A-level Subjects

All students must take A-level mathematics and one of the sciences i.e. either physics, chemistry, biology or computer science A-level. Each student must then choose two other A-levels from the complete list outlined below. So each student will start Year 12 studying a total of four A-levels.

A-level Mathematics

 

Specification

AQA A-level Mathematics 7357

Mathematics is compulsory for all pupils studying at the Sixth Form. The A-level is perhaps the single defining feature of a well educated student at the school. Having A-level mathematics increases the breadth of degree courses to which you can apply. It should be viewed as essential to have A-level Mathematics if you wish to pursue a degree in the sciences or engineering.

Please note: This is a linear course with all the papers being sat in the summer of Year 13.

Subject content

General Themes

OT1: Mathematical argument, language and proof
OT2: Mathematical problem solving
OT3: Mathematical modelling

Pure Mathematics

A: Proof
B: Algebra and functions
C: Coordinate geometry in the ( x , y ) plane
D: Sequences and series
E: Trigonometry
F: Exponentials and logarithms
G: Differentiation
H: Integration
I: Numerical methods

Mechanics

J: Vectors
P: Quantities and units in mechanics
Q: Kinematics
R: Forces and Newton’s laws
S: Moments

Statistics

K: Statistical sampling
L: Data presentation and interpretation
M: Probability
N: Statistical distributions
O: Statistical hypothesis testing

Scheme of Assessment

Paper 1 Pure Mathematics; 2 hours; 100 marks; 33% of total

Paper 2 Mechanics; 2 hours; 100 marks; 33% of total

Paper 3 Statistics; 2 hours; 100 marks; 33% of total

 

A-level Further Mathematics

Specification

AQA A-level Further Mathematics 7367

Further Mathematics is the perfect compliment to A-level Physics. The specification develops a mathematical treatment of fundamental ideas in Physics and should be seen as a way of preparing for a degree in Physics or Engineering. Obviously, any true mathematician should study Further Mathematics as this course gives the breadth and depth necessary to take the subject seriously at university.

Please note: This is a linear course with all the papers being sat in the summer of Year 13.

Subject content

General Themes

OT1: Mathematical argument, language and proof
OT2: Mathematical problem solving
OT3: Mathematical modelling

Pure Mathematics

A: Proof
B: Complex numbers
C: Matrices
D: Further algebra and functions
E: Further calculus
F: Further vectors
G: Polar coordinates
H: Hyperbolic functions
I: Differential equations
J: Numerical methods

Option 1: Mechanics

MA: Dimensional analysis
MB: Momentum and collisions
MC: Work, energy and power
MD: Circular motion
ME: Centres of mass and moments

Option 2: Statistics

SA: Discrete random variables (DRVs) and expectation
SB: Poisson distribution
SC: Type I and Type II errors
SD: Continuous random variables (CRVs)
SE: Chi squared tests for association
SF: Exponential distribution
SG: Inference – one sample t – distribution
SH: Confidence Intervals

Option 3: Discrete mathematics

DA: Graphs
DB: Networks
DC: Network flows
DD: Linear programming
DE: Critical path analysis
DF: Game theory for zero sum games
DG: Binary operations

Scheme of Assessment

Paper 1 Pure Mathematics; 2 hours; 100 marks; 33% of total

Paper 2 Pure Mathematics; 2 hours; 100 marks; 33% of total

Paper 3 Option Paper – two option subjects (Mechanics, Statistics or Discrete); 2 hours; 100 marks; 33% of total

A-level Physics

Specification

AQA A-level Physics 7408

The great thing about the AQA Physics specification is the choice of option papers available to study. This is the last A-level board to keep this optional element in the course. As such, it is for the true physicist and is a brilliant preparation for degree level physics as well as giving the chance for engineers to specialise prior to starting a degree.

Please note: This is a linear course with all the papers being sat in the summer of Year 13.

Subject content

Core content

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear physics

Options

Students choose one of the following option topics to study in Yer 13.

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics

Scheme of Assessment

Paper 1 Sections 1 to 6 excluding Thermal physics; 2 hours; 85 marks; 34% of the total

Paper 2 Thermal physics, Fields and their consequences and Nuclear physics; 2 hours; 85 marks; 34% of the total

Paper 3 Practical experiments and data analysis 45 marks and Optional topic 35 marks; 2 hours; 80 marks; 32% of the total

A-level Chemistry

Specification

AQA A-level Chemistry 7405

The great thing about the AQA Chemistry specification is …

Please note: This is a linear course with all the papers being sat in the summer of Year 13.

