What can I study?
We seek to offer a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 5. We try to cater to all abilities, all learner types and all aspirations. The majority of our students aspire to university study and this is reflected in our curriculum offer. However, not all students choose to follow the university route so we also seek to provide courses that prepare students directly for employment. We wish to listen to students- if a significant number of students are keen to study a particular appropriate course they should make this known to the Head of Sixth Form. If feasible we can seek to add the course to our existing offer.
‘A’ Level Courses (2 years)
GCSE in English Language, (1 year in the first instance)
GCSE in Mathematics (students who achieve D/E) (1 year in the first instance)
‘Stand alone’ Mathematics qualification (students who achieve F/G/U) (1 year in the first instance)
BTEC Level 3 Business, Sport, Finance, Performing Arts, Music
BTEC Level 2 Business, Sport, Music
AS Level Thinking Skills (to assist with applications to top universities, by invitation)
Art & Design
Drama & Theatre Studies
Philosophy & Ethics
Points to note
- Students who are likely to achieve very good or excellent results should be aware of the facilitating courses required for study at Russell Group universities.
- These are; English Literature, Maths, Further Maths, History, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, MFL.
- Any student likely to achieve very good or excellent results should pursue at least two facilitating subjects (to be continued to A2).
‘Generally speaking, students who take one soft subject as part of a wider portfolio of subjects do not experience any problems applying to a Russell Group university’
Russell Group ‘Informed Choices’ document
- Top students, however, would best be advised to pursue all facilitating subjects.
- Certain non-facilitating subjects will obviously be considered as part of an application for specific courses- Economics is obviously favoured for an Economics degree, Philosophy & Ethics will be favoured for a Theology or Philosophy degree, Sociology will be favoured for a Sociology degree etc.
Potential Oxbridge students should be aware that;
- The average student to apply for Oxford/Cambridge has at least 6/7 A* at GCSE (the rest generally being A’s). The average student to be given an offer by Oxford/Cambridge has at least 8 A* (in addition to at least A*AA at A Level).
Potential Medical students should be aware that;
- To study medicine students should study Chemistry & Biology. They would also be strongly advised to study Maths (though it is not always formally requested) + one more academic subject. The average successful applicant for medicine achieves at least AAB at A level and has mostly A* grades at GCSE.
Potential Law students should be aware that;
- There are no specific courses students must pursue for Law, though academic subjects are the best ones for top universities. Ideal subjects required for top Law universities are English Literature & History. Languages and Maths would also be quite handy but not essential. There do not tend to be many specific course requirements outside Russell Group universities (though institutions prefer to see evidence of essay-writing subjects). Students should be aware however that the overwhelming majority of Barristers will have studied at Russell Group Universities (mostly at Oxbridge). It is not a requirement to study A level Law and Russell Group universities tend to view A level Law as a ‘soft option’. For this reason we do not offer Law as an A level option.
Potential Architecture students should be aware that;
- Architecture degrees tend to require good A Level grades in Maths and Art. Sometimes Physics is considered in place of Maths. Product Design may be useful but not absolutely essential.
Potential Accountancy students should be aware that;
- There do not tend to be specific A Level requirements, though Mathematics would generally be useful.
Some popular courses do not generally specify prior study at A Level (but related courses may be useful);
- Anthropology, Archaeology, Business Studies, History of Art, Management Studies, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religious Education, Sociology, Surveying.
- Students should follow their strengths and select subjects that they are most successful at- do what you are good at- you will probably enjoy it more!
- Students who do not have a clear career path should opt for a broad and balanced programme of courses.
- Students should not seek to study all Maths/Science courses unless they are on track to achieve mostly A*/A. Instead, science students would be better advised to keep options open either by studying Biology & Chemistry + 2 other subjects, or Maths & Physics + 2 other subjects (Further Maths?).
- Students should not seek to opt for all ‘creative’ courses due to the heavy load of coursework.
- Students are advised against studying all ‘new’ courses (a mixture is best- better the devil you know).
- Languages are extremely well regarded by universities- particularly Russell Group universities.
For further information about subject admission criteria please follow the link below