Sixth Form Courses
The Sixth Form curriculum has been designed to provide pupils with a broad and flexible choice of subjects and courses which include A levels (or equivalent), BTECs and GCSEs. Each course has its own entry requirements. See Sixth Form Courses brochure for more information.
- Art & Design
- Computer Science and ICT
- Drama & Theatre Studies
- English as an Additional Language (EAL)
- Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
- Equine Studies
- Food Studies
- Media Studies
- Physical Education and Sport
- Product Design
- Religious Studies
Millfield is totally committed to the Arts and offers all our pupils opportunities to explore their creative side. We have invested in some of the very latest facilities, housed in our purpose-built Fine Arts Centre. This means those who opt to take Art or Art & Design as an examination subject have access to outstanding resources seldom seen outside a university, including printmaking, sculpture, printing and photography studios.
We have 14 teaching staff within the Art & Design Department. All staff are experts in their own field with the flexibility to teach across all disciplines. This allows us to offer a range of vocational and Fine Art courses to suit all interests and levels of ability, where pupils can engage in everything from drawing and painting to photography and computer aided design.
- GCSE Art and Design - Fine Art
- A level Art and Design - Fine Art
- A level Art and Design - Photography
- BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Art & Design
Enrichment and trips:
Our nationally recognised Atkinson Gallery holds major contemporary art exhibitions, which promote and stimulate debate and provides pupils with access to the artists to talk about their work. The Millfield Arts Project has commissioned a number of large-scale sculptures which form a sculpture trail on the school campus, providing an excellent learning experience for pupils. In support of pupils' A level studies, we arrange stimulating and thought-provoking visits to the major art galleries in the UK, Europe and America.
Biology at Millfield is very ‘hands-on’. We believe in doing as much practical-based study as possible in our well-resourced and state of the art laboratories. Pupils are encouraged to conduct experiments to learn new concepts and ideas by observation. Our approach develops their ability to evaluate and relate to previously learned principles – a biologist’s foremost skill.
- GCSE Combined Science (Biology component)
- GCSE Biology
- AS level Biology
- A level Biology
All pupils study Biology to GCSE level.
The department has a wealth of resources to engage pupils in the wonder of the living world. Our 13 teaching laboratories have recently been refurbished to the highest standard and there are also stocked prep rooms, greenhouses, a library and archive of preserved organisms. Our 13 dedicated and inspiring teaching staff make excellent use of these resources and our beautiful campus to create an exciting, dynamic and illuminating learning environment.
Enrichment and Trips:
We run a variety of extra-curricular activities to foster a love of biology and the natural world, including clubs, trips and competitions. Upper Sixth pupils take part in a field work exercise on the Somerset Levels where they investigate the effect of using nitrate fertilisers on the biodiversity of fields as well as learning some fundamental ecology skills. In addition, we hold an annual Biology Symposium, where Sixth Form pupils enjoy lectures and take part in workshops from a number of prominent researchers, professors and scientists to further expand and explore their interests in the field.
Not only does the Business Department look to provide outstanding teaching and learning, but we look to inspire pupils with phenomenal access to business enterprise and enrichment. We provide an innovative environment where our passionate pupils bring their business theory to life.
Our business pupils actively engage with fantastic educational trips, guest speakers, employer workshops, business mentoring and enterprising enrichment. We continue to strive to build upon these excellent foundations to create a dynamic platform for pupils to succeed in the business world. Business Studies complements many other courses and is attractive to employers as the skills learnt are useful in many different careers such as marketing, accountancy, sales and consultancy. It also enables budding entrepreneurs to put their ideas into action by learning how to set up their own business.
The Department is made up of 14 teachers, from a mix of commercial backgrounds, providing a dynamic, interactive learning environment with varied teaching and learning strategies. They inject a huge amount of time and effort to provide numerous opportunities for our pupils.
- GCSE Business
- A level Business
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, in partnership with Peter Jones Enterprise Academy
- BTEC Level 2 Technical in Enterprise, in partnership with Peter Jones Enterprise Academy
Pupils studying Business will have access to lots of extra-curricular activities including:
- Tycoons in School National Competition
- BASE Competition
- Tenner Challenge
- Student Investor Challenge
- Coca-Cola Real Business Challenge
- Business Enterprise Days
- Numerous enterprise Flash Challenges throughout the year
- Launching and running their own businesses
- Business Enterprise Christmas market stalls
We run a number of Business trips throughout the year, including visits to local businesses, Business in Action in London and an international trip to Japan and San Francisco.
