The Sixth Form Advanced Level (A-Level) course at Bedford is a strong option for boys who feel ready to specialise and follow a traditional pattern of subjects to A-Level.

Most boys will study four subjects in the Lower Sixth year and then, after internal examination at the end of that year, continue with three of these subjects to A-Level certification at the end of the Upper Sixth year. Some may elect to continue with four subjects. In addition, these boys enjoy a Skills Programme, which includes the skills necessary for university life and the opportunity to complete an Independent Project on a topic beyond the confines of subject syllabuses.

Advanced Level boys enjoy a wide range of sporting and service opportunities and attend a lecture programme with major speakers from outside the school. There are private study periods as well.

The courses offered are indicated below, of which one must be chosen from each block (but remember that the number of subjects usually reduces to three in the Upper Sixth). The finalised Option Blocks are given to boys and parents in the spring term of the Fifth Form.

2019 / 2021 Options

Please note that these Options Blocks are only a draft. The most up to date version will be issued to prior to the time boys make their A-Level choices in the first half of the spring term. The blocking arrangements may well change again at that point, in the light of the options received.

Block ABlock B
Drama & Theatre Studies
Geography
German
History
Latin
Mathematics
Mathematics & Further Mathematics
Music Technology
Religious Studies
Biology
Business
Design & Technology
Economics
Government & Politics
Mathematics
Mathematics & Further Mathematics
Music
Block CBlock D
Art & Design
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Classical Civilisation
Computer Science
Economics
English
Physics
Spanish
Chemistry
Design & Technology
English
French
Geography
Government and Politics
History
Physics
Religious Studies

For full curriculum information on each subject please refer to our A-Level Courses Guide.

A-Level Courses Guide

Not every combination of subjects is possible, but we try to provide for all boys where possible. Whilst the school endeavours to meet the requests of all boys, this is subject to timetabling feasibility and sufficient numbers opting for subjects. We reserve the right to remove subjects subsequently from options blocks, and may request boys to alter their options subsequently, too.