Studying A Levels at Westminster City School
You have reached an exciting crossroads in your academic careers where, for the first time, you will enjoy the opportunity to fully dictate the subjects you want to study at Westminster City School Sixth Form.
You will notice a significant change from your experience at GCSE, as you focus on a smaller number of subjects in greater depth. The subjects will continue to be demanding and require dedication, determination and commitment. You will also enjoy a new relationship with your teachers; the Sixth Form embraces a new partnership between you and your tutors and you will be encouraged to pursue independent research, ask questions and take responsibility for your learning in much the same way as you could expect at university.
The list of A Level subjects we are offer are set out here. In order to resolve any possible subject clashes, you can take one subject at another Westminster Sixth Form as a member of the 6f partnership.
At Westminster City School, students are taught in small groups of between four and twenty-four, with the average class size being approximately sixteen. All students are expected to attend timetabled supervised study periods in addition to their timetabled lessons.
As most universities and employers make offers based on a three A Level programme we will ask the majority of students to choose three subjects to study, although certain students may be allowed to choose four. The minimum entry requirement for A Level courses is at Westminster City School maybe higher than most Westminster College places. We require five full GCSE grades at A* to C in separate subjects including English Language and Mathematics. Students are also expected to meet the entrance requirements for each subject, which in most cases is either A or B grades at GCSE.
We have a rigorous process of assessment, target setting and reporting which includes the use of target grades, formal mock examinations and three parents evenings each academic year.
Hard work and dedication to study underpins post 16 success, good GCSE grades are no guarantee at A Level due to the higher levels of understanding required. To achieve their full potential a student should be committing a minimum of six hours per subject a week to private A Level study.
Students will be provided with all the books required for their course free of charge. The school will also pay for the first sitting of all examinations. However, all re-sits and re-marks must be paid for by the student.
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Choosing Your Subjects
At Westminster City School we will ask the majority of students to choose three subjects to study, although certain students may be allowed to choose four. As a result we will be dedicating more teaching time to our A Levels in the first year, thus giving students more time with teachers to boost their learning experience. As most universities and employers make offers based on a three A Level programme, we believe that this approach will help our students achieve the best possible outcomes to be able to gain places at the top universities.
Subject specific staff will be happy to talk in more detail about their subjects at A Level. Most subject combinations are available and we will certainly do our best to accommodate all options. Subjects not available at Westminster City School can be studied at any of the schools in the 6f Partnership. All the schools work together to create a compatible timetable for every student.
Sixth form A Level subjects