Sixth Form Open Evening 2020

Welcome to our Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening. We hope you and your families are keeping well during these challenging times. In light of the current circumstances, we have taken the decision to move our Open Evening online.  We are proud to showcase the work and achievements of teachers and students in the videos below. Please click on the various subject tabs to hear from current community members about their experiences of the sixth form. We hope these materials will help you make an informed decision about the subjects you wish to study next year.

Applications for entry in September 2021 can be made online now. The application form will close on January 22nd 2021.

If you have any questions, please email sixthform@spwt.net

Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation focuses on the civilisations of Greece and Rome, and is a wide ranging subject involving the study of literature, material culture, ancient thought and ideas, and the ancient historical context. You don’t need to know any languages, all the texts are in translation, and it doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied the Greeks and Romans since primary school; all you need is an interest in the ancient world and its cultures. From women in the ancient world, to the study of religious beliefs and ancient acts of intolerance, Classical Civilisation involves interesting discussions that are directly relevant to today’s world.

Sociology

Sociology is becoming an increasingly popular course across the UK and the study of mankind is one that is becoming increasingly important in today’s society. It provides students with a broad skillset allowing students to make rational and measured decisions. The challenging and stimulating course is widely recognised and highly respected by universities as well as employers. This course has a strong emphasis on many
traditional topics whilst exploring the latest and most exciting developments in the discipline.

Economics

Economics is about making choices regarding how best to allocate finite resources to satisfy the society’s unlimited needs and wants. It explores mainly the interactions between governments, consumers
and producers. This course will equip students with the ability to analyse and evaluate national and global economic events. You will study micro and macro economics, exploring the role of the consumer and how industry and finance work, and examine the effects of government policies and international markets on an economy. You will also need to be able to analyse and interpret economic data.

English Literature

This is a stimulating course that will enable you to engage with challenging texts and ideas. Discussion plays a large part in lessons and you will be expected to read widely around the subject, beyond the set texts. You will develop the ability to organise your thoughts, ideas and materials, to analyse texts and interpret their meaning, and to develop the skills to write in an articulate manner. You are also taught to become creative thinkers, critically observing the world around you.

Geography

The world is constantly changing and evolving. A level Geography gives you the chance to understand these processes and investigate some of the major issues facing the planet. You will learn to question what is happening around you, forming your own opinions. Fieldwork and independent learning are key components of this modern, forward-thinking course.

The Edexcel A level course is engaging and uses a contemporary issues-based approach enabling students to explore and evaluate geographical questions and pressing issues of the 21st Century whilst providing a course where all students have the chance to succeed.

Students will be required to have confidence in geographical skills and fieldwork coupled with a holistic understanding of geography.

The A level course consists of 3 papers and an Independent Geographical Investigation.

Government and Politics

Government & Politics is about understanding how the world is governed. Students will investigate in detail how people and politics interact. They will explore the emergence and development of the UK’s democratic system and the similarities, differences, connections and parallels between direct and indirect democracy. They will focus on the role and scope of political parties that are so central to contemporary politics, including the significance of the manifestos they publish at election time and their relevance to the mandate of the resulting government. Students will also learn about core political ideas and how they apply in practice to human nature, the state, society and the economy as well as the divisions within each idea and their key thinkers. Additionally students will study the different approaches to global politics, learning how the UN and other international government organisations operate. This will include discussion of important issues such as terrorism, nuclear weapons and the changing nature of war.

History

This course will give you the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of key historical periods. You will develop an awareness of historical themes and concepts and explore the significance of events,
individuals, issues and societies in history. You will also develop an understanding of the nature of historical evidence and explore historical debate.

Languages

French and Spanish

These courses aims to develop your fluency, accuracy and confidence in both writing and speaking the language, equipping you with a lifelong skill valued by employers. You will engage with a wide range of resources, becoming confident with a broad spectrum of authentic materials. Grammatical knowledge and understanding are integral to success in all units and as the course progresses you will also gain a deeper understanding of English. You will work independently and in small groups, practicing speaking, reading and writing and regularly learning vocabulary. You will learn transferable skills such as essay writing and research.

Religious Studies

The aims of this course are to enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the nature of religion in the following three areas;

  • Islam
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religious Ethics