The department brings business to life through external speakers and workshops at the school.
At Millfield we’re passionate about Chemistry. We have a team of nine teachers who encourage an interest in pupils by adopting a very ‘hands-on’ approach to their learning.
We have modern purpose-built facilities including laboratories with 'wet and dry' areas to enable practical work to run alongside the teaching of theory. In addition we have a 120-seat lecture theatre with a 3-dimensional projector, used for talks and presentations from external speakers.
Chemistry pupils develop mathematical, problem-solving, analysis and evaluation skills alongside the chemical content valuable to our everyday lives. Chemistry is a well-respected qualification that essential to Higher Education professions including Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Chemical Engineering, Medical and Biological Sciences it is also sought after in in other subjects such as Business Management, Law and Finance.
- GCSE Chemistry
- GCSE Combined Science (Chemistry component)
- A level Chemistry
Enrichment and Trips:
Sixth Form pupils can develop their problem solving skills be taking part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and the Chemistry Olympiad. Pupils are also invited to the Chemistry Symposium in collaboration with other local schools to share their interest in a particular chemistry topic. In addition to this, chemists of any age can take part in the global experiment; a way of collaborating with many other chemists from around to world to collect data and analyse it in a way that real scientists do.
Computing is constantly evolving. Today’s technology and theories can be quickly superseded or even become obsolete within a few years. At Millfield we ensure our teaching is always contemporary by combining a talented teaching team with ongoing investment in technology.
The Computer Science and ICT Department features four teachers from a wide range of backgrounds. From scientific programmers to project managers with major organisations, they combine theory with industry experience. This allows them to readily share the practical applications and benefits of their subject.
All pupils study ICT throughout Year 9 as part of the Digital Skills programme. Pupils can choose to study IGCSE Computer Science or BTEC IT in Year 10 and may also continue these subjects into the Sixth Form.
- IGCSE Computer Science
- BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology
- A level Computer Science
- BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology
Drama is very popular at Millfield and is at the heart of our community. We have a vibrant and healthy number of pupils involved across all the year groups. All Year 9 pupils receive approximately eight hours of drama lessons on a rota basis, which are taught during English lessons by our drama specialist staff. Pupils can choose to study Drama at GCSE level and Drama & Theatre Studies at A level.
The department has an excellent track record of getting Sixth Formers into top accredited UK and US Drama Schools such as the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Central School of Speech & Drama. We coach pupils thoroughly for auditions and provide references.
- GCSE Drama
- A level Drama
Enrichment and trips:
Trips are an essential and exciting part of studying drama. We seek out a variety of opportunities for pupils to witness some of the most powerful, engaging and imaginative theatre in the land. A level pupils will visit the theatre at least twice every term. GCSE pupils will visit the theatre at least once a term. In addition to this we also bring touring theatre companies into the school. The department arranges trips overseas including a visit to Broadway, New York, other big trips have included a week at the Edinburgh Festival.
Through the study of decision-making by consumers, businesses and governments, pupils gain a fantastic insight into the world around them. Economics is an internet-paced, dynamic subject. The world has changed irrevocably over the past ten years; during this time we have experienced the credit crunch, a global recession and the referendum decision to leave the EU. The study of Economics can help us understand these changes as well as helping us understand what the future might look like.
The enthusiasm the department’s staff have for their subject is infectious and our facilities are exceptional. With many tutors who have worked successfully in the world of commerce, economics at Millfield is both challenging and contemporary.
- IGCSE level
- A level
Enrichment and trips:
We are regular participants in the Times/Bank of England Target 2.0 national schools’ competition. This competition challenges pupils to demonstrate their understanding of the UK economy and how monetary policy impacts upon it. Participants (in teams of four) analyse the UK and global economy, presenting their findings to a judging panel from the Bank of England. The department has a strong track record in this competition.
All pupils can take part in the Student Investor Challenge, which involves share trading with a virtual £100,000 portfolio. Outside the classroom pupils take part in the BASE competition, which is a fun interactive and worthwhile experience where pupils complete an online challenge which requires them to analyse, debate and arrive at a conclusion. Subsequent rounds involve presenting back to a panel of highly regarded accountants. Those pupils who have aspirations to study at top universities, are encouraged to submit entries to essay competitions including the ones run by The Royal Economic Society and The Marshall Society.
We have a knowledgeable and passionate teaching team, whose work is dedicated to developing pupils’ confidence, competence and creativity. Discussion and collaboration are key features of English teaching at Millfield; we want our pupils to develop socially as well as academically, so that they are equipped for the world beyond school.
