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West Hatch Sixth Form


Together we achieve success

Welcome to West Hatch 2021

Dear Students and Parents, Thank you for showing an interest in our Sixth Form. Endorsed by OFSTED for its excellent teaching, West Hatch has an extensive range of A Level and vocational programmes. The Sixth Form is very well established with over 25 years A-level teaching experience, with a proven track record of academic success. We are incredibly proud of our achievements over recent years with the Sixth Form gaining a local reputation for academic excellence. The curriculum is outstanding, challenging and flexible with targeted intervention and support put in place wherever it’s needed. We have high quality, experienced and committed teachers. We pride ourselves in developing outstanding young men and women, with our excellent pastoral care and enrichment opportunities. We take very seriously our role in ensuring students are able to market themselves when they apply for jobs or higher education. This is a direct result of opportunities they are offered within our Sixth Form to develop initiative and leadership. We look forward to meeting you. Mr D Leonard Headteacher

Ms S McVittie Assistant Headteacher KS5

Mrs A Sharma Head of Sixth Form

West Hatch is more than just a school; not only does it provide a well-rounded education, it provides a safe yet challenging environment for you to prosper and grow into the person you want to be. Amy Fitch Senior Ambassador

Coming from a different school to join West Hatch was initially nerveracking, but I am glad I have. All of the teachers are so welcoming and you quickly make friends. As an external student I assumed that it would be harder to get recognition from teachers, but the staff at West Hatch have been so kind and supportive. From being involved in the dance club to my appointment as a Senior Ambassador I have enjoyed these opportunities to get to know people. Emily Bampoe Senior Ambassador ‘

**2020 Success** An high achieving academic sixth form developing outstanding young men and women

Cambridge University


Imperial College London


Nottingham University


University College London

Security and Crime Science

Nottingham University

Computer Science

Loughborough University

Psychology & Criminology

Reading University


Reading University

Real Estate

Hertfordshire University


St George’s University

Biomedical Sciences

Exeter University


Liverpool University


Brunel University


Plymouth University

Marine Biology

Bath University

Civil Engineering

Reading University

Primary Education

Exeter University


2020 Destination Data

Successes include: Higher Apprenticeships:


Rail Engineering Hill Construction CCS Media

Foskett Marr

Internship Exit 8 Productions

Sixth Form Entry and Progression In August, students who meet the conditions of their offer will automatically be given a place in our sixth form. If you do not fully meet our entry requirements, your offer may be revised. Decisions 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: 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 (if planning a gap year, some universities will not make an offer for this course).

Economics: 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 we 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.

*This is not an exclusive list and 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.

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, mentoring skills and self/social skills. 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 career pathway. Sessions such as self-defence, financial education, first aid and mindfulness will allow for students to become more immersed in sixth form life, the wider school community and make long lasting friendships outside of normal timetabled lessons.

The enrichment programme at West Hatch has introduced me to new experiences that I otherwise would not have been exposed to, for example, training in first aid and even yoga! These experiences have taught me valuable lessons that I can use later in life and also helped me form new interests. Teachers and external visitors leading the sessions provide support during and after the sessions if needed which also helps make sure we all understand. Daisy Bongart—Year 13

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. There will also be an opportunity for students to participate further with the involvement of selected drop down mornings throughout the academic year. In conjunction with Essex Youth Council the mornings will bring students off timetable to add development of key PSHE concepts.

Our Curriculum

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.

West Hatch has provided me with countless opportunities from networking with Credit-Suisse Bank to participating in competitions such as Anglia Ruskin’s Investment League which takes learning outside the classroom. These opportunities have expanded my horizons outside the world of school life. As long as you are willing to put in the work, the sixth form team are more than happy to contour the way and give you access to all the tools necessary to succeed once your two years are up .

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

The only way to leave West Hatch without a stand out CV or personal statement is to not open your emails!

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.

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

Maddie Fitch Year 13

The Mindset Programme

Independent Advice & Guidance We offer qualified experienced teachers and support staff within a caring pastoral setting    

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Academic Support Pastoral Support Student Services to help with practical financial issues Professional Counsellor University & Careers Guidance Learning Support

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: 

Vision Effort Systems Practice Attitude


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Success for You

Monitoring Performance

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

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

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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

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.

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

An opportunity to compete in the ARU Investment League competition, enabled me to understand and learn how to make trades with stocks and seeing the true value that can be made in the space of a couple of years. This was a valuable experience and one that I was really able to enjoy. Ziyad Zikrya—Year 13

Our Academic Pathways



Art & Design


Business Studies


Computer Science

AS Level Core Mathematics

Drama & Theatre Studies


English Language & Literature

English Literature

Extended Project Level 3


Government & Politics



Media Studies

Philosophy & Ethics

Physical Education


Product Design




BTEC National Extended Certificate—Applied Science

BTEC National Extended Certificate—Business

BTEC National Extended Certificate—IT



BTEC National Extended Certificate—Dance

BTEC National Extended Certificate—Sport

BTEC National Extended Diploma – Business

GCSE (Resits) English

GCSE (Resits) Maths

General Entry Requirements ADVANCED LEVEL COURSES

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. COMBINED 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 ECDL qualification will not count towards the 9— 4 grades as a GCSE equivalent (this qualification is 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)

Entry requirements


Grade 6 or above in Art

This subject cannot be taken


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

This subject cannot be taken

(if NOT taken at GCSE)

Business Studies

A grade 6 in another GCSE subject and grade 5 in Mathematics This subject cannot be taken

