The Royal Sixth Form offers a broad range of A level subjects.
Pupils usually select 3 subjects and study for the EPQ, though they may choose to start on 4 subjects if the options work across blocks.
The practical aspects of the course are at the heart of the study of Biology and there are numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory with reality.
The course aims to:
The study of Biology at a higher level can lead to a wide range of careers including medicine and related studies, food science, agriculture, marine biology, pathology and forensic science and of course biotechnology and genetic engineering. Biology combines successfully with a wide range of other subjects leading to less obvious career paths e.g. anthropology, scientific publishing and medical illustration.
Business will appeal to you if you are entrepreneurial and would like to run your own company in later life. Alternatively, it will equip you with the skills to work within any organisation, teaching you the fundamental concepts of modern business practice.
The course aims to:
Students who study Business have access to a wide range of possible careers and higher education opportunities. The course combines well with a range of social science and humanities subjects and IT courses.
This subject is for those who have an interest in the theory and applications of chemical processes and who may wish to consider a career in medicine, veterinary science, pharmaceuticals or chemical engineering.
Chemistry is an extremely useful and prestigious subject adding significant value to your curriculum vitae. The reasoning skills you will acquire during this course will make you attractive to universities and future employers. It is a subject where success is a combination of natural ability, flair, consistent effort and conceptual imagination. Above all you will need a willingness to question. A level Chemistry is a prerequisite for careers in medicine, veterinary science, advanced studies in biology and chemistry, geology, food and material sciences. It will also be useful to you if you intend to pursue a career in nursing, catering or art and design. The course can also be combined with other subjects like business studies, management and law.
Why study Computer Science? The overall aim of the Computer Science course is to encourage candidates to develop an understanding of the principles of problem solving using computers in order to apply this understanding to develop computer-based solutions to problems. Candidates develop an understanding of systems analysis and design, development methods, testing, implementation and documentation.
The aim of Computer Science is to encourage candidates to develop:
This course is suitable for anybody wishing to pursue a career in either the IT or Computing industry, seeking a University place or an apprenticeship. Computer Science is a highly desirable subject and can be applied to a variety of other industries including finance, teaching, accounting and sport.
This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing prototypes of their choice. Students follow a long term practical project in which designing and making are a key focus. This element counts for 50% of the final grade in order to recognise the importance of practical work.
Design Technology is a useful subject for many future areas of study including Architecture, Aeronautical, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. There is an expanding market for digital based design work that is being catered for by a variety of new courses on digital media.
During the two year course students learn about key theatre practitioners, from Stanislavski to Brecht and try to put their ideas into practice. They also study a comprehensive range of plays from Shakespeare and the classics, to modern playwrights such as Miller, Kelly and many more.
A level Drama and Theatre can lead to a wide range of courses and careers but is essential if you wish to study drama at university, or if you wish to pursue a vocation in drama or the arts. It is recognised as a qualification requiring self-discipline, motivation and confidence and would therefore open doors to the study of most subjects and to many areas of employment. Students have gone on from The Royal School Drama Department to study, chemistry, fashion, medicine, stage management, professional acting, costume design to name but a few.
Economists study the way in which human effort and material resources are allocated between many different possible uses. In our course we take a critical look at how this is achieved in the free market system. We also study the problems of poorer countries in the Economic Development option. Economics requires both numeracy and literacy and develops analytical skills.
Skills developed on this course are in great demand and are recognised by employers, universities and colleges as being of great value. Economics combines well with a range of social science and humanities subjects to lead to university courses in such areas as law, business, accounting, politics and economics.
If you have enjoyed studying novels, plays and poetry at GCSE, then A level English Literature could be for you. Outside class there are opportunities to see plays, to attend lectures and to visit places of literary interest.
Encourage students to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies as they:
English Literature is a well-regarded and useful facilitating A level sitting well with a range of social science and humanities subjects. It provides a good grounding for many university courses.
This exciting course is designed to introduce students to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques and allow them to develop as individual artists. Students explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and move on to work in a wide range of approaches, meaning each project becomes unique. Work may use sketchbooks and journals to underpin development or can be presented on a series of display boards for the final assessment. Students work can go in a wide range of directions and become personal and individually driven. All work is geared towards meeting the four assessment objectives. These focus on drawing / recording from observation, developing ideas using written research, exploring and refining a use of materials and finishing projects by creating final pieces that realise intentions.
The Fine Art A level course typically leads to a one year Foundation Course at Art School followed by a BA degree in a specialist subject area but it is possible to go straight on to some specialist Art & Design based degree courses.
Do you want to understand the changing world in which we live and the challenges we face? Geography is an unusual subject - we get muddy and we go to town centres, including shops. Field trips are an essential part of the curriculum. Students studying Geography attend outside talks, lead lessons, read magazines and follow topical case studies.
