Key Stage 5 Curriculum – A Level
All Year 12 students may choose either 3 A Levels or 4 A Levels across 2 years of study from the following subjects (each year of study Level comprises of 150 learning hours throughout the duration of the course – this is 5 learning hours per week per subject).
Drama and Theatre Studies
In addition to their A level subjects Year 12 also receive a fortnightly lesson of life skills which builds on their GCSE coverage of this subject and further develops students’ opportunities for personal development.
In Term 6 all Year 12 students begin the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) (120 hours = 40 Guided learning hours + 80 independent learning hours).
In Year 13 students have the following choices;
- To remain studying 3 or 4 subjects to A Level and complete an EPQ
- To remain studying 3 or 4 subjects to A Level without an EPQ
In addition to their A Level subject choices there is a compulsory requirement for all students to choose at least one option from either the Performance Academy (PE) or Recreational (PE) enrichment options. These ensure all Sixth Form students can confidently pursue their interest(s) outside of academic study.
The Performance Academy options allow students to excel, working towards musical grading, dramatic performances or 1st team school sport representation. The Recreational options allow students a period of exercise and introspection to act as a healthy balance alongside the rigours of AS and A Level study.
Where space is available students may opt into more than one Performance option, Recreation option or a mixture of both Performance and Recreational options. This means that a 1st XV rugby player can also continue to learn the piano, or work towards a school dramatic production, within normal school hours, allowing them additional time outside of school to work towards their academic success.
A full list of performance and recreational options is as follows;
Performance Academy Options
(hours/2 week timetable)
(all 1 hour/ 2 week timetable)
(up to 6 hours)
(up to 4 hours)
(up to 4 hours)
(2 hours from February Half term)
Ultimate Frisbee (Summer)