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Sixth Form Subject Options

Sixth Form Subject Options

Click below to read our Sixth Form Course Guide for Study programme details:

Sixth Form Course List 2020

ACCOUNTING

Accounting entry criteria: 4 in English & Maths / 32 APS

What is the subject about?

Studying Accounting helps students to understand the purposes of accounting and apply them to a variety of accounting problems. While studying the subject you will learn about finance administration including bookkeeping, costing principles and using accounting software.

What do employers say about this subject?

The combination of the academic challenge and practical focus makes accounting a key subject for many roles in finance and business.

APPLIED SCIENCE

Applied Science entry criteria: 2 C's in Science / 4 in English & Maths / 32 APS

What is the subject about?

Applied Science is an ideal qualification for students with a passion for science but also want to study a practical subject. On this course, students will examine the fundamentals of science, practical scientific techniques and what working in the science industry is like.

What do employers say about this subject?

Applied Science is a practical subject which helps students to build up research, problem solving, organisation and analytical skills. Students taking this subject will be able to demonstrate to employers a good knowledge of scientific methods and technical skills.

ART

Art entry criteria: B in Art / 5 in English & 4 in Maths / 36 APS 

What is the subject about?

Art is an essential subject for anyone interested in a career in the creative industries which are currently the UK's largest employers. While studying art, you will have the opportunity to develop your ability to express yourself creatively through drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and/or performance art.

What do Employers say about this subject?

Art equips students with the tools to communicate effectively, understand visual information and think outside the box to problem solve. The internet has created an explosion of opportunities for aspiring artists

BIOLOGY

Biology entry criteria: 2 B's in Science / 5 in English & 4 in Maths / 36 APS

What is the subject about? 

Biology is one of the traditional science subjects and highly regarded by universities and employers. it is the study of living things from tiny micro-organisms, plants and animals to human beings. You will learn about genetics, microbiology and biological processes during the course.

What do employers say about this subject?

Biology is one of the eight facilitating subjects and highly regarded by universities and employers. Biology helps students to build up research, problem solving, organisation and analytical skills.

BUSINESS STUDIES

Business Studies entry criteria: C in Business Studies (preferable) / 4 in English & Maths / 32 APS

What is the subject about?

Business Studies is a popular subject to study in the Sixth Form and gives students the opportunity to develop critical understanding of business organisations, the markets they serve and the environment that successful businesses operate in. Some of the main topics studied include business planning, business finances and how to manage a business.

What do employers say about this subject?

The combination of the academic challenge and practical focus makes business studies a key subject for many roles such as accounting, finance and marketing.

Key Stage 5

Year 12

Our students will be studying the London Institute of Banking and Finance Level 3 qualifications.

Certificate in Financial Studies:

  • Financial Capability for the immediate and short term
  • Financial Capability for the medium and long term

Each Unit has 2 external examinations - one on-line multiple choice examination and one written paper.  Students are allowed one re-sit opportunity for each part.  Examinations are January and May. 

Further information: www.libf.ac.uk 

Year 13

Our students completed Component 1 in Year 12 and will complete Components 2 and 3 in Year 13.

  • Component 1 - Business Opportunities and Functions
  • Component 2 - Business Analysis and Strategy
  • Component 3 - Business in a Changing World

Each of the components will be tested via a 2 hr 15 minutes written paper.

Further information: www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/business/as-a-level

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry entry criteria: 2 B's in Sciences / 5 in English & 4 in Maths / 36 APS

What is the subject about?

Chemistry is one of the traditional science subjects and an essential subject for students wishing to study medicine at university. The course will allow students to challenge their understanding of chemistry and put knowledge into practice. Some of the topics covered include Energy and Core Organic Chemistry.

What do employers say about this subject?

Chemistry is one of the eight facilitating subjects and opens the door for many careers because it is essential for a number of industries ranging from the private to public sectors. Students wishing to study medicine at university must study chemistry.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computer Science entry criteria: B in Computer Science or 6 in Maths / 5 in English & Maths / 36 APS

What is the subject about?

Computer Science is one of the fastest growing subjects with many employers keen on students who have studied this subject. it is the study of cutting-edge technology including the fundamentals of programming, data-structures and computer systems.

What do employers say about this subject?

Computer Science students have excellent employability prospects, as every industry uses computers so naturally computer scientists can work in any sector. It is also an industry in which there are increasing employment opportunities.   

