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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. 


Frequently Asked Questions: The Sixth Form at Nottingham High School


What subjects do we offer?

We currently offer 24 subjects at A level: 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.

How big are classes?

In the Sixth Form, we have maximum class sizes of 16, but many classes are smaller than this.

How many subjects can I choose?

From September 2018, all students in Year 12 will follow 3 courses (or 4 if one course is Further Maths) and do an Extended Project Qualification.   

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?

Currently (2017/2018):

In Year 12, 9 hours per subject  

In Year 13, 11 hours per subject

This is under review to allow more time per subject in Year 12 from September 2018 and in subsequent academic years.

What is the Extended Project Qualification?

All Sixth Form students are offered the opportunity to complete an EPQ, which provides the opportunity for independent learning on a topic area beyond the A Level syllabus. More details are available on the AQA website.

Do the students do PSHE?

At Nottingham High School, 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, such as Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Rugby and Football and individual sporting opportunities such as Badminton, Squash, Tennis, Zumba, Climbing Wall, Archery, Cross-Country and Swimming.  

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 – recently a Book Club and a Photography Club were set up for the first time.  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.

What support is given for the next stage of education?

Nottingham High School has an outstanding record of helping students to gain places to study at top universities.  Students can also receive support when applying to foundation courses, apprenticeships or to study abroad.

We have specialist staff who focus on giving Sixth Formers the skills they need to apply successfully to Higher Education. They will guide them through the whole UCAS application process, including what universities look for in a personal statement; there will also be dedicated preparation sessions for our potential medics, dentists, lawyers and Oxbridge candidates.

Our Sixth Formers will have the opportunity to attend lunchtime study, discussion and thinking groups where they will explore how to best express themselves and communicate their ideas with a view to sitting university entrance exams or attending interviews.  The students are actively encouraged to build up a worthwhile CV by undertaking relevant reading, research and work experience, as well as participating in a range of co-curricular activities.

What will I have to wear?

Business dress is expected – for boys: formal suits, shirt and school tie.  For girls: formal business suits or separates to include a jacket.  More details will be given to the students on Induction Day in June.

How good are the examination results?

Please see for up-to-date information.

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

We have not set a maximum number of places, 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 (or the equivalent Grade 7s), with A grades in the subjects to be taken in the Sixth Form. There will be a two-day Induction Programme in June for successful candidates.

What do I do next?

You are invited to contact our Admissions Co-ordinator Ms Russ – please email  or phone 0115 845 2232 to request a tour of the school or to request a registration form.