Sixth Form

Welcome to The Rochester Grammar School Sixth Form

If you’re joining us for the first time, welcome! We understand that being ‘the new one’ can sometimes be a little daunting, but rest assured that all students new to our Sixth Form quickly settle in – we encourage and create a friendly and supportive environment with a confident sense of achievement and progress. We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School; we have offered the IB Diploma since 2007, and with much success.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a pathway which ensures that you leave RGS balanced and well-rounded. Subjects sit together in similar groups, as you can see below, you choose one subject from each group. Three of these subjects will be at Higher level (HL) and three at Standard level (SL).

"What I enjoy most about the RGS Sixth Form is the support from the teachers and how passionate they are about their subjects". - Mabel, current Sixth Form student

GroupSubject available
1 – EnglishEnglish Literature
English Language and Literature
2 – LanguagesFrench, German, Japanese and Spanish ab initio
French, German, Spanish
3 – Individuals and Society (Humanities)Anthropology
Business Management
Global Politics
4 – SciencesBiology
Environmental Systems and Societies*
Sport, Health and Exercise Science
Computer Science
Design and Technology  
5 - MathematicsMathematics – Analysis and Approaches
Mathematics – Applications and Interpretations
6 – The ArtsVisual Arts
Theatre Studies
Or an additional subject from groups 2-4


If you opt to study Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) in Group 4 – The Sciences, you are able to then opt for two subjects from Group 6, The Arts – as ESS is seen as both a Science and a Humanity. In Group 6 -The Arts, you can opt out of these subjects and instead choose an extra language, humanity or science. Below you will find the subjects offered at Rochester Grammar School.

As part of the IB Diploma, all students study Theory of Knowledge (ToK), a critical thinking course, and complete an Extended Essay into a topic of their own interest. As an IB student you are also encouraged to engage with your wider community through the Creativity, Activity, Service programme. You can find further detail about each course offered in the curriculum pages.

Our sixth form programme fully meets the 16 to 19 study programme requirements by ensuring the students have a breadth and depth of study and provides students with a structured and challenging learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans.  To this end we provide opportunities for students to gain real experience and knowledge of the workplace, through, for example, speakers, work experience and workshops, in order to enhance their employability skills; substantial qualifications through their study of 6 subjects, which stretch students and prepare them for education at the next level or for employment, and many opportunities through their study of CAS to develop students’ character, broader skills, attitudes and confidence, and to support progression.  More detail about the DFE requirements can be found by following this link: 16 to 19 study programme requirements

"I really love how connected everybody in the sixth form is, including with the sixth form team; it's a really enjoyable environment to be learning in as you always know that there is someone around to share any worries or queries you have." - Elizabeth, current Sixth Form student