Subject Information

Please find details for each subject below.  To see the 2023 Option Blocks, please see the document at the end of the page



Exam Board:  AQA

Entry Requirements: 5+ in Art; 5+ in English Language or Literature.

Course description:

Art at A-Level is an exciting and challenging way to develop an understanding of the visual world.  Students will be encouraged to make personal and creative responses to set themes and will have the opportunity to use a wide variety of materials.  They will develop the skills to interpret and convey feelings and ideas in a visual way, and learn to understand the way other artists, designers and craftspeople work.  In addition they will develop an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art and design practice.

In Year one students begin the course with a series of workshops looking at new ways of critical thinking, different techniques and a wide range of contemporary conceptual artists. Following this students begin Component 1:

  • In Component 1, students produce an extended collection of work that exemplifies aspects of their developing knowledge, skills and understanding. They will provide evidence of research, the development of ideas, making skills and critical/contextual understanding. They will demonstrate the ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation. 

In Year two there is a continuation of component 1 and the introduction of component 2:

  • In Component 1, worth 60% of total marks, students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artist(s), designer(s), photographers or craftspeople and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which support the practical work.
  • In Component 2, worth 40% of total marks, students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Why you should consider this course:

The visual arts play a huge part in the UK’s creative and cultural industries which employ more than 678,000 people in 74,000 businesses, including museums, galleries, studios, art centres, public art agencies, educational bodies and art fairs.

Studying Art and Design can help in accessing the following courses at university or college; Fine Art, Animation, Illustration, Photography,  Graphic Design,  Fashion illustration, Architecture, Arts and Media and Interior design.

Contact Name: Miss J Nouri 


Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: 6+ in double award Science GCSE trilogy or Biology. 5+ in Maths acheived via Higher Tier Paper only, 5+ in English Language or Literature.  Average Point Score of 5.5+   

The main aims of this course are to:


  • Teach biology with a new and innovative approach to deliver the biological content, putting greater emphasis on the practical and application side of biology.
  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of biological concepts together with an appreciation of their significance, and the skills needed for their use in new and changing situations.
  • Provide opportunities for an appreciation of the social, moral and ethical complexities of many current biological issues as well as enabling students to evaluate and use arguments about the place of biology in society.
  • Sustain and develop an interest in the study of living organisms and a respect for them.
  • Be a suitable preparation for biological studies in higher and other educational establishments.


Year 12 topics:

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchanges substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms


Year 13 topics:

  1. Energy transfers in and between organisms
  2. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  3. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  4. The control of gene expression

Assessment for the A level qualification takes place at the end of Year 13 and comprises the following:

  • Paper 1 – any content from topics 1- 4 (35%)
  • Paper 2 – any content from topics 5 – 8 (35%)
  • Paper 3 – any content from topics 1 – 8, including an extended essay question (30%)
  • Practical Competency. Skills assessed through practical Investigations in class - No Exam, 0% of total A-Level but required in order to be eligible for Pass Grade.

Contact Name:  Ms S Jaghoori

Business Studies BTEC

Course: BTEC National Level 3 (Diploma) in Business Studies

Exam board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: 5+ Business GCSE

Course description:

You will study FOUR units each year EIGHT in total. This course is equivalent to TWO A Levels  Two pieces will be externally assessed and set by the examining body, One unit takes the form a formal external 1.5 hour Exam and 5 pieces of coursework  will be assessed internally.

The course is ideally suited to those students whose strengths lie in coursework rather than in formal examinations although there are two examined units.


Examples of units covered in Y12 & Y13

Exploring Business                           Examining a range of businesses, their ownership and organisation

Business Resources                          Focusing on how human and physical resources are managed

Developing a Marketing                    Exploring marketing in organisations


Personal and Business Finance        Analysing different types of business information

Managing an Event                          Creating a campaign for a chosen organisation

International Business                     Investigating business internationally

Principles of management Explore theories and concepts behind business.

The course lasts two years and is demanding in terms of coursework required.  The course is equivalent to two A-Levels. A distinction in this BTEC is equivalent to an A grade at A-Level.

Subject suitability for degree course or future career:

BTEC Business is a course that when chosen with a good combination of subjects, could open many doors.  Most employers and universities want to be assured that potential candidates are able to contextualise information and apply knowledge and theory. 

The vocational aspect of the course lends itself to practical application where each unit is contextualised into current business scenarios; allowing students to develop their  ‘real ‘ knowledge of business.

Students go on to good universities having completing the course whereas others may use their grades to opt for an apprenticeship scheme.