- IGCSE English Language
- IGCSE English Literature
- International A level English Literature
Enrichment and trips:
We run a debating team and enrichment programme for Year 9 upwards. This has included trips and visits from exciting poets like Holly McNish, as well as participation by our young Millfield writers in the Wells Festival of Literature.
The EAL Department supports overseas pupils of all year groups, providing help with their English for other subjects as well as preparing them for the Cambridge Preliminary for Schools, First for Schools and Advanced exams, and university entrance through IGCSE and IELTS examinations.
All pupils are assessed prior to arrival so that appropriate support can be provided from day one. We try to cater for individual needs, learning styles and cultural backgrounds, and tuition is in small groups, occasionally even on a one-to-one basis.
Cambridge ESOL Exams
In Year 9, EAL pupils will prepare for the Preliminary for Schools test (CEFR B1) which they sit in June. This is a general English course and provides opportunities for pupils to grow in confidence with their spoken English in everyday situations, as well as developing the grammatical accuracy and breadth of vocabulary needed for life in the UK. In Year 10, pupils progress to the First for Schools (CEFR B2), an upper intermediate English course, which starts to introduce and develop a more academic English usage. Higher ability pupils in the Lower Sixth will typically follow the challenging Advanced course (CEFR C1). If successful, they will gain an internationally recognised qualification accepted by thousands of employers around the world and all UK universities, a qualification that demonstrates that they have the English language skills needed to follow any undergraduate academic course, participate in academic tutorials and seminars, carry out complex research and communicate effectively both orally and in written assignments.
IGCSE English as a Second Language
The International GCSE offered to pupils as a one-year course in Year 11 is better suited to many overseas pupils than the standard GCSE in English; there is no coursework and no expectation of a literary background or knowledge of British culture. A grade ‘B’ (or a 6 on the numerical scale) suffices for entry into many courses at British universities - although further qualifications, such as a satisfactory IELTS score, may also be needed. The IGCSE exam, which pupils take at the end of Year 11, includes modules in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking through a short interview.
In the Upper Sixth, pupils still in need of a recognised English language qualification for university entry prepare for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination; all British, Australian and most US universities recognise this qualification. Some universities insist on the IELTS as opposed to other qualifications.
Welcoming overseas pupils
We have a special interest in the pastoral care of all overseas pupils and we aim to help them to settle happily and smoothly into their new environment. The International Pupils' Association exists to promote the interests of international pupils and enriches the school by drawing upon the cultural diversity within the pupil population.
This BTEC course is available to Sixth Form and encourages pupils who have a drive and passion for the subject to develop their research skills, personal business interest and initiative. Pupils will study enterprise and entrepreneurs, business decision making, marketing, finance, launching and running an enterprise along with strategies to continue its growth and survival.
This course requires ambitious pupils who will engage with the innovative environment the qualification provides. It is a hands-on business course that will equip you with the skills and attributes to follow your business dreams.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma
Millfield Equestrian offers the British Horse Society Equine Excellence Pathway in Complete Horsemanship as a Sixth Form option. We have an impressive range of instructors, all with a minimum BHSAl, BHSll’s, BHSI’s qualifications. Our Director of Equestrian Sport is also a Fellow of the BHS (FBHS), as well as a Chief Assessor for the BHS. The facilities at Millfield are excellent and are all campus based.
- British Horse Society Equine Excellence Pathway in Complete Horsemanship
All pupils entering the school in Year 9 undertake a term and a half studying Food and Nutrition. Within the department we have four members of teaching staff who have designed the course to equip pupils with the nutritional knowledge necessary to make informed food choices wherever they are, by explaining the role of nutrients in the body and the effect they have on wellbeing and performance.
- WJEC Level 2 Hospitality and Catering
- WJEC Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition
- Leiths Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine
The WJEC Level 2 Award in Hospitality and Catering has been designed to support pupils who want to learn about this sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study. This structure has been designed to develop pupils with the knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers. There is the opportunity to learn about diet, nutrition, menu planning and pupils will also have the opportunity to develop knowledge of food safety, food preparation and cooking skills within practical lessons.
In Sixth Form, the Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition qualification allow pupils to gain a wealth of knowledge about the food and nutrition industry. Pupils will have the opportunity to learn about the relationship between the human body and food as well as practical skills for cooking and preparing food. An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles. Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors. Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates.