Computer Science

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

AS Level Core Maths

Grade 5 or above in Mathematics

This subject cannot be taken

Drama and Theatre Studies

Grade 6 or above in Drama


Grade 6 or above in Economics

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

English Language & Literature

This subject cannot be taken

English Literature

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


Grade 6 or above in Geography

Government & Politics

Grade 6 or above in Government & Politics


Grade 6 or above in History

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


Grade 6 or above in Mathematics

This subject cannot be taken

Media Studies

Grade 5 or above in Media Studies

Philosophy & Ethics

Grade 6 or above in Religious Studies

Physical Education

Grade 6 or above in Physical Education

Grade 4 in English Language A grade 6 in another GCSE subject and grade 5 in English Grade 5 in a Science



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

Physics Product Design

This subject cannot be taken

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

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

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

(1 A-Level equivalent)

(if taken at GCSE ) Grade 4 ore above in any triple Science or

(if NOT taken at GCSE) This subject cannot be taken

BTEC National Extended Certificate Applied Science

Grade 4-4 in Combined Science

BTEC National Extended Certificate Business

Grade 4 or above in GCSE Business Studies

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

BTEC National Extended Certificate Dance

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

Evidence of dance experience and qualifications must be provided with the application form

Cambridge Extended Technical Certificate IT

Grade 4 or above in ICT

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

BTEC National Extended Certificate Sport and Exercise Science

Merit in BTEC First Certificate or Diploma in Sport or Grade 4 in PE or Dance

This subject cannot be taken

Full-time Vocational Pathway Vocational Programme

Entry Requirements

(3 A-Level equivalent) BTEC Subsidiary and Extended Diploma Business

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

Compulsory Subjects GCSE English Resits

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.

This involves preparation for examinations and is compulsory for those 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

If you have any queries, please email:

Applied Science (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Business Studies (A Level)

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.

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.

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.

Business (BTEC Extended Certificate) 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)

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.

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. Overall the course comprises of 7 mandatory units including 1 exam and 6 other units chosen by the teachers.

Dance (BTEC National Extended Certificate)

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.

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.

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) 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

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)

Media Studies (A Level)

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.

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.

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.

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 fastgrowing 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)

Sport (BTEC National Extended Certificate)

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.

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. Our 2020 results was a pass rate of 54% A*-A and 100% A*-C. 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:    

Is there anyone to blame for the partition in Cyprus? The evolution of ballet (performance) Are elite athletes born or made? The influence and meaning of eyes within art (artefact)

How do the Universities see the EPQ? University of Cambridge “We welcome the introduction of the Extended Project and would encourage you to undertake one as it will help you develop independent study and research skills and University College London ease the transition from school/college to higher “UCL welcomes the introduction of the Extended Project education." into the curriculum, recognising that it will develop many of the skills necessary for successful study at university. Loughborough University For students presenting A levels, UCL will be accepting a “We recognise the benefit of the Extended Project in pass in the Extended Project as an alternative to the need developing independent research and critical thinking to offer a pass in a fourth subject at AS level." skills. We would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, and while we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results”. University of East Anglia “Completing an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is great preparation for studying at university. The EPQ is a self-directed piece of research – it’s your chance to work on a topic or subject that really interests you. You’ll develop and be able to demonstrate skills that will add another dimension to you as a university applicant. These skills might also be relevant for your future career. These include planning and managing a project, monitoring progress and reporting on results. There might be some benefits as well. For some university courses, an EPQ can reduce your A Level offer and will give universities more flexibility at results time. Some universities also reward students who do an EPQ. For example, at UEA we have a scholarship that takes the EPQ into account – you might want to take a look as it might be something you want to apply for”.

Opportunities for Enrichment Get Involved: develop transferable skills Leadership Roles: Senior School Ambassadors Senior Prefects 6th Form Student Leadership Team Charity Ambassadors Subject Ambassadors

Extended Project Qualification

Debating Club

Independent Research—valued by universities / employers

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

Mentoring Opportunities Training as Peer Mentors to work with lower school Reading Mentors to support literacy Academic/Subject Mentoring

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


Work shadowing / Volunteering

Drama / Dance / Music Sport—competitive and social

Hatch Extra—Enrichment programme Self-defence, yoga, first aid, debating skills, financial literacy, and CV writing

All students are expected to organise some form of work experience

Sixth Form Dress Code Male 

Black, grey or navy blue suit

White or Pale Blue Collared Shirt

Sixth Form tie

If a jumper is worn, it should be plain black, grey or navy and v-neck

Shoes should be appropriate to wear with a suit and not trainers or black canvas shoes

Non-acceptable forms of clothing are: crew/roll neck jumpers, hoodies, sweatshirts or gilets

Female 

Plain white or cream blouse with a collar

Black, grey or navy suit: comprising of jacket and skirt (of suitable length, not lycra ’body con’ styles skirts as they ride up to an unacceptable length) or tailored trousers

Black or Grey Dresses (tailored only)

If a plain black , grey or navy jumper is worn, it should be a v-neck suitable to wear underneath a jacket

Religious headwear must be plain black or white with no designs, logos or sequins and must not obscure the face

Footwear should be suitable to wear with a suit

Non-acceptable forms of clothing are: shorts, leggings, jeggings, kilts , jumper or t-shirt dresses, strappy and sleeveless dresses, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, crop-tops, crew/roll necks, gilets, sleeveless/duster jackets, over the knee socks, Ugg boots, trainers, or very high heels etc.

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)

1/2 mile from Chigwell Tube Station (10 min walk)

West Hatch High School & Sixth Form High Road, Chigwell IG7 5BT Tel: 0208 504 8216 Email:

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