Experience the amazing world of practical Science where workplace related and technical techniques are introduced. How can bacteria from 40,000 years ago be found in Antarctic ice? How is it that our bodies contain millions of bacteria? You will be trained in the use of a variety of scientific instruments and techniques including DNA profiling and analysis of water samples.
The processes used by field archaeologists to record data and the interpretation of the material will allow you to develop your own ideas of ancient Egyptian burial customs and one of the more well known ancient religions.
You will explore how and why art is considered a form of communication. Painting and drawing are central to this as well as seeing your work in a historical context. You will acquire new skills, broaden your knowledge, and gain the confidence you need to achieve your full potential in this rich and exciting subject area.
Art History looks at the thematic changes and developments in art and architecture, exploring historical, social and cultural contexts. Learn to unpick meaning by understanding how art and architecture utilises form and style to convey meaning symbolically. Studying Art History develops your understanding of a wide range of historical periods and cultures and develops strong analytical skills that will stay with you for life.
Studying Biology will teach you to ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence and solve problems. Biologists learn how living things work, how they interact with one another and how they evolve. You will be encouraged to develop an enthusiasm for Biology and develop practical skills alongside an understanding of concepts and principles.
The course integrates ideas drawn from various disciplines, including Economics, Accounting, Law, Government, Sociology and Psychology. It includes the teaching and learning of transferable skills such as calculations, interpreting and analysing data, applying knowledge to unfamiliar situations, developing arguments and making judgments and decisions.
Chemistry is a universal and dynamically-changing subject that focuses on the structure and properties of all substances. Chemistry is the interface between many other science subjects describing the building blocks of life and the growth in computer power. Chemistry drives innovation and creates jobs and economic growth by creating products that bring major societal benefits.
Mandatory units focus on the essential communication skills, which will help you create effective applications and an understanding of computer systems in a modern environment. Optional units develop understandings of the logic processes required to complete analysis and implementation of solutions based on real-world scenarios. You will learn to manipulate data effectively and complete end-to-end applications.
You will gain an introduction to concepts, principles and techniques that underpin Critical Thinking. Topics you will study include credibility of evidence – how evidence is evaluated and why, assessing and developing argument, resolution of dilemmas, critical reasoning – challenging assumptions, finding problems with arguments and drawing conclusions.
Drama and Theatre Studies will give you the opportunity to investigate evolving theatrical styles and contexts and, in addition to core course requirements of performance and academic analysis, gives you the opportunity to refine and develop your own skill set as designer, director or actor. Drama and Theatre Studies is an established and well-respected A Level, recognised by leading universities.
An understanding of economics is excellent preparation for careers in business, government and law. Why do people live in poverty, why do governments get elected and why does the government take money from you in tax? If you want to know the answers to these questions, then studying economics is for you.
This world is increasingly dominated by electronics and controlled by electronic devices. This course will give you an understanding of the fundamentals of the subject and is an ideal start for anyone considering a career in electronics, communications, computer engineering or any of the myriad of related careers.
Explore how new techniques and scientific advances are used to improve the way that products work and how to create new products and services. You will understand engineering principles and their applications and gain skills and knowledge of the industry and the many routes available into careers and education.
Discover how and why it is used differently by different speakers, and by the same speaker in different situations, and how it has changed over time. You will also improve your communication skills and gain the skills to analyse and evaluate written and spoken English.
You will be encouraged to read widely and share your enthusiasm for what you have read with others. The good thing about studying English Literature is that it provides an excellent basis for progression to so many different types of career – it’s entirely up to you where you take it.
The environment is at the forefront of social, political and scientific minds and Environmental Studies offers a comprehensive insight into environmental issues, natural processes and the effects of human activity on the planet. Issues such as wildlife conservation, global climate change, and sustainable energy are covered in detail along with practical skills.
Film Studies will enrich your existing appreciation and enjoyment of film. It is a well-established academic subject which will deepen your understanding of how films communicate meaning and entertain us, of their socio-political context and function and of the industry that produces them.
In an ever changing world the ability to communicate in another language is becoming increasingly sought after. French is spoken in over 50 countries worldwide and is one of the official languages of the UN.
Mathematics is an involving and fascinating subject and a vital tool supporting the study of other subjects. Learning Mathematics means learning how to use it to solve problems. Mathematics can be used to describe and predict a diverse range of things for example, the way the economy works, the motion of planets, the speed of a chemical reaction, the behaviour of large group of people and the way decisions about managing a business can be supported are all better understood using maths.
In geography you will study the interaction between the human and physical world, covering many of the issues that are in the news every day, such as conflict and natural hazards. You will develop a wide range of skills and have the opportunity to carry out your own research in the field.
The world is complex and dynamic, with the landscapes, rocks and ecosystems around us interacting with one another in an ever changing environment. A Level Geology will give you the opportunity to explore these concepts, studying how the Earth came into existence, discover the processes behind volcanoes, earthquakes, and climate change while allowing you to gain firsthand experience of practical geology.
Politics is the way a society or a group manages conflict and disagreement. Government is the organisation through which a sovereign state formulates and administers public policy, and exercises control over society. Through the study of government and politics you will become familiar with how political power is gained and used, and learn how governments and political systems work in both the British and international contexts.
There can be few people living in the developed world whose life has not been touched or influenced by information and graphic design. Understanding how audiences react to visual material and how they can be influenced by cultural or fashion trends is key to the problem solving process.
Mathematics is the study of structure and provides the bedrock for getting to the heart of numbers, shapes, movement, data and relationships. Mathematics is, arguably, the single most useful and adaptable qualification to have, not to mention one of the most (if not the most) respected!
Media Studies looks at institutions such as, broadcasting, advertising and the music and gaming industries. This vast industry reflects and has the power to change society. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of media products and how they are produced and consumed. Theoretical understanding, the ability to critically analyze and practical and technical skills are developed.
The past is all around us in our lives. History is a fascinating and worthwhile subject to study for its own sake. It is also important because it is only when we have some appreciation of what happened in the past – when we look at the causes and effects of historical change, and the part played by individuals, groups or great economic and social forces – that we can understand the present.
Philosophy means ‘Love of Wisdom’. This is an exciting subject that deals with the really big questions in life such as ‘What is Justice?’ and ‘Can killing ever be justified?’ It is not all about finding the answers but learning how to analyse and approach them.
Study includes cultural, historical and contemporary practice and its use as a means of visual expression and communication. On the practical side you will learn how to choose and treat subjects for photographs, as well as how to take, develop, print and manipulate images.
Are you passionate about sport? Would you like to follow a course that is both interesting and challenging? A Level Physical Education is for anyone who enjoys both practical performance and developing their knowledge of theoretical concepts in sport.
Physicists use ingenious methods to unlock the amazing secrets of our universe, to test their ideas and finally come to conclusions that, sometimes, defy belief. Physics gives us the fundamental knowledge from which all scientific research and study is based. It is an exciting and wide ranging subject which has an impact in almost every aspect of society and will give you skills and knowledge useful in many industries and further studies.
Psychology uses scientific methods to explain the causes of certain behaviours and also provides ways of treating them. Anything that people do, think or feel can be studied by psychologists and students find the challenging process of answering some of the big questions surrounding human behaviour exciting.
Sociology is the study of culture, society and behaviour. Sociologists are interested in the way society works and the extent to which our behaviour and opportunities can be shaped by our social class, age gender and race.