A-Level Choices

We have a large variety of subjects to choose from. Underneath you will find a comprehensive list of all the subjects and courses we offer at A-level along with their admission requirements. To find specific information about each A-level please consult the Sixth form prospectus.
"The curriculum is well suited to students’ starting points. It offers an extensive range of A-level courses, focused on subjects that facilitate further academic study." (Ofsted, 2019)

 

 SIXTH-FORM-PROSPECTUS-CURRICULUM.pdf
  • Art and Design

To study this course, you should have at least a Grade 5 in GCSE Art or its equivalent, such as a Distinction for Art GNVQ. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

  • Biology

To study this course, you are expected to achieve a Grade 7 or higher in GCSE/IGCSE Biology, or a Grade 7 in Double Science with a Grade 7 in the Biology components. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

  •  Business studies

There is no requirement to have taken Business Studies at GCSE. If you have studied GCSE Business Studies, then at least a Grade 5 is required. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English

  • Chemistry

To study this course, you are expected to achieve a Grade 7 or higher in GCSE/IGCSE Chemistry, or Grade 7 in Double Science with a Grade 7 in the Chemistry components. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

  •  Classical Civilisation

 To study this course, it is not necessary to have studied Classical Civilisation at GCSE Level. If you have studied Classical Civilisation at GCSE, you should have at least a Grade 6. If not, at least a Grade 5 at GCSE in a Humanities subject is acceptable. Also, at least a Grade 5 in English and Maths.

  •  Computer Science

A Grade 5 or above in GCSE Computer Science. If you did not take GCSE Computer Science, you should be able to programme in a high-level language (such as VB.net, Python, Pascal) up to GCSE standard. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

  • Design Technology

You do not need to have studied GCSE Design and Technology but should have demonstrated some practical aptitude at Key Stages 3 and 4 in design and manipulative skills. Evidence of interest at a ‘hobby’ level is useful. The course stresses practical coursework. If you have studied GCSE Design and Technology then at least a 6 grade is required. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

  • Economics

To study this course, you should have at least a Grade 6 in GCSE English and Mathematics.

  •  English Literature

To study this course, you should have at least a Grade 6 in both English Language and English Literature at GCSE. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.

  •  Film Studies

To study this course for A Level, you should have at least a minimum of a Grade 5 in English and Maths and at least a Grade 5 in another Humanities subject.

  •  Geography

To study this course, you should have a Grade 6 in Geography at GCSE. If you have not studied GCSE Geography, you should have at least a Grade 6 in a related Humanities subject. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

  •  Government and Politics

 To study this course, a specific set of subjects at GCSE is not required, although a Grade 6 in GCSE English Language is desirable. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.

  •  History

To study this course, you should have at least a Grade 6 at GCSE. If you have not studied GCSE History, you should have at least a Grade 6 in a related Humanities subject. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

  •  Latin

To study this course for A Level Latin, you should have at least a Grade 6 in Latin GCSE. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

  •  Mathematics

To study this course, you will need at least a Grade 7 in Mathematics GCSE and a flair for algebra at GCSE Level. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE English.

  •  Further Mathematics

To study this course, you should have either a Grade 8 or 9 in Mathematics at GCSE, and, preferably, some experience of the subject beyond this level. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE English

  •  Media Studies

To study this course for A Level, you should have at least a 6 grade in Media Studies GCSE if taken. Also, at least a Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

  •  Modern Languages

To study this course, you should have at least a Grade 6 at GCSE in the language you wish to study. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English

  •  Music

You do not need to have studied Music at GCSE Level in order to study the A Level course. If you have taken GCSE Music then at least a Grade 6 is required. However, you will need to play an instrument to Grade 6 standard or above. Listening and appraisal within the A Level builds upon that required for the GCSE, so a sound theoretical knowledge of at least Grade 5 is necessary to fully access the A Level course. The course involves a substantial amount of written work, including essay based questions within the written exam, so you will need to write confidently to a high standard. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

  •  Music Technology

You do not need to have studied Music at GCSE Level in order to study the A Level course. It is highly recommended that you have a competent level of music theory understanding, are able to read notation and that you have a strong aptitude for Music. We would also require a minimum of Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

  •  Philosophy

A Grade 5 at GCSE in a Humanities subject. This is a demanding course in terms of literary content and Grade 6s are desirable. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

  •  Physical Education

To study this course, you should have a Grade 6 in Physical Education at GCSE. Also, at least a Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English and at least a Grade 6 in one of the Sciences. Students must also be engaged in sport at a competitive level. Students must also be engaged in sport at a competitive level.

  •  Physics

To study this course, you are expected to achieve a Grade 7 or higher in GCSE Physics, or a Grade 7 in Double Science with a Grade 7 in the Physics components. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

  •  Sociology

There are no specific subject pre-requisites for the A-Level course, although students of GCSE History, Geography and Classical Civilisation will find an overlap in some of the themes and ideas. A Grade 5 English Language is the only minimum requirement due to the essay based nature of the assessment criteria (Grade 6 is desirable). Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.