Contact Name: Ms R Gill,


Exam Board: OCR – Chemistry A

Entry Requirements:   6+ in double award GCSE Science trilogy or Chemistry. 5+ in Maths acheived via Higher Tier Paper only, 5+ in English Language or Literature. Average Point Score of 5.5+

Course description:

Chemistry is the study of the interaction and interrelationship of the physical world on a molecular level. You will study how atoms exist and react which leads to the intricate balance of matter in the universe. It combines a theoretical understanding of chemical principles with an in depth study of the applications of chemistry in the modern world. You will also develop a high degree of competency in laboratory work, and will have the opportunity to sharpen your minds and develop the skills needed to interpret and critically evaluate data.

Classes are taught between two teachers in specialist laboratories using a wide variety of resources. Lessons combine theory with laboratory work, including an opportunity to enhance your skills of group work, team building and development. It is integral that you are committed to private study.

Assessment Components:

*Component 1= Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry

100 marks – Examined on Modules 1,2,3 and 5. – 2hrs 15mins Exam

37% of Total A-Level.

*Component 2 = Synthesis and Analytical Techniques

100 marks – Examined on Modules 1,2,4 and 6. – 2hrs 15mins Exam

37% of Total A-Level.

*Component 3 = Unified Chemistry

70 marks – Examined on All Modules 1-6. – 1hrs 30mins Exam

26% of Total A-Level.

*Component 4 = Externally Assessed Practical Competency

Skills Assessed throughout Practical Investigations in Class – No Exam

0% of total A-Level but required in order to be eligible for Pass Grade.

Why you should consider this course:

Chemistry A-Level is a requirement if you want to be a doctor, dentist, pharmacist or veterinary doctor, but it is a very useful A-Level to have if you want to pursue any other career in Science and Technology. It is also very important if you want to follow other career paths, as Chemistry will demonstrate that you have a high aptitude to problem solving, analysing data and the ability to critically evaluate conclusions, trends and patterns.

We have close links with industry, particularly GlaxoSmithKline and LGS (Laboratories of Government Scientists), and encourage students to attend seminars at UCL, Imperial, Kingston and University of Reading.

Contact Name: Ms K Khan,

Computer Science

Exam board: OCR

Entry Requirements:  6+ GCSE Computer Science and / or 6+ GCSE Mathematics.  Average Point Score of 5.5+

Course Description:

“At its heart lies the notion of computational thinking: a mode of thought that goes well beyond software and hardware, and that provides a framework within which to reason about systems and problems.” (CAS-Computer Science a Curriculum for Schools).


  • The content of the A Level in Computer Science is divided into three components:
  • Computer systems component (01) contains the majority of the content of the specification and is assessed in a written paper recalling knowledge and understanding.
  • Algorithms and programming component (02) relates principally to problem solving skills needed by learners to apply the knowledge and understanding encountered in Component 01.
  • Programming project component (03 or 04) is a practical portfolio based assessment with a task that is chosen by the teacher or learner and is produced in an appropriate programming language of the learner’s or teacher’s choice.

Why you should consider this course:

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism.


Computer Science touches on every aspect of modern life. From the communication devices we use, though entertainment, engineering, and the environment to medicine and beyond.

There are numerous career paths open to Computer Science Graduates. Follow the link below for a list of some of the direct and indirect career opportunities available.

Contact name:  Mr P Crossman


Exam Board: Edexcel (Economics A)

Entry Requirements: 5+ in English Language or Literature, 5+ in Maths.  Average point score of 5.5+

Course description:

In the first year of study, this specification will enable candidates to develop an understanding of, and an insight into, micro and macroeconomics.  There are two units:

  • Theme 1: Markets and market failure.  In this unit you will explore the economic problem and the allocation and production of resources.  It examines the issue of market failure and assesses government intervention in the market.  
  • Theme 2: The National Economy.  This unit teaches how the macro economy works including AD/AS analysis, the circular flow of income, and related concepts.  You will review economic performance and macroeconomic policy


In the second year of study, candidates develop the micro and macroeconomics already learnt in the first year, considering economic concepts and theories in greater depth and recognising the values and limitations of economic models. There are two units:


·Theme 3: Business Economics and the Distribution of Income.  You will study a range of market structures, both competitive and concentrated and their effect on consumers and society.  The unit also explores objectives, costs and revenues experienced by the firm, labour markets and the role of government intervention in the market.

·Theme 4: The National and International Economy. In this unit you will analyse macro-economic indicators, whilst exploring how the national economy is managed. You will also explore the International Economy.


At the end of the second year, all students will sit three examinations: the first two covering all four themes, and then there is a synoptic paper.  All exams involve the study of data and extended writing.  There is no coursework.

Why you should consider this course:

Economics A-Level is designed to encourage you to develop an understanding of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life.  After studying economics, you will be able to apply economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts and appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world phenomena.  You will then be able to analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it.

As a student of economics you will gain a highly marketable set of skills which will enable you to undertake further study across a range of disciplines.   These include the ability to:

  • think analytically, critically and strategically,
  • reduce complicated problems to their important components, and formulate solutions to these problems,
  • apply up-to-date theoretical ideas as a framework for understanding the world around you,
  • develop your numeracy skills,
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.


