The Sixth Form is a two-year A level course with students usually studying no more than four subjects in Year 12 (AS level) before continuing with 3 or 4 subjects in Year 13 to full A level. The Harrow Shanghai Sixth Form opened in August 2017.
Pupils in the Sixth Form are expected to accept a greater level of responsibility for their own study as they prepare for the world of university and beyond. Global Perspectives and Research forms a compulsory part of Year 12 study, with the option of continuing this as an additional A level in Year 13 where the main element of assessment is an undergraduate level research project and essay.
Classes in the Sixth Form operate more on the university tutorial system, whereby pupils are expected to spend time preparing for lessons and to participate in the delivery of lessons. Pupils are expected to challenge the assumptions of teachers more critically and more actively conduct their own research. The Housemaster remains a central figure in the pastoral life of every pupil but is joined by the Head of Sixth Form, who takes on greater responsibility for their academic development and will advise and assist pupils in their preparations for higher education in the UK, North America or elsewhere in the world.
The life of the Sixth Former is a busy one. Sixth Formers will take on significant leadership responsibilities in the school which can range from formal leadership posts such as prefects and House captains to more informal roles in teams and social activities where they are expected to be strong role models for other pupils. In these ways, they prepare for life beyond school.
Subjects available to study for Years 12 and 13 include:
The Sixth Form Centre is a dedicated space with facilities for relaxation and study. Pupils at the school will enter prestigious universities in countries such as the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada and Australia, as already occurs in the other Harrow International Schools.