Sixth Form Curriculum

The Sixth Form curriculum at John Lyon is traditional, offering a wide range of firmly academic subjects.

This curriculum combined with teaching designed to expand students’ minds beyond examination specifications helps students develop a sense of inquiry and the capability to explore the outer limits of a problem before inspiring its most creative solutions.


Sixth Form students select three subjects to study at A-Level. Students who attain the highest levels throughout Year 11 have the option to study four A-Levels if they so wish.

In the Summer Term of the Lower Sixth, students sit formal internal examinations, our University Prediction examinations, to assess their progress and help form the basis for predicted grades for university applications.

Sixth Form Options
English Literature Mathematics Further Mathematics
Biology Chemistry Physics
Geography History Philosophy
Business Psychology Computer Science
Latin French Spanish
Art Drama and Theatre Music
Classical Greek Politics Economics
Music Technology Classical Civilisation


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Extended Project Qualification

In the Lower Sixth, students are encouraged to undertake the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) alongside their A-Levels, as a way of enhancing their university applications.

The EPQ affords students the opportunity to choose their own topic, giving them responsibility for their own learning and development, and teaches new skills such as independent research, project management, reflection and self-directed learning.

Students can also opt to complete alternative research qualifications such as national essay prizes and/or the School’s Hiley Research Project.

This range of research projects not only provides personalised opportunities for students to explore a topic in-depth but enables them to develop the range of skills that will help them excel in higher education, and provide evidence of these advanced skills in UCAS applications.

[At John Lyon there is] a major emphasis on the EPQ, with an impressive 100 per cent achieving A*/A most years”

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