Cheney School

Cheney School

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.

Advanced Musicianship Programme

We offer in partnership with Oxfordshire County Music Service and Dr John Traill, Director of Music at St Anne's College, Oxford, an exciting extended curriculum which complements the A Level Music course. It is based at the Centre for Music (Oxford) and St Anne's College, Oxford University.  Through this collaboration, we are now able to offer specially designated workshops, concerts, recitals, lectures and seminars, led by the highest claibre of musicians, and with extra mentoring support from University of Oxford Music students.  This unique course is an ideal preparation for students who want to maximise their understanding of Music and who wish to pursur Music at higher education level.  There is a cost associated with this course (more information available from Oxfordshire County Music Service).


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.  

Extended Project qualification

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 2017, you will choose a topic in November/December, research it until May and then write up from mid-June to September 2017, presenting your work to staff, students and parents in October 2017. 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 worth 50% if an A Level.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

This award allows young people to develop and learn skills and attributes to use throughout life from within the classroom and beyond the school gates.  It is a challenging yet highly beneficial award which improves self confidence and encourages young poeple to become more independent before the next stages in life.

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care is the study of humans, their development and supporting needs.  It combines elements of sociology, biology, nutrition, law and ethics.  Health Care professions include medical nursing homes, GP services and hospital activities whilst Social Care professions are in areas such as residential care/nursing and social work.

Media Studies 

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.


Philosophy is the study surrounding the some of the key moral and epistemological questions in life. In this A Level, you will explore different philosophical dilemmas, applying theories to these issues, analysing, evaluating and critiquing the positions of past and present thinkers. Examining the nature of our perception of the world around us, how we form moral judgement and approach ethical dilemma, as well as looking into theories about the nature of our own minds and consciousness and exploring the possibility or impossibility of the existence of God.  As well as developing key evaluative and analytical 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.  


Photography has been used by practitioners to record, document and present examples of everyday life, in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances.  It has also been used as the vehicle for artistic expression, communicating personal ideas about the world around us. It is used to convey personal identity more widely than any other art form, is applied in the creative process across art, craft and design and is widely used in social, commercial and scientific contexts.  The development of affordable lens-based technology has changed the way that both professionals and the public use photography.