Sixth Form Curriculum

Sixth Form students are offered a choice of A-level subjects which reflect their ambitions and aptitude. Guidance on an appropriate programme of study will be given to each student by Senior and Careers staff, along with subject teachers.

Advice will be based on the ability, recent performance and career aspirations of individual students. The Sixth Form structure at Manchester High School for Girls is designed to accommodate student choice and is therefore very flexible, offering most combinations of subjects.

A-level Options

Subjects available to study at A-level typically include:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Computer Science
  • Economics 
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Latin
  • Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education and Sport
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies

Subject lessons are enhanced by opportunities to take part in external courses, university master classes, field trips and talks by visiting speakers.

For more information about each subject and course information, click below to access the Sixth Form Prospectus.

Sixth Form Prospectus | PDF


The majority of our students gain places on competitive university courses of their choice. Along with university courses, some students choose to go on to study Music, Drama or Art at a conservative, drama school or art college. We also support students who opt for apprenticeships or apprenticeship degrees and each year we have students who apply internationally, including to universities in the USA, Europe and beyond.

Career and high education support is offered to each student via the Careers Department and our team of skilled Higher Education advisors. A structured programme of support begins in the Junior Sixth and continues until their destinations are confirmed at the end of Senior Sixth. We also support students who choose to take a gap year and apply to university or employment once they have left MHSG.

Every other year, we host the Futures Fair, where a range of professions and higher/further education providers are represented. This event is open to students in Year 9 and above and is always very popular.

Advice on preparing CVs and application letters, as well as interview techniques, is offered in our Well Being lessons, and in the Autumn Term we offer university interview practice to students who would like to participate.

Current students also have the opportunity to engage with speakers and mentors or enrol on work experience placements with the help of our extensive alumnae network.

We are enormously grateful to our former pupils who are willing to provide careers support to current students and those that are starting out in the workplace.

We are committed to ensuring that Manchester High pupils are aware of the breadth of opportunities available to them and feel supported as they pursue excellence within their chosen fields.

Project Pankhurst

This scheme is designed to help Sixth Form students prepare for the world beyond School. It is a forward-looking initiative and not just about getting pupils on their university course of choice.

The scheme enables students to make a connection with a former pupil who will support them as they make decisions about their professional development in the broadest sense.

Insight Into Talks

Since the launch of our 'Insight Into' series of twilight talks, MHSG pupils and their parents have been able to listen to and be inspired by a range of alumnae, as they share their stories. Previous talks have focussed on a variety of career paths such as engineering, make-up artistry, law, finance and politics.

For examples of previous talk topics, please see the below timetable.