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.
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 consists of a series of courses chosen from a broad range of choices 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.
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 as a subject 'Don'.
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.
The subjects available in the Sixth Form are:
- Business Studies
- Classical Civilisation
- Design (Product)
- Design (Fashion)
- Drama and Theatre Studies
- English Literature
- Extended Project
- Global Perspectives and Research (Cambridge Pre-U)
- Government and Politics
- Living with the Land
- Further Mathematics
- Modern Languages: French or Spanish
- Music (Cambridge Pre-U)
- Music Technology
- Religious Studies: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
- Sport (BTEC Level 3 Diploma)
Entry into the Bedales Sixth Form is dependent on achieving the equivalent of a minimum average Grade 5 at GCSE/Bedales Assessed Course. External candidates will be invited to attend an interview day at Bedales.