Prospectus - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College


We are proud of the progress that our young people make in the Sixth Form. Our curriculum is designed to be personal and tailored to the needs of each individual, giving every student the opportunity to thrive.

In 2019, St. Wilfrid’s students achieved in line with other school – based sixth forms nationally. In the facilitating subjects, St. Wilfrid’s performed well above the local average. Vocationally, students make excellent progress.

We are the first choice for many young people and parents, as we offer a nurturing environment and do not give up on students.

It is important to remember that each learner is different and that all Level 3 routes offer onward progression. The main difference in the programme is in how the assessment for the qualification is carried out and how much examined work there will be. It is important to personalise a programme which is suitable for each individual.

There are three potential Programmes of Study:

Linear Advanced-Level Qualifications

These will typically be examined at the end of the 2 year course. These are linear examinations and all of work is assessed at the end. However, there are still some controlled assessments in some subjects. All students will sit a robust internal mock assessment at the end of Year 12, to consider how well they are performing and inform progression to Year 13. These qualifications suit learners who are successful in exams and have a grade 5 or above profile at GCSE. Some subjects require minimum grade 6 to study them.

Vocational Qualifications

These subjects are examined by placing more emphasis on creating a portfolio of evidence. They are more ‘hands-on’ in approach and can also require work experience. It is worth remembering that there will be some examined material in the qualification and individual subjects can provide information on this. These qualifications also provide excellent progression to university or level 4 apprenticeships.

Combined Study

Some students are able to combine programmes to include some advanced level study and some vocational. To do this, a student would typically have a grade 5 or above in the subjects they would study at advanced level. Careful consideration will need to be given to the mix of subjects and suitability of the programme for the student.

If students do not achieve a level 2 pass in English and Mathematics at GCSE, it is a requirement that they continue to study them as part of their sixth form programme of studies.

For further information please look at our full prospectus Sixth Form Prospectus