For the 2018-20 A Level cohort the school will be running the revised specifications in all courses. These are two year linear courses with examinations only at the end of Year 13. We no longer offer AS qualifications.
Students in the Sixth Form will typically take 3 A Level subjects and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The EPQ is highly valued by Universities and employers and is equivalent to half of an A level.
Particularly able students who wish to take four full A Levels will have their requests considered on an individual basis. They will have to meet a higher entry requirement and demonstrate a particular talent in one or more subject areas as well as the potential to cope with the additional workload.
Students need to think carefully about their subject choices and be absolutely certain about the nature of the subjects they intend to take and the expectations that will be placed upon them before starting their Sixth Form career. We advise students to talk to the staff who teach the A Level courses before making any course decisions.
Students must ensure that their course choices match the requirements of any Higher Education courses or eventual careers that they are interested in. For students wishing to apply for certain courses, e.g. Medicine, Veterinary Science, Law and for prestigious universities e.g. Russell Group, it is advisable to check your subject choice against the list of facilitating subjects.
The following links are useful in making decisions about option choices:
Informed Choices PDF [The section on making your Post-16 choices]
From September 2018, the courses we plan to offer are:
- Business Studies
- Computer Science
- Design Engineering
- English Language & Literature
- English Literature
- Further Mathematics
- Government & Politics
- Music Technology
- Philosophy & Ethics
- Physical Education
- Product Design
In applying for the Sixth Form students will have to complete an application form and choose subjects from a set of option blocks. With the creation of any option block system there will always be some combinations of subjects that are not possible. Once all of the forms are returned we will look at whether there is sufficient demand for particular combinations that currently do not fit into the blocks. At this point we will look to see if movements within the blocks are possible or if we are able to introduce additional classes.
We will do the best we can to try and ensure we satisfy as many students as possible but we cannot guarantee that we can make any particular subject combination work.
In addition courses that do not attract sufficient students may not run.
Sometimes students who join the Sixth Form do not have English Language GCSE or Mathematics GCSE at grade 5. These students are expected to work towards retaking these examinations. The school will make arrangements to provide support for these students and will enter them for their resit in an appropriate examination series.
Following submission of application forms, existing William Farr students will be invited to discuss their application, subject choice and Key Stage 4 Progress File with a senior member of staff. External applicants will be invited to attend an open morning where they also have the opportunity to find out more about the school and discuss their application.