Studies and subjects
We recognise that every student has their own pathway to success so we offer a curriculum that allows you to shape your sixth form education to suit you. There’s a free choice from an extensive range of A level subjects, usually at least 22 each year, which we select to meet the demands of each cohort.
In Year 12, you study three subjects. You may decide to do four A levels or complete an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) if you have an interest that spans different subjects or if you want to pursue a topic in more depth. There’s also a number of other qualifications that can earn you important points for university entry. See Beyond A levels below.
This A level curriculum is upon you fast, with mock exams in the January after you start in the Sixth Form so you really benefit from the scale of our Sixth Form, where teachers know you well, understand your goals, your ambitions and your strengths so they know when to support you and when to give you a push. The range of subjects are shown below as well as our latest Sixth Form curriculum guide.
Beyond just A levels
It’s not just your subject choices that are important. We want to make sure that you stand out against other university applicants, which is especially important when it comes to the really competitive courses. For some students, this may mean doing four A levels but other students are choosing alternatives that earn UCAS points as well as the opportunity to explore beyond their subject choices or excel in a particular talent or area of interest.
We have built up a significant record of success in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), 100% A*-B; just one of the pathways recognised by universities as excellent preparation for undergraduate life. Girls also achieve important UCAS points from their Golds in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Crest science awards and LAMDA (drama) as well as Grade 8 in music, or an Arkwright scholarship for maths and DT.
The important thing is that we give you the time and the opportunity to follow your talents, passions and your dreams as well as secure that all-important place at university.
Recent EPQs have included:
- Margaret Thatcher: Does she deserve the title of Iron Lady?
- An electric guitar; designing and manufacturing in wood
- How did the second world war and the events of Pearl Harbour effect the treatment of war prisoners in Japan?
- Is it time for the UK to have an informed and rational debate on the future of immigration?
- Ten years too old? Creating and designing a girls’ spring/summer collection
These are the subjects that we have taught in the last few years. If there are other subjects you think you may want to study we are happy to include them if there is sufficient interest.
Drama and theatre studies
Government and politics