Leeds West Academy


Rated “very good” in ALPS for both Academic and Vocational performance over the last three years.


Rated “excellent” for performance in the new AS Levels.

  Mrs Jade Banham - Director of Sixth Form: hildred.j@whiteroseacademies.org

Mrs Alison McCracken - Executive Team Senior Officer: A.McCracken@whiteroseacademies.org


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  • 39 courses offered, including an academic pathway (AS and A-levels), a vocational pathway (Applied General and Tech Level qualifications comprising level 3 BTECs or equivalent qualifications), a combined pathway (A-levels and level 3 BTECs or equivalent), and a level 2 pathway (maths and English resits with PE and/or business and ICT technical certificates). 
  • Talented footballers can apply for a place at our CTA Football Academy
  • Friendly and highly supportive learning community, with expert subject teachers and experienced sixth form coaches providing first rate academic and pastoral support
  • Opportunities for student leadership both within school and beyond
  • Bespoke careers guidance and support helps all students to secure the best possible routes after sixth form and unparalleled support with University applications has led to a four year record of 100% of students who applied for university being offered a place

  • Tailored support package for students applying to the most prestigious universities and courses: sustained record of student success in securing places at Russell Group Universities, including Oxford and Cambridge and prestigious specialist colleges including LIPA (Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts), Leeds College of Art and AMDA (the American Musical and Dramatic Academy)
  • Innovative, recently built academy with purpose built facilities for Post 16 including a sixth form common room, dedicated study areas and Café
  • Wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, including sports clubs, academy performances, theatre visits and sixth form trips, including Paris, London, Malawi and Rome 



Courses Available for 2017-18







Art: Graphics
Art: Photography
English Language
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
  English Literature
Media Studies
Physical Education
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
AS and A-level
Level 3 Extended Project Qualification

Applied General


Applied Science L3 National Extended Certificate, National Diploma, Subsidiary Diploma and Diploma

Art and Design

(traditional art and textiles pathways)

L3 National Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and Diploma
Business L3 Extended Certificate and Subsidiary Diploma
Health & Social Care L3 National Extended Certificate, National Diploma, Subsidiary Diploma and Diploma
Information Technology L3 Extended certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma
Performing Arts L3 National Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, 90 credit Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma
Sport L3 National Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma and Extended Diploma

Tech Level


Music L3 Subsidiary Diploma
Production Arts (Costume) L3 Subsidiary Diploma
Production Arts (Stage Management) L3 Subsidiary Diploma
Sport: Fitness Services L3 National Diploma

Level 2


English GCSE re-sit
Maths GCSE re-sit, functional skills (entry level, level 1 and level 2)
Beauty VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies
Hair VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing
Business Technical Certificate
Health and Fitness Technical Certificate

Additional Courses Available for 2017/18 (subject to numbers):

Music AS and A-Level

Computer Science AS and A-Level

Core Maths

BTEC L3 Travel and Tourism

BTEC L3 Production Arts: Stage Management

BTEC L3 Production Arts: Costume

BTEC L3 Production Arts: Set Design and Construction

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Make-up Techniques

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing


Sport @LWA

LWA’s sport level 3 BTEC diploma is consistently rated by ALPS as “outstanding”, and placed in the top 10% nationally

Sport can be studied either at A-level, as a level 3 BTEC equivalent to one, two or three A-levels or as a level 2 technical certificate: this means you can combine your love of sport with other academic pursuits, or you can make your post-16 experience all about sport!

  • Benefit from first rate teaching from highly skilled, committed professionals.
  • Long standing links with other beacons of sporting excellence, such as Leeds Rhinos, Leeds Beckett University and even the Rugby World Cup.
  • Build up your leadership skills through wide-ranging opportunities, such as leading residentials, coaching younger students and running primary school sports events.
  • Join (or lead!) sixth form sports teams, use LWA’s fitness suite and make use of our excellent sports facilities including our climbing wall, table tennis suite and outdoor gym.
  • Excellent progression rates onto Sport degrees, including sport coaching, sport leadership and PE teaching. Over the last three years 100% of sport students secured places at their first choice of university, with many being given unconditional offers.



  • Strong tradition and deserved excellent reputation for Performing Arts.
  • Eight different courses offered: A-levels in Music, Dance, and Drama and Theatre Studies; level 3 BTECs in Performing Arts, Music, Production Arts: Costume, Production Arts: Stage Management, and Production Arts: Set Design and Construction.
  • Excellent progression rates onto Performing Arts degrees, with students gaining places at highly regarded conservatoires and colleges such as the world renown LIPA.
  • Wide range of both academic and vocational performing and production arts courses available, providing the ultimate preparation for all aspects of performance including production, promotion, performing and back-stage.
  • ALPS “excellent” rating for Performing Arts and Production Arts courses – top 25% of providers nationally.
  • Benefit from first rate teaching from highly skilled, committed professionals.
  • Recent LWA sixth form students proceeding to lead TV roles include Danny Breeze (BBC’s In The Club) and Charlie May Clark (Channel 4’s No Offence, BBC’s South Riding and ITV’s Just Henry).
  • Constant opportunities to take part in all aspects of academy productions; from making the set and costumes, through directing, choreographing and promoting, to performing and running the technical side of shows – check out the next major academy production of The Wiz in March.