Subject content

Core content

Physical chemistry

  1. Atomic structure
  2. Amount of substance
  3. Bonding
  4. Energetics
  5. Kinetics
  6. Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
  7. Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  8. Thermodynamics
  9. Rate equations
  10. Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
  11. Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  12. Acids and bases

Inorganic chemistry

  1. Periodicity
  2. Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  3. Group 7(17), the halogens
  4. Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  5. Transition metals
  6. Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic chemistry

  1. Introduction to organic chemistry
  2. Alkanes
  3. Halogenoalkanes
  4. Alkenes
  5. Alcohols
  6. Organic analysis
  7. Optical isomerism
  8. Aldehydes and ketones
  9. Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  10. Aromatic chemistry
  11. Amines
  12. Polymers
  13. Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  14. Organic synthesis
  15. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  16. Chromatography

Scheme of Assessment

Paper 1  Relevant Physical chemistry () and Inorganic chemistry and relevant practical skills; 2 hours; 105 marks; 35% of the total

Paper 2 Relevant Physical chemistry () and Organic chemistry and relevant practical skills; 2 hours; 105 marks; 35% of the total

Paper 3 Any content and any practical skills; 2 hours; 90 marks; 30% of the total

A-level Biology

Specification

AQA A-level Biology 7402

The great thing about the AQA Biology specification is …

Please note: This is a linear course with all the papers being sat in the summer of Year 13.

Subject content

Core content

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  8. The control of gene expression

Scheme of Assessment

Paper 1  Sections 1 – 4 and relevant practical skills; 2 hours; 91 mark; 35% of the total

Paper 2 Sections 5 – 8 and relevant practical skills; 2 hours; 91 marks; 35% of the total

Paper 3 Any content and any practical skills; 2 hours; 78 marks; 30% of the total

A-level Computer Science

Specification

AQA A-level Computer Science 7517

The great thing about the AQA Computer Science specification is …

Please note: This is a linear course with all the papers being sat in the summer of Year 13.

Subject content

Core content

  1. Fundamentals of programming
  2. Fundamentals of data structures
  3. Fundamentals of algorithms
  4. Theory of computation
  5. Fundamentals of data representation
  6. Fundamentals of computer systems
  7. Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  8. Consequences of uses of computing
  9. Fundamentals of communication and networking
  10. Fundamentals of databases
  11. Big Data
  12. Fundamentals of functional programming
  13. Systematic approach to problem solving
  14. Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project

Scheme of Assessment

Paper 1  Sections 1 – 4 and relevant skills from section 13; 2 hours 30 minutes; 40% of the total

Paper 2 Sections 5 – 12; 2 hours 30 minutes; 40% of the total

Paper 3 non-exam assessment – computing project as outlined in section 14; 75 marks; 20% of the total

A-level Latin

Specification

OCR A-level Latin H443

The great thing about the AQA Latin specification is …

Please note: This is a linear course with all the papers being sat in the summer of Year 13.

Subject content

Core content

Learners build their knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures through reading and studying prose and verse texts in Latin. Learners study texts written by a range of prose authors and the verse unseen author to develop linguistic competence.

Learners study two Latin Prose Literature set texts in depth. Learners also study additional literature in translation in order to understand the context from which the set texts have been taken.

Learners study two Latin Verse Literature set texts in depth. Learners also study additional literature in translation in order to understand the context from which the set texts have been taken.

Scheme of Assessment

Paper 1 Unseen translation; 1 hour 45 minutes; 100 marks; 33% of the total

Paper 2 Prose composition or comprehension; 1 hour 15 minutes; 50 marks; 17% of the total

Paper 3 Prose literature; 2 hours; 75 marks; 25% of the total

Paper 4 Verse literature; 2 hours; 75 marks; 25% of the total

A-level English literature

Specification

AQA A-level English literature A 7712

The great thing about the AQA English literature specification is …

Please note: This is a linear course with all the papers being sat in the summer of Year 13.

Subject content

Core content

Love through the ages
Texts in shared contexts
Independent critical study: Texts across time

Optional Content

Option A: WW1 and its aftermath
Option B: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day

Scheme of Assessment

Paper 1  Love through the ages; 3 hours; 75 marks; 40% of the total

Paper 2 Texts in shared contexts ; 2 hours 30 minutes; 75 marks; 40% of the total

Paper 3 non-exam assessment – Independent critical study: texts across time – 2500 word essay; 50 marks; 20% of the total

A-level History

Specification

AQA A-level History 7042

The great thing about the AQA History specification is …

Please note: This is a linear course with all the papers being sat in the summer of Year 13.

