Our sixth form offers a wide selection of subject choices to suit every student’s needs and aspirations.

All students in Year 12 are expected to study 4 different elements – this might be 4 different A Level subjects or could be 3 A Level subjects together with a compulsory fourth element of study (such as an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), work experience placement, an AS level in Quantitative Reasoning or a qualification in Mandarin Chinese).

Each subject has a dedicated 10 hours of taught content per fortnight with most fourth elements taking a further 5 hours. Between lessons all students are directed to independently study in our large school library (containing a dedicated sixth form ICT suite) or within one of the sixth form study zones around school.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to join our sixth form will need to meet our minimum entry requirements of 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above including a minimum of grade 5 in Maths and English Language. In addition, most of our courses require higher entry grades and this information can be found for each subject below or in our sixth form prospectus.


Since 2011 we have run a successful collaboration between Horsforth sixth form and Benton Park School’s sixth form. Some of our subjects are either taught solely or partly at Benton Park School and some of their students visit our sixth form to be taught other subjects here. Please refer to the subject specific information below for details of which subjects are taught as part of this collaboration.