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Key Stage 3

As a girls’ school, we are acutely aware of the need to educate our students in the vast opportunities available to them, including traditionally male careers within the likes of STEM, sports and business. Our students are encouraged to strive for the remarkable in whatever field takes their interest, no matter its historical gender split. And that starts with our Key Stage 3 curriculum.

From Year 7 to Year 9 our education is designed to provide a rounded experience, with broad programmes to ignite interests and the necessary foundation steps to enable them to progress. Subjects studied comprise of  Computing; Creative Arts (Art, Graphics, Textiles & Food); Drama; English; Geography; History; Languages (French, Latin & Spanish in Year 7, of which students then choose 2 to take through into Year 8); Mathematics; Music; Physical Education; Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE); Religion, Philosophy and Ethics and Science. 

For further details please click on the subject list below. 

Biology

History

Chemistry

Mathematics

Computer Science

Modern & Classical Languages

Creative Arts 

Music

Dance

Physical Education

Drama

Physics

English

PSHCE

Geography

Religion, Philosophy & Ethics

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

At GCSE, students are able to focus more on their areas of interest and, for many, the preparation needed for their future career aspirations. Alongside six compulsory subjects, students choose their preferred language, humanity, social science and creative courses. We have many years of experience in guiding our students through this process, with the staff and resources available to help each student make the right decision for them, when the time comes.

Compulsory GCSE subjects are English Language and English Literature (2 GCSEs), Mathematics, Science - Separate (3 GCSEs). Compulsory National Curriculum Core subjects are Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. GCSE subject options include Art, Craft & Design , Business Studies, Dance, Drama, Computer Science, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Graphic Communication, French, Spanish, Latin, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Religion, Philosophy & Ethics.   

For information on the current curriculum being studied please click on the subjects listed below. 

Art, Craft & Design

Graphic Communication 

Biology

History

Business Studies

Mathematics

Chemistry

Modern & Classical Languages

Computer Science

Music

Dance

Physical Education

Drama

Physics

English

PSHCE

Food  Preparation & Nutrition 

Religion, Philosophy & Ethics

Geography

 

For further details about GCSE options for our current GCSE students, please read our Options Guide below.  

 

Read our GCSE Options Guide 2018

Key Stage 5 (A-Levels)

We balance a considered programme of study and broader activity for a holistic learning experience that develops a deeper knowledge  – something that is highly valued by universities and employers alike.   

All A level courses in the Sixth Form run over a 2 year period. Most students take 3 A Levels and an EPQ. Some students may take 4 A Levels, but this is dependent upon specific academic criteria being met, is subject to interview and it being possible and viable within the timetable. Further Maths can only be taken as a 4th A Level.  

EPQ

The Extended Project Qualification gives an opportunity to research a topic of  interest and to create a dissertation, field study/investigation, artefact or performance. It is highly regarded by universities and is excellent evidence of wider reading and knowledge. The EPQ is run by AQA and is equivalent to half an A-level.  It is graded from A* to E and can be based on a subject you are already studying or a subject you would like to study at university or follow as a career.

Computer Science AS

The Computer Science AS is a one year course covering the core principles of computing. The course covers topics from practical programming and networked systems to computer architecture and the social impacts of technological innovations. 

Lecture Series

We invite a range of organisations – from local and national businesses, to universities, alumnae, literary and political figures – to present weekly lectures to our Sixth Form. 

Sports

Beaconsfield High School has a remarkable PE department run by staff who compete at national sporting level themselves. The team loves to encourage the student body into sport, whether you’re studying at A-Level, you’ve played hockey your whole life or fancy having a go at netball for the first time; that’s why all Sixth Formers take part in PE at least once a week. 

Personal Development

Sixth Formers take part in weekly seminars, workshops and debating forums that broaden horizons, knowledge and skills. The focus is on personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE), interwoven with sessions on planning your future. Topics covered include communication skills, mindfulness, CV writing, personal statement preparation, cooking on a budget, diversity and equality, mental health and managing finances. 

Enrichment Volunteering

From Sports Leaders, where students work in primary schools to support sport and a healthy lifestyle and  the Quality Learning Team supporting learning in school, to virtual learning with underprivileged schools and Sixth Form-led Charities Week, we strongly encourage students to find ways to give back, whether to the school, local community or further afield. It is this sense of citizenship and responsibility that contributes to a rounded adult.

 

For further details on the current subject curriculum being studied please click on the subjects listed below. 

Art

History

Biology

Latin

Business Studies

Maths

Chemistry

Media Studies

Computer Science (AS)

Music

Dance

Physical Education

Drama and Theatre Studies  

Physics

Economics

Politics

English Language and Literature

Psychology

English Literature

Religious Studies

French 

Sociology

Geography

Spanish

Graphics 

Textiles  

 

 Curriculum Policy 

School Curriculum Policy 

If you require any more information regarding the curriculum please contact the school: enquiries@beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk | 01494 673043