Sixth Form Subjects

The curriculum offers a wide range of A Level courses, which (subject to demand) can be combined to suit the individual student.

Wherever possible, each subject is taught by two members of staff, giving different perspectives on the subject. This more adult approach provides a stimulating atmosphere for academic learning.

The Sixth Form at Tormead provides purpose-built teaching rooms, a spacious common room and dedicated study areas.

From September 2015, A Levels will be linear so assessment of knowledge and understanding of the whole course takes place at the end of two years. The Department of Education has decided on the timing of its planned changes; Phase One subjects which will be reformed for teaching from September 2015 are: English Literature, History, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Art and Design and Economics.

Most girls follow four A Level courses in the Lower Sixth and three in the Upper Sixth.

The following courses are available, subject to demand and timetabling considerations, though others may be available if syllabus and timetable constraints allow. All special requests must be discussed with the Headmistress.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Classical Greek
  • Design Technology : Product Design (3D Design)
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Art and Design (Fine Art, Sculpture, Textiles, Photography or Graphic Communication)
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
  • Plus GCSE Astronomy and GCSE Photography

Fieldwork Residential courses are important features of the course for students of Biology and Geography and offer immediacy and relevance to the study of these disciplines in the School.

Modern Linguists travel to France, Germany or Spain and, for those seeking practical or professional application of their language skills, work experience can be arranged in France.

Beyond the formal A Level programme we encourage girls to develop a wide range of interests. Girls have the opportunity to undertake an Extended Project Qualification, EPQ, should they wish.