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Facilitating Subjects

English Literature & Language English is a fascinating subject that leads to greater insight into personality, motives, relationships and even cultural issues. You will improve your ability to work independently, and it will help you develop both flexible and adaptable skills as well as your written and spoken communication. It is a demanding course that extends and develops the work done at GCSE. If you enjoy reading extensively you will enjoy English.
Mathematics Mathematics helps to develop logical thinking and problem solving skills and it support many other subjects at A-Level such as Physics and Chemistry. The best reason for doing Mathematics are that you enjoy it and find it interesting! You will cover topics in algebra, coordinate geometry, trigonometry and calculus in the Pure Mathematics modules. There is also a Statistics module which extends this topic from GCSE. In year 13 in addition to more Pure Mathematics you can choose an option from Mechanics, Statistics or Decision Mathematics.
Further Mathematics This subject is taken in addition to Mathematics A-Level. You will spend a large portion of your week on Mathematics and so you need to be happy working on Maths problems to take this option. This course is a great preparation for those planning on doing Mathematics, Physics or Engineering at university, especially at Russell Group universities.
History History is a fluid and dynamic subject which is far removed from the traditional perception of simply being a study of the past. By studying History you will develop an in depth understanding of the world in which we live and in the process you will also develop a deeper appreciation of the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversities which exist around us. You will understand the forces which have shaped today’s society and be able to make sense of the current economic and political climate.
Geography Geography at A-Level builds on your learning from GCSE but does so in more detail. You hopefully enjoyed studying Geography at GCSE and want to take it further. You want to develop your skills in the filed and your abilities in the classroom (and in the exam) and to think critically about issues in the world today. There is familiar and new material to come to grips with such as Rivers and Population along with Energy, Hazards and Meteorology. You will find the familiar Physical/Human split as well as demands made on you to collect and interpret information and to think about what the results actually mean.
Biology Biology is an ideal choice if you have an interest in and curiosity about the living world around you and how living organisms work. You will study many areas of Biology – biochemistry, cellular biology, physiology, ecology, diversity, genetics, variation, evolution and classification. All lessons are taught in the laboratory and practical work forms an integral part of the course.
Chemistry Chemistry is exciting, interesting and fun! Which other subject can take you from amino acids to lead-acid batteries via the ozone layer alcohols and thermodynamics? Where else can you go from the smallest atom of hydrogen to a C60 “carbon football” or even a nanotube via an ocean? Studying Chemistry will take you on an extraordinary journey of learning and experience.
Physics Do you want to understand the science behind the Large Hadron Collider? Nuclear Power? Windmills? Lasers? What keeps the moon up? Physics A-Level covers all these topics and many more. You will study topics as varied as quantum physics, electricity, nuclear physics, mechanics, and electric, magnetic and gravitational fields.
Languages With the increasing influence of Europe on our lives, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to communicate in more than one language. Learning a foreign language creates opportunities to gain a greater understanding of other cultures, to broaden horizons and to acquire essential communication skills. Languages can be combined successfully with any other subject. Your studies will be both academically challenging and an important first step into the international world of work. They incorporate a wide range of enrichment opportunities such as work experience opportunities in the country of study, cinema trips, one-to-one sessions with a native speaker, and a study visit to the country in question through an exchange programme.