Academic life in St Helen’s Sixth Form is about individual choice and learning beyond the curriculum. Your experience will include everything encapsulated in our Sixth Form wheel, from your academic subjects and pursuits, building valuable skills outside lessons which aim to complement and enhance your studies, and the ethos which surrounds all of Sixth Form life. We want you to embrace your independence and curiosity, take up responsibilities and different opportunities, and develop a lifelong understanding of the importance of your community, wherever you find it.
Most of our students create a programme of four individual elements of study. You will choose three or four A-levels as the core of your academic work, some taught jointly with Abingdon School, and you can then add a St Katharine’s Study to complement or contrast with your A-level subjects.
St Katharine’s Study
St Katharine’s Study (SKS) is rooted in a spirit of curiosity and enquiry, enabling you to extend your passions beyond the A-level curriculum. We offer an exciting range of subjects as part of SKS, giving you the opportunity to complete an element of study which might support a university application, a work experience placement, or simply because you enjoy it.
SKS subjects offered:
At St Helen’s your studies will go beyond the boundaries of the School, enriching your chosen subjects with diverse opportunities: 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 and much more.
Sixth Form curriculum guide
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Underpinning our academic programme is a focus on the development of broader critical thinking and study skills. These will be hugely important as you begin to think about your next steps, so we provide invigorating university preparation classes and specialist higher education and careers advice throughout the two years of Sixth Form, drawing on the wide-ranging expertise of staff, alumnae and eminent speakers.
- Theory of knowledge
- Life skills and well-being
- Skills for university
- Higher education preparation - advice and preparation classes for Oxbridge, 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.