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Our academic curriculum promotes academic rigour, develops intellectual curiosity and fosters the ability to learn independently. The curriculum follows the normal path to (I)GCSEs in Year 11, followed by a choice of A level courses or the IB Diploma Programme in the Sixth Form. The School also offers a taught series of timetabled extended projects and academic enrichment electives.

We have the highest of expectations and aspirations for both pupils and teachers and aim to stretch and challenge all our pupils well beyond the demands of the syllabus. Our leavers are globally-minded and academically rigorous, and their university destinations reflect both their abilities and the quality of the education provided at the School.

Year 9 (Fourth Form) 

The aim of this first year in the School is to provide a broad academic foundation and to start preparing pupils for the subjects that they will go on to take at (I)GCSE and in the Sixth Form.

All pupils study English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Latin and Greek, History, Religious Education, Art, Design Technology, Music, Geography and German or Spanish.

During their first year, pupils study Informatics, as well as the use of IT closely integrated into the teaching of other subjects. Additionally, pupils gain much experience in using software as a tool to support their learning rather than as an individual academic subject.

Year 10 and Year 11 (Remove and Fifth Form)


All pupils study English Language and Literature, Mathematics, three Sciences (in certain cases a pupil will be able to study two of the three) and at least one Modern Language. In addition, each pupil chooses from a range of other subjects to study: these options include Art, Computer Science, Design Technology, French, Geography, German, Greek, History, Latin, Music, Religious Studies and Spanish. 

Most subject combinations are possible and advice on suitable subjects is given towards the end of the Fourth Form (Year 9).

Years 12 and 13 - SIXTH FORM

Sixth Form Curriculum ChoiceS | PDFThe main school-leaving qualifications in the UK are A Levels. At Charterhouse we provide a comprehensive breadth of subjects, most of which are A Levels, and a limited number of subjects deliver Pre-U qualifications, which are very similar to A Levels. We are an IB World School and also offer the International Baccalaureate which requires the study of six different subject areas alongside a common core.

Formal, public examinations for all academic subjects will take place in the Summer Term of 2021, i.e. at the end of the two-year course.  All pupils who join the Sixth Form at Charterhouse in September 2019 will pursue one of the following routes:

  1. The study of three A Levels, the Extended Project Qualification and an Elective

Universities traditionally make offers to pupils based on three A Levels, and the majority of our pupils will follow the three-subject pathway. In addition, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) represents half an A Level and will be taught during the first year of the Sixth Form. The EPQ develops research skills and fosters academic independence, and, as well as supporting the A Level courses being studied, it is excellent preparation for university study. The Elective is a non-examined component, and supports the development of a pupil’s curiosity and interest beyond the traditionally assessed parts of the curriculum.

2. The study of four A Levels

The study of four A Levels is likely to be desirable for certain pupils. Those for whom the choice of four A Levels is suitable should bear in mind that we expect all four subjects to be studied for the duration of the Sixth Form. Consultation is required for any pupil who wishes to pursue four A Levels, and the academic team is on hand to guide such discussions. The option to complete an extended essay will also be available.

Further information on A Levels & Electives | Internal page

3. The study of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Six subjects are studied with three of these taken at Standard Level and three at Higher Level. In addition, pupils undertake the Theory of Knowledge course as well as the Extended Essay. It is also a requirement for the award of the Diploma that pupils should satisfactorily complete the CAS Programme.

The important point to bear in mind is that all of these pathways are academically challenging and rewarding; they prepare pupils effectively for university, enabling applicants from Charterhouse to stand out in an increasingly crowded field. Whichever course of study is selected, every opportunity is taken to promote a genuine appreciation of academic disciplines as well as fostering life-long learning.

The virtues of these courses and their grading structures have been widely recognised and are very much appreciated by admissions tutors at British universities including Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial and the other prestigious institutions in the Russell Group. Further to this, the IB Diploma Programme benefits from widespread international recognition.

Further information on the IB Diploma Programme | Internal Page

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