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Sixth Form Life

The Sixth Form at Cheltenham College gives students the chance to thrive, but with the necessary support in place to ensure that decisions taken at this important time, are well judged, managed and executed. We offer abundant opportunities to stand out from the crowd and secure a competitive university place. In addition to A Levels, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) allows students to develop the academic skills required for excellent university performance. Our unique Electives Programme offers students the chance to hone the soft skills required in the world of work, and the whole ethos of Cheltenham College’s Sixth Form is to develop students’ resilience, dependability and professionalism, so that they leave with transferable skills that will stand them in good stead for a 21st century career path.

Sixth Form students are given greater freedoms, choosing where and when they want to work. They have their own common room, their own rooms in Houses, and have a significant choice over their own time at weekends and to take advantage of College’s central location in Cheltenham. They get all of this while receiving all the community benefits of boarding and the real life skills that co-education provides.

The Electives programme

Designed to make our Sixth Formers ‘the complete package’, all Lower Sixth pupils take part in at least one of the weekly electives below. In 2017-18, the offering is as follows:

  • Ancient History
  • Art - Life Drawing
  • Business Mini-MBA
  • Community Service
  • Music - Songwriting, Producing and Pop Bands
  • Recycling Bikes
  • Sign Language

New for 2018-19:

  • Italian
  • Liberal Arts

Upper College Lecture Programme

Sixth Form students hear from a wide range of professionals and dynamic speakers during our Friday afternoon lecture slot. We pick speakers who will take our students beyond the confines of the A Level syllabus, have a message to impart or a story to tell, with the aim of extolling their experiences and advice onto others. Recent talks on employability and business have been from Touker Suleyman, fashion retailer and entrepreneurial investor on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den, Patrick Handley (Xt, 1982) CEO of Brunswick PR and Charlie Bennett (NH, 1980), Managing Director of Credit Suisse. Philosophy, Feminism and History have been the topics of lectures from Professor Anthony Grayling, Dean of College of the Humanities, Pamela Armstrong, ITV newscaster, journalist and BBC presenter and broadcaster. We have also had a good range of talks from leaders in the world of Science, such as Juliet Devenport OBE, CEO of Good Energy and Prof. Sube Banerjee (NH, 1982), Professor of Dementia, Brighton & Sussex Medical School.


At College, students get extraordinary opportunities to develop themselves as people: they star in, direct and produce plays; there are numerous musical ensembles which perform regularly both inside and outside College; they take on leadership roles in their House and in College, CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme both run for all interested students; while sport is available across the spectrum, with no less expected from 1st to 5th teams in all major games; departments run various trips both at home and abroad to take students beyond the syllabus as well. 

After College

One of the most striking features of Cheltenham College is the attachment that Old Cheltonians have to College and to the friends they make here. This is as true of those who join us in Sixth Form, as those who spend all five years at College.