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Poetry & Rhetoric

In Poetry and Rhetoric, pupils initially study four AS levels, which they can reduce to three A2 levels. Or they can opt for our two year International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme.


Students receive extensive personalised support with careers advice and their university applications, whether to a British University or overseas.

Our experience in teaching the IB Diploma has allowed us to learn from some of its ambitious teaching and learning techniques. We have introduced a Learner Profile for all Higher Line students and IB-like assessment exercises to extend the most valuable features of the IB to our A Level students.

To ensure students can achieve the increased demands of Higher Line study, including more skilled note-taking from directed reading, conducting research and meeting assignment deadlines more independently, our minimum entry requirement is five B grades at GCSE or equivalent, higher for sciences, languages and mathematics.

If a student does not achieve these grades, we can tailor a more appropriate Higher Line curriculum by agreement.icon_pdf  International Baccalaureate

icon_pdf Stonyhurst College sixth form prospectus 2019/20

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