Standard School Curriculum
The standard Haberdashers’ curriculum is that the majority of pupils follow four academic courses in the Lower 6th (Y12) and three courses to A Level in the Upper 6th (Y13). Pupils wishing to take both Mathematics and Further Mathematics together with two other A Level subjects are able to do so.
In certain circumstances a pupil not offering Further Mathematics may take all four Lower 6th courses to A Level.
Haberdashers’ offers twenty-five rigorously academic courses of equal status and validity at A Level. A diverse range of subject combinations is possible. The pupils are able to choose their subjects freely and there are no restrictions put on the combinations they choose.
We offer no vocational qualifications at Haberdashers’.
Lower 6th Examinations
All pupils sit externally verified examinations at the end of the Lower 6th. For most subjects these are AS examinations which are certificated. For Further Mathematics, Art, Computer Science, History and Music these are stand alone examinations sat under JCQ conditions in the examination hall and marked, assessed and moderated in line with JCQ criteria. The results are verified and assessed by an external source, i.e. another HMC school.
A Level Predicted grades
These are based on the pupil’s performance in the Lower 6th examinations, his progress in the Sixth Form to date and his potential at A Level.
Independent Research: The Aske Project
All Lower 6th pupils are expected to complete a 3000-4000 word (or equivalent) independent research project on a topic of their choice. For those projects written in another language the word limit is halved. Projects may take any form: report, short story, play, musical composition etc., as the individual chooses.
The project is launched in September of the Lower 6th and submitted in July of the L6th year. The pupils are each assigned an Aske Project Supervisor, whom they meet up to four times in the course of the year. All projects are grades Pass, Merit, Distinction. The very best distinction projects are sent to external judges who are normally based at universities or are experts in their fields. These ‘external moderators’ judge each project and award best in each category. The pupils then have a Viva on their return to School in September about their submitted work. Most pupils will also have the opportunity to present their project to their peers at some point in the year.
All pupils study for a minimum of ten GCSE (or IGCSE) subjects. The standard requirement is:
Two sciences, one modern foreign language, one humanities subject, and any three others chosen from the following:-
Theology (Religious Studies)
*A special note concerning the IGCSE English Language qualification.
Haberdashers’ offers the English 1st Lang CIE 0500 (no speaking/listening). None of the Habs pupils have English as an Additional Language (EAL), they all write, speak and read English to a level significantly higher than their age.
Head of University Applications, Teacher of Modern Languages