Academic (16-18)

A-Level Curriculum

2015_SS_Sixth FormWe offer a broad, varied and stimulating curriculum at St Edmund’s.

This is designed to give pupils the best possible opportunity to pursue their academic interests and prepare effectively for university.

Most Lower Sixth students will start with four academic subjects then drop to three after a term. This enables them to meet the challenges of the demanding linear A levels and maximise the benefits of our enrichment programme.

However, flexibility is our watchword: students seeking to continue with four A levels can be accommodated too as can other combinations of subjects on an individual basis.

Sixth Form Studies Curriculum Book


Enrichment Programme

Once a student drops an academic subject at Christmas in Year 12, they will be required to choose one of the following from the matching option block.

Durrell Essay

This is an independent research essay or similar project conducted by the student on a subject of their choosing. The writers of the best essays will receive a prize on Speech Day.

External Competition Work

There are a number of national and local academic competitions for Sixth Form students. Examples include The PC Vellacott Historical Essay Prize, The Julia Wood Prize, The Betty Haigh Shakespeare Prize, The Wilkinson Essay Prize and the Newnham Essay Prizes in History, Engineering, Science, Law and Philosophy.


Much favoured by universities, the Extended Project Qualification is equivalent in status to half an A Level. It is a level three qualification and part of the National Qualifications Framework. Students undertake a research based project and training in research skills.

Leadership Diploma

Students will follow a termly programme of leadership activities designed to develop personal qualities and life skills necessary to succeed outside of school. The activity programme is likely to include modules on: First Aid, Personal Finance, Life Skills & Wellbeing and ICT Essentials.


We are very proud of our record of success at A-level, and the start of this success is in the matching of a pupil’s interests, skills and aptitudes to those courses to which they will be best suited. If further clarification or guidance is needed, the school’s staff will be happy to advise. To discuss subject choices please contact the Director of Studies, Mr Richard Comfort