Curriculum Options


Over the years the Sixth Form at Prince Henry’s has become one of the largest in the West Midlands. Its reputation has been established not only on the strength of outstanding A Level results and the number of students entering Higher Education and prestigious apprenticeships but also on the contributions which Sixth Formers make to the life of the school and the community.

Prince Henry’s also runs its own Study Skills Programme for Sixth Formers. This is delivered during registration and Enrichment lessons, and involves a range of activities which encourage students to take initiative and responsibility. Students will have timetabled study periods where they will be supervised and encouraged to take responsibility not only for keeping on top of their work but also to enhance their understanding through a programme of consolidation, wider reading and independent research.

As part of our Employability, Enrichment and Pastoral Programme (EEP) Year 12 and 13 students take part in a programme of Enrichment and Guidance (EaG) where visiting speakers offer advice on issues such as driving, finance, working, health and travel opportunities. The students are also offered the opportunity to participate in a range of activities such as Practical Cooking skills, Duke of Edinburgh Gold award, Student mentoring, Critical Thinking, Core Maths, Photography and EPQ.

The following A Level subjects are available but possible combinations may vary with demand:-

Subject Examination Board
Fine Art AQA
Art Textiles AQA
Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Applied Science OCR
Biology OCR
Business AQA
Chemistry AQA
Computer Science AQA
Level 3 Technical Diploma Food Science and Nutrition WJEC
Drama and Theatre Studies AQA
Economics Edexcel
English Language AQA
English Literature AQA
Film Studies EDUQAS
French Edexcel
Geography AQA
German OCR
Level 3 Health and Social Care OCR
History OCR
Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Digital Media OCR
BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT Edexcel
Mathematics (including Further Maths) AQA
Music Edexcel
Physical Education OCR
Physics AQA
Politics Edexcel
Product Design Edexcel
Psychology AQA
Religious Studies OCR
Spanish Edexcel

As part of the Electives programme students may also study additional qualifications such as AS Thinking Skills (Cambridge International), the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) (AQA), Core Maths, BCS Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Advanced) or the Gold / Silver Arts Awards.

OUR OFFER                                      

In 2021 our main programme offered to students will consist of 3 A Levels and a programme of enrichment including sport, other study and personal development opportunities and pastoral information and guidance. Universities make offers based on 3 A Level grades and the top universities have said that they value higher grades over an additional subject, “Applicants are not automatically considered to be stronger because they have taken more than three A-Levels,” (University of Durham). Students who have achieved exceptionally well at GCSE, at least 6 grade As with an A* in the four subjects chosen, and who are keen to have an additional subject, may be able to opt for a 4 A Level programme, in consultation with Mrs Webb, Head of Sixth Form.

CHOOSING SUBJECTS                    

When choosing your Advanced Level subjects, you should pay particular attention to these four criteria:

  1. Interest: “Would I really like to study this subject to a higher level and enjoy doing so?”
  1. Ability: “Will I be able to cope with this subject at a more Advanced Level? Am I really good at it?”
  1. Career: “Is this subject essential and/or related to my possible or intended course in Higher Education and/or career?”
  1. Assessment: “How is this subject assessed and will this play to my strengths and not my weaknesses?”


The Russell Group represents 20 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience for students of all backgrounds and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. They have published a useful guide called Informed Choices to help students make informed decisions about their choice of A levels. To access the guide go to http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk and click on Informed Choices from the Home Page.  Students are also invited to look at the UCAS website and follow links to individual university courses where there will be details of A level requirements for all courses.

Further details of all Sixth Form courses may be found in the separate Sixth Form Prospectus available from the school.

September 2020