16-18 Year Olds
We are as flexible as possible in giving students free choice in the Sixth Form. The whole school timetable is constructed on the basis of their Sixth Form options.
All the subjects offered at GCSE are also taught at AS and A Level. New courses that are exclusive to the Sixth Form are the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), Psychology, Business Studies and Economics. In most cases the 8 periods per week allocated to each subject are equally split between two specialist teachers.
Extension Studies forms a key part of the Sixth Form curriculum and complements students’ A Level studies in both the Lower and Upper Sixth. It gives students opportunities to extend their interests and to develop their thinking skills and independent learning. The Extension Studies programme includes a choice of the Extended Project Qualification, Community Sports Leaders’ Award, or a menu of non-examined Enrichment Options. The non-examined Enrichment Options are based on teachers’ interests, and have included such things as Photography, Classical Civilisation, Philosophy of Science and Film Studies.
The thin AS Options are taught on four periods per week and completed over two years. We offer: Art, Mathematics (not to be taken with full AS Maths), thin AS Further Maths (must be taken with full AS Maths), French, German or Spanish. Most students in the Lower Sixth will choose four full AS subjects and a choice of one of the Extension Studies options. Students will usually continue with three of their main AS subjects to A2 in the Upper Sixth. However, it is possible for appropriate students to study four full A Levels in the Upper Sixth.
Bespoke UCAS and Careers Advice
In the Lower Sixth, all students are given university and careers advice. We provide a specialised careers programme for potential Medics, Dentists and Vets, and this is extended into the Autumn term of the Upper Sixth in the run-up to university applications.
All students in the 1st Year through to Lower Sixth have timetabled lessons of PSHEE. Listed below are the subjects covered during the Sixth Form.
Lower Sixth: First Aid, Cancer Awareness, Fertility, Infertility Options, Mental and Emotional health, Stress and Anxiety, Depression, Self-harm and Suicide, Changing Opportunities, Employability, Strengths, Interests and Skills, Info, Advice and Guidance, Income, expenditure, credit, debt, Insurance, savings and pensions, Financial products and services, Managing financial decisions, Substance Use and Misuse, Risks and Consequences of Drugs, Impact of Drugs and Alcohol on Sexual Behaviour, Managing changes in relationships , Separation, divorce and bereavement, Alternatives to University, UCAS, Critical consumerism, Fair Trade, Consumer Rights
One of the major strands of PSHEE is Sex and Relationships Education and this features in some way in all year groups. We do hope that all pupils will take part in these lessons and workshops as an important part of their education. However, parents may withdraw their son or daughter from any aspect of the programme by writing to the Headmaster. To view our SRE Policy click here.