Sixth Form pupils can also participate in the Leiths Introductory Certificate, an internationally recognised course that will enable them to cook and create a range of dishes confidently and efficiently. The course runs over five terms and is constantly monitored by Leiths' own chefs from the Leiths School of Food and Wine in London. The course equips pupils with a valuable life skill and ensures that they are able to apply for a variety of jobs requiring cooking skills, e.g. Gap year positions in ski chalets, yachts, shooting lodges, restaurants etc. This course provides an excellent foundation for all food related careers. Pupils complete the CIEH Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene as part of their course.
Geography at Millfield nurtures a finer appreciation of our environment and world at large. All pupils study Geography at Key Stage 3. Its diverse range of topics provides a foundation for pupils to continue with Geography onto GCSE. Many continue to study it at A level.
The department has eleven highly experienced, motivated and enthusiastic teachers with a broad range of experience.
We regularly extend pupil learning beyond the classroom with talks by academics and well-known geographers, fieldtrips and overseas trips.
- AQA GCSE Geography / CIE IGCSE Geography
- CIE A level Geography
At Millfield, History is vibrant and energetic. The department comprises of ten highly experienced teachers who possess an infectious enthusiasm for history. Many of them have examining experience and some have had their work published in academic journals.
- A level History
- IGCSE History
Enrichment and trips:
Alongside classroom study, pupils regularly get closer to history through a range of extra-curricular activities. Among the highlights is the annual Sixth Form Millfield History conference, which attracts a number of leading historians to speak to our pupils on a range of topics, and we are delighted to welcome a number of local visitors to join us for the conference each year.
Without doubt one of the best ways of appreciating our history is to visit locations of specific interest, and trips to the battlefields of Northern France have been a particular highlight.
We offer seven language courses at both GCSE and A level.
Year 9 pupils entering the school in A and B band can choose Latin as one of their language options. Native speakers are not able to select their own language as part of the curriculum choice.
The majority of pupils study at least one language at GCSE/IGCSE and are encouraged to take more, if interested. Many then choose to study one or more languages to A level. Pupils can choose from:
Understanding languages enables us to connect better with other cultures. It increases our understanding and appreciation of the world and people around us. Importantly, fluency in an additional language is a much sought-after skill in the workplace.
Our team of 19 linguists and five assistants inspire, encourage and challenge our pupils to develop their skills. To further this we ensure class sizes are minimal in size. The highest levels of support are offered to pupils, including workshops and opportunities to take part in events to use their language.
Events and Enrichment
Millfield runs well-supported trips to France, Germany, Italy and Spain. A level pupils enjoy study days, exhibitions, cinemas and theatre trips. Alongside these, pupils participate in language productions such as ‘Le médicin malgré lui’ by Moliere and ‘La dama boba’ by Lope de Vega.
Millfield has one of the largest Mathematics departments of any independent school, with an experienced team of 24 teaching staff. With size comes diversity, both in terms of the courses we offer and the pupils we teach. We support pupils of all abilities, from those who find the subject challenging, to pupils who show exceptional mathematical talent.
All pupils at Millfield are entered for the Mathematics IGCSE; the qualification is designed to provide a grasp of key mathematical concepts and processing skills. The examination has tiered foundation and higher entry levels to cater for pupils of all abilities. At the higher level the IGCSE examination is excellent preparation for those studying Mathematics in the Sixth Form.
- IGCSE Mathematics
- Additional Mathematics
- A level Mathematics
- A level Mathematics with A level Further Maths
Enrichment and trips
Mathematical enrichment is fundamental to our approach at Millfield and we provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities that are designed to encourage participation and promote challenge.
Below are just some of the examples of activities that take place throughout the year:
- Intermediate and Senior Maths Challenges
- UKMT Team Maths Challenges
- House Maths
- Millfield Team Maths Competition
- 'Pi Shop' (mathematics presentations given by pupils)
- Presentations and Lectures from external speakers
The media plays a huge role in our lives; it shapes opinion, entertains and informs us. Our teachers offer pupils a wealth of experience and expertise. Our exceptional department hosts a fully-equipped studio featuring several industry-standard Final Cut Pro editing suites, a green screen and portable digital cameras. A professional technician with industry experience is always on hand to help pupils, encouraging them to immerse in this compelling subject.
- A level
The Music Department typifies our unswerving commitment to the arts. Housed in a stunning purpose-built department, the Music School at Millfield is one of the largest in the UK with facilities which would be on par with many university departments. This, combined with a comprehensive and outstanding teaching staff, provides exceptional provision for our young musicians both in the classroom and in practical music making.
