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Subject Choices

Francis Holland School offers a wide choice of A level subjects, including subjects such as Business, Economics, History of Art, Music Technology, Photography and Psychology, that are not offered further down the school.

It is usual to take four or occasionally five AS levels in the Lower Sixth and either three or four A levels in the Upper Sixth.  We always create our timetable after our prospective Sixth Formers have made their subject choices.  This allows us to construct the timetable around the preferences of the students, rather than asking them to fit into a pre-arranged blocking system.  This ability to respond to individual requirements is a very important part of our commitment to each girl as an individual.  

In line with the preferences of many universities, Sixth Formers are encouraged to seek breadth in their A level choices and a student may, for example, choose a humanities subject or language to combine with sciences or Mathematics.

We are committed to providing a broad range of subjects to cater for the talents, interests and needs of our students. 

Francis Holland offers the following A levels:

Extended Project Qualification

All Lower Sixth girls follow our Extended Qualification Programme, which allows freedom to conduct independent research into an area of personal interest. It stretches beyond the limits of A Level syllabi, fosters independent learning, teaches transferable skills such as time management, research and analytical skills, and gives our students a taste of what awaits at university.

We support learning in all subjects by providing computing facilities with support staff help from 8.00 am each day.  The school Library is well stocked with relevant material to the A level courses and there is a system of short loans for the most heavily used texts.  The school's Librarian can assist sixth formers with their research.

Sixth Formers at Francis Holland are encouraged to develop good study habits that will serve them well at A level and beyond.  Lower sixth students attend a Sixth Form Induction Course at the start of the Autumn Term and an A2 Induction Course after their AS examinations in June.  These induction courses help girls to integrate into the Sixth Form at AS and A2 level and focus on the study skills that they will require to succeed.

The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent.

ISI Report April 2017

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