Fourth and Fifth Forms
he majority of examinations taken in the Fifth Form are at the more rigorous IGCSE level. These fit comfortably within the structure of our integrated five-year programme developing core skills into behaviours of success. Pupils achieve excellent results and appreciate that intellectual stimulation is aided by these more challenging syllabuses. All pupils study English, Maths, the three Sciences and a Modern Foreign Language. We offer a range of optional subjects that are consistently reviewed to reflect contemporary society such that GCSEs in History, Greek and Latin take their place with Arts, Physical Education and Drama.
Alongside the core academic programme, pupils at St Edwards are given the opportunity to develop further the learning skills from the Shell Curriculum. All Fourth Form pupils undertake the Warden’s Project; a research based project of their own choosing in which they create an artefact and present to an external assessor. Venture is a Fifth Form inter-House team-based enterprise competition; each team must create a business plan, understand the market for their product, the cost of production, create a prototype of their product and then pitch their idea to a panel of business leaders to convince them to invest in their company.
The tutoring programme underpins all of the academic elements with one-to-one support provided in coaching students through their decision making including Sixth Form choices. They are also aided by Elevate Education who provide seminars in research skills and exam preparation and in the Fifth Form all students have one to one career interviews with our Head of Careers, James Vaughan Fowler.
For the full GCSE course guide please click here.