Sixth Form

Fettes College is unique in Scotland in that it is the only school which offers a choice between the International Baccalaureate and A Levels Into the Sixth 2015 [PDF - 727kB].

A renowned qualification

The IB is renowned throughout the world as a rigorous and challenging examination system that develops a broad range of skills. Students take six subjects for two years and have to study English, Mathematics, Science, a language (ancient or modern) and a social subject. Read the IB Mission Statement and Learner Profile [PDF - 32kB].

Independence of mind

In addition they have to follow a course in the Theory of Knowledge, undertake a programme of Creativity, Action and Service and write a 4000 word essay on a subject of their choice. The independence of mind that the IB promotes is excellent preparation for university.

The choice to specialise

The A Level pathway can provide breadth, but it allows for specialisation in a way that the IB does not. Students study four (or sometimes five) subjects in the Lower Sixth Form before narrowing down to three (or sometimes four) subjects in the Upper Sixth Form.

A first-rate Sixth Form education

With some forty different courses offered on two distinctive pathways, Fettes provides a superb opportunity to pursue all manner of interests. The quality of the grades that our students achieve at the end of the Upper Sixth Form strongly supports our reputation for being among the leading co-educational boarding schools in the UK. If we combine the results from both the IB and A Level, 81.2% of all grades achieved are A*-B (as provided by The Sunday Times’ Top 200 Independent Secondary Schools in Britain). You can be certain that the Sixth Form education at Fettes is first-rate.