Our facilities include:
- A 350-seat concert venue, including a Steinway D Concert Grand
- Rehearsal rooms
- Five teaching suites, each fully equipped with Apple Mac computers
- Recording studios
- 25 teaching/practice rooms
- Specialist percussion room
We are exceptionally proud of our pupils’ achievements in this wonderful arena. Many have secured places at major conservatories and with national orchestras, choirs and music theatre companies, and a number go on to read Music at university.
Recent leavers have continued with their music studies at:
- Curtis Institute
- University of Oxford
- Royal College of Music
- Royal Academy of Music
- Royal Northern College of Music
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire
- Leeds College of Music
- BIMM Institute
- IGCSE Music
- BTEC Firsts Music
- A level Music
- BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music
At Millfield we believe that Philosophy is not something that should be simply studied; we encourage our pupils to debate and experience it. After all, Philosophy is about asking ‘why?’ and not simply accepting everything we hear and see. The course is rigorous and stimulating; it covers theory of knowledge, the human mind, ethics and an analysis of the concept of God. A Level Philosophy offer a stimulating blend of debate, enquiry, tutorial and analysis, which prepares pupils well for further education.
• A Level
Academic enrichment and trips:
Philosophical scholars and speakers visit Millfield to offer presentations and lead rigorous debates. In addition, several prestigious Philosophy essay competitions run throughout the year which pupils are encouraged to enter.
Physical Education has never been more relevant in our ever evolving world of fitness, sporting business and sports science. Our 13 talented staff and excellent facilities provide pupils with an energizing and stimulating environment in which to maximise their fitness and knowledge of the subject.
For pupils who dream of careers in sports, leisure and fitness the Sport BTEC is ideal. It is equivalent to two A levels and is offered in the Sixth Form.
- IGCSE Physical Education
- A level Physical Education
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport
With eight full-time teaching staff, two full-time technicians and a purpose built building, Physics is truly embraced at Millfield. Our approach maximises pupil enjoyment of the subject whilst simultaneously advancing knowledge.
We have utilised the latest technology and use Pasco PASPORT AirLinks with sensors to download experimental data direct to iPads and we have a wide variety of modern equipment in our prep room.
- GCSE Physics
- A level Physics
Walk into any of our classes on this course and you’ll hear plenty of debate. At Millfield we bring our pupils face-to-face with this ever-changing subject. We use the latest teaching tools and technologies to help pupils analyse subject matter and form their opinions and arguments.
Often taken in association with History, A level Politics is very much a subject in its own right and recognised by universities.
- A level Politics
Millfield’s Product Design Department is a state of the art facility, combining traditional techniques with modern manufacturing processes, which allows pupils to create unique and imaginative designs.
Millfield has developed its Product Design Department to ensure that it meets the needs of the future designer; with the latest in 3D Printing, large scale CNC routers, industry standard Computer Aided Design software, metal work (including fabrication heat treatment) and wood work areas, the pupils have access to a wide range of manufacture techniques. This, combined with purpose built design studios, gives pupils the chance to fully immerse themselves in the design experience.
The design foyer is a wonderful exhibition space, which allows pupils to present their final outcomes and inspire future generations to build on their successes.
• GCSE Product Design
• A level Product Design
• BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design
Psychology looks at the relationship between mind and behaviour using experiments to answer questions that have traditionally been in the domain of philosophy. It challenges personal biases, helping pupils explore their passage into adulthood.
Our approach makes the principles of scientific methodology relevant to pupils themselves. We firmly believe in a ‘hands-on’ approach – recreating key experiments whenever possible. Pupils study both theories and applications of psychology; learning about the history of psychology from early experimental psychology up to current social, cognitive and neuroscientific approaches. In their second year of A levels, pupils will also evaluate therapeutic approaches such as Freudian psychoanalysis and client-centred counselling.
• A level Psychology
Religious Studies hones analytical and debating skills and gives pupils the opportunity to explore opposing views in a respectful and non-confessional environment. Our six Religious Studies teachers are energetic and enterprising. Lessons allow pupils to investigate diverse areas such as comparative religion, contemporary issues, philosophy and ethics.
• GCSE Religious Studies
• A level Religious Studies
Academic enrichment and trips:
Speakers on Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion visit Millfield to offer presentations and insight, and to facilitate debate with groups of pupils. Several prestigious essay competitions run throughout the year which pupils have the opportunity to enter. Additionally, we offer visits to relevant places of worship for those who opt to take GCSE or A Level.