Universities and employers regard economics as a 'numerate' discipline. It has the reputation of being a demanding subject, and therefore as a qualification it is a valuable asset. Successful candidates will be able to apply for a variety of university courses and careers in the business and economics field.


Contact Name: Miss R Jackson

English Literature

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: 5+ and a 6+ from English Language and English Literature, Average Point Score of 5.5+

Course description:

Drama: students study one modern dramatic tragedy (A Streetcar Named Desire), as well as a Shakespearean tragedy (Othello) alongside critical essays from an anthology related to their selected Shakespeare play.   

Poetry: students study a selection of contemporary poetry from a post-2000 anthology Poems of A Decade, and a range of pre-21st century poetry from a range of poets in the anthology Victorian Verse.

Prose: students study two novels on the chosen theme of the ‘Supernatural’, covering The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Beloved by Toni Morrison.

Coursework assessment: study of The Bloody Chamber and Other Tales by Angela Carter plus another text of students’ choice linked by theme, producing a 2500-3000 word comparative essay.

Students will be assessed on varying texts in exam conditions throughout the two year course. At the end of Year 13 students will be assessed in public linear exams on: a 2h15m drama exam (30% of A-Level grade), a 2h15m exam on poetry (30% of A-Level grade) and a 1h 15 minutes prose exam (20% of A-Level grade).  The coursework represents 20% of the final A-Level grade.


Why you should consider this course:

English Literature is a widely recognised as an academic subject and complements other areas of study at A level. The analytical writing and research skills you acquire through this course are valued by employers; English Literature is a “facilitating” A level when applying to top universities and is useful for careers such as journalism, teaching, public relations, advertising and research. Studying Literature gives you the opportunity to read into different cultures and perspectives, appreciating how literature is reflective of key historical, social, psychological and cultural touchstones.

Contact Name: Mr Richard Iglikowski-Broad:




Extended Project Qualification ( AS Level)

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: 6.5+ average GCSE score; 5+ in English Language or English Literature

Course description:

The Extended Project allows learners to study a topic area which extends their learning in their preferred area of study. Learners will select their own project topic which expands their knowledge and understanding of an aspect of their studies, or one that is relevant to their own personal interests - in other words, students are in control of your own learning!. Learners will be assessed on their ability to plan, manage, complete and review their project.

The project is developed over a period of approximately 18 months – during this time students will receive timetabled classes that help to develop skills of enquiry, academic research and production, in addition to 1:1 support from the class teacher. 

Some examples of EPQ project titles – the choice is 100% the choice of the student:

  • What is psychopathy in psychological and scientific terms? What causes someone to become a psychopath?
  • ‘The Death Penalty as is practiced in some American States is an infringement of Human Rights'. Discuss.
  • Has the UK government and World Health Organisation dealt with the recent Ebola Outbreak efficiently and does it still remain a threat?
  • Explore the extent to which Luhrmann's 2013 adaptation promotes the values of the American Dream.
  • How is architecture affected by the need to make buildings earthquake‐resistant?
  • Is face blindness a genetic disorder?
  • What effect does exercise have on child development?
  • Is the widening income distribution gap as bad to society as it appears?
  • What plausible explanations are there regarding the bee decline and how could this problem be resolved? 


Why you should consider this course:

The Extended Project Qualification is a great way of developing the research skills that are sought after by prospective universities.  It is a challenging course that aims to stretch students to push beyond the bounds of ‘taught’ subjects, and to instead rely on your enquiry skills. 

This is above all else though an independent endeavour – students will need to be resilient and creative in their approach to their studies – hence the high esteem in which the most competitive universities hold the EPQ.  Many universities will lower the A-Level grades for a student who has successfully completed the EPQ, and many students find that having an EPQ to discuss in university interviews has been an invaluable method of proving their interest, expertise and skills in their subject.


Contact Name: Ms N Hunt




Film Studies

Exam board: Eduqas

Entry Requirements:  5+ in English Language or Literature. It is not essential to have studied GCSE Film or Media.

Course Description:In the first year of study the course consists of three elements – film-making coursework, and then two theory units on US film and global film.

In the second year of study students will go into more depth on their film-making coursework, and will continue their theoretical study of film by examining British Film and Varieties of Film.

At the end of the second year of study you will sit two exams that cover content from both theory units from across the two years of study – each exam represents 35% of your A Level grade, while the coursework from across both years represents 30% of your final A Level grade.


Why you should consider this course:

Cambridge University have endorsed the importance of film and media by beginning a brand new BA in Film. The film and media worlds have an enormous impact on our lives. Television, newspapers, gaming, social networking, films, magazines are all vital aspects of the way we communicate in society today. Understanding how we use, and are used by the film and media, is of fundamental importance in the 21st Century.

