The approach to learning in the Royal Hospital School 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 and 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, biology, business, chemistry, classical civilisation, design technology, economics, English language, English literature, film studies, French, further mathematics, geography, German, history, Latin, mathematics, music, music technology, physics, politics, psychology, religious studies, sociology, Spanish and textiles. We also offer the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport (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); the Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership; an IELTS qualification; a GCSE in astronomy; or the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts.




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:

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.

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.


Two periods a fortnight, the Head of Sixth Form and Careers organises a series of talks and seminars led by staff and outside experts on a wide range of topics in order to broaden horizons and inspire curiosity about the world.

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.


If you’re on track to achieve straight As or 7s and above at GCSE, or a minimum of 60 points across eight best subjects including English and maths, you can register for our Assessment Day to be held on Thursday 14 November 2019. 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 asked that your child has applied for a place and paid our registration fee.


Thursday 17 October 2019

Our Sixth Form Information Evening for prospective pupils is held in the Michaelmas Term to provide an overview of life in the Sixth Form at the Royal Hospital School, an opportunity to meet Heads of Department and advice on how to chose A Level subjects.

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

Admissions Office

01473 326136