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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

College has a broad curriculum that gives every pupil the opportunity to find and develop their academic interests and talents.  

In the Third Form, when pupils are 13 and 14, studies focus on a wide range of subjects, including two modern languages, three sciences and Latin.   

The Fourth and Fifth Forms see pupils studying for GCSEs and IGCSEs. These are important public examinations that pave the way to A Level and also play an important  role  in university admissions and job applications.  

Most pupils take ten GCSEs  and IGCSEs, including English, English Literature, Maths and at least two sciences  and one modern foreign language. These are complemented by four further options.   

The programme not only embeds a love of learning that will last a lifetime but also supports Higher Education applications.

In Sixth Form – or Upper College – students focus their studies, working on a smaller number of subjects at greater depth. They can choose from two routes of study. The first is to study three A Levels and complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The second is to study four A Levels. You can find out more about our  A Level  curriculum in  Sixth Form here

We actively encourage diversity in subject choice and promote the logical mixing of arts, science, humanities and languages. Unlike other schools, we do not prescribe blocks of subjects, but try as far as possible to accommodate each individual’s choices.  

We also believe in inspiring  pupils to explore subjects in more depth. Our Academic Extension activities are an integral part of College life and include extension classes, Lower and Upper College Society, evening subject society meetings, debating, trips and visits. The programme not only embeds a love of learning  that will last a lifetime but also supports Higher Education applications.