Overview

The flexibility and breadth of our curriculum ensures we are able 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 levels

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 futures. All A level pupils also get the opportunity to write a 4,000-word Extended Essay on a topic of their choice. All A levels at Gresham’s are now linear. A supplementary course is offered providing enhancement skills in advanced thinking techniques, numeracy, literacy and ICT skills.

IB Diploma

Pupils study and take exams in six subjects (at least three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level). Again, we can advise pupils on the best subject combinations to meet their goals.

All pupils write a 4000-word Extended Essay on a topic of their own choosing. This is a key feature of the IB Diploma and allows students to develop as independent learners in a genuine and meaningful way.

In addition, IB pupils pursue a course in critical thinking called Theory of Knowledge. As such, pupils emerge both literate and numerate, linguistically and scientifically able.

IB pupils also extend their learning out of the classroom and into the community through the completion of the creativity, action and service (CAS) programme.

The IB Diploma offers an innovative, broad and rigorous curriculum providing pupils with intellectual, social, cultural and linguistic skills valued by universities and employers.

To find out more take a look at our A level and IB Diploma Comparison Table.