Sixth Form at Wakefield College

Our Sixth Form provides a stepping stone between school and
university and prepares you for further study or employment.

As a Sixth Form student, you’ll benefit from excellent facilities, including our modern library, the communal and informal learning spaces, coffee shop, new floor of science labs, the Mechanics’ Theatre for performing arts, and our newly refurbished music studios.

Why choose Sixth Form at Wakefield College?

An inspiring learning environment

The atmosphere at College is very different from school. We have an adult learning environment with places to relax and meet with friends in between classes, so you can take control of your learning.

Many of our students comment on the positive attitude of staff and the mutual respect they develop from working together, and the positive impact this has on their learning.

Spend your time in dedicated teaching and social areas in our Harrison Building, part of the refurbished Wakefield City Campus, including a three-storey library for quiet study time and group work.

The LibraryPlus centre at the Wakefield City Campus spans over three floors.

Our Castleford Campus is fully equipped with specialist facilities for construction and engineering students.

The Radcliffe Building has brand new science labs where biology, chemistry and physics students will benefit from superbly equipped facilities.

Lightwaves offers extensive facilities for the study of construction, whilst sports students will have full use of a brand new gym, sports hall, fitness testing lab, therapy and massage suite, and sports pitches.

Our 1,500+ Sixth Form students come from many different backgrounds, schools and even countries.

160-seat professional theatre, studios and workshops for production design and construction in our Mechanics’ Theatre close to Wakefield City Campus.

Our Thornes Park Campus has recording studios and practice rooms for students on our popular music courses.

Why choose Sixth Form at Wakefield College?

Excellent results

Our Extended Diploma students produced another set of excellent results with 19 subjects achieving 100% pass rate.

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14 A Level subjects achieved a 100% pass rate, another fantastic year.

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This year’s A Level pass rate of 97% was the 11th year in succession to exceed 95%.

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25 students achieved three Distinction stars – the highest results possible.

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A Levels

Pass Rates

A Level 2014/2015 2013/2014 2012/2013 2011/2012
Art, Craft & Design 100% 100% 100% n/a
Biology 88% 93% 100% 95%
Business Studies 96% 85% 94% 100%
Chemistry 94% 93% 100% 93%
English Language 94% 100% 100% 100%
English Literature 100% 100% 100% 100%
English Language & Literature 100% N/A N/A N/A
Film Studies 100% 100% 100% 100%
Further Mathematics 100% (AS) 100% (AS) 100% (AS) 100%
Geography 100% N/A N/A N/A
Graphic Communication% 100% 100% 100% 83%
History 100% 94% 100% 100%
Information & Communication Technology 95% 100% 100% 100%
Law 100% 100% 100% 96%
Mathematics 95% 100% 95% 100%
Media Studies 100% 100% 100% 100%
Photography 100% 100% 100% 100%
Physics 100% 86% 100% 100%
Psychology 94% 100 73% 96%
Sociology 100% 100% 88% 98%

Our Sixth Form offers a wide range of A Levels and Advanced Level courses and we’re extremely proud of the fantastic results our students achieved! This year’s A Level pass rate was a brilliant 97%, with 14 A Level subjects achieving a pass rate of 100%!

Sam Wright

Wakefield College Principal

Diplomas & Extended Diplomas

Pass Rates

A Level 2014/2015 2013/2014 2012/2013 2011/2012
Animal Management 100% 100% 87% n/a
Applied Science 100% 100% 92% 100%
Art & Design 100% 90% 100% 100%
Art & Design (Photography) 100% 91% 100% 100%
Business 100% 100% n/a n/a
Childcare & Education 100% 100% 100% 100%
Construction & the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) 91% 100% 100% 100%
Creative Media (TV & Film) 100% 79% 90% n/a
Computer Games Development 100% 100% 100% 97%
Electrical/Electronic Engineering 100% 82% 100% 100%
Graphic Design 100% 100% 100% 94%
Hospitality 100% 100% n/a n/a
IT 90% 95% 78% 91%
Mechanical Engineering 100% 100% 100% 100%
Music Technology 96% 100% 90% 100%
Music TBC* 100% 80% 100%
Performing Arts (Acting) 100% 100% 100% 100%
Performing Arts (Dance) 100% 100% 100% 85%
Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) 100% 100% 100% 91%
Public Services (Uniformed) 97% 100% 85% 92%
Sport & Exercise Sciences 100% 93% 88% 94%
Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) 100% 100% 90% 100%
Sport (Outdoor Adventure) 100% 100% 100% 100%
Sport (Performance & Excellence) 100% 100% 92% n/a
Travel & Tourism 100% 100% n/a n/a

Students on our Extended Diploma courses achieved top results too, with record numbers of students progressing onto higher education courses in our University Centre.

Sam Wright

Wakefield College Principal

A Level reforms and what it means for you

Important changes to A Levels are being introduced by Ofqual, the government department that regulates qualifications, exams and tests.

What are they?

These are government-led changes to the content and assessment of A Levels to ensure students are better equipped for higher education and for employment.

When will this happen?

The reforms are happening gradually over three years. Some subjects are already being taught in the reformed way from this year. By the time you start College in September 2016, most of the subjects on offer will be reformed.

What are the changes?

All the exams for the reformed A Levels will be taken at the end of the course. So, to get a full A Level, your grade will depend on how you perform in your exams in the summer term at the end of the two-year course.

There is a big emphasis on written exams and therefore far less coursework. The maximum coursework percentage will be 20% and many subjects will have no coursework at all.

This includes all the science subjects, however, a separate practical assessment will be made and recorded as a pass or a fail with your certificate.

Are there any exams in the first year?

Yes. In addition to internal assessments to monitor your progress, all students will sit externally marked AS exams at the end of the first year.

This will be useful for you, your teachers and universities as an indication of how you might perform in the final exams, and it will help university admissions tutors to make decisions when offering a place at university.

However, it’s important to remember that if you continue to the full A Level, the AS marks will not count towards the final A Level grade.

Have all subjects changed?

Film, Information Technology, Law, Mathematics and Media will not change until September 2017.

For these subjects you’ll sit AS exams at the end of your first year which will count towards your final grade. The remaining 50% of marks will come from your second year assessments in the A2 exams. In the case of Film, Media and ICT this includes some coursework.

A Levels

Diplomas and Extended Diploma Courses

Diplomas & Extended Diplomas at Wakefield College give students an in-depth understanding of a broad range of different work-related vocational areas. Our Diplomas and Extended Diplomas develop detailed knowledge and skills and are suitable if you're wishing to go on to university or find employment in a particular field.

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The Sixth Form at Wakefield College Prospectus gives you information about the courses and facilities available in our Sixth Form centre.

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