After the finance sector, the film, media and creative industries are the largest and fastest growing in London. The main growth areas within Hounslow Borough are; IT and digital Media; Media and Broadcasting. According to a recent survey amongst employers Hounslow has a skills shortage or skills gaps in the following areas: IT and digital Media; Media and Broadcasting; and the Creative industries. So there are many opportunities for later employment in Film and Media. Employment in the film and media worlds is richly rewarding, offering variety, constant change, creativity and challenge.

Year 12 and 13 film students have access to state of the art media facilities to do film and edit as part of their coursework. These include over 40 Apple iMac computers running the latest professional standard software, such as Final Cut Pro, which is widely used in Hollywood, and Photoshop, which is the industry standard image software for all creative and media companies. Students have access to a fully lit green screen studio which has been used by industry professionals to train our students.

Finally, Lampton Film and Media Studies students always achieve exceptionally well. They frequently get the highest grades of A - B, with many students attaining good answers in the examinations. Consequently, media and film are very popular subjects in the school.

Subject suitability for degree course or future career:

In addition to the many career opportunities opened up, A-Level Film Studies may also help you to access a range of university courses in many of the top Russell Group universities: Media, Film Studies, Communication studies, Sociology, Psychology, Journalism, English, Art, Photography, and Animation.

Contact name: Miss C Ford


Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: 6+ in Geography, or if not studied at GCSE 6+ in English Literature.  Average Point score of 5.5+

Course description:

Year 12:


In the first year of study you will have 2 subject specialists and be taught Natural Hazards, Water and the Carbon Cycle, Changing Places and Hot Deserts. You will also be taught about Geographical fieldwork and start your Non Examined Assessment (NEA).


The two taught components in A Level Geography are:

  • Component 1: Physical geography and people and the environment. This unit uses a systems approach to the study of water and carbon cycles with opportunities to exercise and develop geographical skills, including geospatial mapping. Hazards form the content of the people and the environment section of this paper. By exploring the origin and nature of these hazards and the various ways in which people respond to them, students are able to engage with many dimensions of the relationships between people and the environments they occupy.
  • Component 2: Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation.  This unit examines people’s engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them. It covers the nature and importance of places, changing places – in terms of relationships, connections, meaning and representation. 


Year 13:

By now you will have competed over 60% of the course. In the second year of study, candidates develop the physical and human geography studied in Year 12, considering physical processes and concepts in human geography. There are two teacher-led units which are:

·Component 1 Physical geography: Population and the Environment

·Component 2 Human geography: Global systems and global governance


At the end of the second year you will sit 2 two and a half hour examinations for Component 1 and Component 2 which are worth 40% of the course. The Geography fieldwork investigation accounts for 20%.


Why you should consider this course:

Geography is a diverse and comprehensive subject that provides us with an understanding of our changing and interconnected world. It involves the study of physical environments and resources; cultures, economies and societies; people and places; and global development and citizenship. As an academic subject it is valued by universities and a very broad range of employers because it provides a context for looking at contemporary issues from a wide perspective. These issues affect us all at work and in our daily lives and help inform the decisions that will shape our future. In addition, a study of geography develops many relevant and transferable skills directly related to a wide range of careers.  The subject:

  • Stimulates an interest in places, people and the environment.
  • Helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world and how society, the economy and environment combine to bring about change.
  • Explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact.
  • Explores how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected.
  • Examines natural resources and their sustainable use.

Geography is important for further study and careers: the Russell Group of Universities recognise A Level Geography as one of the key 'facilitating' subjects for entry to degree level study. Geography graduates have highly valued, transferable skills, equipping them for a range of careers.

Contact Name: Mr E Jolly



Exam board: TBC but likely to be Edexcel

Entry Requirements: 6+ in GCSE History, or if you did not study GCSE History 6+ in English Literature. Average point score of 5.5+

Course Description:

The course aims to deepen your sense of British, European and World history as well as refine your intellectual skills through studying a complex subject.

The course includes a depth study, breadth study and a thematic study as well as a coursework unit.


Exact units to be studied are still to be confirmed, but may include Germany 1918-1991, Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors (1485-1603), Spanish republicanism or Fascism in Italy, and NEA (coursework) focused on Indian Independence."

At the end of the second year of study, you will sit three exams that cover content from both the first and second years, while the coursework represents 20% of your final A-Level grade.


Why you should consider this course:

History is interesting and engaging, and challenging. Many of the topics we study are different from our own experiences and yet have been very influential in shaping the world in which we live; without History it would be very difficult to understand the world today. History also complements other subjects well, for example it gives you the historical perspective to aid your study of English, Politics, Media, Economics, Geography and Sociology.

