Our courses and option blocks

Option Blocks

Students usually select 3 choices from the following option blocks, although some students may choose to study 4 subjects. The options should each be chosen from a different option block. Please note that the option block structure is provisional. We reserve the right to amend our course offer at any time.

Option Block A Option Block B Option Block C Option Block D
Applied Business Applied Business Maths Psychology
Sociology Geography Philosophy & Ethics Financial Studies
Sport Psychology Health & Social Care Product Design
Government & Politics Physics Sociology Biology
French Chemistry  English Literature Drama & Theatre Studies
Fine Art History  IT  
Photography English Language     

 Full course descriptions for each subject can be found on the links below.


Additional entry criteria

Full course requirements can be found on the links below. A summary is provided here:

  Entry requirements
Applied Business No additional entry requirement
Biology Grade 6 in Biology, (6/6 in Science)
Chemistry Grade 6 in Chemistry (6/6 in Science) & 6 in Maths
Drama and Theatre Studies No additional entry requirement- previous study of Drama preferred but not essential
English Language Grade 6 in English Language
English Literature Grade 6 in English Literature
Financial Studies Grade 4 in English preferred
Fine Art Grade 6 in Art
French Grade 6 in French
Geography Grade 5 in Geography plus Grade 5 in Maths and Science
Government & Politics Grade 5 in History or a Grade 5 in English if History not previously taken
Health & Social Care No additional entry requirement
History Grade 5 in History or a Grade 5 in English if History not previously taken
IT Grade 5 in English. Level 2 Pass in Creative iMedia needed
Maths Grade 7 in Maths
PE Grade 4/ L2 Pass preferred in PE preferred
Philosophy & Ethics You must have a grade 5 in English at GCSE.
You do not have to have studied Religious Studies or Philosophy at GCSE. If you have previously studied RS you need a grade 5 at GCSE, otherwise a 5 in English can stand in if you have not studied the subject before.
Photography Grade 6 in Art/ Design preferred
Physics Grade 7 in Physics, Combined Science 7/7 and Grade 7 in Mathematics
Product Design Grade 5 in DT
Psychology Grade 5 in English and Maths
Sociology Grade 5 in English
Additional options

GCSE English and Mathematics

It is a national requirement that any student without a grade 4 in GCSE in Mathematics or English will have to continue to study these subjects as part of their programme of study until they have achieved the qualification. This may mean your choice of courses will be affected due to this requirement.


Core Mathematics

Core Maths is intended for students who have passed GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 or better, but who have not chosen to study A level Mathematics. It is taken alongside A levels or other qualifications, including vocational courses. Studying Core Maths helps students develop their quantitative and problem-solving skills.

This course may also be chosen by students who are studying courses which have a mathematical or problem solving content content such as Psychology, Applied Business and Product Design.

Where a student wishes to study Psychology at A Level, but holds a Grade 4 in Maths rather than the entry requirement of Grade 5, Core Maths will be added to their programme of study.


Extended Project Qualification

EPQ is an additional qualification which allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self motivated project to either compliment or supplement their existing subjects. EPQ is favoured by universities as part of their entrance criteria.


Subject Information