A curriculum of choice

In September 2015 we introduced an innovative programme for sixth form which we developed in response to the government’s reforms to the A-level curriculum.

The sixth form curriculum at GSAL offers flexibility and choice, combining a choice of 26 A-level subjects with exciting opportunities including the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and a wide range of enhancement and co-curricular activities.

Download Sixth Form Curriculum Choices 2018 for further details.

The new A-levels

The main feature of the curriculum reforms is the separation of AS-levels and A-levels. A-levels are now two-year linear courses assessed through examinations at the end of the second year and AS-levels are standalone qualifications that do not contribute to the eventual A-level grade.

At GSAL our students do not sit for AS-levels or take the associated period of study leave, instead teaching continues throughout the summer term of Lower Sixth. Our students concentrate on attaining three good A-level grades, which is the entry requirement for most universities. We offer an excellent range of subjects at A-level including the traditional and challenging disciplines often sought by the leading universities.

We recognise that narrowing down the curriculum from 10 GCSE subjects to just three requires some difficult decisions. All students initially choose four subjects at the start of Lower Sixth, and study all four until the end of the first term, at which time they can choose their preferred three subjects with confidence. From January of Lower Sixth, alongside their academic studies students engage with a year-long programme of enrichment and co-curricular activities.

The government’s curriculum reforms are being phased in over three years. For students starting sixth form in September 2016 the new course will be in place for most subjects, except maths, further maths, government & politics, design & technology and classical civilisation.

Individual support

We have small tutor groups to give individual attention, and our sixth form staff team offer expert guidance on choosing the right university and how to apply. Our specialist Oxbridge coordinator will work with those who aspire to Oxford or Cambridge universities.


Or, if you prefer to chat with someone please call our admissions team on 0113 229 1552