On entering the Sixth form, pupils may choose between A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. While plenty of advice and information is offered, pupils at Wellington are free to choose the kind of education they want for their future:
A broad, balanced, international and
socially engaged education
for the whole person
An intensive, specialist education
in a focused range of subjects
Both pathways are academically rigorous, internationally recognised, and valued by universities and employers. Both require motivation, commitment and intellectual curiosity. Neither is inherently more or less difficult than the other; nor is one or the other more suited to strong or weak pupils. They are fundamentally different forms of education and are suited to different individuals for different reasons.
In consultation with parents and teachers, pupils should think carefully about the two options, giving themselves time to consider what kind of education they value and what aspirations they hold for their place in a rapidly changing, globalising world.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme offers pupils a world class education as preparation for university and the rapidly changing world beyond. Pupils take a balanced range of languages, sciences, humanities and arts along with a course in the theory of knowledge and an independent research project. The IB is designed to keep pupils' options open and to stimulate genuine engagement with learning and our global society. The IB's standards are second to none, and its graduates go on to study the full range of courses at universities in the UK and abroad. It should be taken by pupils who are motivated, interested and keen to embrace a world of diversity and change.
A Levels offer a reputation of academic strength, the opportunity to choose a focused range of subjects for specialist study and six-monthly examination modules with regular re-take opportunities. A Levels are demanding and scholarly; they are the standard in the UK and the choice for those who know exactly what they want to do at university and beyond.
Whichever route pupils choose, they will benefit from the guidance of highly qualified teachers trained and experienced in delivering both courses. They will also have the support of their tutors, heads of year, careers officers and many others who will help them to perform to the best of their abilities and secure the outstanding results for which Wellington has become notable in recent years.
For Parents of current Sixth form pupils