The Sixth Form Advanced Level (A-Level) course at Bedford is a strong option for boys wishing to follow the traditional pattern of subjects to A-Level and for many it is the natural choice.
From September 2016, following the reform of most A-Level subjects by the government, most boys will take four subjects to AS (Advanced Subsidiary) level 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. 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.
2018 / 2020 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 A||Block B|
|Mathematics & Further Mathematics|
|Mathematics & Further Mathematics
Design & Technology
|Block C||Block D|
Government & Politics
Government & Politics
For full curriculum information on each subject please refer to our 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.