The Sixth Form Curriculum
Entry into the Sixth Form is either by success in the Sixth Form Scholarship Examination in November or as a result of satisfying a conditional offer. The entry requirement is five B grades at GCSE or an equivalent level of achievement. B grades are normally the minimum requirement for subjects to be taken for A Level.
In the first year of the Sixth Form (VI.1) students normally take four subjects, chosen from those taught either at Monmouth School or Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls (HMSG); this diet will be reviewed periodically throughout the year. Most subjects are available in both schools, but only Monmouth School offers Greek, Russian and computing. classical civilisation, German, philosophy and psychology are only taught at HMSG. Monmouth School offers further mathematics as a fifth subject for the most able mathematicians.
No public exams are taken until the end of the first year of the Sixth Form, at which time students will sit AS modules in the subject not continued to A Level. Students will also take AS modules in business studies and economics at MS (which, despite being “reformed” subjects, are still “modular”) and mathematics (which is an “unreformed” subject). Students will receive guidance about the assessment route most suited to their needs. There will be internal examinations in the Summer Term in those subjects where AS modules are not sat.
In the middle of the Lent Term of VI.1, students are asked to confirm the three subjects to continue to A Level in VI.2. This is not a final and binding decision, but the School needs the information for timetabling purposes. It is possible to change in the light of AS results but it is worth bearing in mind that the number of teaching sets going into VI.2 is sometimes reduced, thereby limiting scope for further change. A very few continue with all four subjects whilst some drop two subjects and take up another AS Level subject.
When subjects are available at both schools, boys will normally study the subject at Monmouth School and girls at HMSG. However, if demand for a subject is low in one or both schools then teaching may be shared across the schools.
The GCSE is not required for the following subjects: business studies; classical civilisation; design and technology; drama and theatre studies; economics (boys should have at least a B grade in GCSE mathematics); design and technology; philosophy; P.E; psychology; religious studies and Russian.
All subjects will be offered subject to demand and the constraints on the timetable; they are also subject to final approval by the Headmaster of Monmouth School and the Headmistress of HMSG. Pupils will normally only be permitted to continue a subject in VI.2 if they have achieved an appropriately sound foundation in their VI.1 year, as evidenced by their exam results.
Full details of the specifications can be obtained from the websites of the examination boards. These are: