Welcome to the Warwick Academy Sixth Form
Years 12 & 13
In our Sixth Form, we follow the International Baccalaureate at Diploma and Individual IB Courses level; an intensive and rigourous curriculum designed to develop both the academic and personal natures of our students over two academic years. In our experience, we have found that universities across the world acknowledge the intensity and demands of the IB student and this is reflected in their offers of admission and scholarships.
Sixth Form life is demanding and although it requires a considerable amount of commitment from students, it certainly encourages them to fulfill all aspects of the IB learner profile: to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. Students are challenged both academically and socially; they are supported through this very busy time in a positive and caring environment.
In addition to the academic studies, we have a superbly run CAS programme (Community, Action and Service) which encourages students to become involved in the world outside academia, the islands of Bermuda and beyond. We encourage the student to begin to think outside themselves and operate within a community with a sense of social responsibility. Diploma students are also required to take Theory of Knowledge lessons and are expected to produce an Extended Essay.
We are a friendly and supportive school offering Sixth Form education to the highest standard.
Since 2015 Warwick Academy now offers this additional qualification alongside the International Baccalaureate in our Sixth Form. BTEC are vocational qualifications designed to give students the skills they need to either move to higher education or go straight into employment. The courses are very popular around the world and we are looking to deliver three qualifications at Warwick Academy:
• Travel and Tourism.
They will be on offer to Year 12 and 13 students with one BTEC qualification taken alongside three IB subjects. This is to be seen as a third pathway in our Sixth Form and a product that adds to our curriculum whilst not cannibalising what we already offer. We believe that it does fill a small niche we have without distracting from our more academic routes that are so well established and successful.
Over the last 25 years, BTEC qualifications have helped millions of people develop the skills they need to get on in life. Engaging and inspiring, these work-related qualifications are suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities. They provide a practical, real-world approach to learning without sacrificing any of the essential subject theory.
They are valued by colleges, universities, employers and professional bodies across the United Kingdom and recognised in over 80 countries worldwide.
Why choose BTEC?
BTECs offer a practical, hands-on approach that can be lacking in more traditional routes. Students have to undertake a number of units for which they present evidence, based on actual work and studies. This allows them to demonstrate their skill and knowledge. Students build their confidence because they are developing skills that will help them secure a job or place in higher education in the future. Assignments may be in written form, but it's just as likely they will be in other formats, e.g. film clips, project proposals, business plans and structured databases. Students are always given clear guidelines so they know what they have to achieve and how to do this.
BTECs offer a challenging and rewarding learning experience leading to a useful qualification that's also well regarded and respected. BTECs are valued highly by employers and higher education. Some students choose the BTEC route because they have already decided on a career path and want to make an early start. BTECs offer relevant and worthwhile experience, right from the word go.
What recognition does it carry?
The level 3 qualifications we do at the school are fully recognised as holding equivalences to A Levels. For example, a distinction in a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is worth the equivalent to an A at A Level and carries 120 UCAS points.
More information can be found at: www.btec.co.uk or contact the school.
What are our entry requirements?
The Sixth Form is comprised of Year 12 and Year 13. The entry requirement for Year 12 is a minimum of 5 passes at IGCSE at C or better. To enter the IB Diploma Programme students should be achieving 7 or more passes at IGCSE at C or better. Students will be required to have a minimum of a B at IGCSE (on the Higher Tier) for any IB Higher Level subject.
To maintain Diploma Programme status students must remain on course to achieve a minimum of 24 points by the end of Year 12 and meet any other requirements for the award of the Diploma (TOK, CAS and Extended Essay). Students who do not fit the full IB Diploma profile will enter the Sixth Form with a range of subjects appropriate to their IGCSE results. Significantly, the Diploma Programme core elements of TOK, CAS and Extended Essay are available to all students as individual courses.
Why Warwick Academy's Sixth Form?
- Students can study a wide range of subjects.
- Our class sizes are small.
- We have strong results that are consistently good.
- Our students are part of the school's community and participate in whole school events.
- We cater to the individual needs of our students and provide excellent pastoral care.
- Our Sixth Form has a dedicated team who provide advice on careers, universities and life after Warwick Academy.
- We have internationally experienced and IB accredited teachers.
- We are able to organise work placements.
- We will listen to the individual needs of a student and attempt to offer the required subjects/options if they are not currently available.
- Presently we have students studying at 9 of the top 25 universities in the world.
- We care about the welfare and health of our students – Thursday afternoons are dedicated to an activity (involving exercise) outside of the classroom environment.
What does our Sixth Form offer?
- An experienced and dedicated team of Sixth Form tutors and staff.
- Access to a virtual learning environment (VLE).
- Full revision programme leading up to the external examinations.
- Access to a supervised private study area complete with ICT facilities.
- Detailed advice on subject choice through an interview process with all applicants.
- Mid Term reporting on effort and levels, a full written report and a PTC.
- Careers guidance and presentations.
- Individual assistance with the completion of university applications.
- Presentations from university representatives.
- Work experience.
- Barber Hall – our Sixth Form building for all Year 12 and Year 13 students.
- An experienced Guidance Counsellor.
Opportunities for our Sixth Form students
In our Sixth Form we encourage personal growth and development beyond academic study – important factors that future employers and universities consider.
- Overseas travel and trips abroad - mentoring opportunities
- Leadership roles - committees
- Charity and volunteer work - involvement in sport, music and drama
- Fieldtrips - work experience
What do our students think?
"Prior to completing my Extended Essay, I would have described the essay as daunting, long-winded and boring. However, after completing it I can strongly say that my assumptions were false. The Extended Essay proved to be not only useful in preparing me for such an in depth piece of work, but it was satisfying as I watched my knowledge, interest and research skills grow. I would not hesitate to say that the Extended Essay has prepared me well for my future assignments at university."
"CAS helps to ensure that you are a well-rounded individual as it encourages volunteering as well as personal development through creativity and action. It has been extremely helpful because it has given me many positive experiences that I included on my university and scholarship applications."
"Being part of Warwick Academy's Sixth Form has given me the opportunity to further my academic studies and pursue my passion of scuba diving. My Sixth Form experience was 'tailor made' to cater for the experience I required. I have completed some Individual Courses at the same time as gaining work experience and qualifications in scuba diving which are essential for my future career."
"Studying IB has allowed me to spend time exploring my chosen subjects in greater detail than my previous education has ever allowed. The added independence of the Diploma programme has given me more freedom and power over how I learn in and out of the classroom, which I enjoy immensely. I've found that Barber Hall is unique in that we have our own area from the rest of school to focus and study in 'free periods'. Overall the transition from IGCSE's to IB, though it takes some getting used to, is an experience that I feel allows you to grow as a student and a person. I am really enjoying my time in Warwick Academy's Sixth Form."