: global warming, diminishing power sources etc.

Mathematics (A Level)

The course incorporates the core modules and the practical study of Statistics and Mechanics. Studying Mathematics will encourage the development of logic and problem-solving skills that are considered desirable by the majority of employers.

Media Studies (A Level)

The course will enable you to engage with contemporary media, combining theory with practical elements. Through detailed study of media technologies and issues, you will develop excellent analytical skills that you can apply to successfully plan and produce your own media texts. Our specialist facilities will give you access to industry standard software.

Philosophy & Ethics (A Level)

Regardless of personal faith, this is an inclusive subject relevant to all. Religion has been a fundamental part of human history and still plays a huge role in our society. It can dictate how we see the world, how people lead their lives and influence people’s belief towards each other and themselves. The course encourages students to contemplate the meaning of life and their own existence.

Physical Education (A Level)

In this programme it is expected that you possess the physical capabilities to be assessed within practical activities. You will also be studying a range of modules from coaching, work for official sporting bodies, sports media and more. Students will also study an elite athlete to provide them with the knowledge and understanding to enhance their own performance.

Physics (A Level)

Physics is the scientific art of explaining how and why things happen. A good Physicist should be curious to know about the world around them by asking questions, posing answers and testing ideas. These are the principles of Physics that enable us to learn. The content and practical skills will train you to absorb facts and apply them in a practical manner.

Product Design (A Level)

This programme has been designed to encourage students to take a broad view of design and technology. Students will develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacture and marketing

Psychology (A Level)

The course offers you the opportunity to develop an understanding of human behaviour through theoretical and practical work. Psychology is a subject that will enable you to cultivate an understanding of contemporary issues within society and the role of human behaviour. Our course encourages students to question and challenge their learning to build upon their confidence and emotional intelligence.

Spanish (A Level)

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” - Frank Smith

Spanish is not just valued as a major European language but also as the leading language of fast -growing Latin-American economies—as well as its continued rise to prominence in the United States Spanish is rated as the third most useful language by British employers (The Telegraph). Our Spanish course prepares students for proficiency by studying a range of current issues as well as Spanish culture and history, making an A level in Languages not just another qualification but a valued life-skill.

Sociology (A Level)

Sociology is the study of society and the values and systems within. It is a stimulating and dynamic subject that requires a good understanding of contemporary issues. Sociology will provide you with a skill set to question and challenge the functions of the society in which you live. Sociology requires you to think innovatively about a problem and apply your understanding to both your experiences and those of your peers.

Sport (BTEC National Extended Certificate)

This course is designed to support progression to higher education in the sport and exercise science sector. It may also assist in progression towards working in the health and fitness sector. The programme combines four units of study from Sport and Exercise Physiology to Sports Psychology.

LEVEL 3 Extended Project Qualification

What is the EPQ?

The Extended Project Qualification is a course running between October – October and operating outside of a student’s normal curriculum. It is equivalent to half the size of an A Level study programme and will be graded on a six point scale of A*- E.

Entry onto the course is contingent upon submission of a project Proposal Form. Those who qualify will write a 5,000 word dissertation or investigation/field study, or produce a performance or artefact plus a 1500 word essay rationale.

This programme is only available for year 12 students.

How is it assessed?

The project is assessed from start to finish, along with the skills applied through the process: presentation, referencing, research, planning and evaluation.

Why study the Extended Project Qualification?

To develop extended planning, research and critical thinking,

To allow students choice

To support applications to higher education

To provide a ‘tool-kit’ of skills, knowledge and understanding which can be used in tackling future projects.

Examples of project titles chosen by students:

 Representation of Women in the Marvel cinematic Universe?

 What are the effects of Formula 1 on the environment?

 Should we pursue space exploration?

 How has dance changed over the years (performance)

How do the Universities see the EPQ?

University of Cambridge

“WewelcometheintroductionoftheExtendedProject andwouldencourageyoutoundertakeoneasitwillhelp youdevelopindependentstudyandresearchskillsand easethetransitionfromschool/collegetohigher education."

