A Level Courses (or equivalent – Applied General Extended Certificate) for 2018 Entry

Please use the links below to obtain details of our full range of A Level courses. All course details are updated annually for the following academic year prior to our Open Evenings held in October.

All of the courses detailed below are offered at AS (with most progressing to A Level in Year 2) - except where identified as a ‘Certificate’ in the course title – in which case the qualification is offered as an Applied General Certificate (AS Level equivalent), with Extended Certificate in Year 2 (A Level equivalent) and can form part of an overall package of AS/A Level qualifications.

To view additional information regarding each academic department please navigate to our Departments pages.

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Accounting

A qualification in Accounting will always be helpful – whether it’s used professionally or personally. This course helps students to understand the responsibilities of the accountant and the impacts of their recommendations on the business and the wider environment.

Art (Fine Art)

This is a great qualification for developing your practical art skills. It is an open and welcoming course where, after a short time spent learning new printing and painting techniques, you can explore your own ideas.

Art History

This is a fascinating subject that explores and tries to understand the history of art. It asks students to look at what artists have produced through the ages and what they have tried to tell us about their worlds and lives. You are encouraged to develop your writing skills and explore creative ways in which to present the outcomes of your research. 

Biology

Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is? Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers. Many Biology students will also take the opportunity to join the “Medics” programme and to pursue a related Extended Project qualification in a topic related to their intended career.

Business

This course aims to make you think critically about the world of business. The course covers ideas drawn from various disciplines, including Economics, Accounting, Law, Government and Politics, Sociology and Psychology.

Business (Applied)

The course aims to make you think critically about business, in terms of both good and bad aspects, and apply
your knowledge to real businesses through independent research and various activities. Applied Business at
this level encompasses many disciplines and covers different forms of business organisations and functional areas. 

Chemistry

This is a course which will challenge you and help you to understand the world around you.
For example: Have you ever wondered how many molecules there are in a glass of water? 
Do you wonder what makes a fabric dye a certain colour and how it is attached to a fibre?
You may have learnt that alkenes decolourise bromine water, but why and how does this happen?
Why it is that water is a very small molecule but has a high boiling point?

Classical Civilisation

This course will give an insight into the past and develops skills such as deductive reasoning, analysis and extended prose composition. The course contains elements of literature, art and history. 

Computer Science

Computer Science is the key to knowing how all the computers around you (phones, cars, the internet of things, as well as regular tablets, laptops and desktops) work and communicate with each other. Good Computer Science students are analytical and creative: they can work out how to make computers do exactly the things they need them to do. 

Criminology

Criminology is the study of the nature, causes and control of criminal behaviour in both the individual and society.
It is Interdisciplinary in that it draws on concepts from psychology, psychiatry, law, sociology and social anthropology. Criminologists tackle some of the most pressing issues and dilemmas we face in society.

Dance

“A Level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity” – AQA exam board. It consists of both practical work and academic study-both skill sets are needed for students to succeed. The course aims to build your skills as both a thinking dancer and choreographer, enhance your knowledge and understanding of professional dance.

Drama and Theatre Studies

This is a varied course and is designed to develop your knowledge and enjoyment of drama and theatre. It is an ideal subject for those who enjoy reading, performing and exploring ideas. It combines both practical and academic work skills. You will study a range of plays, comedies and tragedies, old and new, and explore them through performance and discussion. 

Economics

Most students choose Economics, at least in part, because they want to understand better how our society works and how businesses are run. We aim to develop your knowledge of the many different issues facing households, governments, managers and consumers and the theories, which underlie explanations of their decision making.

Electronics

Electronics is a practical subject with immediate relevance to many aspects of contemporary science and technology. This subject will help you to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of the behaviour of analogue and digital electrical/electronic circuits including a wide range of electronic components.

English Language

Students are able to approach English from a completely new direction by studying the English Language A Level course. They develop an awareness of how spoken language really works, how different social groups use language to create their identities and how words are used to represent people and their opinions. They can create their own opinion articles alongside their analyses of written, spoken and electronic language.

English Language and Literature

Discover a unique approach to English with Language and Literature. Combine your study of novels, poems and plays
with blogs, interviews, travel writing and screenplays. Write stories alongside essays. Read critically and think creatively
to broaden your study and explore a new way to think about English.

