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Admissions: 01235 530593

Executive Assistant to the Headmistress: 01235 546502

Bursary: 01235 520657

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 Sixth Form is about individual choice and learning beyond the ordinary business of a curriculum. Every student will create  a programme of four individual elements of study. They will choose 3 or 4 A-levels as the core of their academic work, some taught jointly with Abingdon School. Students can then add a St Katharine’s Study option  to suit their own academic interests.


3 or 4 A-levels; 20+ subjects examined at the end of a two-year course.

Academic enrichment activities

Subject societies and 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 3 A-levels are awarded the St Katharine’s Study (SKS) Certificate. Rooted in a spirit of curiosity and enquiry, SKS enables students to work on a subject of particular personal interest, creating their own unique learning experience. 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. The following elements of study qualify for the SKS: AS mathematics  or classical civilisation; the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ);  Global Perspectives (Camb); ethics for scientists; Arabic,  Mandarin or coding; creative workshops.

Art and design




AS-level Classical civilisation  Coding

Cyber Security EPQ

Drama and theatre Economics


Ethics for scientists   Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)


Geography German   

 Global Perspectives (Camb) 

Greek History


Makers' Atelier Mandarin Studies

Mathematics and further mathematics   

Music Physical Education


Politics Psychology
Religion, philosophy and ethics Spanish  


Skills building

Underpinning the academic programme is a focus upon the development of broader critical thinking and study skills, the provision of invigorating university preparation classes and the delivery of specialist higher education and careers advice, drawing on the wide-ranging expertise of staff, alumnae and eminent speakers.

  • 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
  • Networking
  • 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.