Our Sixth Form examined curriculum is augmented by unparalleled facilities providing opportunities for pupils to research, experiment, explore and learn, whether in the laboratories, the library, the theatre, the workshops or the studios. In the Upper Sixth, all pupils attend the weekly Sixth Form Lecture series given by eminent guests on a wide range of topics, followed by discussion periods in mixed groups.

Past speakers have included Foreign Secretaries, Nobel Prize winners, journalists and broadcasters, eminent authors, academics and sporting heroes. A Sixth Form concert and a Concept of Remembrance lecture are held annually, as are memorial lectures in honour of Sir Peter Scott and Joseph Needham, two of our most prominent Old Oundelians.

A flexible education

Courses are structured around learning rather than assessment, enabling pupils to achieve the best possible examination results, with the curriculum sufficiently flexible to give all pupils the opportunity to excel. Pupils start the Lower Sixth Form with four principal subjects and an extension option and they may choose to continue with four or three principal subjects into the Upper Sixth Form.

A fifth extension option offers support, enrichment and challenge tailored to each pupil’s needs or interests. Pupils may opt for Oundle’s bespoke Quadrivium course or choose to research and write an individual project, leading to the award of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), equivalent to an AS level. Musicians studying for a Diploma may opt for the Music Diploma, where they will be given extra tuition and support, as well as essential time to practise. There is also an option for those who would like to pursue an additional language.

The Oundle Sixth Form curriculum is designed to stimulate the mind and equip pupils to think. Courses are structured around learning rather than assessment, but in a way that enables pupils to achieve the best possible examination results. The examined and non-examined strands of the curriculum are complementary and mutually reinforcing.  

Choosing Sixth Form subjects takes thought and skill, taking into account three core factors: interest; talent; careers and higher education. 

Pupils are guided by their Tutors, Housemaster or mistress (Hsm) and our Careers department, with options discussed in detail before the final choices are made. The majority of pupils will start with four principle subjects and an extension option, taking forward their three strongest subjects to final examination after discussion with their Tutor and Hsm. Parents are consulted at every stage of the decision making process around A Level options. 


Current A level and Pre-U subject options

Classical CivilisationClassical Greek Design Engineering and Technology
Drama and TheatreEconomicsFrench
Government and Politics HistoryHistory of Art
ItalianLatinLiterature in English
Mandarin ChineseMathematicsFurther Mathematics
MusicPhilosophy and TheologyPhysical Education
SpanishComputer Science



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