Sixth Form Academic Overview

The Sixth Form at Bedales offers an unusually broad and stimulating environment in which to spend the final years at school and to prepare for life beyond. Serious academic responsibility and opportunities for leadership combine to create a challenging and rewarding experience.

The Government is overhauling A Levels which affects entrants into our Sixth Form from 2015 onwards. As a school that enjoys being at the more independent end of the independent sector, review and renewal is very much in our veins. We will use this opportunity to strengthen further the breadth of the Sixth Form offering, and also ensure we maximise the opportunities for students to progress to their chosen higher education institutions or other preferred paths with three good A Levels.

In particular, inspired by the success of our BAC courses, we have developed an additional strand of the curriculum to stand as an alternative to a fourth A Level. The Bedales Enrichment Programme: this consists of a series of one term courses chosen from a broad range of offerings developed by enthusiastic staff and shaped by student requests. Our courses are grouped under the Bedalian banner of Head, Hand and Heart, and we expect those who choose this option to pursue at least one course in each area. A full explanation of the programme can be found here

Each student’s programme will also include a combination of academic study, sport, Outdoor Work, cultural and current affairs, service to the community, and global awareness. We also expect our Sixth Form students to take on positions of responsibility in the school, such as contributing to one of the many student committees or acting as role model and mentor to our younger students.

The subjects available in the Bedales Sixth Form are arranged in groups which are drawn up to allow a high degree of flexibility in providing for the needs of individual students. They also take into account the requirements of universities and colleges, and offer qualifications which will enable students to access a wide range of higher education courses in the UK and overseas.

Subjects available are: ArtBiology; Business StudiesChemistryClassics - Latin and Classical GreekClassical CivilisationDanceDesign (Product)Design (Fashion)Drama and Theatre StudiesEconomicsEnglish LiteratureExtended Project;  Geography;  Government and PoliticsHistoryMathematicsFurther MathematicsModern Languages - FrenchGermanSpanishMusic (Cambridge Pre-U); PhysicsPsychologyReligious Studies: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics); and 6.1 subjects are divided into option groupings. Students cannot choose more than one subject per column. View option groupings.

Entry into the Sixth Form is dependent on two things: firstly, achieving 50 points (assuming 9 subjects) at GCSE / BAC, where an A*=8 points, A=7, B=6, C=5 etc. Secondly, students need to qualify for their chosen A Level subjects themselves by achieving a designated level in a relevant GCSE / BAC. See here for a list of specific entry requirements for each subject.