Sixth Form

Our sixth form programme prepares our students for a complex and rapidly-changing world, reaching beyond the curriculum to give them the very best start after school. Our aim is to provide each young person with the knowledge, skills and strength of character they need to go on and fulfil their dreams, whatever their goals and wherever they choose to forge their careers.

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The programme is made up of three key components: Academic Curriculum, Extended Project Qualification and Co-curriculum.

Academic curriculum

Giggleswick provides an enriched and engaging programme that has been developed from what many universities and employers have told us are important qualities to achieve success. With 73% of our A level grades at A*-B we deliver academic success and relevance for the world beyond school. 

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BTEC

Did you know we offer a selection of BTEC courses for sixth form? BTECs tend to suit young people who prefer a more guided learning experience and ongoing assessment throughout the course. BTEC options continue to deliver excellent results for our students’ with this year 100% of our pupils achieiving D*D or D*D* (A*/A or A*/A* equivalent) grade, gaining places at top universities including York and Newcastle.

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EPQ

We encourage all our A level students to take an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). An EPQ is an independent project that is completed by the student and allows them to research an area of interest away from their A-level studies. This can be an area of personal or academic interest and may help them to research an area related to a future career.

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Co-curriculum

Just as important in developing your learning is a full and active engagement in the co-curriculum. We expect all our sixth formers to participate in active, creative and service enrichment programmes beyond the purely academic curriculum. From sports to music, drama and outdoor pursuits, to service in the local community, our pupils lives are full, enriching and fun.

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Careers support

At Giggleswick we recognise that students today have an increasingly wide range of opportunities available to them after their time at school, and the sixth form should be all about helping them to prepare to make the most of these. We provide an extensive careers and higher education programme for our Sixth Form which aims to help each pupil find the right opportunity for their needs and abilities. This programme features lectures and tutorials from industry experts, visits to and from universities, work placements, as well as the chance to meet with Giggleswick alumni to hear, and ask questions, about their experiences in the world of work and study.

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What did our class of 2019/20 say?

“The teachers have been invaluable to my success throughout the Oxford application process, and it genuinely feels like Giggleswick care about the individual. They did everything in their power to support us not only with the academic learning, but also with our mental wellbeing.”
 

Joshua (French and Arabic at Oxford University)

“Having teachers who have been so supportive of my career path and have such a breadth of knowledge gave me confidence in my work, and being provided with so many opportunities in Performing Arts made a big difference.”
 

Grace (Musical Theatre at Bath Spa University)

“In terms of support for applying to university, Gigg is second to none – I had a slightly complicated process in adjusting my course and university choice, and the teachers were there for me every step of the way. Not only have I been pushed to achieve the best I can but I was encouraged to choose a degree I would enjoy, rather than one I thought I should do.”
 

Seb (History at University of Nottingham)

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