Subject content

Core content

Scheme of Assessment

Paper 1  Breadth study; 2 hours 30 minutes; 80 marks; 40% of the total

Paper 2 Depth study; 2 hours 30 minutes; 80 marks; 40% of the total

Paper 3 non-exam assessment – historical investigation – 3000 to 3500 word essay; 40 marks; 20% of the total

A-level Economics

Specification

AQA A-level Economics 7136

The great thing about the AQA Economics specification is …

Please note: This is a linear course with all the papers being sat in the summer of Year 13.

Subject content

Core content

Individuals, firms, markets and market failure

  1. Economic methodology and the economic problem
  2. Individual economic decision making
  3. Price determination in a competitive market
  4. Production, costs and revenue
  5. Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly
  6. The labour market
  7. The distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality
  8. The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets

The national and international economy

  1. The measurement of macroeconomic performance
  2. How the macroeconomy works : the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis, and related concepts
  3. Economic performance
  4. Financial markets and monetary policy
  5. Fiscal policy and supply-side policies
  6. The international economy

Scheme of Assessment

Paper 1  Markets and market failure: Sections 1 – 8; 2 hours; 80 marks; 33.3% of the total

Paper 2 National and international economy: Sections 9 – 14; 2 hours; 80 marks; 33.3% of the total

Paper 3 Economic principles and issues: All of sections 1 – 14; 2 hours; 80 marks; 33.3% of the total

A-level Geography

Specification

AQA A-level Geography 7037

The great thing about the AQA Geography specification is …

Please note: This is a linear course with all the papers being sat in the summer of Year 13.

Subject content

Core content

Physical geography

  1. Water and carbon cycles
  2. Hot desert systems and landscapes
  3. Coastal systems and landscapes
  4. Glacial systems and landscapes
  5. Hazards
  6. Ecosystems under stress

Human geography

  1. Global systems and global governance
  2. Changing places
  3. Contemporary urban environments
  4. Population and the environment
  5. Resource security

Geography fieldwork investigation

  1. Fieldwork requirements
  2. Investigation requirements

Geographical skills

  1. Geographical skills checklist

Scheme of Assessment

Paper 1  Physical geography; 2 hours 30 minutes; 120 marks; 40% of the total

Paper 2 Human geography; 2 hours 30 minutes; 120 marks; 40% of the total

Paper 3 Geography field work investigation – 3000 to 4000 words; 60 marks; 20% of the total

 

A-level Art

Specification

AQA A-level Computer Science 7517

The great thing about the AQA Art specification is …

Please note: This is a linear course with all the papers being sat in the summer of Year 13.

Subject content

Areas of study

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of fine art, such as those listed below. They may
explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

  • drawing and painting
  • mixed-media, including collage and assemblage
  • sculpture
  • ceramics
  • installation
  • printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography)
  • moving image and photography.

Skills and techniques

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills, as defined in Overarching knowledge, understanding
and skills, in the context of their chosen area(s) of fine art. In addition, students will be required to
demonstrate skills in all of the following:

  • appreciation of different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression
    and imagination
  • awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of fine art
  • understanding of the conventions of figurative/representational and abstract/non-representational
    imagery or genres
  • appreciation of different ways of working, such as, using underpainting, glazing, wash and impasto;
    modelling, carving, casting, constructing, assembling and welding; etching, engraving, drypoint,
    mono printing, lino printing, screen printing, photo silkscreen and lithography
  • understanding of pictorial space, composition, rhythm, scale and structure
  • appreciation of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form.

Knowledge and understanding

Students must show knowledge and understanding of:

  • how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts in the
    chosen area(s) of study within fine art
  • historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres
  • how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the
    time and place in which they were created
  • continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to fine art
  • a working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to their chosen area(s) of fine art.

Scheme of Assessment

Paper 1  Personal investigation; No time limit; 96 marks 60% of the total

Paper 2 Externally set assignment; Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised; 96 marks 40% of the total

 

A-level Philosophy

 

Specification

AQA A-level Philosophy 7172

The great thing about the AQA Philosophy specification is …

Please note: This is a linear course with all the papers being sat in the summer of Year 13.

Subject content

Areas of study

Students are required to study the following areas of knowledge:

  1. Epistemology
  2. Moral philosophy
  3. Metaphysics of God
  4. Metaphysics of mind

Scheme of Assessment

Paper 1 Sections 1 and 2 Epistemology and moral philosophy; 3 hours; 100 marks 50% of the total

Paper 2: Sections 3 and 4 The metaphysics of God and the metaphysics of mind; 3 hours; 100 marks 50% of the total