The Sixth Form at Elizabeth College is about learning to be ready for the next stage of life, as well as making the most of this stage. Students benefit from a wide choice of academic subjects, excellent inspirational teaching in small classes from well-qualified teachers and outstanding extra-curricular opportunities.
Operating in partnership with The Ladies' College enables an impressive choice of A-level subjects (currently 26) as well as vocational qualifications relevant to the finance industry. The Sixth Form at Elizabeth College offers:
- Outstanding academic, cultural and sporting opportunities both on and off island.
- The Sixth Form Diploma which encourages the broadening of horizons and includes leadership and service roles both within and outside College.
- Students the opportunity to develop an understanding of how to manage their own well-being now and in the future.
- A comprehensive programme of careers advice and support and expert guidance from specialists in university applications.
Pupils are comfortable in challenging their own understanding, working collaboratively and take responsibility for their own learning.ISI Inspection Report 2021
Universities and employers want students who know how to think for themselves, and that is what the Sixth Form at Elizabeth College delivers. Students in the Sixth Form say how confident and excited they feel to start their next chapter, be it going on to university or into the world of work. Alongside the strong academic preparation they have received at Elizabeth College, they also learn important ‘life skills’, from how to share a fridge to asking for and offering advice.
We understand that by the time our students enter the Sixth Form they are ready to be more independent and trusted, so we offer our Sixth Form students a greater degree of privileges. Sixth Formers can wear their own choice of business suit and benefit from their own Sixth Form Centre and sole use of the AJ Perrot room, a bright and spacious study environment.
In turn we expect our students to exercise greater responsibility in terms of study and school life. Support is readily available, however we expect our Sixth Form students to be independently motivated and take control of their own learning.
Our Sixth Form set the standard for the school; and are prominent role models for our younger students so there are many opportunities for them to play a positive and active role in College activities, often in leadership roles that can help them develop valuable skills.
Years 12 and 13 are an important transition time for students to prepare to move towards university or the world of work. We give our Sixth Form students the chance to be more than just another school student; they can take on a variety of School Prefect roles, representing Elizabeth College and helping to run school events and competitions.
Our Sixth Form students can lead in sport or the Combined Cadet Force or can help in a more pastoral role as a House or Year Group Prefect. Sixth Formers interested in excelling in specific subjects can develop leadership skills by assisting the teaching staff in delivering academic enrichment activities or less formal societies and clubs. Students can also take part in our Subject Leadership programme in which they assist younger students in lessons and Sports Leadership in which they can help in Games and PE lessons at all levels in the College and in other island primary schools, and assist in organising lunch-time house sport competitions.
Whatever our students’ interest, we help them develop personally as well as academically in preparing them for the future. All the leadership roles at College allow our Sixth Form students to learn more about themselves and develop the people or soft skills highly valued by employers and universities.
The Sixth Form at Elizabeth College offers you a truly enhanced educational experience, where our students are encouraged and supported to take up all learning and leadership opportunities on offer – gathering great experiences, building friendships and building a successful future.
One of the key benefits from the purchase of Perrot Court is undoubtedly the opportunity to create an enlarged Sixth Form Centre including dedicated study and social areas to accommodate growing numbers of Sixth Form Students.
Plans have been developed to make the optimum use of all buildings on our extended site and expert input has come from specialist architects, as well as from staff and students.
With plans for a large social area including Sixth Form kitchen area, the extensive student hub will include a large presentation area with theatre style seating; a group break-out room; individual study booths; a quiet area for Sixth Form students to study; and the Sixth Form office.
For further information please visit the Perrot Court page.
In the Sixth Form students study three subjects A-level and the Sixth Form Diploma. Many also take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) much favoured by universities. Our Sixth Form Partnership with The Ladies’ College enables the Colleges to offer a wider range of choices, including subjects not taught at GCSE such as Economics, Film Studies, Photography and Psychology.
For more information on our Sixth Form subjects please visit our Upper School Curriculum page.
Sixth Form study offers many new challenges and opportunities whether heading off to university or into the world of work. There is a minimum entry requirement of five GCSE passes at grades 9-4 (including English Language and Mathematics) in order to begin A-level study. Further to this, students should aim to achieve at least a grade 6 in subjects to be studied at A-level, or in related subjects where they are not taught at GCSE.
The majority of students go on to study at University, many at Russell Group Universities, with some choosing to undertake more vocational training or enter the workplace locally. A comprehensive programme of careers advice and support is delivered throughout Years 10-13. Further details can be found here.