Sixth Form curriculum
The flexibility and breadth of our curriculum ensures we are able to help all pupils reach their goals and choose the qualification best suited to their needs.
All our Sixth Form pupils benefit from our Academic Enrichment, Study Skills and Well-Being programme.
A level pupils normally specialise in three subjects, though four or more are possible for very able students, from a choice of over 20 academic disciplines, undertaking a detailed and thorough approach to learning. A level study allows pupils to pursue a deeper understanding of subjects already familiar from prior study or entirely new for the Sixth Form, while developing important independent study skills which will prove invaluable to their future. All A level pupils also get the opportunity to undertake two elements of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma ‘core’ to enhance their study.
We offer BTEC National Diplomas in Agriculture, Sound Engineering, Sport and Sport and Outdoor Education. These courses are assessed differently and do not rely on terminal summative assessments (U6th Summer term public exams) as the A level and IB do. Assessments are by modules and coursework, and these often contain a practical element. These courses offer students the opportunity to develop practical skills and experience with a stronger eye on future vocations. All pathways are complimented by the academic electives, societies and enrichment, and the Sixth Form lecture programme.
Pupils opting for the IB will study and take exams in six subjects; at least three will be studied at higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL), according to pupil preference. We advise pupils on the best subject combinations to suit their interests and to meet their future goals.
The IB Diploma features a unique ‘core’, which provides learners with a coherent package across their formal subjects with informal and independent study, including: the Extended Essay (EE); the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course; and a community programme incorporating Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).
The 4,000-word EE can be on a topic of each pupil’s own choosing, which allows them to develop as independent learners in a genuine and meaningful way. The TOK course in critical thinking enables students to emerge literate, numerate, and linguistically and scientifically able, whilst the CAS programme encourages pupils to extend their learning outside of the classroom in different community settings.
The IB Diploma offers an innovative, broad and rigorous curriculum providing pupils with intellectual, social, cultural and linguistic skills valued by universities and employers across the board.