Sixth Form (Years 12-13)

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Possibly the most memorable and enjoyable two years at Pangbourne are those that students spend in the Sixth Form. It's a time when pupils transition into students who take ownership of their own learning and shape their future beyond school.

Hear from our Head of Sixth Form, James Bamforth: 

Sixth Form Life

A Levels and BTECs

Pangbourne offers 30 A Level and BTEC subjects and most students choose four. The majority will also undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), Core Maths or other additional qualification.

A Level exams are sat at the end of the two years in Sixth Form, however, we hold internal exams in the Summer Term of Lower Sixth and trial exams in January of Upper Sixth to help students prepare.

BTECs are available in a number of subjects including Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Design Technology, Media Studies, Performing Arts and Sport. These are also examined with a final exam at the end of the course.

We offer courses subject to student numbers and staffing availability. It may, in certain circumstances, become impractical to run subjects if fewer than three students opt for it. In such situations, a subject may have to be withdrawn or, if appropriate, we would look to deliver the subject alongside our trusted online provider, Keystone Educational, with students attending a blend of online and in-person lessons.

For full details of all subjects available, view our Guide to Choosing Subjects at Sixth Form

Leadership Opportunities

As part of the transition between Year 11 and Sixth Form, students take on a higher level of responsibility, not only in their studies, but also when contributing to Pangbourne life. Sixth Formers are expected to be positive role models for younger students, and in preparation for this, they embark on the ‘Taking Responsibility’ course in the Lower Sixth Form.

The most prestigious leadership roles are the two Chief Cadet Captains of the College (CCCCs who are essentially the Head Girl and Boy). These individuals bridge the gap between staff and students, acting as a valuable liaison. Students are also able to sign up to the Peer Mentoring programme whereby they will complete training to learn how to support the wellbeing of their peers.

Outside of these defined roles, Sixth Formers also demonstrate leadership skills by helping younger students with their homework, preparing them for College Sundays and Inter-Divisional competitions and organising work experience for themselves.

Life After Sixth Form

Pangbourne College is committed to support students in choosing their next steps and applying to higher education, apprenticeships and other routes once they leave us.

Co-curricular Activities and Sports

Sixth Formers enjoy a wealth of activities outside of academic studies, ranging from creative arts to sport and other opportunities such as DofE.

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