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Sixth Form Curriculum  

Curriculum Intent

At Beaconsfield High School our curriculum intent is to support a happy, high achieving learning community enriched by the opportunity to discover talents and passions.

We plan and build our curriculum so that academic knowledge, enrichment and life skills match the high aspirations of our learners and allow them to make the strongest progress over time. This will prepare them to be the best they can be in school, as citizens in their community and in their future.    

Sixth Form Curriculum

Our A-Level programme blends academia with opportunities to develop skills of leadership, creativity, teamwork, resilience and independent thinking. This we achieve through a broad and balanced curriculum that consists of:

3 A Levels
Sports & Activities Programme
UCAS & Futures Programme
PSHCE Programme
Lecture Series
Volunteering/Work Experience

Plus one of:

AS French or Spanish
4th A level

We also strongly encourage all students to take part in:

Team Projects (Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh, National Citizenship Service)
Extra & Super Curricular Activities
Essay Competitions
Outreach Opportunities
Trips & Visits




Each A Level subject has four taught hours per week with an understanding that students will match this contact time in private study.  A-Level options include all subjects available for GCSE as well as additional ones, currently: Further Mathematics, Business Studies, Classical Civilisation, Economics, Government and Politics, Media Studies, Psychology and Sociology. Further information can be found in the Sixth Form Prospectus.

The EPQ has one contact hour each week with students managing their research beyond that independently. The EPQ is designed to prepare students for university study by developing time management skills, presentation skills, writing project reports and completing research. It also allows students to demonstrate their passion for an area of study not covered by their A’ Level studies. In consultation with the Head of Sixth Form, some students may choose instead to study a fourth A-Level or an AS in French or Spanish.

Our pastoral PSHE programme is delivered through six partially collapsed timetable days and is supported by our extensive extra and super curricular programme of events and activities.

Year 12 students have one timetabled sports and activities lesson per week where they can opt to do elite sport, recreational PE, sports leadership, in school volunteering / mentoring or out of school volunteering / mentoring. They also have one timetabled lesson per week devoted to the lecture series whereby organisations from local and national businesses, to universities, alumnae, literary and political figures present weekly lectures. This broadens their knowledge, opens their eyes to other perspectives and possibilities, and enhances their learning experience thus preparing them to be the best they can be in school, as citizens in their community and in their future.   

For further subject curriculum details download a copy of our 2024 - 2025 A-Level Options Guide below.