A breadth of experience
As places at university and in the workplace are competitive, the Wychwood Sixth Extension Programme allows our pupils to gain a breadth of experience beyond their A Level studies both within and beyond the classroom. Pupils in year 12 (Study I) will take part in the Wychwood Enterprise business programme and will also be given the opportunity to do an Extended Project Qualification in year 13 (Study II). For this they will study Research Methods which is most useful for their ongoing university studies. They might also want to do Duke of Edinburgh awards or charity work and we support them by facilitating this.
The Extension Programme takes place outside of the school day so that we are not restricted in either the events that we are able to attend, or the speakers whom we are able to invite to lead in-house lectures. We attend cultural events, performances and lectures in and around Oxford, and there are two or three lectures a term in each of the Michaelmas and Hilary Terms. In the Trinity term, the jewel in the extension crown is a General Studies week for year 12 (Study I) pupils which acts as an excellent bridge between their two years of Sixth Form study. Pupils have days out of school with opportunities such as a day in the Cotswolds and at Daylesford cookery school and organic farm, a day in and around Oxford, perhaps considering the religious diversity of our city, and the London cultural day. School based activities are combined with speakers and activities and sessions are varied. Pupils might follow a first aid course, a self-defence course and consider the importance of financial management for their next stage in life.
There are also sessions on applying to university through UCAS, and writing personal statements, in advance of the University application process that follows in the Michaelmas Term of year 13 (Study II).
There are excellent opportunities for socialising and attending formal events throughout the two years, and perhaps the most poignant is the Study Ball, organised by the outgoing year 13 (Study II). This is the perfect closure for a Wychwood Sixth experience.
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