Sixth Form

Discover Your Future

Careers Provision and the Futures Programme

Each year our Year 13 students secure a wealth of exciting opportunities for further study or career development in Higher Education or with Apprenticeship providers.

She is supported by the Head of Year 12 and Head of Year 13, a dedicated Sixth Form Student Manager, and a Sixth Form Study Supervisor both of whom manage the student experience on a day-to-day basis. We also have a dedicated Higher Education and Careers advisor and Oxbridge Programme Co-ordinator. In addition, the team draws upon the expertise of the Individual Needs Team, the Safeguarding Team and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team as required.

City University, University of Liverpool, University of Newcastle

Guildford School of Acting, Rose Bruford School of Acting
Aberystwyth University

University of Arts Bournemouth

University of Durham, University of Edinburgh

University of Cardiff, Oxford Brookes University, University of Sheffield
Oxford Brookes University, Leeds Art University University of Arts London
The Courtauld Institute
University of Exeter, Imperial College London, University of Leeds
University of Sheffield. St Georges, London
University College London, University of Birmingham, University of Warwick
University of Birmingham
University of Cardiff
University of Oxford
University of Birmingham, University of Cardiff, University of Exeter, University of Lancaster, University of Nottingham
University of Southampton

Kings College, London

University of Exeter, Loughborough University, University of Warwick
University of Cardiff
University of Oxford, University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham
University of Southampton, University of York
University of Southampton
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
University of Plymouth, Slade School of Art, University of Arts Camberwell
University of Bristol, University of Durham, University of Manchester
University of York
University of Oxford, University of Sheffield, University of Warwick
University of Oxford, London School of Economics
Loughborough University, University of Nottingham
Queen Mary’s, University of London
University of Leeds, University of Oxford, Royal Holloway, University of Warwick

University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Nottingham

University of Durham, University College London
University of Newcastle
University of Surrey
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, University of Oxford, Queen Mary’s Belfast, St Georges London
University of Liverpool, University of Oxford, University of Warwick

University of York, Trinity Laban, Kings College London, BIMM

Institute of the Arts Barcelona

University of Cambridge, University of Durham

Queen Mary’s London

University of Cardiff, Kings College London, Oxford Brookes University

University of Nottingham
University of Cardiff, City University London
St Georges, London
London School of Economics, University of Exeter
University of York
University of Bath, Royal Holloway University of York

SOAS, University of Leeds, Royal Holloway

University of Bristol, University of Bath, Surrey University, UCL

University of East Anglia

Reading University
Loughborough University, University of Nottingham
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
University of Bristol
University of Exeter

Apprenticeships

Recent Apprenticeships opportunities secured by Year 13 are listed.

JP Morgan Chase, Natwest, Seymour Taylor, Ernst & Young

Henkel, Premier Foods, Softcat

Santander, PwC

DLA Piper – Law
Pfizer – Pharmaceutical
Decision Analysis Services – Project Management
National Trust – Art Curation

The Futures Programme

Careers are an integral part of our fortnightly tutoring programme such that our Sixth Formers are trained to aim high. Additional workshops carefully guide students through the range of options available and offer support to take all necessary steps to bring their future plans to fruition.
The Futures Programme is a bespoke course which feeds into the overarching Careers and PHSEE provision at Wycombe High School.

Through a range of whole year group, class and individual sessions students explore a range of competencies from life skills to critical thinking, from cultural and social awareness to future careers. The programme supports students to develop wider skills relevant to their chosen career pathway which they document and review with the Sixth Form Team to culminate in a gold, silver, or bronze award in Year 13. 

In Year 13 the programme supports their Post 18 applications and intentions and becomes increasingly focused on moving towards independence with dedicated sessions on areas such as budgeting, student finance, renting and employment law. Regular feedback from students and our alumni ensures our Futures Programme continues to react to current issues and student need.

Specialist Pathways

The breadth of our curriculum leads to applications to a range of pathways including Oxford and Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science as well as other specialist pathways including the visual and performing arts.

All pathways are supported by the Sixth Form Team, an Oxbridge Co-ordinator, our Careers Advisor, and relevant Subject Leads. Some students each year take up opportunities abroad each year, many on sporting scholarships. We have a wealth of Knowledge and experience to support our students with applications to a variety of disciplines in both the UK and abroad.

Each year most of our students go on to take up courses at Russell Group and Top Research universities.

Increasingly students are considering the array of degree apprenticeship opportunities that are available and we actively promote students to consider these exciting openings as an alternative to the traditional university pathway. Whilst we encourage our students to seek the most aspirational opportunities available to them, we believe in the importance of personal choice.

We support every student to fulfil their own dreams and aspirations in whatever field they chose. Our alumni are living proof that success comes in many guises. It is our privilege to actively celebrate what our students choose, and we welcome the expertise these alumni bring to our culture and curriculum through regular Inspire talks with our current students.

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The Sixth Form at Wycombe High sets its students up to be more than prepared for bright futures in whatever they wish to pursue. In my personal experience, I was given so much help by my subject teachers and the Head of Sixth form so that my applications to both universities, and degree apprenticeships, were the best that they could be. As well as this, I felt very prepared to sit my A Levels and am confident that I was provided with more than enough support to allow me to achieve my potential, I would not have wanted to spend my sixth form years anywhere else.

Entry Requirements

To qualify for Sixth Form at Wycombe High School all students need to attain a minimum of 48 points from their best 8 full-course GCSE’s. This must include GCSEs in Maths and English Language at Grade 5 or above. Students who wish to study 4 A Levels will need to attain a minimum of 68 points.

For students new to Wycombe High School in the Sixth Form some places will be prioritised for qualified disadvantaged students. These will be students who were in receipt of Pupil Premium or Free School Meals at the end of Year 11. For these students the entry requirement is a minimum of 42 points in their best eight full-course GCSEs, with all other Sixth Form entry requirements having been met. 

In addition, students must meet the following subject entry requirements in their chosen A levels:

Grade 6 or above in Art or DT Textiles

Grade 7 in Biology or at least 77 in Double Award
If taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in Business Studies. If not taken for GCSE; Grade 6s in Maths and English Language
Grade 7 in Chemistry or at least 77 in Double Award
If taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in Classical Civilisation. If not taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in English Literature
Grade 6 in Maths
Grade 6 in Maths
If taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in Drama. If not taken for GCSE; Active participation in school productions and amateur dramatics, and Grade 6 in English Literature
Grade 6 in English Language and Grade 7 in Maths
Grade 6 in English Literature
Grade 6 in French
Grade 8 in Maths, must take Maths A level
If taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in History. If not taken for GCSE; Grade 6s in English Language and English Literature
Grade 6 in Latin
Grade 7 in Maths
If taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in Music. If not taken for GCSE; Grade 6 Practical and Grade 5 Theory and active participation in ensembles in school
If taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in Religious Studies. If not taken for GCSE; Grade 6 in English Language or English Literature

Grade 7 in Physics or at least 77 in Double Award, must take Maths A level alongside Physics

Grade 6 in English Language or Grade 6 in History
Grade 6 in DT Graphics
Grade 6s in English Language and Maths
Grade 6 in Spanish
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The Enrichment Programme

As well as providing additional UCAS points, our Enrichment Programme allows students to broaden their life experiences and be more prepared for the next stages in their chosen subject or career pathway.

Students studying 3 A levels must also select to study one of the following courses:

Core Maths – Level 3 qualification

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Further Maths – AS Course

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

Young Enterprise

If a student is planning to take 4 A Levels, they may consider Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in addition to their A Level study.

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