A Broad and Challenging Curriculum

The approach to learning in the Sixth Form has been carefully designed to bridge the gap between school and university and to give pupils the best chance of reaching their full potential. They are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning whilst benefiting from collaborative thinking. The broad and challenging curriculum is supported by personal academic guidance, balanced with a targeted enrichment programme.


Sixth Form Subjects

In the Sixth Form, pupils can select to study a wide range of core academic subjects. We offer A Levels in art (fine art/photography/textiles), biology, business, chemistry, classical civilisation, economics, English language, English literature, French, further mathematics, geography, government and politics, history, Latin, mathematics, music, music technology, physics, product design, psychology, religious studies, sociology and Spanish. We also offer the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport, the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production (both one A Level equivalent), and the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (two A Level equivalent).

Pupils selecting the BTEC in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship study this alongside one other subject, whilst all other pupils select three core academic subjects. These core subjects are supplemented with an elective academic subject which could be: further mathematics A Level; the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ); Level 3 Core Mathematics, the Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership; an IELTS qualification, the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts, IBM certification in IT and our bespoke RHS suite of Watersports qualifications.

Subject Courses

Please click on the buttons to find out more about the subject courses. Blue buttons are A level courses with green buttons indicating BTEC courses:

Elective Subjects

In year 1, alongside three A Levels, pupils will take an additional elective subject which will lead to a further qualification to include on your CV. There’s a wide range of choices to ensure everyone will find something that will spark their interest as well as being enjoyable.  The courses are run on 6 periods per fortnight over the course of Year 12, with the exception of Further Mathematics which is taught over ten periods in both Year 12 and Year 13. 



Sixth form Enrichment


To complement the core curriculum and the elective subjects, we have devised a coherent programme for Year 12 aimed at preparing pupils for the independence of university and the world of work. Each pupil takes six modules lasting about half a term, each taking two periods a fortnight.

Life in Sixth Form chart of areas of focus to prepare pupils for life at university and beyond.

The six modules focus on higher education and career applications; managing personal finances; healthy eating on a budget; study techniques for the 21st century; and communication skills.


RHSXtra is a series of talks and seminars provided by staff and outside experts on topics that aim to broaden horizons and inspire curiosity. In addition, Elevate Education run sessions and workshops to help prepare pupils for public examinations.

Service and Sport

All pupils have the opportunity to get involved in voluntary work, leadership and service, as well as balancing their academic commitments with sport and physical activity (two games sessions each week, one of which is on a Saturday afternoon), creating an excellent all-round Sixth Form education preparing our pupils for life beyond school.

Sixth Form pupils walking together in front of the Royal Hospital School building

Scholarships, Awards and Means-Tested Bursaries


We are delighted to offer a range of Awards and Means-Tested Bursaries for pupils entering the Sixth Form, ranging from academic to sports and music.

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Professor Bernard de Neumann (1943-2018) was a former RHS pupil who was passionate about the history and continuing relevance of mathematics at the School. In 2019,  the school received a gift from his estate to support the continued development of the subject. Thanks to this gift, we are now able to support gifted young mathematicians by giving them the life-changing opportunity to join our sixth form. RHS offers a means-tested scholarship of up to 100% every two years, to a child from either Essex or Suffolk who is seeking to study mathematics and/or further mathematics at A Level.

To apply and find out more information please follow the link below:

The De Neumann Mathematics Scholarship



If you’re on track to achieve straight 7s and above at GCSE, or a minimum of 62 points across your eight best subjects including English and maths, you can register for our Additional Assessment Day to be held in the Michaelmas Term 2021. We are delighted to offer a number of academic scholarships and awards granting eligibility to apply for our means-tested bursaries. Please note: to attend the Assessment Day we ask that your child has applied for a place and paid our registration fee.

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