Sixth Form

Sixth Form Subject Choices and Academia:

Here at Rye, we are proud to offer upwards of 25 subjects in Sixth Form ranging from Maths and Music to Business BTEC and everything in between. There really is something for everyone.

We start conversations with our upcoming year group very early to gauge interest in any subjects that we don’t currently offer. This gives us the time to put the provision in place to offer pupils what they would like to study. The girls choose their subjects and then we work hard in the background to make sure we can deliver each unique timetable. 

Girls are fully supported when choosing their A-Level subjects – we work with them to ensure the subjects they choose will support the path they would like to follow after school. 

Qualifications on offer include:


A-levels come after GCSEs. They are the most traditional next step in terms of qualifications after GCSEs and usually focus on academic subjects. There are more than 40 different A-level subjects on offer – some will be subjects that girls have studied at GCSE and others may be new. A-levels are highly valued by employers and universities, they can open up lots of doors to further study and careers.


A qualification that’s based on practical study rather than academic study. It is a vocational qualification, which means that it has a career focus and is grounded in the world of work. BTEC pupils study to gain skills and knowledge in their subject area, then put those skills into practice in real-life scenarios. A BTEC is equivalent to an A-Level and offers UCAS points towards University places.


An EPQ helps pupils to develop and demonstrate their project management skills and provides opportunities for extended writing – both of which are highly valued for progression to higher education and employment. Girls can tailor their project to fit their individual interests and aspirations with the agreement of their EPQ tutor. The outcome of the project can be a design, performance, report, dissertation, presentation or artefact.

Leiths Food and Wine Qualification

This five-term course is perfect for either the keen amateur or the potential food professional, setting girls up with skills for life. You can read more here. No other school in Oxford offers this course – it is truly unique to Rye and gives girls skills they would learn nowhere else.


Because of our small class sizes, girls will very quickly get to know each of their subject teachers, and teachers get to know them – areas of strength, development, interests, passions, and learning style. This relationship along with small class sizes means that teachers can tailor their teaching to each individual – a truly bespoke experience. Girls will build strong and supportive relationships that provide an invaluable network throughout their time at Rye St Antony Sixth Form. This, coupled with regular target grade meetings, means academic success for all. It is one of the aspects of Sixth Form life the pupils talk about most when they talk about our Sixth Form – the relationship with and support from their teachers.

Parents are updated regularly about the progress and target grades of their daughters. Each academic year, parents are invited to two face to face parent meetings and receive two printed reports which give thorough assessment and comment about academic progress and areas for improvement. As well as this, they receive six target grade updates. Of course, if parents have questions or concerns at any other point in the year, our teaching staff are also ready to have conversations as and when needed.

Visit Rye Sixth Form

We warmly invite you to experience Rye Sixth Form at our

Whole School Open Week

28 September – 2 October 2020

Your chance to come and experience all our Sixth Form at Rye has to offer, meet the staff and pupils, and see our facilities.

Book your bespoke visit using our contact us form, or by emailing our Registrar – Fern Williams.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Whole School Open Week

Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October

This year we are doing things slightly differently to comply with current Covid-19 guidelines.

We warmly invite you to experience Rye St Antony during a personal virtual meeting at a time that suits you. Meet staff and pupils, have a look around with our virtual tour and see what makes Rye so special.

We are incredibly proud of the Virtual Learning Experience we have offered our pupils during lockdown – you can read about it here