Sixth Form Curriculum

Sixth Form Curriculum ChoiceS 2019 | PDF

The Sixth Form curriculum at Charterhouse is exciting, academically rigorous and intellectually stimulating.  It provides pupils entering the Sixth Form a choice of pathways.

The 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.

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.

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