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Our A-level Options and FAQ

We are known for, and take pride in, the fact that we offer our students a broad and balanced curriculum which will enable them to flourish in the 21st century as adaptable, skilled and capable global citizens.  Whilst there is a core element to our curriculum, we also allow for significant choice and diversity of courses so that our students develop their own interests, guided by our expert and dedicated teaching staff.

For more information on our curriculum, please contact our Deputy Headteacher, Mr Jon Blackwall via email HERE

Our Curriculum Model

a-level subjects

Usually a student will choose 3 subjects from the list below.  In some cases, we will allow 4 subjects.

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • History
  • RS
  • Geography
  • Politics
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • English Literature
  • Music 
  • Theatre Studies

subjects offered in addition to a-levels

  • Core Maths
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)


Designed to create opportunities to enhance a range of skills in addition to A-level subjects, students can choose from:

  • Netball and Sport
  • Art for Mindfulness
  • Young Enterprise
  • Work Experience


What should I do if I don’t know what I want to study or what I want to do as a career?

We recommend that you talk to your Careers Advisor, who can give you excellent advice and guidance. You could also start doing your own research by looking at UCAS or taking a career aptitude test to help narrow down your choices.


I didn't study the subject at GCSE.  Can I still take it at A-level?

For some subjects you can still take the A level if you didn’t study it at GCSE provided you achieved certain grades on similar subject areas. See below for alternative entry requirements:

Subject Required GCSE Grade Alternative Entry Requirements
Business   6 in Maths and English
Drama 7 or experience in Drama
Economics   6 in Maths and English
History 7 7 in English if no previous History
Music   Grade 5 musician
Psychology   6 in English, Biology and Maths
Politics   7 in History or English
R.S 6 6 in English if no previous RS


How many subjects should I choose?

We advise choosing three subjects and then taking an EPQ or Core Maths and fully participating in our Enrichment programme.  Universities base their offers on three A-level grades.  AS well as studying A-levels, we want you to experience and learn other skills that will help enhance your university application.


What if I change my mind about my preferred courses before starting Sixth Form?

We ask that you email with any changes that you would like to make.  They will then be able to process your request and let you know whether your new choices fit the timetable.


What if I change my mind about studying a course after I have started Sixth Form?

If you are unsure about a course you are studying, we ask that you come to the Sixth Form office to discuss your worries or concerns as soon as possible.  Together, we can look at why you aren't enjoying the subject and decide whether or not it would be beneficial for you to change it.