A Level Courses

A Level courses are offered in the following subjects:

  • Art and Design*
  • Biology
  • Business 
  • Chemistry 
  • Classical Greek
  • Classics (Ancient History)
  • Design (Three Dimensional Design)
  • Drama & Theatre
  • Economics  
  • English 
  • Geography*
  • History 
  • Latin
  • Mathematics  
  • Further Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Physics 
  • Politics
  • Philosophy

*indicates Cambridge Pre-U


A Level courses are graded on a six-point scale and Pre-U courses are graded on a nine-point scale. The grades and equivalent UCAS tariffs are shown below:

UCAS tariff points A Level
56  A* 
48  A 
40  B 
32  C 
24  D
16  E
UCAS tariff points Pre-U
56  D1 / D2
52  D3
44  M1 
40  M2
36  M3
28  P1
24  P2
20  P3

Availability of subjects

The timetable is constructed on the basis of individual choices made. Every effort is made to satisfy these choices, but timetabling constraints mean it is not possible to guarantee that all combinations will be possible.


A Level courses are terminally assessed at the end of the second year of teaching.

Electives Offered

  • American Literature
  • Architecture
  • Art – Drawing and Memory
  • Art History
  • The Bible
  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Writing
  • Epistemology
  • Further Physics
  • Game Theory
  • Ivy House Leadership Award
  • Mandarin ab Initio
  • Music Technology
  • Palaeontology
  • Something Dreadful This Way Comes: Monsters in the Arts, Science and Society
  • “Suffragettes to Me Too”: the women who have influenced the modern world
  • The Wild West: A Course in American Culture, History and Literature

Subject Choices and University Applications

University courses are increasingly flexible and relatively few have specific demands about what subjects are studied in the Sixth Form. Nevertheless, certain courses, particularly at Oxford and Cambridge, do have complex requirements and these should be checked by reference to prospectuses (available in the Higher Education and Careers Library) and university and college websites. These will give full details of requirements for any course that pupils are considering.

The following guidelines on course requirements will also be helpful. The requirements relate equally to IB Diploma Programme and A Level subjects.



Mathematics or Physics preferred. Portfolio needed (Art or DT).


Business and Management not necessary but confirms interest in the course.

Computer Courses

Mathematics and science subject.


English and Theatre preferred.

Economics / Finance

Economics is useful. Mathematics often essential and Further Mathematics sometimes preferred.


Physics and Mathematics required.

European Studies

Language required.

Food Science

Chemistry and one other science required.

Geology / Earth Sciences

One of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics preferred.

Health Related

Chemistry and Biology and/or one other science.

History of Art

A subject involving essay writing.

Modern Languages

At least one language.

Medicine / Dentistry

The science requirements for individual medical schools vary significantly and all potential medical applicants must consult the table of requirements on the following website: www.medschools.ac.uk.

Product Design (Art & Design)

Mathematics, DT and Physics preferred.


One or more science or Mathematics subject required.


Mathematics helpful.

Veterinary Science

Chemistry, Biology and one other science or Mathematics subject required.

Oxford and Cambridge Engineering/Science/Mathematics courses will also require Further Mathematics.

Further Information

For all UK courses, some very helpful advice is available in “Informed Choices” published by the Russell Group Universities.

If you have any concerns at all about subject choices with regard to particular university courses or recognition, then please contact the Higher Education and Careers Department.

E-mail: careers@charterhouse.org.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 291606