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St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

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Sixth Form Curriculum

Academic life in St Helen’s is about individual choice and learning beyond the ordinary business of a syllabus. Students choose three or four A levels as the core of their studies and then add breadth and depth to suit their own academic interests. Some may choose an additional A level or continue to enrich their mathematics or language skills to AS level. Others may seek a new challenge, perhaps a course in computer coding or a non-European language; every student can undertake an independent research project called St Katharine’s Study (SKS).

Some subjects are taught jointly with boys from Abingdon School and this cooperation between the schools allows a flexibility of choice and A level combinations for both our students and the boys from Abingdon. Areas for further collaboration include drama, debating, orchestra, careers conventions, joint choral society, joint general studies lectures, MFL exchanges and, of course, a wide range of social activities.

Almost all GCSE subjects are also offered at A level, and we also offer Business, Economics, Government and Politics, and Psychology. Many departments arrange visits both within the UK and abroad to supplement and support their teaching.

However, there is much more to life as a successful St Helen’s girl than classroom lessons. The Sixth Form curriculum also includes sport for all and an enrichment programme to add breadth of knowledge and life experience. This exciting programme takes place both in large groups and smaller ones. In small groups girls, with Abingdon boys, will study a non-examined critical thinking course. St Helen's girls then undertake a life skills programme and larger groups of girls will attend lectures on a variety of topics. For those girls really wishing to take their independent learning to a level more befitting a university undergraduate, there is the opportunity to take the St Katharine’s Study (SKS).

Rooted in a spirit of curiosity and enquiry, SKS enables students to work on a subject of particular personal interest. Supported by a research supervisor, students develop university-style planning methods, independent learning and research skills, and extend their knowledge beyond the A level curriculum. Research begins in the Lower Sixth and culminates in a presentation to their peer group and external subject experts at the St Katharine’s Study Dinner, held in the November of Upper Sixth.

A level subjects available are listed below. Subjects marked with an * may be offered in conjunction with Abingdon School. Lessons may take place here, at Abingdon or a combination of the two.

Art and Design

Further Mathematics







Physical Education


Government & Politics*


Drama & Theatre Studies*





Religious Studies

English Literature






For A Level subject specific information, create your own prospectus by following the link below:

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