Sixth Form Curriculum

The approach to learning in the Royal Hospital School Sixth Form has been carefully designed to bridge the gap between school and university, with a broad and challenging curriculum balanced by new personal freedoms and a wide range of cultural, social and sporting opportunities.

Privilege goes hand-in-hand with responsibility and pupils are encouraged, with close support, to demonstrate independence of thought, to take control of their working environment and to develop a capacity for self-motivated study.

A good education is not just about exam results and, while our academic standards are high, we are just as interested in the whole person. Every pupil is treated as an individual. We value this individuality and work in a spirit of mutual co-operation, sharing ideas and enjoying each other's company, to ensure that everyone has the very best opportunity to achieve their personal potential.


art pupil paintingSixth Form life at the Royal Hospital School is rewarding. Pupils are seen as individuals and, through careful academic guidance and a targeted enrichment programme, are given the best chance of reaching their full potential. They are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for organising their own time and developing a capacity for self-motivated study, but at the same time guided along the way with the setting of personal targets and constant review. The A Level curriculum is structured to provide a wide choice of both traditional and modern subjects; normally three subjects studies to A2 Level plus an academic elective subject or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).


To find out more about a subject, please click on the subject below or download the Sixth Form Prospectus.



For information about our course, take a look at our Latin Leaflet.

Modern Foreign Languages

Click the link to find out more about the Modern Foreign Languages courses at RHS.



Find out more about our Mathematics course by taking a look at our Leaflet.

Further Mathematics

Interested in studying Further Mathematics at RHS, then take a look at our Further Maths Leaflet.


If you're interested in finding out more about this course, take a look at our Psychology Leaflet.


Find out more about our Chemistry course click here.


For more information about the Physics course click here.


Find out more about our Biology course by taking a look at our Leaflet.

Physical Education

If you're interested in finding out more about this course, take a look at our PE Leaflet.


Click the link to find out more about the Economics course at RHS.


English Literature

For more information on the English Literature course click here.

English Language

Click the link to find out more about the English Language course at RHS.


If you're interested in finding out more about this course, take a look at our Politics Leaflet.

Film Studies

Interested in taking Film Studies at RHS? If so, take a look at our Film Studies Leaflet.


Click the link to find out more about the History course at RHS.


Find out more about our Business course here.


Interested in studying Geography at RHS? If so, take a look at our Leaflet.

Religious Studies

Click the link to find out more about the Religious Studies course at RHS.

Classical Civilisation

Find out more about our Classics course here.



If you're interested in finding out more about this course, take a look at our Art Leaflet.


Find out more about our Music course by taking a look at our Leaflet.

Music Techology

Click the link to find about the Music Technology course at RHS.

Drama and Theatre Studies

For more information about this course, take a look at our Drama Leaflet.

Product Design

Interested in our Product Design course? If so, take a look our Leaflet.

Tutor System and Support

Alongside formal classroom teaching, there is an emphasis on important study skills and independent thought, with the invaluable support of a Tutor. Each pupil's Tutor is their mentor and guide. They will meet with him or her every week, both individually and as part of a small group. During these meetings their progress is reviewed, ideas are shared and matters of concern, pastoral or academic, can be raised. It is our ultimate objective to make sure that every pupil has the opportunity to choose from a wide range of university degree courses and is prepared for successful employment in whatever career he or she chooses. The pupil's Tutor is therefore closely involved in the critical matter of university entry, giving assistance with completing personal statements and UCAS forms.

Further support comes from the Head of Sixth Form, Heads of Department, specialist academic societies and the well-resourced Careers Department and the Higher Education Co-ordinator. Alongside this, the Learning Support Department offers individually tailored specialist teaching in one-to-one lessons for pupils with dyslexia or similar learning difficulties. This might cover study skills, revision techniques and improving literacy.

A Level Results

We stretch our most able pupils so that they are able to realise their full potential, go on to top universities and follow appropriate career paths. As well as adding value to the highest achievers, we also ensure that those that need more help are supported and advised, so that they too do well and exceed their expectations.

An average of 100 candidates take three of four A Levels each with a pass rate of 99% and around a third of all grades at A* or A. For a breakdown of A Level Results by year please follow the links below:

2016 A Level Results by Subject

2015 A Level Results by Subject

2014 A Level Results by Subject

2013 A Level Results by Subject

2012 A Level Results by Subject

After School

An average of 97% of our upper sixth pupils go to a university of their choice and, of these, 50% to Russell Group or other top universities. Recent leavers secured places at the following:

Aberystwyth University
Aston University
University of Bath
University of Birmingham
University of Bradford
University of Brighton
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
UCA Canterbury
Cardiff University
Coventry University
Durham University
University of East Anglia
University of Edinburgh
University of Essex
University of Exeter
UCA Farnham
Goldsmiths, University of London
Harper Adams University College
University of Hertfordshire
University of Hull
Imperial College London
Keele University
University of Kent
Kings College London
Kingston University
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Lincoln
University of Liverpool
London Drama School
Loughborough University
The University of Manchester
University of Melbourne
Newcastle University
Northumbria University, Newcastle
University of Nottingham
Nottingham Trent University
University of Oxford
Oxford Brookes UniversityUniversity of Plymouth
University of Portsmouth
Queen Mary College University of London
University of Reading
Royal Agricultural College Cirencester
University of London Royal Holloway
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University Campus Suffolk
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
Swansea University
University College London
University of Warwick
University of Westminster
The University of Winchester
University of York