Specialist A-level Subjects

Specialist subjects provide suitable preparation for entry to a whole range of university courses, apprenticeship programmes or training.

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  • Art and Design: Textiles Design

    Art and Design: Textiles Design

    This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills and a greater understanding of developing textiles processes to be able to create pieces that reflect their own individual ideas and thought processes. Through their investigations, students will build on their research, design, development and making skills through a variety of different media to develop highly skilled outcomes.

  • Computer Science

    Computer Science

    The overall aim of the Computer Science course is to encourage candidates to develop an understanding of the principles of problem solving using computers in order to apply this understanding to develop computer-based solutions to problems. Candidates develop an understanding of systems analysis and design, development methods, testing, implementation and documentation.

  • Design and Technology: Product Design

    Design and Technology: Product Design

    Anyone who has enjoyed learning how to design and make products in their GCSE will appreciate the opportunity to explore the subject in much greater depth on this course. In the new A level, there is a greater emphasis on applying mathematics and science to improving designs and in testing and evaluating prototypes prior to producing a final product.

  • Digital Media

    Digital Media

    The overall aim of the Digital Media course is so that students gain an understanding of how different businesses and organisations in the media sector work. When it comes to progression or employment, students will learn about the variety of opportunities available to them, and the roles and responsibilities of media businesses and organisations within the sector. This will make sure students develop clear ideas about where they might like to take their career and what progression routes they’d like to follow.

  • Drama


    A-level Drama and Theatre Studies is a stimulating and vibrant subject where you will have the opportunity to explore aspects of drama and theatre within play texts and practitioners and combine that with your theoretical knowledge and understanding. If you are considering this subject as an A level, you will probably already enjoy the experience of live theatre (observing and performing). As part of the course you will be given the opportunity to watch a variety of live theatre. You will also take part in a range of workshops with professional practitioners and develop your own work for performance. The course also provides students with many transferable skills that are desirable in many different careers

  • Fine Art

    Fine Art

    Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques. They will gain an awareness of both traditional and new media, exploring the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales

  • Music


    A-level Music is an academic subject which develops your understanding and knowledge to allow you to communicate through music as a performer and composer. You will develop your skills as a performer as well as increase your knowledge of compositional techniques. Throughout the course, you will study harmony and composition which will allow you to apply your understanding in a stylistic manner. You will analyse a range of different styles of music by aurally recognising key musical devices. Aural awareness will be developed through active listening, dictation and singing. You will study a series of set works from a wide range of styles where you are expected to discuss and evaluate, through essay writing, the devices and techniques used. The performance expectations are very high and throughout the course you will be developing your performance skills in workshops and master classes. A-level Music is about developing and preparing you as a musician and equipping you with the skills to progress to university and industry.

  • Philosophy


    Do you have an enquiring mind? Do you sometimes find yourself asking questions about life and the world that there is no simple answer to? Maybe there are answers. This course is like nothing you have ever studied before. It is nothing like your GCSE in Religious Studies. In this course we are concerned with looking at why and how the universe came into existence. We investigate the concept of good and evil and why bad things might happen.

  • Physical Education

    Physical Education

    A Level PE is an excellent course that provides students with knowledge of all the body systems, psychological factors and contemporary issues in sport today. It is a perfect course for anyone wishing to go on to have a career in the sporting sector.

  • Photography


    You will be introduced to a variety of experiences which will help you explore a range of photographic techniques. You will learn how to use the camera properly, measure light and control exposure. You will also learn about composition and various photographic techniques such as developing and printing your own photos, studio photography as well as basic and advanced Photoshop skills.

  • Politics


    Do you have an interest in contemporary politics? Do you want to learn about the forces which contributed to the recent UK election results? Do you want to understand how international challenges, from terrorism to environmental degradation, are being address by global political activity? If so, Politics is the course for you. Politics provides an opportunity to develop understanding of the local, national, and global dimensions of political activity. Politics looks at the working of the political system in the UK and investigates the underlying structures of government, the ideologies that underpin it, and the interaction of people within the political process. The emphasis is on contemporary politics, so information is constantly being updated and views changed.

  • Psychology


    Psychology offers an opportunity to develop the critical skills of analysis and interpretation, and appreciation of the contribution of Psychology to social and individual issues. The aim of the course is to allow students to open their minds and produce questions and answers, about themselves and others that most may never think of

  • Sociology


    Why is there crime, education and the mass media? What do they serve to do? Why are they here? Why do we live the way we live? This course has been designed so that candidates will acquire the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of Sociological thought and methods, together with a range of skills. This course lays an appropriate foundation for further study in Sociology and related subjects in higher education. Sociology is the systematic study of society’s structure, development and composition. The focus is on topics such as The Family, Education, The Mass Media, and Crime and Deviance. There is also a focus on research skills, reviewing sociological methods and the application of collecting, collating and analysing data.

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