The skills developed on this course are highly transferable. Geography is viewed favourably by university admissions and is regarded as a ‘facilitating’ subject. Students who study Geography at A level go on to study a range of subjects at university such as Geography, Environmental Science, Business, Sport and PE, Politics, Philosophy and Ethics, Physiotherapy, Accounting, Engineering and Art.
Are you interested in people and their motivation? Do you wonder how we reached the situation in which we find ourselves and what the alternative might have been? Do you enjoy seeing how things have changed?
Higher Education courses or careers that complement this qualification include; history, law and archaeology but History students go on to work in a wide variety of careers including journalism, the Civil Service, human resources and politics.
Mathematics will appeal to you if you enjoy solving problems using logic and numerical skills. It is a subject that is well worth studying for its own sake but it is also a useful support for the sciences, business studies/economics and those humanities that require a statistical approach to data.
A qualification in Mathematics can lead to a number of higher education courses or careers including medicine, teaching, IT, architecture, engineering, finance and encryption.
If you are really excited by Maths and wish to study Mathematics or a related subject at university you should consider doing A level Further Mathematics together with Mathematics. A level Further Mathematics is harder than A level Mathematics but is enjoyable for any determined mathematician.
A qualification in Further Mathematics is particularly useful for entry into mathematics or engineering degrees but can lead to a number of other courses or careers including medicine, teaching, IT, architecture, finance and encryption.
This contemporary, accessible and creative course allows learners to study the media in an academic context and apply the knowledge and understanding gained to the process of creating their own media productions. This A level is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of both global and historical media. This specification will foster the development of critical and reflective thinking to encourage engagement in the critical debates surrounding contemporary media. The approach that we have taken in this specification will allow teachers and learners to engage confidently with critical and theoretical approaches from the perspectives of both analytical consumers and producers of media products.
The course will enable learners to:
You may decide to pursue your study of the media further with a degree course. Study can now be combined in many universities with other relevant subjects. Media industries are continually growing and there are an increasing number of career opportunities in all sectors.
French and Spanish
If you are interested in languages and communication and you enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life, the Modern Foreign Languages course could be suitable for you. Similarly, if you are interested in aspects of the modern world and society, the media, modern technology, artistic culture, political life, film studies or literature, then you are also likely to find the course appropriate and interesting. Whether you want to use languages for work, further study, training or leisure, this course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge. During the French A level course you will be given the option to travel to France for a few days of work experience.
Some students choose to do degree courses in Languages; others pursue a Higher Education course in another subject but study a language option alongside it. Having a language at A level will certainly improve your employability, in particular but not only with companies which have international branches. Whether you are interested in continuing your studies or working at home or abroad, a language course at A level is an excellent step towards achieving your goals.
Music at A level is for anyone who has a keen interest in performing, creating and listening to different styles of music and who wishes to broaden and deepen their understanding of a whole range of recorded and live music.
A course in music will greatly enhance your motor and intellectual skills. You will need self-discipline, organisation, enthusiasm and the ability to perform under pressure in front of an audience and in examination situations. All of these qualities are essential to career development in any sphere.
On this creative course, students are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. They are made aware of both traditional and new technologies. Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to different approaches to art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times. This is integral to the investigating and making processes demonstrating their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. Students use workbooks/journals or display boards to present work that demonstrates the development of their practical and technical skills and they will produce projects with increasing individuality as the course continues. Students may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images. It is desirable that students purchase their own camera - the Photography Department can advise on this.
Careers include forensic photography, portrait/wedding photography, press photography, fine art photography and medical photography to name but a few.
Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue or what, fundamentally, are quarks? If so you may wish to study Physics which helps us to understand the physical world around us. Some of the course leads directly from the GCSE but you will also be introduced to completely novel ideas such as Quantum Theory and Particle Physics. No longer will you view the atom as a simple arrangement of protons, neutrons and electrons but as a whole array of even smaller particles!
This is a difficult but rewarding course; a good pass grade may lead to career opportunities in, for example, astrophysics, engineering and radiography. You might even want to become an airline pilot! Physics may also be studied as a joint honours degree with a Language, Music or, of course, Mathematics.
Physical Education is a subject for all those interested in sport. It is not just about playing sport as you cover the scientific, social and psychological areas of sport, as well as thinking about how you learn to play sport to develop your own understanding and performance levels.
Teaching, coaching, sports development and leisure management are all areas you may wish to consider. The course is also useful for entry into physiotherapy and medicine.
This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.
Skills developed on this course are in great demand and are recognised by employers, universities and colleges as being of great value. Psychology works well with both humanities and science subjects at A level and beyond.
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