Curriculum

In the Sixth Form we want each student to deepen their understanding of their chosen subjects, of themselves and of their potential to make a difference. We encourage them to study with ambition and enthusiasm, to speak with growing confidence and conviction, and to face the world with a passion to play their part. Sixth Form classes are smaller, attention is individual and lessons increasingly become like university seminars, taught by passionate subject specialists. Whilst maintaining a supportive structure of monitoring and guidance, we gradually devolve greater responsibility for learning to our students in order to equip them with the right skills and disciplines sought by leading universities. Examination courses are supported by fieldwork, theatre visits and study trips, and tutors are on hand to advise on any aspect of academic and personal life.

Our academically robust curriculum offers students subjects which are assessed as either traditional A Levels or the internationally recognised Cambridge Pre-U examinations. Students also have the option to take the rigorous, research-based Extended Project Qualification, which is highly prized by leading universities since it demands a degree of independence and intellectual maturity beyond traditional A Levels. AS Levels are now standalone qualifications and no longer contribute to A Levels. Some subjects may be available to AS Level – students should contact the relevant head of department for more information.

The course options are:
A Level –

Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
Classics
Computer Science
Drama and Theatre Studies
Design Technology
Economics
English Language
Geography
IT
Latin
Mathematics and Further Mathematics
Modern Foreign Languages
Music
Physical Education
Physics
Politics
Psychology
Quantitative Methods
Religious Studies.

Cambridge Pre-U
Art
English Literature
History
Physics
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

"The curriculum here at Barney is certainly a broad one. Studying Maths, Chemistry, Theatre Studies and Spanish, there cannot be a better example of balancing Science and Humanities. Furthermore, I have some one-to-one Spanish conversational lessons, and my other class sizes range from 3 to 12 students, allowing for a unique teacher-pupil relationship. Here at Barney no matter what subject you study, all the teachers around you go out of their way to ensure you achieve the best you can." Rohan, Year 13