Sixth Form classroom

We offer a range of subjects, with enthusiastic and well-qualified subject specialist teachers. Emphasis is placed on working independently and developing advanced study skills.

Our Sixth Form courses last for two years and are linear, with terminal examinations at the end of Year 13. We are committed to teaching the course that best serves the needs of our sixth formers, so offer A level and Cambridge Pre-U options. Both qualifications are recognised and respected by universities and employers alike.


In our Sixth Form, classes
of around 6 to 12 are usual.

We have separate sixth form common rooms for independent study and socialising, while the top floor of our beautiful and well-equipped library is dedicated to sixth former use. Educational resources include our learning platform, HERO, which enables sixth formers to access materials and extension work. This use is guided by trained professionals, alongside facilities in our academic departments, which have specialist teaching rooms, equipment and, where appropriate, technicians, computers and libraries.

Beyond our Sixth Form classroom, we offer fieldwork, trips and visits, and a variety of educational and co-curricular activities.

Our courses


You study four courses (A level or Pre-U) in Year 12, and complete three or four full A levels/Pre-Us by the end of Year 13. Each year, a growing number of our sixth formers take four courses in Year 13. We offer individual advice and strive to ensure everyone has a programme of study that suits their individual abilities and ambitions.



of all Highgate’s Year 13 exam entries were
awarded A* at A level (or Pre-U equivalent) in 2020

Academic enrichment


In addition, all in Year 12 follow a one-term course in Critical Method and many sixth formers embark on the Extended Project Qualification during Year 12.

We also offer extension classes (all are expected to attend at least one a week) plus a wide range of enrichment classes and academic forums. All of these are designed to allow you to develop your knowledge beyond the syllabus and prepare for future study.


Higher education
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