Academic Subjects

As part of their Programme of Study, most students take either three or four AS levels in Year 12, and continue to complete three full A-levels or equivalent qualifications in Year 13.  Students on the Applied Pathway take two A-levels over the course of Sixth Form, complemented by a work experience placement to develop key employability skills.  Students make their subject choices from five option blocks, which can be found in the Sixth Form Prospectus.

We offer an extensive list of AS and A-levels:

Applied Science
Art and Design
Art: Graphics
Art: Photography
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Drama & Theatre Studies
Design and Technology: Product Design
Design and Technology: Textiles
Economics
English Literature
Finance
Food Science and Nutrition
French
Further Maths
Geography
History
IFS Finance
Maths
Media Studies
Music (BTEC)
Philosophy and Ethics
Physical Education
Physics
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish

For further details of each subject, the exam board, how the subject is examined, and the content covered, please go to the Subjects page under ‘Curriculum’.

Additional Academic Opportunities

After their AS exams, a number of Year 12 students may opt to take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) on a research question of their choosing.  They are allocated a member of staff as a supervisor, devise their own question and complete independent research to produce an extended essay or piece in response.

As well as the Level 3 qualifications outlined above, students have the opportunity to resit their GCSE English Language and Maths, if they did not achieve a C grade or above at GCSE.

Work Experience

A small number of Year 13 students have a weekly work experience placement as part of their Programme of Study.  In the past, these placements have included work with a local accountancy firm, a local bank, a nursery school, and mechanics.  All students are encouraged to seek a short work experience placement during their holidays, to further develop key employability skills.