A Level Courses
A Level courses are offered in the following subjects:
- Art and Design*
- Classics (Classical Civilisation)
- Literature in English
- Further Mathematics
- Modern Languages*
- Theology, Philosophy and Ethics*
*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|
|UCAS tariff points||Pre-U|
|56||D1 / D2|
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.
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.|
|Mathematics and science subject.|
|English and Theatre preferred.|
|Economics is useful. Mathematics often essential and Further Mathematics sometimes preferred.|
|Physics and Mathematics required.|
|Chemistry and one other science required.|
|One of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics preferred.|
|Chemistry and Biology and/or one other science.|
History of Art
|A subject involving essay writing.|
|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.medschoolsonline.co.uk.|
Product Design (Art & Design)
|Mathematics, DT and Physics preferred.|
|One or more science or Mathematics subject required.|
|Chemistry, Biology and one other science or Mathematics subject required.|
Oxford and Cambridge Engineering/Science/Mathematics courses will also require Further Mathematics.
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.
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 291606