English Literature

Are you someone who enjoys lively discussion of the books you have read? English Literature is a course which will enable you to engage in depth with a range of powerful and inspirational texts. It involves looking at poetry, plays and novels to explore how writers create characters, tell stories and present themes.

Environmental Science

This subject is for those who have a real interest in contemporary environmental issues and have a good level of interest and skill in science. Environmental Science connects the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Physics, and Law by covering aspects of climate, ecology, quarrying, mining, energy conservation, land management and wildlife conservation.

Film Studies

Film Studies combines the study of contemporary American and European cinema with the history of film. It develops skills of analysis through the study of the formal elements of film (shots, editing, sound etc) and how they make meaning for the audience. Equally important are the wider social and political contexts of films and the course considers the way film has reflected the culture which produced them. The course covers a range of film movements including fiction and non-fiction, mainstream and experimental cinema.

Food Science & Nutrition

This is an exciting new course, which will help you to learn about food and nutrition, whilst developing your practical skills.

French

First and foremost, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called
the language of love. French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking,
which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations.

Further Mathematics

For students with a significant interest and strength in Mathematics, Further Mathematics is enjoyable, rewarding, challenging and empowering. A Level Mathematics must be also taken alongside this course i.e. students will be taking double mathematics for at least the first year and they must take two other A Level subjects alongside double mathematics in year one. There is the option of continuing Further Mathematics to A Level in the second year.

Geography

Are you interested in how the world works and the natural environment? Do you have an interest in the economy and global
affairs? Geography is a subject that is useful to any student as you get a range of skills from the subject including essay and report writing, analysing and solving problems, working with statistics, interpreting data and text and presenting data.

Geology

This is a course which allows students with an interest in the Earth to find out more about how the planet is formed by studying the rocks the Earth is composed of. Students who are fascinated by earthquakes, volcanoes and fossils will especially find this course appealing. Geology is a subject that can be helpful to any student and can usefully be studied in combination with Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Maths and Physics.

German

German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. More people speak German as their native language than any other language in Europe. Not only the residents of Germany speak German; it is also an official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design is a subject that is aimed at any student who wants to improve their visual communication using traditional techniques and/or modern technology. It is a stimulating and wide ranging subject that develops the ability to appreciate the commercial visual world and to respond to it in a personal and creative way

Health and Social Care

Health and Social care is concerned with the study and explanation of the care profession. The main aim of Health and Social Care is to try and understand how to provide care and support for those participating in the care sector. The course will allow you to explore different approaches to support and care for clients. It will do this by looking at areas such as: Human growth and development, and Meeting individual care needs. 

History (Early Modern)

This is a course which gives both an insight into the past and develops deductive reasoning, analytical and extended prose composition skills. The department offers three options for History, you might consider studying Medieval History or Revolutions and Dictators as an alternative to this option.

History (Medieval)

This is a course which gives both and insight into the past and develops deductive reasoning, analytical and extended prose composition skills. The department offers three options for History, you might consider studying Early Modern or Revolutions and Dictators History as an alternative to this option.

History (Modern)

This is a course which gives both an insight into the past and develops deductive reasoning, analytical and extended prose composition skills. The department offers three options for History, you might consider studying Medieval or Early Modern History as an alternative to this option.

ICT

Most industries in a modern society rely heavily on Information Technology. A student with an I.T. qualification will have access to employment in just about any industry and with such a diverse subject will also have access to a broad spectrum of career opportunities; security, data management, system design to name a few! I.T. is a fast moving industry which will provide graduates with the chance of keeping up to date with the very latest technology.

Italian

Italian is spoken by 60 million people in Italy and 62 million people throughout the world. Italy has the 7th largest economy in the world and is a major political force in Europe. Many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. Many Italian firms have offices in the UK, especially in the London metropolitan area.

Law

Law is a dynamic and exciting subject that has broad applicability to a range of careers and other study options. It allows you to understand the world around you from different perspectives and see how the law affects real life. Debates, mock trials and group discussions form an essential part of the course.

Law (Applied)

What is law? Law is a dynamic and diverse subject that affects everyone in their dayto-day life. In taking this  course, you will have the opportunity to learn and study many interesting areas of law. The course is suitable for those students who are thinking about employment opportunities, apprenticeships or going to university.

Mathematics

Mathematics is one of the most popular subjects studied at A Level and enables you to develop your  understanding of topics already seen at GCSE at the same time as introducing you to new areas. Mathematics A Level is highly relevant as preparation for a number of degree courses and employment areas. It also supports many other subjects at A Level including Physics, Biology and Chemistry. It is also useful for Geography, Psychology and Economics.

