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.
3 or 4 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 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. 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.
BREADTH AND DEPTH
Additional AS and A levels:
5th A level (e.g. Further Mathematics)
AS Mathematics, AS Spanish
'OTHER' LANGUAGES PROGRAMME
We offer a programme of study to develop knowledge and experience in non-European languages (Arabic and Mandarin, Culture and Linguistics).
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.
ST KATHARINE'S STUDY
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.
Students may undertake an extramural course, through providers such as Coursera or Future Learn, or pursue an external qualification, like an EPQ, as part of their St Katharine’s Study, or the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives.
• Critical thinking
• Study skills
• Alumnae networking
• Higher education advice and preparation classes for TSA, BMAT, UKCAT, LNAT and other university specific admissions tests.
• Career planning
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.