Sixth Form curriculum

A preparation for the future

We support pupils academically to develop the skills and intellectual curiosity for careers and future study and prepare pupils for entry to leading universities, colleges and professions.

The minimum entry requirement for the Sixth Form is 5 GCSEs at grade C or 5 National 5s at grade C. For international equivalencies please contact Admissions

A levels and two year Scottish Highers for added flexibility

It is a special feature of Strathallan’s Sixth Form that there is the flexibility to choose either A Levels or Scottish Highers over two years. Our principal concern in admitting pupils to courses in the Sixth Form is that each individual should embark on courses which are likely to lead to good qualifications and successful progression to Higher Education, Further Education or employment. To this end, we advise parents on the selection of Higher or A Level courses in the light of the pupil’s academic record and GCSE performance.

Sixth Form courses last for two years and involve greater specialisation than at GCSE level – fewer subjects are studied but to a greater depth. Supported by their house tutor, pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own work and time management.

The Sixth Form also provides opportunities for pupils to develop leadership skills in a variety of roles – including setting an example to younger children in the School. By the end of their time at Strathallan, our Sixth Formers should possess good examination grades and also be ready to face the world as confident, well-rounded young adults.

Scottish Highers

Scottish Highers allow admission to all Scottish universities, almost all universities in the rest of the UK and are widely accepted in the EU and further afield. (Please note some courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Law will not accept applicants who have taken Highers over two years. Any pupil wishing to study these and similar subjects will be advised to follow the A Level curriculum.)

At Strathallan we offer Higher courses over two years and we believe this provides added choice and flexibility. Some pupils opt for Highers if they have a heavy sporting or extra-curricular timetable, others if they know they only want to study in Scotland and others if they feel the A Level commitment may be too demanding.

Pupils taking Higher courses in the Sixth Form are expected to take five subjects; those taking History and Modern Studies will be able to take six Highers.

A Levels

Pupils taking A Level course will generally study four subjects (some may opt to study five) in the Lower Sixth year to give them as wide a choice as possible. The fourth course may be a Higher course if the timetable allows. Pupils may continue with this number or choose to study three in their exam year in Upper Sixth. Three A Levels is generally the requirement for most university courses.

International Pupils

For pupils whose first language is not English, pre-A Level courses may be available. Find out more.

Subject Choices

A Level Courses Higher Courses
Art Human Biology
Biology  Business Management
Business Studies  Chemistry
Chemistry  Computing Science
Computing  Design and Manufacture
Classical Civilisation  Economics
Product Design  English (AS progressing to Higher or A2)
Economics  French
English  German
French German
Geography  Geography
German  History and Modern Studies
History  Maths
Latin  Music
Maths  Physical Education
 Further Maths  Physics
 Music  Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
 Physics  Spanish


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