Our courses and 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|
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:
|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|
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 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.