KS5 Curriculum Overview

The Sixth Form is a vibrant and intellectually challenging community.

Entrance to our Sixth Form is open to all students in the main school and applicants from other schools and entry requirements are published annually.

Year 11 students are advised individually before selecting their subjects and the formal process of choosing subjects for study post-16 begins in Year 10.  An evening to talk about subject options in depth is organised each November.

All students choose four subjects they wish to study in Year 12 and then focus on 3 in Year 13. Exams for the majority of subjects will be sat at the end of Year 13. 

A formal induction programme supports all students - those already at Nonsuch and those joining from other schools - in making the transition to Sixth Form.  We hold an induction day after the end of GCSEs in the summer term.  On this day students start work on a bridging unit which they then complete over the summer.  The bridging unit is designed to introduce students to some of the skills they will need to develop to be successful learners in the Sixth Form.  In addition, it provides students with an opportunity to engage in their subjects beyond the curriculum. 

In the Sixth Form as well as studying A Levels, all students take PSHEE. This programme covers a wide variety of topics including:  democracy, rights and responsibilities, work experience and application to Higher Education.  Students are also required to keep a literacy journal. This is designed to ensure that students keep up-to-date with developments in their subjects and continue to develop a love of reading.  As such we offer a relevant and stretching curriculum which is designed to meet the aspirations of our students.

The subjects available currently are:

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Greek
  • Computing
  • Design & Technology - Textiles
  • Design & Technology - Product Design
  • Drama & Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • English Language & Literature
  • English Literature*
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government & Politics
  • History
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics#
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish

*  English Literature cannot be taken with English Language and Literature.

Further Maths is only available to those who have studied C1 or OCR Additional Maths or
   AQA Certificate of Further Maths and incorporates AS Maths and AS Further Maths.

Please note courses will only take place if there is sufficient demand.

We have an elective programme and students opt to study their preferred elective strand from amongst:

  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Silver Arts Award
  • Community Sports Leaders Award (CSLA)
  • Dissection
  • Model United Nations

The elective strands may vary from year to year.

Over 95% of our students go on to study university courses. Interview practice is made available and students are prepared for the additional entry tests for subjects such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. The school has a very good record with Oxbridge applications and those keen to apply are given extra tuition. Sporting opportunities continue for Recreation and Leisure in a large number of activities. Students may also opt to take a Sports Leaders’ award, to stand for the local Youth Parliament or to undertake community service.

If you have any queries about our curriculum please email Mr Philip Sides (Assistant Headteacher) on curriculum@nonsuch.sutton.sch.uk