Curriculum Overview

Naturally, our Sixth Form Curriculum is fully integrated into the whole-school Curriculum Policy which can be view here.

Even so, the Sixth Form Curriculum continues to build on prior learning and addresses the specificities of A-Level and other Level 3 qualifications.


The Sixth Form curriculum runs through Years 12-13 and the timetable operates on a two-week cycle with Week A and Week B differing.

There are currently 25 lessons per week with each Period lasting 1 hour.

Each subject gets 9 hours of direct teaching, although subjects undertake via our Consortium Partners get an extra hour slot with a set tutor in our home school.


Most students study three subjects – though a small minority take on four courses with Further Maths and the EPQ.

The school offers the following A-Levels as part of our academic curriculum offer:

  • A-Level Art & Design
  • A-Level Biology
  • A-Level Chemistry
  • A-Level English Lang / Lit
  • A-Level English Literature
  • A-Level Further Maths
  • A-Level Geography
  • A-Level History
  • A-Level Maths
  • A-Level Music
  • A-Level Physics
  • A-Level Psychology
  • A-Level RE
  • A-Level Sociology
  • AS-Level EPQ

The school offers the following courses as part of our vocational curriculum offer:

  • BTEC Level 3 Business
  • BTEC Level 3 Creative Media
  • BTEC Level 3 Health & Social Care
  • BTEC Level 3  Sport IT
  • CTEC Level 3 Performing Arts
  • BTEC Level 3 Science
  • BTEC Level 3 Sport

Sixth Form Consortium

The Friary School broadens the curriculum range and flexibility by partnering with local secondary schools to offer extra subjects including A-Level Computing, A-Level Economics, A-Level French and more besides.

All lessons can be accessed by Friary students as the timetables are kept broadly parallel and Friary students benefit from free transport for mid-day school switches

Tutor Time

Additionally, every student has a 20 minutes tutor time session on a daily basis which addresses a series of themes connected to our set tutor time programme, our assembly programme, and our Focus Week programme.

PHSE & Focus Weeks

Furthermore, every student receives PHSE provision through Focus Weeks, tutor times and focused Drop-Down sessions which are mapped out throughout the school year. As well as covering PHSE, the sessions included RE, SMSC, British Values, Careers, etc.

Further Information

For more information about the Sixth Form curriculum, please contact Richard Barnett-Richards, Assistant Headteacher, via