ENGLISH LITERATURE

English Literature entry criteria: 5 in English Literature / 5 in English & 4 in Maths / 36 APS

What is the subject about?

English Literature is one of the traditional academic subjects and a fantastic choice for anyone with a passion for books and literature. During the course you will have the opportunity to study a variety of poems and texts by Shakespeare, alongside modern literature from the 20th century.

What do the employers say about this subject?

English Literature is one of the eight facilitating subjects and highly regarded by universities and employers. Students gain the ability to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of communication.

FASHION

Fashion entry criteria: B in Textiles or Art / 4 in English & Maths / 32 APS

What is the subject about?

Studying fashion provides stduents with the opportunity to explore different areas of the fashion, textiles and clothing industry while providing them with practical and technical skills. Students will learn about successful fashion design and production as part of this course.

What do employers say about this subject?

Fashion is an exciting career and develops practical skills that employers value. There are many careers that studying fashion in the Sixth Form will support, such as fashion design and becoming a retail merchandiser and visual merchandiser.

GEOGRAPHY

Geography entry criteria: B in Geography / 5 in English & 4 in Maths / 36 APS

What is the subject about?

Geography is a traditional subject for students interested in topical issues such as coastal and river managment, sustainable energy or the regeneration of inner city areas. Students will study topics including human, physical and environment geography, and develop a range of valuable transferable skills.

What do employers say about this subject?

Geography is one of the eight facilitating subjects. Students gain a clear understanding of how the environment affects health and survival of people, animals and ecosystems, as well as enhancing skills of writing and essays and extended reports.

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

Health & Social entry criteria: 4 in English & Maths / 32 APS

What is the subject about?

Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC is an essential qualification for students who are interested in working in a health-related sector or in social care. Students will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of transferable skills on the course which are valued by employers. Topics studied include Human Lifespan Development and Working in Health and Social Care. The BTEC course relates directly to the workplace and students will spend time in a variety of settings, gaining an insight into a range of roles within the sector. This course enables them to study how theory and legislation is put into practice.

We follow the Pearson –Edexcel BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Extended Certificate (2016) – equivalent to one A Level.

More info: qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/health-and-social-care-2016

What do employers say about this subject?

Developments in frontline health and social care mean there is a demand for well trained and multi-skilled people across a range of rewarding employment opportunities. Health and Social Care is one of the biggest and fastest growing sectors in the UK. Employers recognise the skills that BTEC demonstrates such as the ability to work independently, to meet deadlines and to apply theory to real life situations

HISTORY

History entry criteria: B in History / 5 in English & 4 in Maths / 36 APS 

What is the subject about?

History is the study of past events and people to better understand the future. It is a versatile subject which can lead onto many careers. Topics studied on this course include America in the 20th century and apartheid in South Africa.

What do employers say about this subject?

History is one of the eight facilitating subjects and can lead to a variety of careers. Students acquire a broad range of historical knowledge and understanding whilst being able to evaluate the significance of a large body of sources.

ICT

ICT entry criteria: 4 in English & Maths / 32 APS 

What is the subject about?

ICT is a subject which provides opportunities to develop numerous skills demonstrated by employers and further education providers. It is a good qualification for students who wish to seek employment in the ICT industries. Some of the topics that students will study include Information, Systems and Communication and employability skills for IT.

MATHEMATICS

Maths entry criteria: 7 in Maths / 5 in English / 36 APS

What is the subject about?

If you enjoy solving mathematical problems and want to improve your analytical skills then studying Maths in Sixth Form could be perfect for you. Some of the topics that students study include algebra, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry and calculus. Students also have the opportunity to study mechanics and statistics.

What do employers say about this subject?

The career possibilities can be endless with an A-level in Maths. If is a facilitating subject that is highly valued by universities and employers and can lead on to a number of rewarding careers such as accountancy, banking, consultancy and many science related jobs.

MEDIA STUDIES

Media Studies entry criteria: 5 in English & 4 in Maths / 32 APS 

What is the subject about?

Media Studies is a good subject to study if you are interested in film, advertising or social media. Our students have access to a range of state of the art equipment in this subject to edit various forms of media.

What do employers say about this subject?

Media Studies is a truly contemporary subject, as media saturates everything we do in the 21st century. Media Studies gives you the tools to analyse and critique the media as well as improving your literacy and ability to work under pressure.

MUSIC

Music entry criteria: B in Music / 4 in English & Maths / 36 APS

What is the subject about?

