Academic Life

Our girls enjoyed exceptional A Level results again this year: 40% of A Level grades were A*/A, 72% of grades were A*/A/B and 89% were A* to C.

A Levels
We expect most students entering the Lower VI to select three A Level courses and to study for an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) as their fourth option.

The following subjects are currently available at A Level :

Art and Design Biology
Business Chemistry
Classical Civilisation Computer Science
Drama and Theatre Studies Economics
English Literature Geography
Greek (Classical) History
Latin Mathematics – Further Maths
Modern Languages – French, Russian, Spanish Music
Photography Physical Education
Physics Politics
Psychology Religious Studies
Sociology

 

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

All girls are encouraged to research for an EPQ. This is a qualification equivalent to an AS level and it is very highly regarded by universities. The girls develop and apply many skills: decision-making; problem-solving; initiative and enterprise; critical-thinking; analytical and evaluation and presentation. All Sixth Formers who have completed the EPQ Qualification at Priory 6 have achieved A* or A grades. Recent successful EPQ titles include;

  • Am I more black or am I more white?
  • Is cheap meat worth it?
  • Is the Handmaid’s Tale a feminist novel?

The class of 2019 has gone on to study a range of preferred courses at top calibre universities,  Veterinary Science at Nottingham, Politics and Economics at Loughborough, English at Edinburgh as well as History and Classics and, History at Exeter, as well as Law and Business and Natural Sciences, Actuarial and Maths at Manchester, Law at Cardiff and Politics and Languages at Sheffield.

Oxbridge Programme
Our most able students have the opportunity to attend Oxbridge group sessions with Mrs MacLennan, our Oxbridge Coordinator. These are often broadly faculty-based, but also challenge the girls on a wide range of topics to stimulate their intellectual curiosity and discovery. Its aim is to develop our students’ confidence in discussing eclectic issues well beyond the scope of the curriculum. This encourages independent thinking and supports interview practice and application to prestigious universities.

University Lectures
We encourage our girls to make the most of all London has to offer to further their intellectual development beyond the classroom. Our girls regularly attend lunch time and evening lectures at universities such as LSE and UCL and prestigious organizations such as the Royal Institution and the Royal Geographical Society to complement their A Level studies and give them a taste of university life.

Our experienced staff are subject specialists with a bespoke approach. Our dedicated Sixth Form Team provide personalised guidance to students for UCAS and throughout the university application process.

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