The Curriculum

In Year 12 students will most likely study 4 AS levels before dropping one subject to focus on 3 full A levels in Year 13.

Lessons are 45 minutes long and students can expect to have 6 lessons in each subject per week.

In addition to their subject lessons, they also receive one RE and one PE lesson per week. In Year 12 they also have a Study Skills lesson. All the Sixth Form receive 2 lessons of ‘General Studies’ a week.

This is an in-house programme which consists of a wide variety of relevant courses on such things as: study skills, interview techniques, university applications and careers advice as well as more practical sessions on ‘survival cookery’, presentation skills, orienteering and first aid. We also invite Elevate Education to St Catherine’s every term to run a series of seminars on study skills with our students.

To give the girls’ education further breadth, they are encouraged to complete the St Catherine’s Diploma, a qualification which requires them to complete sections on: cultural and physical activities, communication, service to others, developing new skills and relevant work experience.

Most Sixth Formers would also be expected to complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) over the two years in the Sixth Form. This internally assessed but independently researched project might be a dissertation (6000 words), or artefact (+ 1500-3000 words) or a performance (+3000 words). The skills acquired whilst doing such a project are perceived very favourably by universities and whilst not compulsory, students should be aware that some universities may give lower offers to EPQ students.