Sixth Form FAQs

Nottingham High School

Please find below a list of frequently asked questions about the Sixth Form at Nottingham High School. If your query is not answered below then please feel free to contact us for more information. 

What subjects do we offer?

We currently offer 24 subjects at A level:

For more information on each subject please visit our Academic page.

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Design Technology*
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Further Maths*
  • Geography 
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Maths*
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • PE
  • Physics
  • Politics*
  • Psychology
  • Religious 
  • Studies
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Studies


* = Will still have AS marks (in summer 2017) counting towards A2 results in 2018. The majority of subjects will have AS examinations in summer 2017 that are stand-alone qualifications. In these subjects, all A level modules contributing to the A level grade will be sat in summer 2018.

How big are classes?

  • At AS Level, we aim for a maximum of 16 students (average of 12)
  • At A2 Level, we aim for a maximum of 12 students (average of 8)

How many AS subjects can I choose?

  • A student in Year 12 follows 4 AS courses, with AS exams taken in every subject in Summer 2017.
  • In Year 13 students focus on 3 A Levels, unless they are studying Further Maths in which case they will complete 4 A Levels.

How long are lessons?

Lessons are one hour long, and we have a two week timetable.

How many hours of study per fortnight per subject?

  • In Year 12 AS Level :  9 hours per subject  
  • In Year 13 A2 Level : 11 hours per subject

What is the AQA Baccalaureate?

All Sixth Form students have the opportunity to work towards the AQA Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

The AQA Baccalaureate consists of the following four components:

  • Completion of any 3 A levels
  • Any additional AS Level
  • The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Minimum of 100 hours enrichment activities, logged online

The purpose of the AQA Baccalaureate is to add breadth and depth to the Sixth Form curriculum. It allows students to receive credit for co-curricular activities, develops independent study skills and prepares students for university-style study. It is awarded at three levels – Pass, Merit and Distinction.

The Extended Project Qualification is a report or essay of 5,000 words, similar to a university dissertation, or an artefact with a shorter written commentary. It allows students to explore any topic which interests them. The EPQ develops and assesses skills as well as knowledge and also involves giving a presentation. The EPQ can be completed as a qualification in its own right (equivalent to an AS level), as well as part of the AQA Baccalaureate, and is marked at A2 standard.

More information about the AQA Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification can be found on the AQA website.


Do the students do PSHE?

At NHS we offer a General Education Programme (GEP) to all Sixth Formers, which covers topics such as citizenship, personal wellbeing and economic wellbeing.

What sport can I do at NHS?

Sport is timetabled every Wednesday afternoon when a range of options is available to include team sports and individual sports: 

Team sporting opportunities

  • Football 
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby

Individual sporting opportunities 

  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Climbing Wall
  • Squash
  • Swimming.
  • Tennis
  • Zumba

What co-curricular activities are available?

In the Sixth Form all students are encouraged to take part in a range of co-curricular activities which take place at lunchtime or after school.

Students are also encouraged to start up clubs where they have a specific interest or talent – last year a Book Club and a Photography Club were set up.

Currently we offer students the opportunity to join (amongst others) CCF, the Debating Society, Young Enterprise, Politics Society, Model United Nations, Community Action, Chess Club, Bridge Club, and to start Gold DofE (no previous DofE experience necessary).  

A range of subject specific clubs are operated by Sixth Formers to work with younger members of the school, such as the Maths Buddy Scheme, Paired Reading and the Language Ambassador Scheme.

The Arts Society arranges Theatre, Cinema and Concert visits at reduced ticket prices.

For more information please visit our co-curricular page.

What support is given for the next stage of education?

We have a Director of Higher Education, who runs a comprehensive programme throughout the two years to support students making the right choices for the next stage.

Specific help and support is given for those university courses which require additional tests and interviews as part of the application process.

What will I have to wear?


A smart business-style suit, formal shirt, School Sixth Form tie (or one of the representative ties if permitted). Shoes to be suitable for a business environment. V-necked plain knitwear may be worn with the suit. Hair should be of a natural colour (long hair should be tied back), and boys should be clean-shaven.


Smart business wear – either a suit (trouser suit, dress suit or skirt suit) or smart separates (to include a jacket). Shoes to be suitable for a business environment. Jewellery to be discreet and appropriate for a business environment. Hair should be of a natural colour.

If in doubt about the suitability of an item of clothing, students can contact a member of the Sixth Form Team for clarification.

How many places are available for students joining the Sixth Form in 2017?

We have not set a maximum number of places available for September 2017, and will offer places to those students we are confident will thrive in our Sixth Form.

Applicants are invited to interview following a report from their current school, indicating predicted GCSE grades. The likely offer made, following a successful interview, will be a minimum of 5 A grades, with A grades in the subjects to be taken at AS level.

What do I do next?

You are invited to complete an application form, available from Admissions.