Leeds West Academy

Leeds West Academy Sixth Form



Working Together to Reach Your Potential

Welcome to the sixth form area of the academy website. We have a thriving sixth form of nearly 200 students and we offer more than thirty academic and vocational qualifications that can be studied over a one or two year period. On this section you will find:

  • Information of how to join our sixth form
  • A link to the 2017/18 prospectus
  • Case studies of some of last year's students
  • Other useful information


Best wishes,

Mr Rand
Head of Post-16


How to apply for a place at the sixth form

Thank you for showing an interest in our sixth form. All applications will be considered and all students will be interviewed in early January 2018. There are many ways to apply:

  • For our current Year 11s, please apply via the student homepage on the VLE
  • External students can apply through UCAS
  • You can directly request an application form by emailing sadeghian.J@whiteroseacademies.org

At this point, all students will register what subjects they would like to study. We strongly recommend that you check the entry requirements for each subject by clicking on the link to the prospectus. Students should make aspirational but realistic choices based on their current grades in Year 11. Early in 2018 we'll be able to clearly state which courses are running in which blocks to help students make clearer choices. 


Application Form

Prospectus Download



Success stories

Last year’s Year 13 were a great group of people and we are proud to see them develop into successful young adults. So many of them have found success in finding a great job or a brilliant university course. There are some highlights listed below.

  • The most prestigious universities in the country (known as Russel Group universities) are also the most competitive when it comes to trying to get a place. We’re proud that ten our of our Year 13s won a place at these universities. We have students going to study medicine, history, English literature, physics and biomedical sciences at universities like University College London, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.
  • Every Year 13 student who applied to university was successful in getting a place and the vast majority got their first choice! In fact, over two thirds of the Year 13 cohort will be going to university this autumn.
  • Many of our Year 13s chose to begin their full time working lives by applying for jobs and apprenticehips. Several students have been successful in their applications and now enter the world of work in sectors like household security, dental treatments, software development and insurance. 


Case-study students:

Student 1 – Sam Clarke:  Sam has always known that he wanted to work in the accountancy and finance sector. This year, he was offered an unconditional place at Leeds Trinity University. Sam continued to thrive in his A Levels and never lacked motivation. He achieved Di*Di* in IT, Merit in Business and a B in the Extended Project Qualification, where he wrote a brilliant dissertation on the status of the UK as a tax haven.

Student 2 – Niki Lam:  Niki has always been extremely dedicated to her studies. After achieving A grades in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Extended Project, Niki is now going on to study Biomedical Sciences at Kings College London.

Student 3 – Tiffany Leong:  Tiffany moved to the UK at the age of 15. Tiffany is passionate about Civil Engineering and has gained a place at University College London after gaining A* in Graphics, A in Mathematics, A in Physics, A in EPQ and B in Chinese.

Student 4 – Adam Cooper:  Adam decided to take the A level English Language over the course of just 9 months in order to improve his chances of success. Despite having such a short amount of time to complete the course, Adam achieved an A grade in English Language. Adam similarly achieved an A in EPQ, in addition to a B in History and a C in English Literature. Adam has gained a place at Leeds University to study English.

Student 5 – Kayleigh WIlcock:  Kayleigh is an extremely intelligent and principled young woman who is very interested in the way that society functions. Kayleigh excelled this year, achieving Di*Di* in Art, A* in Sociology, A in EPQ and B in History. Kayleigh will study History and Sociology at Manchester University.

Student 6 – Aiden Daniel:  Aiden achieved phenonemally well resulting in him being awarded an  A* Mathematics, A in Chemistry, A in Physics and A in EPQ. Aiden will now study Theoretical Physics at the University of Leeds.

Student 7 – Tia Gibbon:  Tia, one of LWA’s star actresses, worked extremely hard to achieve a place at Northumbria University studying Drama. She achieved Di*Di* in Performing Arts, Distinction in Business and a B in Drama.

Student 8 – Joshua Taylor:  Josh is an incredibly dedicated student. After spending 2 weeks undertaking work experience at a local, small business he was promptly offered a full-time role to begin after completing sixth form. Josh was extremely proud, but politely declined as he didn’t want to miss out on the experience of university. Despite this, he has continued to volunteer at the company one day each week and is trusted to undertake a number of responsibilities, including working directly with customers and on ‘live’ jobs.  Josh was successful in achieving Distinction* in Business, Distinction* in IT, A in graphics and B in EPQ. He will study Business Management at the University of Leeds.



Celebrating work experience

All year 12 students participated in one week’s work experience in the last week of July. There was a wide range of jobs and industries being sampled including…


Post-16 pathways

We are proud to be able to offer a broad curriculum at Post-16, helping students with different ambitions and goals achieve their next steps. We have divided the Post-16 curriculum into different pathways to help our stakeholders understand the different options available.

Level 2 pathway (1 year): The level two pathway is one year in duration and exists to support students who need to focus on English and Maths GCSE. Students will also study Level 2 BTECs in Health and Social Care, PE or Public Services. At the end of the one year course, students may begin two-year L3 course with us, or move on to find a different training provider.

Level 3 vocational pathway (2 years): Students on this pathway will study largely vocational subjects like BTEC Sport, BTEC Health and Social Care or BTEC Information Technology. These are new reformed qualifications and most subjects now include challenging exams as well as the more traditional coursework. Students do have the opportunity to re sit their BTEC exams once and therefore many will make their first attempt at passing it at the end of Year 12. 

Level 3 academic pathway (2 years): 
Students on this pathway will study 4 Advanced Levels (A levels) in Year 12 and this may drop down to 3 A levels in Year 13 depending on their ambitions for university. A-Levels are very challenging qualification and though many have some coursework, their majority of each qualification is measured through external examinations.

The Football Academy:  Any student who is successful in getting into the football academy will engage with several hours of high quality training as well as have the opportunity to play in competitive matches. Football Academy students will study L2 or L3 qualifications ensuring they receive a broad and balanced education whilst at sixth form.

Combining vocational and academic subjects: It is completely appropriate for students to study a mix of academic and vocational subjects based on their interests and goals.

Resitting English and Maths: Any student who has not achieved a grade 4 in GCSE English Language or Maths will be given additional lessons and the opportunity to re-sit these examinations in November and June.

Students’ prior attainment: Students achievement at GCSE is the biggest factor in determining what options they have available to study at Sixth Form. If students get better exam results they have more options available to them.



We look forward to reading your application. Remember to check them carefully before sending.