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All Sixth Form pupils are able to enjoy and embrace the traditions and community-based environment provided by a British public school.

Malvern College offers both A levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) in the Sixth Form.

There is a near equal split between the number of Sixth Form pupils studying for A level and the IB ensuring a real choice within each course of study. Whichever educational course pupils choose to pursue in the Sixth Form they are given the opportunity, to take on responsibility and leadership roles and to choose the areas of school life to where they feel most able to contribute and from which they will benefit. 

"Pupils in the Sixth Form demonstrate sophisticated communication skills, contributing ideas in discussion and synthesising this information for greater insight." ISI Inspection Report 2017

Pupils are carefully supported by Housemasters and Housemistresses, subject teachers and, critically, the pupil's academic and pastoral tutor. Malvern pupils are able to choose their tutor from amongst the teaching staff early in the Sixth Form, giving them an ideal opportunity to be tutored by a member of staff with whom they get on well and who will often specialise in an area that a pupil wishes to pursue after leaving Malvern.

Download A Level & IB Information Booklet
Sixth Form Choices Presentation

A level or IB?

Given the choice available to pupils in the Lower School and to new pupils entering the school in the Sixth Form, Malvern provides a great deal of guidance in helping pupils to choose which course would be best for them. Individual tutors, the Head of Sixth Form, subject teachers and those members of staff responsible for university admissions are all able to provide advice as to what subjects would be most suitable for a particular pupil.

It is not possible to generalise about whether a pupil should study A levels or the IB. However, some general guidelines are set out below:

A levels enable early specialisation which may suit some pupils wishing to apply for university courses in, for example, engineering or medicine (it should be stressed that the IB provides an equally good, although broader, route into these two areas).

Although all major university systems recognise and support both A levels and the IB, those pupils wishing to study in the US will find that the breadth provided by the IB is particularly well suited to the US ‘liberal arts’ approach to university education.

The requirements of IB that a pupil must study Mathematics and an additional language other than their mother tongue may put some pupils off, but both Spanish and Italian are taught in the IB at Malvern assuming no prior knowledge at all (on an ab initio basis).

David Reid - Head of Sixth Form