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Sixth Form Curriculum

Into the Sixth Form | Curriculum

The aims of the Sixth Form curriculum are:

  • To provide an academic curriculum which is appropriate for each pupil in its range and demands
  • To encourage and develop academic skills of increasingly independent study, research and thought
  • To provide opportunities for pupils to study beyond the curriculum, whilst taking full advantage of the breadth of opportunity on offer
  • To encourage and develop wider personal skills to allow a confident entry into higher education and to create adaptability and resilience befitting the realities of working life in the 21st century
  • To encourage pupils to consider and discuss issues relevant to them as they move towards adulthood and participation in the full range of rights and responsibilities as citizens

The process of pupils selecting the subjects they wish to study in the Sixth Form can often be a difficult one, but it is only one decision in a larger scheme that will see pupils make further decisions throughout
their higher education and future careers.

Almost all A Level subjects are now taught as two-year linear courses with terminal examinations at the end of the Upper Sixth, with a move away from external assessment at the end of the Lower Sixth. In most subjects there is now a broader and deeper Level of content, which requires a higher Level of independent study.

Universities are looking for three very good A Level grades, and in addition there should be evidence of breadth and engagement, which can be shown in a variety of ways, both academic and non-academic.

Lower Sixth Form Entry Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for entry to the Sixth Form is two GCSE passes at grade A (or grade 7 where relevant) and three at grade B (or grade 6 where relevant) plus minimum grade 5 in Mathematics and English Language or Literature. In addition to this general requirement, each subject has specific minimum entry requirements; these are listed in the curriculum guide.