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There are lots of Quaker schools with sixth forms in the UK and Ireland. We take great pride in the sixth form education we are able to offer to our students, and that’s why so many of them go on to higher study in their first choice universities.

We offer a great range of A-Level courses for our students and have highly specialised teachers available to deliver the course material. Sixth form courses vary from school to school, so it’s important to carefully consider each school’s offering before submitting an application.

Benefits of studying sixth form courses in Quaker institutions

There are many benefits to studying sixth form courses in any of the great Quaker institutions across the UK and Northern Ireland.

Students can gain their first real sense of independence in our boarding schools. As well as offering them dedicated space to pursue their studies, boarding students are able to take their first steps into independent life and gain invaluable experience for university and life after school. Over the two years of their A-Levels or International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, boarding students can establish themselves as individuals away from the family home.

Students have a close working relationship with tutors and get the in-depth support they need in order to get the very best out of their higher study. Tutor groups and class sizes are small so that students can benefit from lots of one to one discussions with their teachers about the subjects and their research, as well as any personal issues they might be encountering. We care about the students as an individual and personal development and wellbeing is just as important to us as their academic success.

These close working relationships and Quaker philosophies in education ensure that our students achieve to the highest of their abilities. Students leaving Quaker institutions predominantly go on to their first choice universities. All our schools are well placed to support students with UCAS applications, or, if university isn’t the future destination in mind, we can support with interview preparation, work placements or overseas study.

Students are able to benefit from a wide variety of additional courses and opportunities during their A-Level courses. The arts are incredibly important within our schools and all students have the chance to get involved in performances and creative expression. There are countless sporting and physical activities that students can take part in, with the chance to compete against their classmates and other schools.

All students in a Quaker school are encouraged to take part in outdoor learning and activities, which is further developed during A-Level study. Students can involve themselves in green initiatives in schools and the local community and get involved in prestigious schemes like the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Our students can also get involved in activities working for the community. This gives them a sense of the wider world and helps them start making a difference in their local, and global, communities. Supporting charitable organisations is one of the key parts of our Quaker values and we encourage all out students to get involved with planning and running events for Red Nose Day, Children in Need, Macmillan Cancer Support, etc. This experience is essential to develop maturity and empathy and give students invaluable life experience.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is often considered to be better preparation for university study than traditional A-Levels, and is offered by some of our schools. Students study 6 subject areas over two years at either standard or higher level: language and literature, modern foreign languages, sciences, mathematics, the arts, and individuals and societies.

Evening talks and external visits gives IBDP students a wider understanding of their topics and its relevance in the world today. In addition to a formal assessment, students also undertake a Theory of Knowledge module to reflect upon their studies and development. The Creativity Action Service allows students to participate in creative, physical and service activities in the local community.

Visit school websites to find out more about their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

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