VI Form

Sixth Form students at Stowmarket High School are in school full time. They can choose between A Level or Level 3 courses. In order to maintain breadth of choice we offer a suite of STEM, Humanities, Social Science, English and Creative Arts A Levels, as well as 3 level 3 Vocational Qualifications.

The majority of students will choose to study three A Level subjects and will be given the opportunity to take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) alongside their A Level options. A minority of students will take four A Levels after discussion with a senior member of staff.

 It is expected that students should achieve a minimum of a (new) Grade 4 at GCSE in both Mathematics and English (Language or Literature). When students fail to achieve Grade 4, they will be expected to re-sit the exam in Year 12 with support from a specialist teacher. Some of the top universities have said they expect a 5, therefore, for those considering such a destination we would recommend a retake option if a 5 hasn’t been achieved.

 Students need to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSE level 4-9 including English and Maths. We offer the following A Level subjects:

Stem Subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Product Design

Social Sciences

  • Applied Business
  • ICT
  • Psychology
  • Health and Social Care 

Creative Arts

  • Art and Design
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Textiles



  • English
  • Media



  • French
  • German



  • Geography
  • History


We also offer the Extended Project.

Please note: that since September 2017 the minimum entry requirements to Stowmarket High School Sixth Form are strictly adhered to.



Key Dates:

Thursday, 14th November: Key Stage 5 Options Booklet issued to students/parents at the Options and Information Evening.

Week of the 18th November: some subjects will be offering taster sessions in subjects that have not been studied in the 6th Form.

During the week of the 20th January 2020: Individual interviews will take place with all students and signed options forms should be handed in then.

Week ending 31st January 2020: Final deadline for Option Choices form

Week commencing Monday, 2nd March 2020: Confirmation of Sixth Form place.

For more information on Key Stage 5 please contact:

Mr Blewitt, Head of Sixth Form via email

Mrs Farrow, Assistant Headteacher Curriculum via email

Mrs Broxton, Assistant Headteacher Link to Year 12 and 13


Please click on the links below to access our course information and prospectus:

6th Form Course Information 2020

6th Form Prospectus

Year 12 Options Form 2019