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Sixth Form Only Subjects

There are a number of subjects that are only available within Sixth Form, at Key Stage Five.  The list of these Sixth Form only subjects are detailed below.  For our full list of subjects and details of how to apply, visit our Sixth Form Curriculum page.

ECONOMICS - a level

A study of how the whole economic system works in different countries, both at an individual level (micro-economics) and at a national level (macro-economics). There is no more topical subject than Economics therefore an interest in current affairs is important. As a social science the descriptive and analytical nature of Economics makes it ideal for either ‘arts’ or ‘science’ based students.  For more information, click here.

Extended Project - a level

The Extended Project is an opportunity to research and analyse any topic of your choice not directly covered in one of your A Levels.  You will be given some whole class teaching in research methods and individual tutorial support, but most of the 100 hours you spend on your project will be carried out individually.   After attending the Year 13 presentation evening in October 2015, you will choose a topic in November/December, research it until March, take a break for AS exams, and then continue research and write up from mid-June to September 2016, presenting your work to staff, students and parents in October 2016. You are assessed on your essay (or product if you choose to make something), your presentation, and on the progress log you will keep recording your work.  The Extended Project is the equivalent of an AS Level.  For more information, click here.

Media Studies - a level

Media Studies is the investigation of all forms of mass communication: film, TV, newspapers, magazines, the internet, advertising, and how they attempt to manipulate their audience(s) into thinking or reacting in a particular way. This is also a practical course, the coursework element rquires you to create media texts of your own, for example: a short film, trailer, advertisement or music video. For more information, click here.

Philosophy and Ethics - a level

Philosophy and Ethics is the study surrounding the key moral and ethical questions in life. In this A Level, you will explore different philosophical and ethical dilemmas, applying theories to these issues, analysing, evaluating and critiquing the positions of past and present thinkers on these issues, as well as developing key skills needed for university. There is also the opportunity in this A Level to reflect on and develop your own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of this learning.  For more information, click here.

Sociology - a level

Sociology is the study of human social behaviour and its origins, development, organisations and institutions. Studying Sociology encourages students to develop their understanding and sociological awareness by engaging with contemporary issues.  For more information, click here.

World Development - a level

World Development enables you to develop an understanding of your role as a global citizen. It takes an in-depth look at particular countries and their paths of and barriers to development. We tackle some challenging topics such as HIV, female empowerment, conflict and ethnic identities. This A Level follows the WJEC specification and looks at types of development, causes of the gap, possible barriers and solutions. Students undertake coursework both at AS and A level allowing them to improve their independent study skills and to go in to the exam with a part of the qualification under their belt.  For more information, click here.