Subject suitability for degree course or future career:

History is highly valued by universities, particularly those in the Russell Group. Surveys show that History graduates are some of the most highly-paid graduates in the country with successful careers as barristers, lawyers, teachers, accountants and in the Civil Service.

Contact name: Mr S Clavin

Information Technology BTEC

Exam board: Pearson / Edexcel

Entry Requirements:  No entry requirement (6th form entry requirements still apply)

Course Description: Students study 4 units over 2 years:


Year 12 

·         Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business. (Internally assessed unit)

You will explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. 

You will also learn how to plan and implement a social media campaign that meets business requirements.

·         Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage information (externally assessed unit)

You  will study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database management system to manage information.

This unit is externally assessed through a task set and is marked by the exam board

The set task will be completed in two sessions (3 hours / 2 hours) under supervised conditions on two consecutive days (pm / am).


Year 13

·         Unit 1: Information technology Systems (externally assessed unit)

You will study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.

The unit is externally assessed through a written 2 hour examination set and marked by  the exam board

·         Unit 6: Website development (internally assessed unit

You will understand the principles of designing and creating a functional website to meet the requirements of a client by exploring the specific requirements, and designing and developing a website for a  particular business. This unit encourages you to  design and develop interesting and creative websites.


Why you should consider this course:

If you would like to be an effective user of IT tools and applications, and are interested in understanding how technology works, this course is for you. The BTEC in IT will give you confidence to apply your knowledge and understanding of IT systems to succeed in the work place.  It is an engaging option for those who may be considering a career in the IT sector.  The course will enable you to achieve the research and ICT skills for immediate employment or suitably tackle project work for university and beyond in disciplines such as:  IT, Business & Management, Computing,  Software Engineering, Systems Analysis & Design, IT Practitioner, Information Security, Games Design & Interactive Media. 


Contact name:  Mr P Crossman, Subject Leader: Computing


Mathematics & Further Mathematics

Exam Board:                          Edexcel

Entry Requirements:           7+ in Maths.  Average Point Score of 5.5+

Course Description:

The course has been reformed and is composed of two-thirds Pure Mathematics, and one-third covers Mechanics and Statistics.

Year 12: Pure Mathematics: Algebra, Quadratics, Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, the Binomial Expansion, Vectors, and Exponentials & Logarithms

Mechanics: Forces and Vectors, Equilibrium, Statics & Kinematics, and Variable Acceleration.

Statistics: Modelling, Representations of Data, Correlation, Regression, Discrete Random Variables, Probability, and Hypothesis Testing.

Students will be assessed at the end of Year 12

Year 13  

Pure Mathematics:  Partial Fractions, Proofs, Functions, Modulus Graphs, Trigonometry,  Parametric Equations, Calculus, and Vectors

Mechanics: Moments, Vectors, Inclined Planes, Friction, Statics & Kinematics, and Variable Acceleration,

Statistics:   PMCC, Conditional Probability, Normal Distribution, Hypothesis Testing.
At the end of Year 13 students will sit two 2h Pure Mathematics exams, and a 2h exam in Mechanics and Statistics. 

All three A-Level exams will cover content from both Year 12 and Year 13. 




Entry Requirements:           8+ in Maths

This is a two-year course offering the chance to gain a highly prestigious A-Level. This course is only for the best Mathematics students who have proved their ability to handle abstract concepts in GCSE Mathematics.

Further Mathematics is composed of four modules in the linear course. 50% of the course is the mandatory Pure content. There are then two other choices which could be Further Pure, Mechanics, Statistics, Decision and/or Further Pure Mathematics.

Contact Name: Mr Marks (                             


Mathematical Studies (AS Level)

Exam Board:                          AQA

Entry Requirements:           5+ at GCSE Mathematics

Course Description: This one-year course is broken down into five main assessment objectives. Over the year, these objectives are taught in different contexts.


The course is relatively new and has been designed to support students interested in studying GCE A Level Biology, Business Studies, Economics, Computing, Geography, Psychology, Business and IT.

Application of Statistics: Sampling Methods, Representation & Analysis of Data, Standard Deviation, Measures of Location & Spread.

Finance:  Calculations, Percentage Use, Cash Flow, Interest Rates, AER & APR, Repayment Models, National Insurance & Tax.

Estimation: Modelling, Fermi Estimation, Bounds, Interpretation of Results.

Statistical Techniques: The Normal Distribution, Calculating Probabilities, Confidence Intervals, Correlation and Regression, PMCC.

Graphical Methods: Types of Graphs, Indices, Linear and Non-Linear Graphs, Gradient, Exponential Functions & Logs.


Year 12

The above assessment objectives are explored contextually in Social Media, Society, Sport, Clothing Industry and Finance and other settings.


At the end of Year 12, students will sit two 1h40mins papers, which both allow the use a calculator. The first paper covers the comprehension aspect of the content that students have learnt and this is worth 40% of their AS Level. The second paper covers the application aspect of the content learnt and this is worth 60% of their AS Level.

