The programme of study for students at Marling School Sixth Form is a two year academic programme, based on three or four subjects started in September of Year 12 and completed to A Level in the summer of Year 13. We offer more than 30 A Level subjects, including 3 language choices and both Music and Music Technology.
In addition to A Level study, students select a ‘breadth’ option which is followed in Year 12. Breadth options available to students may include the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, Sports Leadership, Geology, Creative Writing, Classics or Maths Skills.

Scholars' Programme

Competition for places at leading universities, and especially Oxford and Cambridge, is always intense. So, to support those students who plan to apply for the most competitive university courses, Marling Sixth Form has developed a dedicated Scholars' Programme, which is open to all students.

To make sure our students have the best possible chance of securing an offer, the Scholar’s Programme includes:

  • Information and advice evenings for parents and students in Y11 and Y12
  • Intensive application support including personal statement guidance
  • Personalised advice on super-curricular activities and resources
  • A comprehensive and up-to-date competitive applications booklet
  • Regular group meetings to develop interview skills and subject knowledge
  • Practice interviews with subject specialists
  • Advice on successful applications from Marling alumni
  • Invited speakers from Oxford & Cambridge
  • An annual Oxbridge Conference visit


In years 12 and 13 we provide a planned programme of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) talks and activities to help our students develop as healthy and responsible individuals and members of families and communities.

The programme includes advice on health and wellbeing, financial skills, sex and relationship education and drug and alcohol awareness. The sessions are delivered fortnightly during a dedicated tutor period and during some weekly assembly sessions.

Study Skills

Many students find the transition from GCSE to A Level challenging. Not only do A Levels require higher level skills, but students also need to undertake far more independent work and they need to learn to balance their workload.

In order to help with these challenges we provide sessions on study skills, covering areas such as time management, planning, note taking and revision.


Each Wednesday afternoon sixth form students are given dedicated time to participate in an approved enrichment activity. This is a great opportunity for students to try something new or develop an existing skill alongside their academic study.



Many students choose to take part in a team sport, including rugby, football, hockey or cricket or use the time to pursue personal training goals in the gym, on the tennis court or at a leisure or climbing centre. Others choose from a range of musical or creative activities.

Sixth Formers can also join or set up a whole range of organisations and societies that give everyone the chance to pursue their favourite or new interests. These currently range from the Marling Debating Society to the Dissection Society to the Gardening Club.