Thomas Whitham Sixth Forms offers one of the largest varieties of A Level across the whole of Lancashire. As a Sixth Form the majority of our focus is on A Levels, but as you will see below we do offer vocational courses in a few different areas. As a Sixth Form we are committed to running a full set of courses every year, so what is listed below should be available every year.
Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact
In Education, the ‘curriculum’ is broadly defined as the ‘totality of student experiences that occur in the educational process’. The intent of the curriculum is synonymous with many of the Sixth Form’s core aims to provide
a curriculum that:
– Is FOCUSED, BROAD and BALANCED in order to provide a curriculum that is INCLUSIVE and ACCESSIBLE to all students
– Offers a BREADTH of choice
– Inspires LIFELONG LEARNERS
– Provides opportunities for all students to develop a high level of literacy and numeracy required for success in adult life
– EQUIPS our students for their future
– Ensures that students are ENGAGED and CHALLENGED by what they are taught in order to develop their knowledge and understanding
– Ensures our curriculum choices and design reflect the social and cultural background of our students and the wider community which we serve
– CHALLENGES our teachers to keep developing their practice and knowledge
– Broadens students’ horizons through the PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities
– INFORMS students of their future choices and helps support them to reach their aims
– Provides everyone with the OPPORTUNITY to achieve
– Models PROFESSIONALISM
English & MFL Courses
Students choose English courses at Thomas Whitham because of the opportunity it provides for high-quality, in-depth study of important literary works.
Not only is the study of History both stimulating and fascinating but it also develops highly employable skills. These include an ability to critically assess evidence and arrive at considered judgement and the capacity to work effectively both independently and with others. These are certainly qualities that are useful in all careers.
Maths Courses at TWSF
Economics is a topical and interesting Advanced Level subject studies in four units; two in each year. In the AS Level we look at some basic economic questions considering such things as: why house prices have changed so much; Why the government taxes petrol and cigarettes so highly; Why university students aren’t charged the full cost of their courses.
The world needs Scientists, not just Doctors or Rocket Scientists but people with technical ability and practical skills. Applied Science is not about your ability to score high marks on an exam paper on one day at the end of the year. It is about your practical skills every day; your understanding of key principals; your ability to interpret data and results; your research skills; and your ability to produce high quality work using a range of resources.
The world of business is vast and can be studied from watching TV, reading the news, work experience and studying how businesses operate around us. Business Studies at A Level can be combined with any other combination of subjects.
Psychology and Sociology are popular courses which involve the study of human society and the behaviour of people within society. Psychologists and Sociologists try to understand how society works and what makes people act in particular ways. However Psychologists take a more scientific approach in their study of people’s behaviour.
PE & Sports Courses
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of activities and environments within the sports sector – and have the opportunity to specialise in different aspects of sport performance and sport development.
The overall aim of this course is to help students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where understanding how ICT can be used in society and business, and the implications of its use, will be a valuable asset. The course offers more opportunities for practical work than the previous specification.
GSCE Booster Courses
These courses encourage a broad approach, which allows candidates to develop a sound grounding in a number of areas while still exploring the subject in depth.
EPQ and General Studies
General Studies is all about expanding your knowledge base and gaining an understanding of how you and your learning fit into the wider world. Exploring and connecting is at the heart of General Studies and the skills you will develop in applying your knowledge area as important as the information you know.