Sixth Form (Key Stage 5) Curriculum

At Sixth Form students can expect a curriculum offer which links to the eight pillars of the whole school totality of experience. We offer the following provision at KS5:


 Pillar of the Curriculum   What we offer 

 Broad and Balanced

 Taught Curriculum

  • A wide range of Level 3 subjects including A Level, BTEC and T Level’s from 2022.
  • Level 2 Transitional Year in Hospitality.
  • Resit English and Maths
  • Optional AS French and Spanish
  • Option to study up to four A Levels
  • Further Maths

 Academic Additional


  • Extended Project Qualification
  • Maths in Context (Current Year 13)
  • Sports Leaders Award
  • Weekly Core RE lessons

 Extended Co-Curricular,

 St Phils + and Trips

  • A weekly Student Bulletin
  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh
  • iWonder Podcasts
  • A plethora of Student Leadership opportunities
  • Termly Sixth Form Socials
  • Subject Based Trips and Enrichment
  • Avila Conference
  • Sixth Form Leadership Conference
  • Wide range of lunchtime after school clubs, activities and societies
  • External Speaker Programme with visitors presenting on a variety of topics and areas
 Cultural Capital
  • Weekly Current Affairs Quiz
  • Monthly Cultural Celebrations
  • Black History Month
  • Strong Academic Outcomes
  • High expectations of behaviour and dress
  • Equal and Inclusive Values
  • A rich and diverse music and art offer.
  • A wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities
  • Sixth Form Bursary and FSM support

 Careers, Progression

 and Destinations

  • Regular Future Pathways Newsletters
  • Two Work Experience Opportunities
  • Speed Careers
  • Bespoke UCAS support from beginning to end.
  • Student and Parental Engagements Events.
  • Apprenticeship, UCAS and Employer Events
  • Unifrog Subscription
  • Careers Guidance and Advice and Online Careers Portal
  • Career Ambassadors
  • Alumni Network
  • Widening Participation Schemes eg K+ and Target Oxbridge.
  • Half Termly Transition Assemblies

 Reading, Vocabulary

 and Oracy

  • A well resourced library with books to loan
  • Subject reading lists
  • Debating Society
  • Model United Nations
  • Daily Tutor Time
  • Class discussion and debate
  • Student Assemblies and Student Leadership
 Digital Learning
  • A well resourced LRC and ChromeBook library in MCSH.
  • ChromeBook scheme.
  • Google Suite including Google Classroom and Google Docs.


 and Mental Health

  • A weekly PSHEC lesson, covering Life After St Philomena’s, Mental Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing, Future Pathways etc
  • Regular topical subjects at DTT - Eg Body Positivity Project, Drug and Alcohol Awareness.
  • Solidarity/celebration days days (Hello Yellow)


Sixth Form students study a personalised programme of courses, which has been determined after interviews with senior leaders and subject to meeting entry criteria. Usually this programme consists of three Level 3 subjects of study (either A Levels, BTEC Diplomas or a combination of the two). Students may also undertake enrichment courses (see below).

‘A’ Level and BTEC National Diploma, Certificate and Extended Certificate courses are taught for nine periods per 2-week cycle. BTEC National Diploma courses have eighteen periods per 2-week cycle.

We also offer Level 2, First Extended Certificate in Hospitality.

In line with national requirements, if a student has not achieved a grade 4 in GCSE maths or English at KS4, they will continue to study these subjects, until they have achieved a grade 4.

Note: BTEC Diploma and Extended Certificate courses are two years in duration. BTEC Health & Social Care, BTEC Sport and Leisure and BTEC Business Studies are the equivalent of 1- 2 A levels.

As a Roman Catholic Sixth Form, the spiritual development and engagement of our students is a priority. Students receive a weekly Core RE lesson for both Year 12 and 13 in which we continue to study, discuss and explore areas of Theology, Philosophy, Ethics and Spirituality within modern Britain. Topics include core values, world religions, faith and reasons to believe, discernment and decision making and love and relationships. Attendance on these lessons is a requirement of each student but there is no set homework, coursework or formal examination.

Students are encouraged to take an appropriate Enrichment Course in addition to their core options. The certificated enrichment courses currently available include: Extended Project Qualification (Level 3; equivalent to half an A Level); Sports Leadership Award, Art Life Drawing classes or and Student Leadership Positions.

All Sixth Form students participate in our “Future Pathways Programme” which runs over the two years of study in order to ensure that students transition smoothly through their Sixth Form experience and then onto age appropriate age and stages after Sixth Form. 

To see our curriculum offer in more detail please click here

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Shorts Road

Carshalton Surrey


T: 020 8642 2025


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