Sixth Form Studies

Sixth Form students at King Edward’s enjoy their learning, they develop a more mature rapport with staff, and there is an expectation that they take responsibility for their learning. The recently developed Sixth Form Study area encourages a good working ethos, while the refurbished Concourse next door affords the students time and space to relax. We encourage students to possess a clear view of the value of learning, not simply as a gateway to higher education, but also as an end in itself. There are two routes for Sixth Form studies:

Route 1 –  Three full Advanced level subjects

Students choose four subjects to study in the Lower Sixth, then decide in the Spring/Summer term of the Lower Sixth year which three to continue to full Advanced Level in the Upper Sixth. Students following this route leave the Sixth Form with three full Advanced level qualifications.

Route 2 – Four full Advanced level subjects

Students choose four subjects to study in the Lower Sixth and continue with all to full Advanced level in the Upper Sixth.  Students following this route will leave the Sixth Form with four full Advanced level qualifications.

Subjects

The Sixth Form at King Edward’s aims to deliver consistently excellent results in a wide range of subjects.  A favourable teacher:student ratio allows us to focus on the individual, and promotes class discussion. Good, positive relationships with teachers are a feature of the Sixth Form experience, making it an important stepping stone to the world of university and work.

Students are asked to choose four subjects from the list below: –

  • ART* or PHOTOGRAPHY *
  • BIOLOGY
  • BUSINESS *
  • CHEMISTRY
  • CLASSICAL CIVILISATION * 
  • COMPUTING *
  • DESIGN TECHNOLOGY *
  • ECONOMICS *
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE
  • ENGLISH LITERATURE
  • FRENCH
  • FURTHER MATHEMATICS – see note 3
  • GEOGRAPHY *
  • GERMAN
  • GREEK
  • HISTORY *
  • LATIN
  • MATHEMATICS
  • MUSIC *
  • MUSIC TECHNOLOGY *
  • PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS *
  • PHYSICS
  • POLITICS *
  • PSYCHOLOGY *
  • SPANISH
  • SPORTS SCIENCE *
  • THEATRE STUDIES *

Notes:

1 You may study the subjects marked * whether or not you have taken them as GCSE courses. It may be helpful to talk to the head of department about such a choice.

2 You will not normally be allowed to study three new subjects at A Level; in many cases it may be advisable not to choose more than one subject, which you have not previously studied at GCSE.

3 Further Mathematics is only to be chosen as a fourth full A level and must be combined with Mathematics. By choosing it you are committing yourself to taking four subjects in the Upper Sixth.

4 The availability of subjects is dependent on sufficient uptake, and the School reserves the right to make such amendments as necessary, in response to demand and in the light of practical considerations. We cannot guarantee that all subject combinations will be available.

In addition, Wednesday afternoons are given over to a Games programme which offers a varied range of team and individual sports and fitness activities. The Foundation Studies programme and Open Forum, which form part of the Upper Sixth experience, offer students the chance to develop important life skills, explore new interests or become involved in service activities in the local community.

For more information, look through our prospectus and Sixth Form Guide.