Sixth Form

Sixth Form at Ampleforth College

As well as offering a wide range of academic A levels, we are now in our third year of offering BTECs – while timetabled in exactly the same way as A levels, these courses offer a practical way of learning-by-doing, and are ideal for a young person who prefers regular assessment to exams and who wants a course of study which is more vocational. Students can choose a full programme of BTECs or, more typically, a combination of BTECs and A levels.

We encourage all Sixth Formers to start with four subjects; in most cases they will drop a subject in Year 12 and finish with three, though continuing with four subjects is possible. Starting with four subjects gives an element of flexibility.  It is hard for a student to anticipate exactly what their ‘fit’ with Sixth Form subjects will be, so being able to try out four can be a real advantage.

In addition to the core subjects, students have on their timetable fortnightly Careers Lectures, weekly sessions of Christian Living (Ampleforth’s highly praised model of RSHE), and those not doing A level Christian Theology (Religious Studies) follow a weekly course of Core CT. The school also offers a full extra programme of EAL lessons for those students who require it.

There is also a constant programme of enrichment opportunities: departmental clubs and societies, internal and external competitions, lectures, Year 12 Electives – and EPQs (see the next page).

In March we arrange subjects in option blocks, which can very occasionally limit the range of combinations a student can follow.  These are the subjects on offer – full descriptions of each are in the Sixth Form Options Booklet below:

Ancient History
Computer Science
Christian Theology (RS)
Design & Technology
English Literature
Modern Foreign Languages (French, German, Spanish)
Mathematics (and Further Mathematics)
Physical Education
BTEC Countryside Management
BTEC Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
BTEC Hospitality

Only one subject can be taken in a option block.  Students must choose a minimum of three subjects.  However we recommend choosing four subjects initially with a view to either (a) keeping all four for Year 12 or possibly through to Year 13, or (b) dropping one after October half-term: this gives flexibility as the students experience what each subject actually entails. 

Students should only choose both A-Level Business and BTEC Enterprise & Entrepreneurship if they are taking four subjects and they are likely to drop one of the two, because universities often won't accept this combination.

Option Blocks

Block ABlock BBlock CBlock DBlock E
BiologyAcademic PEAncient HistoryBiologyFurther Maths (with Block A)
BTEC HospitalityArtBTEC Enterprise &  EntrepreneurshipBusiness 
EconomicsBTEC Countryside ManagementChristian TheologyEnglish Literature 
Further Maths (with Block E)ChemistryComputer ScienceMaths 
HistoryChristian TheologyFrenchPhysics 
LatinDesign & TechnologyGeographyPolitics 
Theatre StudiesHistoryMaths  
Christian Theology Psychology