WQE is a large ethnically diverse sixth form college in the city of Leicester. The College caters for a wide range of 16-18 year olds offering classroom based learning from Entry level to Level 3. At Level 3 the College offers over 40 different A Level subjects as well as a wide range of vocation courses of different sizes there is also the option to study Level 3 Core Maths.
Students who started Level 3 study at the College in 2019 will, in the majority of cases, have studied three A Level subjects for their two years at the College, some highly qualified students had the option to study four subjects for the two years. A significant minority will have studied either a mixed programme of vocational course and A Levels or a fully vocational programme.
In their first year all students also follow an enrichment course. This is a non-examined course that adds either breadth or depth to a student’s programme of study. Students also follow an extra course in their second year, many opt for non-examined courses similar to those on offer in their first year but a good number choose the option of taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Due to the national COVID-19 lockdown the usual formal internal end of year 1 exams did not take place. Initial UCAS predicted grades for students were made based on teacher assessment bearing in mind the work that students had done before March 20th. These predictions will be updated where necessary based on assessments during the Autumn term.
As a large sixth form college in Leicester WQE has had to make significant adjustments to the usual timetable pattern to facilitate COVID-19 appropriate on-site learning. For a typical A Level student the weekly timetable currently consists of one, three hour on site classroom based session per subject plus a one and a half hour group session online for each subject via MS Teams. The continuation of this adjusted timetable is being kept under review; a return to a more normal pattern will happen as soon as COVID-19 circumstances allow.