All pupils start the Lower Sixth year studying at least four A levels (a decision to start with five A levels will always include Maths and Further Maths), alongside Waynflete Studies, a Community Service Organisation placement, and Games, as anyone would expect in one of the foremost academic schools in the country.
In the Upper Sixth pupils continue with between three and five subjects alongside the Lecture Programme and Games. Whilst universities typically make offers for the equivalent of three A levels, taking four allows our best students the opportunity to press their academic potential when applying to the most competitive courses and universities.
Each A level subject is delivered by a minimum of two teachers (more in languages). The timetable is assembled across five blocks of 8 x 40 minute lessons.
Pupils have a small number of study periods in the Lower Sixth, before a reduction in timetabled commitments and sometimes the dropping of an A level provides a good deal more time for independent study in the Upper Sixth. Whilst our pupils are ambitious and successful in equal measure, their achievements and exam outcomes are a consequence of what happens on a day to day basis both in and out of the classroom, not simply the aim.
Sixth Formers spend their study periods in the purpose-built common room or in one of our Sixth Form only study suites, choosing between social, quiet or silent study environments. Clinics for all subjects happen on different lunchtimes throughout the week, but the dedication of the staff and the high quality of teaching relationships see pupils regularly and informally seeking out teachers for additional help at all times of the working day. Independent working and time management are key skills that need to be developed prior to university level study; our Sixth Form structure supports and promotes the successful development of these skills.
The Waynflete Studies Project is an extended research exercise and is completed by all pupils in the Lower Sixth. It is unique to MCS and for information click the button below.
Extra-curricular activities are an important part of Sixth Form life at MCS. All pupils continue to play sport, and in the Lower Sixth, all pupils undertake a Community Service placement for the whole year. Pupils are also involved in a dazzling array of musical, dramatic and artistic performances, and regularly take the lead in these activities.
Visiting speakers give fortnightly lectures to the Upper Sixth and there is a wealth of other opportunities for academic enrichment in the Sixth Form at MCS. Many pupils choose to lead or attend reading groups and societies, and there are dedicated sessions to help with university preparation. There are sessions to help pupils develop their approach to admissions tests, and there is a programme of practice interviews. Almost all of the Upper Sixth gain a good number of offers from prestigious universities for a wide range of subjects, including Medicine, and between a quarter and a third of the year group gain offers from Oxford or Cambridge.