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Sixth Form

The two years in Upper College are an exciting, challenging and enjoyable time of study. They provide the opportunity to choose subjects that students really enjoy, to focus on their strengths and to get to grips with them in depth. Those students who invest time and energy into their Sixth Form studies truly experience the best days of their lives. The two years lay not only the foundations for university study but also for a whole life’s sense of interest and achievement. 

The structure of A Level started to change in September 2015. However, as has been widely reported in the press, these changes are being staggered into three phases. Therefore, your sons and daughters will be studying mostly ‘new’ (reformed) A Levels, where the only examinations that count are taken at the end of the Sixth Form, i.e. in Summer 2018, and some of the ‘old’ courses, where exams are sat in both the Lower Sixth and the Upper Sixth.

We advise all pupils to choose subjects that they really enjoy and that interest them. When making choices, it is worth bearing in mind that some university courses or careers require specific subjects (eg Chemistry, Biology and/or Mathematics for many medical subjects such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or Physiotherapy, Physics or Maths plus DT or Art for Architecture, and Mathematics A Level for many Economics courses).

In general, the minimum requirement for doing a subject at A Level is a B grade at GCSE either in the subject itself or in a closely-related one (GCSE History for Politics, Maths or Physics for Economics). Students wishing to take a science or a modern languages are expected to achieve a minimum A grade at GCSE. Usually, an A* is required for Mathematics.

We always do our very best to meet pupils’ combinations and choices of subjects.

The subjects on offer are:

Art Biology
Business Studies or Economics Chemistry
Classical Civilisation Design and Technology: Resistant Materials or Textiles
English Literature History
Geography

Latin and Ancient Greek

History of Art Modern Languages: French, German and Spanish
Mathematics and Further Mathematics Physics
Music Politics and Government
Sports Science Psychology
Theology, Philosophy & Ethics Theatre Studies