Contact: Mr D Shah


Modern Foreign Languages (French/ German /Spanish)

Exam Board:  AQA

Entry Requirements:  6+ in GCSE French / German / Spanish, with 6+ in Writing.

The syllabus introduces learners to advanced language studies and provides an engaging and inviting opportunity for learners to build on their previous study of French/ German/ Spanish.

Through social, intellectual, and cultural themes, learners will be able to develop their linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries/communities where the language is spoken.


The opportunity to study literature and film will allow learners to develop a critical understanding of a work and its language structures, and to increase their cultural awareness as part of an integrated approach to language learning.


A strong focus is placed on building learners' confidence and fluency in spoken French / German / Spanish using relevant and topical themes.


Course Description:

The specifications cover two main areas of interest:

  • Social issues and trends
  • Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture.

Each area of interest is divided into themes that will be covered over the duration of the course.


Students will also have tuition with the Foreign Language Assistant individually or in small groups. Cultural experiences e.g. cinema, theatre, internet and videos are a valuable feature of the course.


Year 12

Areas of interest

Social issues and trends

Political, intellectual and artistic culture






Being a young person in French/ German/ Spanish -speaking society


· Families and citizenship

· Youth trends and personal

· Education and employment opportunities


Understanding the French/ German/ Spanish -speaking world


· Regional culture and heritage in France/ Germany/ Spain, and in Target Language speaking countries and communities.


· Media, art, film and music in the French/ German/ Spanish -speaking world

Year 13

Areas of interest

Social issues and trends

Political, intellectual and artistic culture




Diversity and difference


  • Migration and integration
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating
  • Discrimination and diversity

GCE  A Level French

France 1940-1950: The Occupation and post-war years


GCE  A Level German

The making of modern Germany: 1989 onwards


GCE A Level Spanish

The two Spains: 1936 onwards




This qualification is made up of three components:

  • Component 1 is a speaking assessment.
  • Component 2 combines listening, reading and translation.
  • Component 3 assesses the learners' response to a literary work or a film from a prescribed list.

Students will be assessed at the end of the second year; students will sit their final A Level exams covering content from the three components from across the two years of study.

Why you should consider this course:

  • Modern Foreign Languages are highly valued by universities, particularly those in the Russell Group.  
  • In addition to gaining the linguistic skills to communicate with people speaking a different language, you will discover different ways of thinking, seeing and relating to the world.  
  • Learning languages helps you to appreciate diversity, enhances your sense of social responsibility.
  • By learning another language, you will become better at your own language.  
  • Scientific studies demonstrate that studying another language has a positive impact on brain development and functioning. It enhances creativity, memory, problem solving skills, and ambiguity tolerance. It has been even demonstrated that the onset of Alzheimer's disease is delayed in bilingual people as compared to monolinguals.
  • The value of foreign languages is widely recognised by employers and educationalists.  Studying a language to A-Level is obviously useful if you wish to pursue a career specifically related to languages.  However, competence in other languages is a ‘must’ now in many other fields of work, for example, law, business, journalism, science and engineering.
  • Having a language can increase your salary from 8% to 20% and gives you a head start on other potential employees as by speaking another language you’re vital to any company who does international business.

Subject suitability for degree course or future career:


“In today’s world, English graduates without languages are at a real disadvantage,” (Anny King, Emeritus Director, Language Centre, Cambridge University).  We think the course is interesting, enjoyable, challenging and relevant to the needs of our students.


 A survey conducted with our Year 13 students shows that they judge our A-level course (topics and methodology) to prepare them well for the demands of further education.



Exam board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements:  5+ in English Language or Literature

Course Description:

Year 12

The first module will involve developing your understanding of political concepts by studying the emergence and development of the British Political system: the means by which people can participate in the political system; the role of the political parties; how electoral system operates; the role of the media in contemporary politics; voting patterns and voting behaviour.

The second module will involve the study of UK political institutions. You will study: the UK Constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and Government, and the how all the branches of government work together.

Year 13

The first module involves the study of core political ideals which exist in the British Political system: Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism, additionally students will study the idea of Nationalism.

In the final module, the focus switches to comparative politics; knowledge and understanding of political concepts is applied to the US political system.

At the end of the second year, all students will sit three 2h examinations: UK Politics and Ideologies, UK Government and Nationalism, and Comparative Politics (US Politics). All exams involve extended writing; there is no coursework.


Why you should consider this course:

If you ever ask any of these fundamental questions then politics is for you:

  • Who holds power – you, the government, or corporations?
  • What gives government the power to take away your rights and liberties?
  • Are there any checks on the power of government?  Are they strong enough?
  • Do you have any rights? If you do, who defines these and how well protected are they?
  • Are you represented in the political process?
  • What political ideas have shaped our political system?
  • How can you access the political system to change the world around you?

