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The Curriculum

All pupils follow the internationally-recognised GCSE and A Level curricula. 



In 2018, 46% of all grades achieved were 9-7 (A*-A).

SUBJECTS OFFERED: Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, Graphic Communication, Classical Greek, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Studies, Spanish.

For pupils with English as a Second Language we also offer the option of the Edexcel ISCSE ESOL (English as a Second Language). This is a two-year course focusing on the acquisition of grammar and vocabulary to IGCSE level, and the development of the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

The Oratory GCSE Options


A Level

In 2018, 40% of all grades achieved were A*-A.

Our value added results at A Level place the school in the top 3% of schools nationally, with the majority of our pupils gaining entry to their first choice university, including a good array of UK Russell Group universities, recognised as the UK’s leading institutions. 

SUBJECTS OFFERED: 3D Design, Art & Photography, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Classical Greek, Drama & Theatre, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Philosophy & Theology, Physical Education, Physics, Spanish.

Overseas students entering The Oratory at Sixth Form are provided with booklets for their chosen A Level subjects in their Admission Packs, containing information about the subjects, and also reading and vocabulary that will help them familiarise themselves with their subjects and get them ready for starting their courses

The Oratory A Level Options


EAL - English as an Additional Language for University Entrance

We have a strong EAL Department to help support our international pupils who do not have English as their first language. They give pupils intensive English language support and help them adjust to life in England. The EAL department offers timetabled lessons from Third Form to Upper Sixth and follows an accredited examination pathway. 

The Third Form follow PET (Preliminary English) and the Fourth Form FCE (First Certificate English). Although public examinations in these qualifications are not mandatory, we can arrange examinations at parental request. The Fifth Form prepare for IGCSE Second Language English, and the Sixth Form for IELTS (the International English Language Testing System), favoured by UK and international universities.