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Students in Cafe6 within the Sixth Form Study area

Sixth Form

External applicants can apply for completing an application form, please click here.  Applications should be returned to the school by Wednesday 22 January, successful applicants will be invited to a consultation taking place w/c 10th February.

We are proud of our outstanding academic results in the Sixth Form. However, our Sixth Form is not just about results – students become mature and independent. This year over a third of the year group stood for election to become an executive officer.  Many more develop in other key positions of responsibility, for example as Academic Officers or as House Captains.

Female and male students new to the school in the Sixth Form quickly settle in – the overall atmosphere is friendly and supportive with a confident sense of achievement and progress.

I have been able to work and flourish in an environment where I felt supported and valued.
Amy, sixth former

Sixth Form students are housed in a modern, purpose built sixth form block. This contains six classrooms and an Independent Learning Centre. The Independent Learning Centre provides a silent study resource for Sixth Form students, containing desktop computers, wireless technology and chilled water. Students are able to use their own mobile computing to access the Internet and the comprehensive Learning Platform to assist with their studies.

We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, and have offered the IB Diploma since 2008. Due to the success of this pathway, from 2020 onwards we will only offer the IB Diploma, and will no longer be offering A levels.

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a pathway which ensures that students are balanced and well-rounded. Subjects are grouped together in to similar groups, and students select subjects from at least 5 of the 6 groups. Students can select to study 3 subjects at Higher Level and 3 at Standard Level. Below you will find the subjects offered at Rochester Grammar School.

As part of the IB Diploma, all students study Theory of Knowledge, a critical thinking course, and complete an Extended Essay into a topic of their own interest. Students also are encouraged to engage with their wider community through the Creativity, Activity, Service programme.

You can find further detail about each course offered in the curriculum pages.

Group 1: Group 2: Group 3: Group 4: Group 5: Group 6:
English Literature Spanish Anthropology Chemistry Maths Application and Interpretations Theatre Studies
 English Literature and Language German History Biology Maths Analysis and Approaches Visual Arts
French Global Politics Physics Music
Japanese Geography Environmental Systems & Societies (Standard Level only)   Film Studies
Economics Sport Exercise & Health Science (Standard Level only) Or any subject from blocks 2-4
Psychology Product Design
Philosophy Computer Science
Business Management
Theory of Knowledge
Extended Essay

Below are some examples of the subjects and levels at which students might opt for to suit some of the popular career aspirations at RGS:

Higher Levels Standard Levels
For Medicine:
Biology Spanish Ab initio
Chemistry Mathematics Analysis
Philosophy English Literature
For Law:
Biology French SL
History Mathematics Applications
English Literature Psychology
For Engineering:
Physics Japanese Ab initio
Chemistry History
Mathematics Analysis English Literature
For Psychology:
Psychology German SL
Biology Mathematics Applications
Anthropology English Literature

A Level Courses

Subjects currently studied by our Sixth Form Students on the A level Pathway. From September 2020 we will not be admitting any more students to study A levels.

Art & Design – Fine Art Biology Business Studies
Chemistry – Salters BTEC Applied Science Design & Technology
Drama & Theatre Studies English Literature Geography
Government & Politics Computer Science History
BTEC ICT Mathematics Mathematics – Further
Media Studies Music Physical Education
Physics Psychology Religious Studies
Sociology Music Technology

More information about the subjects available can be found in our curriculum section

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Sixth Form Induction 2020.

Please use the following link to take you to the Sixth Form Induction Page for 2020