Loughborough University

“WerecognisethebenefitoftheExtendedProjectin developingindependentresearchandcritical thinkingskills.Wewouldconsiderthisasevidence of motivationtostudyaspecificsubjectinmore depth,andwhilewedonotgenerallyincludeitas partofouroffer conditions,itmaybeusedto furtherconsideran applicationuponreceiptoffinal examinationresults”.

University College London

“UCL welcomes the introduction of the Extended Project into the curriculum, recognising that it will develop many of the skills necessary for successful study at university. For students presenting A levels, UCL will be accepting a pass in the Extended Project as an alternative to the need to offer a pass in a fourth subject at AS level."

University of East Anglia

“CompletinganExtendedProjectQualification(EPQ)is great preparationforstudyingatuniversity.TheEPQisa self-directedpieceofresearch–it’syourchancetoworkon atopicorsubjectthatreallyinterestsyou.You’lldevelop andbeabletodemonstrateskillsthatwilladdanother dimensiontoyouasauniversityapplicant.Theseskills mightalsoberelevantforyourfuturecareer. Theseinclude planningandmanagingaproject,monitoringprogressand reportingonresults.

Theremightbesomebenefitsaswell. Forsomeuniversity courses,anEPQcanreduceyourALevelofferandwillgive universitiesmoreflexibilityatresultstime. Some universitiesalsorewardstudentswhodoanEPQ. For example, at UEA we have a scholarship that takes the EPQ into account –youmightwanttotakealookasit mightbesomethingyouwanttoapplyfor”.

Opportunities for Enrichment

p transferable skills

Leadership Roles:

Senior School Ambassadors

Senior Prefects

6th Form Student Leadership Team

House Captains

Charity Ambassadors

Subject Ambassadors



Mentoring Opportunities

Training as Peer Mentors to work with lower school

Reading Mentors to support literacy

Academic/Subject Mentoring


Drama / Dance / Music

Sport—competitive and social

Debating Club

Enjoy a topical discussion? Want to improve your oral and presentational skills?

National Citizen Service

Adventure/Discovery/Social—develop personal and transferable skills, recognised by University and Employers

Work shadowing / Volunteering

All students are expected to organise some form of work experience

Hatch Extra—Enrichment programme

Self-defence, yoga, first aid, Higher Education, and CV writing, personal financial knowledge

Sixth Form Dress Code

White or light blue collared shirt

Black, grey or blue suit

WHHS Sixth Form tie


If a jumper is worn, it should be plain black, grey or navy, V-neck or zip neck. Crew/roll neck jumpers are not allowed Black formal shoes. Trainers, heavy boots or canvas shoes are not allowed

Hoodies, sweat shirts, gilets, denim jeans or jean style trousers are not to be worn.


Smart plain blouse

Black, grey or navy suit

Lycra ‘body con’ style skirts are not to be worn as these tend to ride up to an unacceptable length. Leather, skater skirts and shorts are not considered smart and should not be worn. Trousers must be tailored and not leggings, jeggings or denim.

Plain black, grey or navy dress which is of an appropriate length.

Strappy, t-shirt and sleeveless dresses are not allowed

If a jumper is worn, it should be plain. No pattern or logo

Black (flat or low heeled) formal shoes or boots.

Trainers, sandals, flip flops and “Ugg or Dr Marten style” boots are not permitted

Religious headwear must be plain black or white with no designs, logos or sequins and the students’ face must not be obscured. No sleeveless/duster jackets, hoodies, sweat shirts or gilets.

Adherence to the dress code is expected at all times and will enhance the business-like purpose of your time in the Sixth Form. Students not conforming to the dress code should expect to be sent home to change.

 Issued Lanyard and ID cards are to be worn at all times when on school premises

 No visible piercings (excluding ear piercings)

 No extreme hairstyles (if dyed only natural colours will be accepted)

West Hatch Sixth Form High Road, Chigwell IG7 5BT Tel: 0208 504 8216 Email: 6thadmissions@westhatch.net
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