Why Young People Should Choose Roedean Sixth Form

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For many teenagers and their families, choosing which sixth form to attend is an important decision. These final years of school should provide the springboard for a young person’s future education and career, with the right academic and pastoral support to help them realise their aspirations and grow into well-rounded young people. 

Roedean School, an independent girls’ day and boarding school near Brighton, describes its sixth formers as prepared, passionate, creative, resilient, intellectually curious, and socially aware. At Roedean, girls can confidently follow their academic passions in a positive and collaborative learning environment that encourages measured risk-taking so they can achieve personal success. 

From a comprehensive subject list to rich academic enrichment opportunities and a vibrant community, let’s explore why young women and their families choose Roedean Sixth Form. 

Why Choose Roedean Sixth Form?  

For starters, Roedean Sixth Form offers a bespoke curriculum where girls choose from an array of A Level subjects. Alongside their stimulating intellectual journey, pupils have opportunities to: 

  • Take on new challenges 
  • Develop responsibility and leadership skills 
  • Take part in an extensive range of lectures and electives, trips and visits, co-curricular activities, and Roedean School’s community action programme. 

All this unfolds in a happy and caring environment that values individuality and champions independent thinking. Class sizes are small, usually with a maximum of 15 students per class, so Roedean School teaching staff can offer individual support for each girl. 

Academic Enrichment 

In addition to their A Level subjects, Year 12 girls may undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is worth up to 28 UCAS points. This qualification represents a strong addition to university applications, helping girls stand apart from other university candidates. 

All Year 12 girls take an elective for one hour each week. This may involve subject-specific enrichment, such as the Medical Extension Group, or the chance to try something entirely different, like Beginners’ Russian or an Introduction to Psychology. 

Roedean School also offers the Sixth Form Pathways Programme to expand pupils’ understanding of their subjects beyond the curriculum. Bespoke to each girl and her chosen A Levels, the programme provides insight into relevant career pathways and skills development. 

Plus, girls receive tailored careers and university support through the Academic Mentoring Project and the Top University Programme for academic enrichment, where pupils have the opportunity to deliver a lecture to their peers. Old Roedeanians, alumni of the School, often return as mentors to share experience and insight with current sixth formers. 

To offer further university guidance, Roedean School hosts an annual UCAS Day and Oxbridge Evening, and partners with Lancing College to host the Oxbridge Interview Form and an annual Scholars’ Dinner. 

Life at Sixth Form  

Outside of the classroom, Roedean sixth formers might find themselves studying in the beautiful new sixth form centre, catching up with friends at Horizons Café, training in the fitness suite, or getting involved in plentiful co-curricular clubs. 

When it comes to boarding, sixth form pupils have their own bedrooms and the option of studying or socialising in the sixth form centre or the cosy, peaceful house snugs. Girls enjoy a careful balance between academic and social life, with the School emphasising independence and maturity in living and studying. 

A Level Subjects at Roedean Sixth Form 

Roedean Sixth Form offers 24 A Level subjects across the following categories: 

1. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) 

2. Business, Economics, and Enterprise 

3. Society 

4. reative and Performing arts. 


STEM subjects are popular with Roedean sixth formers, and nearly a third of Roedeanians pursue STEM degrees at higher education. These A Levels help pupils curate specific knowledge and a deeper understanding of the world. Pupils also shape valuable skills in problem-solving; analytics; and independent, rational, and critical thinking. 

Roedean School offers the following STEM A Levels: 

  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Mathematics 
  • Further Mathematics 
  • Physics 
  • Sport Science

2. Business, Economics, and Enterprise


Roedean Sixth Form offers both Business and Economics at A Level, highly regarded subjects that can unlock countless further studies and careers. Girls who study Business, Economics, or both learn to understand markets, judge financial strategies and organisational approaches, and discover solutions for the issues affecting the major driving forces of our lives today. 

3. Society

Within the category of Society subjects, Roedean School has a wealth of A Levels to choose from. Society subjects are eye-opening and expansive, encouraging pupils to look at the world in new ways and engage with a range of topics through varied approaches, whether learning a new language; diving deeper into history, politics, or religion; or studying how humans think and write. 

Society subjects available at Roedean Sixth Form are: 

  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • Classical Civilisation 
  • English Literature 
  • Geography 
  • History 
  • Latin 
  • Politics 
  • Psychology 
  • Religious Studies 

4. Creative and Performing Arts

Girls who pursue Creative and Performing Arts A Levels develop practical, subject-specific skills and the ability to analyse sources and develop ideas. They may progress on to a broad range of higher education courses and creative careers. 

Full of opportunities for self-expression, personal growth, and creative flair, Roedean School offers A Levels in the following creative and performing arts subjects: 

  • Art, Craft, and Design 
  • Photography 
  • Textiles 
  • Music 
  • Theatre Studies 

Additionally, sixth formers who complete a one-year Art A Level can take their Foundation Art, Design and Media BTEC. 

Learn more about Roedean School’s A Levels in its Sixth Form prospectus. 

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