Sixth form programmes: the choice

Sixth Form

Students entering the sixth form have a range of options. Some schools may be able to offer a choice between two programmes, usually between A level and IB Diploma or A level and Pre-U. However, most schools have to commit themselves to one of those summarised below. Scotland has a different programme.


After GCSEs – what next?

After GCSEs

Richard Cairns, Head Master of Brighton College After a summer of nervous anticipation, the GCSE results finally came out in mid-August and every 16 year old started asking – what happens now? Should I retake any of my GCSEs? Should I carry on into the sixth form and study for A levels? If so, what […]


Key post – 16 curriculum choices

Simon Smith, Head of Rydal Penrhos and former Deputy Head (Academic) of Haileybury Much has been written about the relative virtues of the different post-16 qualifications. Now that we are coming towards the end of the phased reform of A levels, it is certainly worth revisiting the issue of the differing sixth-form curricula. The programme […]


GCSEs and IGCSEs in a changing curricular landscape


Charlie Hammel, Director of Studies at St Swithun’s School, Winchester Any parent considering a boarding school for their child at 11+ or 13+ entry is certain to discover that changes to the main curriculum options at ages 14–16 (Years 10 and 11) – GCSEs and IGCSEs – will become relevant for their son or daughter […]


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