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.
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.
Studying these subjects could lead to an external qualification.
• Critical thinking
• Life skills and wellbeing/skills for university
• Higher education advice and preparation classes for TSA, BMAT, UKCAT, LNAT and other university specific admissions tests; careers events focused on particular subjects such as medicine.
• Career planning
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.