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A level courses

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Our curriculum structure

Sixth form students work towards their A level examinations in lower sixth and upper sixth. A levels are an important qualification and play a major part in university admissions and job applications. Students should select three subjects to be studied at A level and consider the following points when deciding which courses to choose:

  • the quality of the results is what matters – students should consider where they’re really going to shine
  • follow an enjoyable and diverse course that reflects personal strengths and interests – students should aim to build on the potential they already have
  • subjects chosen should be relevant, to some degree, to potential university courses – students need to think ahead about where they’d like to be in two years’ time

Subjects are studied in much greater depth than in senior school and students have six periods a week for each subject, with each teaching period lasting 50 minutes.

Faculties and subjects

Art and sport

Humanities

Science and technology

Mathematics

English

Languages

Drama

Business

Biology

Mathematics

English language

French

Fine art

Classical civilisation*

Chemistry

Further mathematics

English literature

Spanish

Music

Criminology*

Computer science

 

 

 

Photography

Economics

Food science and nutrition*

   

 

Physical education

Geography

Media studies

     

Textile design

History

Physics

     

 

Politics

Product design

 

 

 

 

Psychology

 

     

 

Religion and philosophy

 

 

 

 

*new course for 2022 (subject to sufficient take up)

Further course details can be obtained from the A level subject booklet which can be downloaded below.

Independent study

In addition to homework, sixth form students are expected to allocate considerable time to independent study. This is additional time where students gain a deeper understanding of their course. This could involve completing past examination questions, making additional notes, extended reading and research, working from a revision guide or preparing for future lessons. Students have up to ten periods in school which they can allocate to independent study. Utilising this time wisely often contributes to achieving the higher grades at A level.