Pupils entering the Sixth Form at PGS are able to chose to either follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma or to study for A Levels.
Pupils opting for A Levels will take four A Levels. Currently we have pupils studying Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Design Technology, Economics, Electronics, English Literature, French, Geography, Geology, Government and Politics, Greek, History, Latin, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Spanish and Theatre Studies. In most subjects there is coursework and pupils will sit their formal exams in January and June of year thirteen.
In the Sixth Form, as at other stages of school life, the range of subjects on offer is affected by the number of pupils opting for them, and the school may not run a particular subject if the group size is not viable. However, such cases are very rare. For A Level pupils there is a dynamic General Studies programme in which pupils select from a carousel of short courses, many of which are highly vocational (e.g. Accountancy, Law, Journalism, Medicine, Psychology) and some of which are taught by experts from local industry and commerce. There are also courses in Cookery, Driving Theory, Application Skills, First Aid, and Photography to name but a few. This programme changes yearly to reflect the interests and careers favoured by the cohort entering the Sixth Form.
The Portsmouth Grammar School was authorised as an IB World School in November 2008. These are schools that share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that we at PGS believe is important for our students.
Pupils taking the IB Diploma will study six subjects, three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. This will include English, a language, a humanity, a science, maths (which is offered at a variety of levels), and one other subject, which can be chosen from a wide range. At the heart of the Diploma is the core which distinguishes the Diploma from A Levels: alongside their chosen subjects pupils will undertake a Theory of Knowledge course, a Creativity, Action and Service component, and complete an extended essay in any subject area. There is a coursework element in most subjects with all formal exams being sat at the end of the two year programme.
A detailed course guide booklet, with information about both the IB Diploma and A Levels, is distributed to all pupils in Year 11. They are also offered a programme of talks, interviews and advice as part of the preparation for this important stage of their school career.
For further general information about the IB, please click here or do please contact us.
Subject choices and combinations on both curriculums are closely monitored to ensure that pupils are strongly placed to go on to a good university. Pupils are well supported through the UCAS process; all pupils receive guidance from a Student Subject Advisor and are interviewed by a senior teacher ahead of submitting their UCAS form. There are also information evenings for parents and a UCAS day for Yr 12.