Post 16

Enriched selection of personalised pathways at Post 16

Post 16 Provision

Our Academy offers an enriched selection of personalised pathways at Post 16, all leading to University entrance. We offer our students the widest range of subjects in the region, by studying either the IB Diploma, IB Career-related programme, A-levels or BTEC. All pathways are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face classes and blended learning options, combining the best of academic and digitally-enhanced learning, leading directly to university or high-end employment.

IB programmes

IB programmes promote the education of the whole person, emphasising intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge. By focusing on knowledge, skills, independence, critical and creative thinking, and international-mindedness, these programmes offer a truly international and world class education.



All IB subjects have a mixture of internal and external assessments, and offer greater breadth and depth of learning than other Post 16 qualifications. The Core component of the IBDP includes the Theory of Knowledge; Creativity, Action and Service; and an Extended Essay. This ensures that students understand in much greater depth, have opportunity to participate and volunteer in a range of worthwhile activities, and develop true academic rigour in their studies. This is why the majority of leading universities in the world prefer to admit students who have studied IB, over those studying other qualifications.


For those students who wish to focus on a specific career and study pathway, the IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme) is a professionally focused, university-recognised programme combining academic rigour with a career specialism. We offer this pathway for Creative Media, Business or Sports students, and combine it with two IB subjects and a set of core professional skills. The Core programme includes introduction to a second language, an ethical study related to their chosen career pathway, service-led learning and a course in the personal and professional skills required in the work-place. The IBCP is recognised by governments and institutions worldwide as a direct entry to undergraduate study.


This pathway offers students an opportunity to specialise in four subjects at Post-16. Students choose A-level because they are already clear about the tertiary pathway they wish to follow. A-level programmes are content-heavy and are an excellent pathway for students to gain a strong base in the subject or field they wish to specialise in once they move onto university. Students at WSO study four subjects, three at A-level and one at AS-level (sitting an AS-level exam at the end of Year 12). In addition to this, students complete the EPQ qualification and participate in some service-learning to enrich their CVs and university applications. 



BTEC stands for the Business and Technology Education Council; they are specialist work-related qualifications, combining practical learning with subject and theory content. They are designed for students interested in a particular sector or industry but who are not yet sure what job they’d like to do, and are well regarded by European universities and employers. A BTEC National qualification can lead to employment, continuing study, or professional development programmes. They are flexible qualification, and can be taken alongside A levels. BTECs are divided into units, which cover specific areas of knowledge, skills, and understanding required by the particular sector or industry. BTEC students take core units, which provide a broad foundation and understanding about the sector, and then choose from a range of optional units which enable the student to focus on particular interests. The course involves a series of assignments which can be written or activity-based, for example creating a film clip, planning and putting on a performance, or creating a business plan. Students complete some assignments individually and some as part of a team. 

All our Post-16 courses are comprised of elements of a Blended Learning approach, which mirrors how most universities also now deliver their courses. Students on discreet blended courses have the benefit of learning in virtual environments as well as having an Academic Tutor to guide and support them on a daily basis. All our blended courses are taught by experienced Post-16 teachers and examiners.

On blended courses where students are taught externally, through a mixture of synchronous (live) and asynchronous sessions (meaning students do not need to be in the digital class at a particular time), all materials and resources are available on the learning platform. Students interact with classmates in real time and have questions answered straight away by their digital teacher; this is then reinforced by their Academic Tutor. The Academic Tutor meets with students each week to provide seminars and tutorials and add significant intellectual value in extending knowledge and understanding. This unique combination is only available at WSO and is proving to be hugely successful, with our students now gaining places at some of the leading universities in the world.

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For additional information or to make an appointment, please contact Academy Vice Principal- Standards and Development Rob Gauntlett - [email protected]