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Sixth Form Options

Our Sixth Form programme offers 28 different subjects at A Level, 3 BTECs and 1 Cambridge Technicals.

This means you can choose the subjects you love, and that will equip you with the knowledge and qualifications you need to enter into future study or work.

Stamfordians leave us ready to take on the world. Around 90% of our Sixth Form go on to university, including Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group universities, and to elite institutions worldwide.

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Whether you’re interested in a career, degree apprenticeships, further education, travel, gap years or volunteering, our priority is to help you work out the right option for you. 

We will support you in exploring all routes.

Our Curriculum Choices

BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE

Applied Science

Designed to prepare students for careers in various scientific fields, this course is intended as an Applied General Science qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and aims to give a coherent introduction to study of applied science.

A LEVEL

Biology

Many students find Biology a rewarding and stimulating choice. The subject covers 8 topics over the 2 years; there is no coursework, but practical skills are assessed.

BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA

Business

BTEC Business is a life skills course. It will teach you about dealing with and managing people and how to make informed day-to-day and strategic decisions. You will learn about the economy, how it affects buying behaviours and the variety of ways in which firms respond to this. It will also teach you about employment law in the context of an employer and an employee.

A LEVEL

Business Studies

Business Studies is the study of business and how it operates within its environment. At A Level this means looking at the various business functions, including marketing, finance, operations management (production) and people (personnel). Students investigate the key functions of business and learn to appreciate the importance of the competitive and economic environment in which it operates.

A LEVEL

Chemistry

The OCR Chemistry A Level is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of chemistry. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed both through written papers and the Practical Endorsement.

A LEVEL

Classical Civilisation

The insights of classical literature have shaped western thought for the last two thousand years. Classics invites us to apply a critical eye to the values of the Greeks and Romans and thus, ultimately, ourselves.

A LEVEL

Computer Science

Computer Science is the backbone of our rapidly evolving digital age, shaping the way we interact with technology and solving complex problems that drive innovation. In an era where computers and software are integral to virtually every aspect of our lives, understanding the fundamentals of Computer Science is essential. This course offers a gateway into this field, providing an opportunity to explore the inner workings of computers, algorithms, and programming languages. Explore a world of logic, code, and problem-solving, and unlock the potential of Computer Science to drive change, innovation, and progress in our increasingly digital society.

CAMBRIDGE TECHNICALS LEVEL 3

Digital Media

Media dominates the 21st century and is continually shaping all of our lives. For those of you interested in beginning to understand and analyse the secrets of media, and in beginning to produce media products which exploit people’s fascination and curiosity, Creative Media is for you.

A LEVEL

Drama and Theatre

A level Drama and Theatre is designed for students who enjoy reading plays and watching or participating in drama - as performers, directors or designers - and who want to develop their skills in these areas. Students will develop their powers of analysis to become an informed critic and will also take part in drama productions, as well as studying plays, playwrights and theatre practitioners.

A LEVEL

Economics

Economics is concerned with all of society and the activities of various groups and institutions within it. At the centre of the subject is the question of how we divide up our scarce resources, and how decisions resulting from this affect us all – in other words, who gets what and why?

A LEVEL

English Language

This interesting and diverse course prepares students to effectively and objectively analyse how and why the language we consume on a day-to-day basis is used.

Thinking both analytically and creatively, using a range of assessment skills from data collection, investigation, creative writing and presentation, to more formal responses, students will delve into the differing ways in which we communicate across our country, and how we learn to communicate from birth, and will write opinion articles about the way the world functions today.

A LEVEL

English Literature

The aim is to foster a lasting love of literature, to develop critical and evaluation skills and to develop empathy and understanding of a wide range of issues presented within the texts.

Studying of a variety of texts, students will complement their analysis of the methods with which a writer has crafted their text, and the subsequent effect this has on the reader, with more in-depth knowledge of the context in which the piece was written. They will also explore the wider historical, social, political and cultural situation within which the text is written and set.

A LEVEL

Fine Art

Art encourages students to investigate, experience and enjoy its many aspects through stimulating and exciting coursework. Students are required to work in many areas of fine art including drawing, painting, mixed media, ceramics, photography and moving image, sculpture and printmaking.

A LEVEL

Geography

Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, people, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Our subject is unique in bridging social science (human geography) with a natural science (physical geography). This allows understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions - recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. Understanding the causes of differences and inequalities between places and social groups underpins many of the newer developments in human geography.

A LEVEL

History

The History A Level course has been designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. This course will help them gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. Outside class, our students are regularly invited to attend local evening lectures given by respected historians.