We study and analyse the world as it unfolds around us – we seek to evaluate current political events to understand the way we are governed, and what people can do to influence the process.  This is a live and current subject – students are expected to stay up to date with UK and US politics in order to build depth of understanding.

Subject suitability for degree course or future career:

The study of politics is an excellent choice for students who seek to develop skills of communication, analysis and interpretation.  These skills, and the knowledge base provided by studying the political system, makes Politics an especially strong choice for students who wish to pursue careers in Law, the Police,  Accountancy, Journalism, Finance, Management, the Civil Service and the Charity sector.

Contact name: Mr N. Dhesi


Exam board:  AQA

Entry Requirements:  6+ in Double award GCSE science trilogy or Physics GCSE

7+ in Maths, 5+ in English Language or Literature. Average Point Score of 5.5+

Students must also study A-Level Mathematics.   


Course description:

This course looks at the core ideas and concepts upon which most ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ physics are based. Links to GCSE are clearly identifiable, and the ‘step up’ from this level to A-level, whilst significant, is not as daunting as many would believe! Good maths and English language skills, in addition to good GCSE grades in science, are essential in order to meet the demands of the subject.

The delivery of the course includes traditional class teaching, the use of ICT, seminar type groups and practical work.

The course is divided into 3 papers, taken at the end of the second year. A practical grade (PASS or FAIL) is also given based on 12 required practicals, completed over the 2 years.

The three papers for A-level are:

Paper 1:                              Particles, Mechanics, Waves, Electricity and S.H.M

Paper 2:                              Further Mechanics, Fields, Thermal and Nuclear Physics

Paper 3:                              Practical skills, data analysis and Option Module


Assessment is by written tests for Papers 1, 2 and 3. The final A-level grade is based on performance across the three papers.


Why you should consider this course:

This course is suitable for entry into degree courses such as engineering, geophysical sciences, physics, mathematics, accountancy, economics and computing.

Contact Name:  Mr B Wilkins,


Exam board: AQA

Entry Requirements:  5+ in English Language or Literature, 5+ in Maths.  Average point score of 5.5+

Course Description: Psychology is a very demanding subject, however, students immensely enjoy learning about the human psyche and the functioning of the brain in response to societal and biological processes. The AQA syllabus offers students an engaging and stimulating introduction to the study of psychology, with the academic integrity and skills that Higher Education and employers value.  

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. Psychologists observe and conduct scientific research to find out more about the way people act and interact. They try to understand what challenges or changes us and use this understanding to help us tackle personal and social problems. Popular questions that you will consider whilst you study for your psychology A-Level include: Why do good people do bad things? Do our early relationships with parents impact adult relationships? What causes mental illnesses and how can they be treated? If you've ever spent time thinking about these puzzles, psychology may be for you. Psychologists could hold the answers to these questions. And if they don’t yet, you can be sure they are looking for them. 

A-Level Course content:

Each paper is assessed through three exams (2h) at the end of Year 13. There is no coursework for Psychology.

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology - Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.

Paper 2: Psychology in Context - Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods (which includes scientific approaches, data handling and analysis).

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology:

Compulsory topic - Issues and debates in psychology

Optional topics - Relationships, Schizophrenia and Forensic psychology.

Skills Developed Studying Psychology: If you study psychology at A-level, you will learn the fundamentals of the subject, and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.  You will be able to hone your analytical skills and learn about scientific research methods, including collecting and working with data.

Subject suitability for degree course or future career: Psychology is useful in a wide range of careers from personnel work, management, advertising, social work, education, police work and law. Further postgraduate study can lead to becoming a chartered psychologist in the fields mentioned previously and the NHS, offering therapy to rehabilitate patients. Psychology combines well with almost every other course, be it science or humanities subjects, and offers a balance to the more traditional areas of study.

Contact name: Mr J Ramgi (


Religious Studies

Exam board: AQA

Entry Requirements: 5+ in Religious Studies, 5+ in English Language or Literature

Course description:

In the first year students will study two components.  The first is philosophy and ethics: students will study philosophical debates such as arguments for the existence of God, the logic of evil and suffering and how people experience religions.  On the ethics paper, students will study ethical theories and apply these to issues of both human and animal life and death

The second component is the study of religion.  Students will study issues relevant to all religions, and take a particular focus on Christianity.  Issues covered include discussing the sources of wisdom and authority, the nature of God and ‘ultimate reality’, life after death, key moral principles and religious identity.

The Year 13 course follows a similar structure but with the additional topics added – in philosophy these are religious language, miracles, and self, death and the afterlife, and in ethics these are meta ethics, free will and moral responsibility, and the role of the conscience.  On the study of religion: gender and sexuality, Christianity and science, challenge of secularism, migration and religious pluralism.