Sixth form students study the Edexcel A Level syllabus. This syllabus builds on the skills and knowledge developed at GCSE level and prepares them for further study through a challenging programme of performance, composition and technical study. Music A Level is universally recognised as an academic subject and prepares students for a wide variety of post 18 options.

What do employers say about this subject?

The course provides evidence of commitment, self-discipline, communication, interpretative and ICT skills. It is a required subject for specialist music conservatoires.  

PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS

Philosophy & Ethics entry criteria: 5 in English & 4 in Maths / 36 APS 

What is the subject about?

Philosophy & Ethics is a highly-respected subject that develops a number of valuable transferable skills. It is the study of great thinkers. Some of the topics studied in Sixth Form include the works of Socrates and Plato, arguments for the existence of God, the Problem of Evil and a varietyy of ethical theories.

 

What do employers say about this subject?

Philosophy & Ethics is an academic subject that is valued by many universities. You gain many skills such as the ability to spot flaws in arguments. Many people who study it go on to careers in law, government & politics, journalism, teaching and banking.

Key Stage 5

At KS5, we currently offer the OCR Religious Studies A-Level, choosing to study Philosophy of Religion, Developments in Christian though and Religious ethics. Philosophy of religion caters for those who are interested in examining and participating in arguments for and against the existence of God. Topics included are Ancient Greek Philosophy, Judaeo-Christian influences on the Philosophy of Religion, Classic Arguments for the existence of God, The problem of Evil and Religion and Science. Religious Ethics concentrates on ethical theories and how they respond to a variety of ethical issues. Topics included are absolutism and relativism, the link between religion and morality, natural law and Kant’s categorical imperative. Developments in Christian thought include topics such as ‘who was Jesus’ and Christian moral principles.

More can be found about this course on the OCR website or by following this link: ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-religious-studies

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography entry criteria: B in Art or Photography / 4 in English & Maths / 32 APS

What is the subject about?

Photography is ideal for students who have an eye for composition, creative flair and are good conceptual thinkers. Studying photography involves learning about the composition of photographs, manipulating images and developing a variety of creative and technical skills.

What do employers say about this subject?

Studying photography will enhance your creative, social and cultural understandings as well as develop your specialist technical knowledge. Jobs directly related to the qualification include Graphic Designer, Press Photographer and Television Camera Operator.

PHYSICS

Physics entry criteria: 2 B's in Sciences / 5 in English & 6 in Maths / 36 APS 

What is the subject about?

Physics is for studetns who are fascinated by the universe and structures of materials. It involves the study of the properties of matter and energy from tiny sub-atomic particles to vast galaxies. Topics studied as part of the course include electric and magnetic fields and thermodynamics.

What do employers say about this subject?

Physics is one of the eight facilitating subjects and is highly regarded by many universities and employers. Students are well prepared for university or employment with many going on to careers in science related fields.

SOCIOLOGY

Sociology entry criteria: 5 in English & 4 in Maths / 36 APS 

What is the subject about?

Sociology is the study of how people behave in society. It involves engaging with research to uncover the forces that drive human behaviour. Topics studied include crime and deviance, the family and education.

What do employers say about this subject?

Students will gain valuable skills such as the understnding of researchh methods and the ability to develop opinions and new ideas on societal issues. These skills gained can be useful in a variety of careers such as social work and human resources. Typical employers include the local and central government, NHS and third sector.

SPANISH

Key Stage 5

This A-level Spanish course focuses on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society. Taking A-level languages is not only very useful for specialist linguist careers, but also for many others where there is an international element. Linguists are amonghst the most employable.

The course will focus on how Spanish-speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. Aspects of the scoial context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of Spanish-speaking countries. The course will also focus on issues, such as life for those on the margins of Spanish-speaking society as well as looking at the postiive influences that diversity brings. The aim is to develop students' competence in all four skills. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and are closely monitored and fully supported by their teachers. 

SPORT STUDIES

Sport Studies entry criteria: C in PE or Sport Studies / 4 in English and Maths / 32 APS  

What is the subject about?

Sport Studies is a fantastic subject to study for students interested in learning more about sport, anatomy, physiology, fitness and coaching. Topics studied include fitness training, instructing physical activity as well as students taking part in practical sporting activity.

What do employers say about this subject?

The sports industry is competative, but a Sport Studies qualification can set you up with key skills, which can help you to succeed in many careers. Careers that include sports development, physiotherapy and a secondary school teacher.