The Sixth Form curriculum aims to provide an outstanding all-round education to prepare our young people for success in a fast-changing world.

We offer the A Level linear programme and Extended Project Qualification or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), both of which are formally assessed at the end of the Upper Sixth.

A LEVEL LINEAR PROGRAMME AND EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)

Those opting for the A Level route will chose three subjects (Further Mathematics counts as a fourth) as well as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

The A Level subject options available to study are:

A Level subject choices
ArtHistory
BiologyHistory of Art
BusinessLatin
ChemistryMathematics
Computer ScienceFurther Mathematics
DesignMusic
EconomicsPhotography
English LanguagePhysical Education
English LiteraturePhysics
FilmPhilosophy
FrenchPolitics
GeographySpanish
GreekTheatre Studies

Our Sixth Form curriculum guide details the contents of all courses and subjects available to study at A Level:

Sixth Form Subject Choices

EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)

The EPQ is a personal research project that is largely self-directed and self-motivated. The project may take the form of:

  • a research-based written report
  • a production (e.g. charity event, fashion show or sports event)
  • an artefact (e.g. piece of art, a computer game or realised design).

The EPQ is awarded UCAS points and therefore provides huge support to a university application. You can find out more about the EPQ on the AQA website.

The EPQ represents an important opportunity to undertake genuine academic research as a pupil would do at university, and enables the development of transferable skills such as time management, independence, public speaking, as well as vital interpersonal skills (e.g. through conducting interviews).

EPQ titles have been impressively diverse in recent years and have included: Managing an investment portfolio during difficult market conditions; The effect of Crossrail on the London property market; Designing a ‘green’ home in Hong Kong; Investigating slapstick comedy through directing OZ by Don Zolidis and To what extent is the Black Panther Party a terrorist organisation?

THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME (IBDP)

For the IBDP, pupils are required to study six subjects (three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level) along with the core elements; Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).

Higher Level courses are more difficult and pupils will spend more time on these than the Standard Level courses. All subjects are worth 7 points, with the Core worth a further 3 points, making a total of 45. To pass the Diploma, pupils must gain at least 24 points.

The subject choices available for the IBDP are:

 Higher LevelStandard Level
Group 1English Language and Literature
English Literature
German Literature
English Language and Literature
Group 2French
German
Latin
Spanish
French
German
Latin
Spanish
Italian ab initio
Spanish ab initio
Group 3Economics
Geography
History
Psychology
Art History
Economics
Environmental Systems / Societies*
Geography
History
Group 4Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Physics
Chemistry
Computer Science
Environmental Systems / Societies*
Physics
Group 5Mathematics: Applications
Mathematics: Analysis
Mathematics: Applications
Mathematics: Analysis
Group 6Film
Music
Visual Arts

Or a second subject from Groups 2, 3 or 4
Film
Music
Visual Arts

Or a second subject from Groups 2, 3 or 4

*Environmental Systems and Societies meets the requirements of Groups 3 and 4 through the study of a single subject. This means an additional subject must be chosen to make a total of six. This can be taken from Groups 2, 3, 4, or 6.

Find out more about the IB programme at Bradfield and The Core in our IB Booklet:

International Baccalaureate Booklet