Sixth Form Pathways

We understand that you have differing career aspirations, interests and strengths, and we aim to ensure that you have an individualised programme which allows you to achieve your full potential.

It is important to realise that your GCSE results will indicate the most appropriate pathway for you, and your A level or BTEC choices need to be considered carefully. A few subjects can be taken without previous study at GCSE, and some will be brand new to you. You should check the specific requirements are detailed in the booklet and on the A level and BTEC course guidance link on our website.

Choosing courses is a really important decision, as your future career could depend on it. You should aim to thoroughly research your subject choices when choosing your courses. Choose subjects that you feel enthusiastic about and inspire you. Think carefully about the guidance from your teachers, tutors and family.

We offer two entry routes into the Sixth Form: an A level Pathway and a Combined Pathway.

Following their Sixth Form studies, some students embark on a career through an apprenticeship or employment when they leave school. Considering a vocational Level 3 BTEC extended certificate alongside 2 A levels may be exactly the right route for you.

If you know you want to go to university, the Russell Group’s guide is a good place to start, and can be found here.

Another great resource is the Which University guide. Here, you can look at potential degree courses and they will show you what A levels their students studied at school, to give you an idea of the path you could take.

You should choose subjects with complement each other effectively, in order to showcase your talents accordingly. For example, students should usually take more than one Science subject if they wish to continue this at university. Students who wish to pursue English should choose a complementary essay subject to highlight their skills, such as History, Religious Studies or a Language. Economics and Physics complement Mathematics very well too. Some useful advice on this can be found here

Below are some example combinations which are common:


Please download the WGS Sixth Form Course Guidance information Booklet containing comprehensive advice on choices and courses. The Witney Grid lists all the subjects choices on offer.