Academic

There are 23 A Level subjects for students to choose from.

For a full breakdown of what each AS Level subject requires, see the Sixth Form booklet.

Lower Sixth Programme

Michaelmas Term

Students adjust to the more independent approach of the Sixth Form with dedicated Study Skills and PSHCE modules focusing on academic habits and progress, and the well-being of individuals.

Tutorial sessions cover issues such as self-development, target setting, methods of study and review and stress management. At the end of the term, students have an opportunity to complete a short psychometric profile called ‘Centigrade’ which will start to focus their thoughts onto possible Higher Education courses.

Lent Term

In addition to regular academic progress checks, there is a focus on work-related learning and Higher Education options. Topics such as health, well-being and citizenship are covered and students are encouraged to organise one week’s work experience for the summer holidays.

Summer Term

Students take part in the ‘Taking Responsibility’ course in the week after their AS Level exams, where they are given practical advice to do with taking charge of their lives and helping with pastoral care. The course also includes interactive elements, such as building a raft to transport themselves on a river, designed to develop skills such as teamwork and initiative. Lower Sixth students are encouraged to initiate the search for university courses at the end of the year.

Upper Sixth Programme

The final year at Pangbourne sees tutors step up their involvement in helping students with their UCAS applications and there is more dedicated prep (homework) time available for pupils in the Upper Sixth.

Guest speakers are invited to Pangbourne to give lectures as part of the General Studies programme.

There are around 10-12 lectures each year, held in the Michaelmas and Lent terms, and topics covered are wide-ranging, with past speakers including musicians, explorers, inventors, world-record holders, reformed criminals and former soldiers.

Participation in the General Studies programme helps students to broaden their horizons and give them the opportunity to think about and discuss matters outside of their normal experiences. The intention is to raise awareness of issues and opportunities that students may not have considered.

Gifted & Talented Extension Groups

Students in the Sixth Form who have been identified as likely to benefit from an extra challenge are invited to attend the fortnightly Gifted & Talented group meetings run by teachers from across the curriculum which are designed to extend the most able academic pupils.

Individual subject departments run Extension Groups and any pupils applying to Oxbridge or other highly-competitive courses will be given interview training as part of the Gifted & Talented Programme.