Media Studies

The media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and generate significant global profit. This course offers the opportunity to study a range of media texts and develop some production skills. Media Studies will provide you with the analytical skills to study a wide range of media texts.

Music

This is a course for anyone with an enthusiasm for practical music making and a willingness to improve their playing / vocal standards to a higher level. The course involves performance, composition and a listening examination. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a range of ensemble practical work, alongside free instrumental or vocal tuition.

Music Technology

Music Technology is a course that enables students to learn the art of recording, from setting up microphones to mixing and mastering music, using advanced software. This course also significantly benefits students studying music, diversifying their skills base, increasing employability in the music industry and providing additional pathways for the future.

Performing Arts

This is an exciting and versatile course which combines the three art forms of music, dance and drama. Performing Arts is a subject that can be helpful in progressing to either Performing Arts colleges or university and may be combined with A Levels or other BTEC courses.

Philisophy

Does anyone know anything? How can we tell what is right or wrong? Should you trust your senses? What is the mind? Does God exist? Do you have free will? Are there any moral facts? In Philosophy we study a range of answers to these questions, from Ancient Greece to the present day, and try to discover which, if any, are correct. The aim is to develop your own view on the most fundamental questions about our relationship to the world by studying the arguments of history’s most important philosophers.

Photography

This is a great qualification for developing your practical photography skills. It is an open and welcoming course where, after a short induction learning new techniques, you can explore your own ideas.We spend equal amounts of time on darkroom and digital areas of photography.

Physics

The dictionary definition of Physics is “the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them”, but what that really means is that Physics is about asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting. Some of these are really big questions that include: How did the universe begin? What are the building blocks of matter?

Politics

This is a very exciting time to study both British and International politics. There is considerable upheaval in British Politics after the Brexit referendum in 2016. Likewise, in international relations, there is a new US President, China is increasing its power, Russia is seeking to play more of a global role and there are significant global challenges like climate change. The course is entirely relevant in an ever-changing world.

Product Design

This creative and problem solving course gives students practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of career areas, particularly suiting those intending to study or work in Engineering, Product Design or Industrial design. The course comprises of three sections; Product Design, Product Manufacture and Product theory.

Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it dictates and influences behaviour, from communication and memory to thought and emotion. It’s about understanding what makes people tick and how this  understanding can help us address and solve many of the problems in society.

Religious Studies

Religious Studies is a vitally important subject as religion and the continuing legacy of religious thought play a central role in society. This course is open to everyone who is interested in the ‘big questions’ about the nature of the universe or the meaning of human life.

Science (Applied)

The Applied Science course will allow you to study how science is applied in many different types of professions
and industries. It covers theoretic and experimental aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics but the focus of  the course is scientific usage, concentrating on how scientists and others use science in their work. You will also learn how science contributes to our lifestyle and the environment in which we live.

Sociology

Sociology is the study of society and engages students in challenging their existing ideas about the world as they know it. The main aim of Sociology is to understand the relationship between individuals and their society over time with a focus on contemporary and global issues, drawing on current social trends.

Spanish

Spanish is a language with around 400 million native speakers, and official status in a staggering 21 countries, spanning South, Central and North America, as well as Africa and Europe. It is fascinating to explore the differences in how Spanish is spoken around the world. It is the second most spoken language worldwide.

Sport

This BTEC course provides an introduction to the sports sector through applied learning that supports  progression to higher education. It forms part of a programme of study that includes other vocational or general qualifications.

Sport & PE

This course contains a mixture of dynamic theoretical content and practical performance skills. It covers  contemporary topics in sport, equips students with skills and knowledge for entrance into higher education or into the world of work and enhances their knowledge and increases their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in our society.

Statistics

This is a very useful subject to add to an A Level programme of study. Statistics will build on the data handling skills you developed through GCSE Maths and will teach you more about how to collect, analyse and summarise data in order to arrive at conclusions about it. Many of the ideas you will meet in this course have applications in a wide variety of other fields.

Textiles

This is an excellent course for those who love being creative with textiles and fashion. You will be introduced to a range of techniques including: Printing and dyeing; stitch and embroidery and using fabrics to experiment with 3D modelling. As the course progresses there will be an opportunity to specialise so that you can develop an exciting body of work for your portfolio.