East London's 'Outstanding' University Sixth Form

Introduction to sixth form study


St Paul’s Way Trust School offers a distinctive sixth form experience for students from across east London.


Working closely with our university trust partners – Queen Mary University, King’s College, Warwick University and the University of East London – we offer high-quality, academic tuition across a range of A-level courses.

Our course offer is designed to include all of the Russell Group ‘facilitating subjects’. Choosing these will allow you to apply to the full range of subjects at degree level. We also offer courses that draw upon our arts specialism.

We are the only Faraday Science School in London and we can offer particular support for science students. Our latest innovation is the completion of our Authentic Biology Centre which will allow A-level students the opportunity to work directly with undergraduates and professors from Queen Mary University in areas of biological research.

As a small sixth form we are able to guide and nurture every student individually and through our university trust partners we are able to provide bespoke academic support to meet specific needs.


Course Offer

We offer a range of A level courses which are organised in a grid. Students pick one subject from each block following a curriculum of four AS levels in year 12 before choosing three to continue to A2 in year 13.


The grid is designed to allow several possible pathways, for example:

  • Maths/Engineering - Maths / Economics / Further Maths / Physics
  • Science/Medicine - Maths / Chemistry / Biology / Physics
  • English/Humanities - English Literature / History / RE / Classics  -  Government & Politics / Economics / Geography / French
  • Finance - Economics / Maths / Business / ICT
  • Languages - English Literature / Spanish / History / French
  • Arts - English Literature / Spanish / Drama / Music  -  Photography / Art / Business / ICT

However, students are free to choose any combination of subjects that fits within the grid structure.

Each course has five hours of classes per week and groups will have 16-18 students in year 12 falling to 12-15 students in year 13.

Students who have gained mainly A* and A grades at GCSE have the option of picking up an additional AS in Critical Thinking and we also offer the opportunity to study for the Extended Project Qualification.

Entry requirements 

All students following our A-level programme need to have at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C including Maths and English. This must include a minimum grade B in English Language. In addition, most courses have specific GCSE entry requirements which are stated in the course description for each subject.