Reception: 01235 520173

Admissions: 01235 530593

Executive Assistant to the Headmistress: 01235 546502

Bursary: 01235 520657

Communications Office: 01235 546541

Joint Bus Service Co-ordinator: 01235 546565

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 curriculum. Students choose three A-levels as the core of their studies and then add St Katharine's Study to suit their own academic interests.


Three A-levels from a choice of 20+ subjects, examined at the end of a two year course.

Academic enrichment activities

However, there is much more to life as a successful St Helen’s student than classroom lessons. The Sixth Form curriculum also includes sport for all and an enrichment programme to add breadth of knowledge and life experience. Subject lectures from eminent speakers, field trips, theatre visits, business and work experience, visits to art and design collections, language courses and cultural visits, international residential trips.

St Katharine's Study

Students who complete an element of study beyond A-levels are awarded the St Katharine’s Study (SKS). SKS provides flexibility for students to develop their own curriculum, from an AS-level to creative art workshops. The following elements of study qualify for the SKS: AS-level maths, AS-level classical civilisation, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), Global Perspectives (Camb), Arabic, Mandarin, coding, ethics for scientists and creative art workshops.

'Other' languages

We offer a cultural and linguistic programme of study to develop knowledge and experience in non-European languages: Arabic and Mandarin.You will also have the opportunity to study coding, which can help you with breadth for university applications and future careers. You'll learn to use computational thinking techniques across a range of disciplines. 

Art and design Arabic Biology
Chemistry Classical civilisation  Coding
Drama and theatre Economics English
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) French Geography
German     Global Perspectives (Camb)       Greek
History Latin Mandarin
Mathematics and further mathematics    Music Physical Education
Physics Politics   Psychology
Religion, philosophy and ethics Spanish  


Skills building

Critical thinking

Life skills and well-being

Skills for university

Higher education advice and preparation classes for TSA, BMAT, UKCAT, LNAT and other university specific admissions tests


Career planning


Best of both worlds

Some subjects are taught jointly with students from Abingdon School and this cooperation between the schools allows a flexibility of choice and A-level combinations for both our students and the students 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.