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Sixth Form Curriculum

Academic rigour is at the heart of the Cheadle Hulme School Sixth Form experience.

Learning is supported by excellent teaching and students are encouraged to explore their own academic interests through extension classes and extended project work, alongside their core academic subjects.

Smaller class sizes enable students to engage wholeheartedly with their academic study and allow Form Tutors to know each student as an individual, providing them with tailored advice regarding university choices and life after CHS.


  • 100% pass rate at A Level
  • A Value Added education; students can expect to achieve at least half a grade higher in every subject than projected
  • Small, shared-interest Tutor Groups
  • Subject Mentors in the most competitive university subjects
  • University-style tutorials
  • Additional lessons and interview practice for Oxbridge applicants
  • Preparation for BMAT, UKCAT, HAT and LNAT tests
Cheadle Hulme School Sixth Form Curriculum

Sixth Form Curriculum 2017

There are some minor changes to the Sixth Form Curriculum from 2017.  Further information can be found on our Sixth Form Curriculum's Frequently Asked Questions page.

A Level Exam Changes

All A Levels are currently being revised and we are in the middle of a phased introduction of the new specifications which started in 2015 and will be completed by 2019. 

There are some changes to content but the major difference in the new specifications is that all A Levels will be ‘linear’. This means that all exams which count towards the final grade will need to be taken in the final year of study. This differs from the previous system in which the AS exams at the end of the Lower Sixth counted towards the final A Level grade.

Students will also not be able to re-sit individual papers in an attempt to improve their overall grade. Resitting will therefore involve redoing all the exams.

The changes are being phased in, with first teaching starting in September 2015 for some subjects, but in September 2016 or September 2017 for others.

At CHS we also enter Cambridge Pre-U examinations for some subjects and these specifications will not be changing; they are already in the linear format.

During the transition to a reformed syllabus, the School has taken the opportunity to review whether to change exam boards, or move to/from a Pre-U. The major changes, as they affect the Sixth Form at CHS, are summarised in this table.

Changes to examination boards will be updated on the subject pages as they are actioned and will be made clear to students and parents when the time comes, to help make option choices.

For more information on the reform process please visit the GOV.UK website.