A LEVEL

Latin

The course offers an equal balance of language work and reading original Latin literature. We study the famous speeches of Cicero or Tacitus’ histories on the reign of Nero, and in verse we read the powerful and moving poetry of Virgil’s Aeneid and the intriguing works of Ovid’s poetry.

A LEVEL

Modern Foreign Languages

French

German

Russian

Spanish

The main focus of the Sixth Form language courses will be developing skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing the foreign language through the study of stimulating topic areas.

Materials will be firmly rooted in the culture of the target-language country. There are some variations between examination boards but the topics cover social issues and trends, and aspects of political life and artistic culture in the country/countries where the language is spoken

A LEVEL

Mathematics

Mathematics is a valid choice for those who wish to study mathematics for its own sake, and for those who will find it valuable as an aid to the understanding of other subjects that they are taking in the Sixth Form. Those who are intending to study Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography or Economics should remember that these subjects may make use of mathematics.

A LEVEL

Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics is a demanding A Level, but those who find mathematics exciting and enjoyable, and who have shown a talent for the subject, should consider it. To succeed at this level you really need to enjoy a challenge.

A LEVEL

Music

The course is very well suited to musicians who have specific strengths, be these performing, composing, or academic study (listening). The subject is broad enough to appeal to musicians from all music disciplines - classical, jazz, rock, folk etc.

A LEVEL

Music Technology

The course is very well suited to musicians who have specific strengths in the use of music technology. The subject is broad enough to appeal to a wide range of musicians interested in all kinds of popular music and the development of technology.

A LEVEL

Philosophy and Ethics

There are three areas of study: philosophy of religion, developments in Christian thought, and religious ethics. The focus on human nature makes it relevant and means everybody has a contribution to make to lively discussions.

A LEVEL

Physical Education

The focus of the course is participation and performance in physical activity as part of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle. The aims of the course are to enable students to increase their physical competence, develop their involvement and effectiveness in physical activity and enable them to become informed and discerning decision-makers.

Three key factors (physiological, psychological and socio-cultural) are studied throughout the course, enabling students to gain an understanding and appreciation of how each factor impacts upon participation and performance in physical activity.

A LEVEL

Physics

Physics is at the heart of everything and is a highly rewarding discipline to study at school. Physics is a basic element in our understanding of the world and the foundation of our technology. It has influenced the whole of our culture, contributing important ideas to many non-scientific academic disciplines.

A LEVEL

Politics

The major themes of the course involve the central ideas of citizenship, democracy and participation, examined through the study of political parties, pressure groups and elections.

A LEVEL

Product Design

A diverse and challenging course, students will complete a wide range of projects which will allow you to develop your knowledge of materials and manufacturing techniques including CAD, CAM, and CAE.

A LEVEL

Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of mind, behaviour, and experience. It aims to offer academic explanations and insight into the behaviour and mental processes that are part of our everyday experiences. The course offers a balance of exciting theory and contemporary psychology in action.

BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA

Sport

The course has been developed in order to provide a solid foundation within sports science and coaching, enabling the development of essential study skills.

Students will have the opportunity to acquire the Community Sports Leaders Award, Higher Sports Leaders Award (which receives UCAS points), a First Aid qualification, and coaching/ officiating qualifications. They will also gain valuable teaching experience.

Extra Study Options:

Extended Project Qualifications:

EPQ - Level 3

This is an independent piece of research that is marked to A Level standard.

The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) consists of a project that involves about 120 learning hours, of which 90 hours are carried out independently by the student and 30 hours of taught skills are delivered separately.

Students have a free choice of project topic, so they can choose to explore a further aspect in a subject you are already studying, or another subject, or choose a topic in which they have a personal interest. 

However, you cannot submit a project that is part of your A Level work or has already been submitted for another exam. The proposed project should not be one that has been taught in depth but has only been discussed briefly in class.

Examples of EPQ Titles
  • ‘Should mercury amalgam fillings continue to be used in British dentistry?’
  • ‘Constructing a chair from recycled materials sourced from a working yard'.
  • ’Through diversification, are Scottish estates sustainable in the 21st century?’
  • ‘Feisty or feeble? The construction and performance of female identity in Shakespeare’s plays.'

Sixth Form Curriculum Handbook

Support with Learning

For those who require further support, our Learning Development Team are:

Director of Learning Development (SENCo)

Sue Brahmachari

Deputy SENCo

Alex Faux

LDT Administrative Assistant

Sue Morris

SLT Link for LDT

Andrew Crookell

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