Entrance Examinations

Places to study at Harris Westminster are offered on the basis of performance in subject-specific examinations. Prospective students take examinations in the January of the year they wish to begin their sixth form studies. Students take two examinations, chosen at the time of application, from their four subject choices.

There are a number of special conditions:

Students choosing Further Mathematics must select Mathematics as one of their examination choices.
Students choosing two sciences (out of Biology, Chemistry and Physics) must select at least one science for examination.
Students choosing two essay subjects (out of History, Politics, English and Drama) must select at least one of these for examination.
Students choosing a language (French, Spanish, German, Latin or Greek) must select a language examination.

It is not expected that additional content will need to be learned for the examinations beyond that which will have been covered in Year 10 and 11: the questions are designed to test understanding and reasoning rather than factual knowledge.

Examples showing the kind of question style that candidates should expect are available below:

Biology
Chemistry
Drama and Theatre Studies
Economics
English Literature
French
Geography - Sample Map and Key
History
History of Art
Maths
Physics
Philosophy, Theology and Ethics 
Politics
Spanish

Students choosing two sciences (out of Biology, Chemistry and Physics) must select at least one science for examination.