From September 2017, A Levels are no longer examined in two distinct halves but in one final assessment at the end of two years. The AS qualification remains but is not regarded as equivalent to half an A Level and does not contribute to the A Level grade. There will be no external assessment for A Level pupils in the Lower Sixth; all external assessment now takes place at the end of the Upper Sixth.
Most pupils who elect to take A Levels are advised to begin with four subjects, and will drop to three before entering the Upper Sixth. Pupils complement this by completing the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in the Lower Sixth. Warminster was quick to adopt this important and highly-regarded qualification. The EPQ promotes independent learning: it involves pupils investigating in depth a topic of their choice from the full range of A Level subjects. The process of research and completion of the EPQ are fantastic learning experiences and the qualification is endorsed by leading British universities.
The subjects currently on offer for A Level are:
- Business Studies
- Design & Technology – Product Design
- Drama & Theatre Studies
- Further Mathematics
- Religious Studies
Most Departments at Warminster School arrange Sixth Form trips to lectures, plays, films or exhibitions. Such visits and experiences provide stimulation and interest, and we encourage as many sixth formers as possible to attend.
In both the IB and the A Level courses, we provide a wide range of subjects to choose from and a good selection of subject combinations. We also provide pupils with thorough and relevant careers advice to ensure they choose subjects to match their university or career ambitions.
Set sizes in the Sixth Form are relatively small so pupils receive the individual attention that is often key to success. We do expect our pupils to take more responsibility for their work in the Sixth Form and to study with a greater degree of independence. At the same time we understand that study at this level is challenging and pupils will be fully supported throughout the two years.