The RHS sixth form experience is designed to be different, to provide the bridge between school and university or whatever you choose to do next. We aim to provide you with variety and options alongside the skills and experiences that will give you the confidence for life beyond RHS.

The Sixth Form might represent the last two years of your seven-year RHS journey or, if you’re joining us from another school, the start of an exciting new stage in your life, either way we hope it is a great way to conclude your time at school.

Don’t take our word for it, listen to what some of our current Sixth Formers have to say about the RHS experience in the video below:



Some of the elements that make the RHS Sixth Form distinct: 

  • June Welcome Day for new & existing pupils
  • Nelson House in Year 13 - our university-style, mixed accommodation
  • RHS Futures - Extensive university, careers & apprenticeship support
  • RHSExtra - talks & seminars on far-reaching topics from experts
  • RHS+ - six modules covering higher education and career applications; personal finance; healthy eating on a budget; study techniques; communication skills.
  • Alumni networking support & mentoring
  • Unrivalled co-curricular opportunities with over 80 plus clubs to join
  • Exceptional leadership challenges 


Whilst choosing just three subjects can be challenging, particularly as we offer such a wide variety of options, there are benefits from starting Year 12 with your three choices already made - these include maximising curriculum time for each A Level/BTEC subject and creating space in the timetable for an additional qualification (the elective).

Universities are clear they’re interested in pupils gaining the best grades possible in three subjects, and there’s plenty of guidance available from the RHS sixth form team on how to choose these.

Visit our Sixth Form subject pages to view your options and for further details about each course.

Sixth Form Subjects




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.


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 offer a number of awards and means-tested bursaries for pupils entering the Sixth Form, ranging from academic to sports and music.

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Admissions Team
01473 326136