At the end of Year 13 there is one 3h Philosophy of Religion and Ethics exam worth 50% of the marks and one 3h Study of Religions exam worth a further 50% of the marks – both papers will cover content from both Year 12 and Year 13. There is no coursework for this A-Level.

Why you should consider this course:

Is this the real world? Why does the universe exist?  Is abortion ever justified?

If you are interested in the questions above religious studies might be for you.  It is an opportunity to explore questions that delve into the deepest aspects of what it means to be human. You will have the opportunity to share ideas with your peers and develop your own opinions.

Philosophy literally translated means love of wisdom. Philosophy encourages you to question, explore ideas and to think for yourself. An important aspect of the course is learning to think critically and express your ideas effectively.


Ethics is a branch of Philosophy which is concerned with how we know what is right and wrong.  Just like studying Philosophy of Religion, studying Ethics will help you develop your reasoning skills. It will also broaden your awareness of the complexity of moral issues.


Subject suitability for degree course or future career:

Studying Religious Studies will help you develop the tools you need to think critically and reason effectively. It will teach you how to recognise strengths and flaws in arguments that are presented to you. It encourages you to think deeply, ask questions and to be curious about life. The skills you learn will be useful in any subject that you study at University and in daily life.

The A-Level can be good preparation for a wide variety of University courses such as Broadcasting, Humanities subjects, Journalism, Law, Police work, Social Work and Teaching. It can also be useful for students studying for a profession where they will have to make decisions with ethical implications such as Medicine.

Contact name: Ms C Grantham:


Exam board: AQA - Assessment and Qualifications Alliance

Entry Requirements: 5+ in GCSE English Language or Literature

Course Description:

Sociology is a social science.  This means it is the study of human interaction, behaviour and structures within society.  It is the study of society.  By that, we mean all the influences on us which make us act in the way that we do.  The topics studied at A-Level include:

Education with Methods in Context – This includes the role and function of the education system, differential educational achievement of social groups by class, gender and ethnicity, and the significance and impact of educational policies.  Students will also examine research methods used by sociologists and consider these within the context of education.

Families and Households – Students will be expected to be familiar with the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, changing patterns of marriage, divorce, childbearing and the diversity of family structures, gender roles and division, the nature of childhood, and demographic trends such as birth and death rates, family size, ageing population, migration and globalisation.

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods – This includes crime, deviance, social order and social control.  Students will explore the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class.  Students will also consider crime in contemporary society, media and crime, green crime, human rights and state crimes, and issues of crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, and the role of the criminal justice system. Students will also examine the sociological theories that underpin sociological debates and research.

Beliefs in Society – Students will be expected to be familiar with ideology, science and religion including both Christian and non-Chirstian traditions, the relationship between social stability and social change, religious organisations, the relationships of religiosity with class, age, gender, and ethnicity, and the significance of religion in the contemporary world including the extent of secularisation, globalisation and spread of religions.


Assessment components:

Paper 1 - Education with Theory and Methods

80 marks, 2 hours, 33% of total A-Level


Paper 2 - Topics in Sociology (Families and Beliefs)

80 marks, 2 hours, 33% of total A-Level


Paper 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

80 marks, 2 hours, 33% of total A-Level

Why you should consider this course:

No previous knowledge of Sociology is required or assumed.  More vital is a desire to learn about human interaction/ how society works and an interest in social issues.  Sociology A-level involves some complex theoretical issues and debates.

If you ever ask any of these key questions then sociology may be for you:

  • How does society shape our lives?
  • Do rich people exploit poor people?
  • Are single parents a problem for society?
  • Do government policies affect families?
  • How does the media affect the crime rate?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Have an enquiring mind and who are interested in finding out what motivates people to behave as they do
  • Enjoy learning through investigation and discovery (Sociology does not have all the answers but it can help us to ask the appropriate questions)
  • Are interested in social issues and like to keep informed about current events
  • Have a point of view on issues but like to keep an open mind

You will develop both subject specific knowledge and key skills:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding about sociological concepts, theories and research
  • Apply and make sense of sociological knowledge and data in various contexts and to use information and arguments relevantly
  • Evaluate, analyse and interpret evidence and arguments
  • Verbal and written communication including extended essay writing

Student’s key skills of effective communication, exercising objective judgement, listening to alternative viewpoints, working with others, using IT and taking responsibility for their own learning will also be enhanced.



Subject suitability for degree course or future career:

Sociology combines well with other humanities and social science subjects such as history, English, politics and/or psychology.  It also suits students wishing to broaden their maths or science advanced level with a social science. Sociology Advanced Level provides a good foundation for careers in Social and Public Administration, Nursing, Hospital Administration, Social Work, Lecturing, Teaching, Research, Law, Business or Journalism.  However, Sociology is a good discipline which can be applied to most occupations.

Contact Name: Ms T. Anderson


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