Starting at Third Form (age 13), pupils join and complete one year of preparation studies, before progressing into the Fourth Form when the GCSE course commences and exams are taken at the end of Fifth Form.
In the Fourth and Fifth Forms, pupils study the core subjects of English Language, English Literature, mathematics and the sciences. They will be guided towards either taking three separate sciences, counting as three GCSEs, or the combined award science course, which counts as two GCSEs.
Pupils are strongly recommended to study at least one modern foreign language and they are then free to choose their remaining subjects. There is plenty of advice available on which subjects to choose from Houseparents, tutors, subject teachers and Heads of Department.