Embarking on their Sixth Form studies is an exciting time for all our students as they select the subjects they wish to take beyond GCSE. Girls at City typically select four A Levels and then have the opportunity to drop one of these subjects and complete three A Level subjects of their choice. The timetable is built around these selections, so there is no expectation to choose a set combination of subjects. In addition to the subjects studied at GCSE, we also offer Government and Politics, Economics and Classical Civilization as new subjects. Towards the end of the Autumn term of Year 12, students also have the opportunity to embark on the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
Outside of the classroom, the Sixth Form provides students with a wide range of exciting opportunities. We offer a General Studies course where students select four courses of interest to them, such as Photography, First Aid, Zumba, Yoga, Political Ideologies, Astronomy and Film Studies. We ask that girls undertake a Community Service placement during their Lower Sixth year, whether this be assisting with, or running a school club, gaining work experience in a hospital, or befriending a local elderly person.
The students in the Sixth Form act as superb role models for the rest of the school. They have the opportunity to establish their own clubs and societies, put on plays, conferences and charity events, and undertake a huge range of leadership roles.
A significant part of the sixth form experience is the UCAS programme designed to support and guide girls with this process. We have a Higher Education Evening in February of Year 12, a UCAS Day in June, an interview package in the Autumn term of Year 13, and enrichment lessons run on a weekly basis.
Many girls comment on the fact the Sixth Form feels like a very different experience from the lower and senior schools. Smaller classes, free periods, use of the sixth form centre, own clothes and greater independence and responsibility all contribute towards this feeling. We also welcome between ten and fifteen new girls to the Sixth Form and the induction days held at the end of Year 11 and the start of Year 12, accompanied by our buddy system, help to make this transition as smooth as possible for girls joining City at Sixth Form level.
The opportunities available to girls in the Sixth Form aim to equip them with the intellectual curiosity and confidence for university life and beyond.