Academic Life

Sixth Formers at The Royal School study A Levels. The majority of students will study three subjects at A Level. In addition, students take The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), being taught the necessary skills during the Lower Sixth year. The EPQ is taught through lessons, lectures, debates and tutor/student-led discussions. As such, it prepares students for the different teaching styles adopted by tutors at higher education colleges and universities. 


Students usually select three subjects for further study at A Level. 

Each year the A Level curriculum is defined by students’ personal choice of subjects made in the Spring Term of Year 11. Currently we have students studying the following subjects:

Accounting, Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Constructed Textiles, Drama & Theatre Studies, Design Technology, Economics, English Literature, French, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Information & Communication Technology or Computer Science, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Photography, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics), Spanish and Sport & PE.

All A Level examinations will take place in the summer at the end of the two year course.

Overseas students follow a non-examination course (the British Cultural Programme) and an appropriate English language qualification eg. IELTS.

Extended Project Qualification

To support applications for the more selective universities, we encourage Sixth Form students to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  The EPQ counts as half an A Level, and allows our most able students to extend their studies beyond their AS subjects. Universities have welcomed the EPQ very positively.

It is a detailed piece of work on a topic that complements a chosen field of study or interest, and it gives students the chance to demonstrate that they have the skills and application necessary for effective study at degree level.

Students taking an EPQ gain not only a further qualification but also the boost their ability for independent study. It helps develop research skills and analytical abilities, allowing students to demonstrate their ability to tackle university style work.

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