Sixth Form Academic

The Sixth Form curriculum offers flexible options and different pathways of study allow specialisation for those who know exactly where they want to go but preserve diversity of choice and the opportunity for breadth for all students.


  • A Level Results 2022

    This year, students receiving well-deserved grades and cementing their places at competitive university courses across the country.

    90% of grades were at grade A*-C, and over a quarter of all grades received were at A*. Over 96% of students secured entry to their first choice institution on the day.

    Courses this year highlight the breadth of academic disciplines supported at A level at Tranby, with students taking up places in courses in the more readily recognised career-defined pathways such as Medicine, Law, Engineering, Architecture, Business, Computer Science, Teaching, and Real Estate Planning, alongside those initiating undergraduate degrees in subjects as diverse as Film Special Effects, Countryside Planning, Game Design, Glass and Ceramics, Chiropractic, and Fashion Design.

    This year’s university destinations emphasise the broad and far-reaching aspirations of our students, with many travelling to internationally renowned institutions across the country; from more local leading institutions such as Hull, York, and Sheffield, through to those further afield, including Newcastle, Warwick, Manchester, Loughborough, Reading, Bristol, Swansea, and the University of the Arts London.

    Given Tranby’s longstanding focus on academic excellence and its committed teaching staff, every year a huge proportion of the Upper Sixth succeed in securing at least three A grades across their three A levels. The students who have achieved this brilliant standard this year are setting off on a wide array of exciting futures, showing that excellence at Tranby comes across all subjects and disciplines.

    Tom achieved A* in Business, Economics and Maths, and an A in Maths; he will be studying Economics with Maths at Lancaster.

    Nathan achieved A*A*AA in Maths, Further Maths, Spanish and German, and will study German with Mathematics at Lancaster.

    Darcy secured A* in Business, and A in Geography and Economics, and will study Real Estate at the University of Reading.

    Millie secured A*A*A in Art, Maths and Further Maths, and will study Games Art at the University of the Arts London.

    Josh achieved 4 A*s in Physics, Computing, Maths and Further Maths, as well as an A* at EPQ, and will study Computer Science at Warwick.

    Oshi achieved A*A*A* in Spanish, Maths and Further Maths, and will study Mathematics with Study Abroad at Bristol.

    Mark secured A*A*A in Computing, Maths and Physics, and will study Computer Science with Industrial Experience at Lancaster.

    Conor secured A*A*A* in Chemistry, Biology and Maths and will take up Medicine at Sunderland.

    Emily secured A*A*A in English Literature, History and Drama & Theatre and will take up English at King’s College London.

    Julia achieved AAA in Physics, Biology and Geography, and will study Earth and Planetary Sciences at Manchester.

    In vocational terms, careers requiring STEM skills continue to grow at a faster pace than other occupations, and STEM skills provide outstanding foundations for success in any future pathway. At Tranby, science, technology, engineering and Maths are readily championed and celebrated through every stage of schooling and are of course taught to an outstanding standard; it is no surprise that our 2023 cohort has secured excellent courses in these subjects at university. This includes students studying Psychological Science at Newcastle, Mechanical Engineering at Swansea, Mechanical Engineering at York, Automotive Engineering at Sheffield Hallam.

    The entrepreneurial spirit of our students, and their enduring interest in economic and financial affairs is apparent once more with a cohort of Tranby leavers taking up courses in economics, business, and related disciplines. This includes Accounting and Finance at Newcastle, Sport Business Management at Leeds Beckett, International Business at Loughborough, and Business Management at Northumbria.

    Tranby students sustain a deep curiosity for the legal and social structures of society, and a wish to understand them to help better them in some future capacity. As with every year, a number of Tranby students will go on to study law or the social sciences at university, hoping in time to apply their skills and attributes to social affairs and make a difference. This includes Clarke Law with Criminology at Hull, Sociology at Lancaster, Social Sciences at Lincoln, and Law at Northumbria.

    The UK has one of the most vibrant, diverse, and successful creative industries in the world. A leader across the arts and performance, and a centre for developing industries in computer design, Tranby sustains an outstanding depth of teaching and application experience in the creative arts. This is apparent this year, with an eclectic array of courses being taken up by our leavers in artistic and creative fields. At a time when the support and provision of such subjects is challenging nationally, Tranby remains a leader in building highly credible applications for its students and supporting them into this fascinating industry. Our students will be taking up the study of Glass and Ceramics at Sunderland, Games Art at UAL, Fashion Promotion at Manchester Met, Special Effects at Bolton, Architecture at Northumbria, and both Game Design and Film Studies at Hull.

  • Biology

    Examination Body: AQA 7402 

    A Level Biology is challenging, exciting, interesting and relevant; it is a popular subject in the Sixth Form. Biology is the study of life. It encompasses the study of organisms, from the smallest viruses through to human beings. A Level Biology provides an understanding of a variety of biological processes, from the large scale magnificent ecological relationships in a habitat to the function and structure of biological molecules, such as DNA.  

    The A Level Biology course aims to build on your understanding of the subject achieved at GCSE and to equip you with the skills and understanding required not only to succeed at A Level, but also to follow a scientific or medical degree at university. 

    Entry Requirements 

    There are no specific requirements to start A-level study in Biology. Your teachers will be more interested in your potential, commitment and genuine interest in Biology. You must accept that consistent hard work is essential for success. 

    Delivery and Assessment 

    The course offered is linear, so there are no modules and all examinations are taken at the end of the course. It is anticipated that most pupils will follow the full two-year course leading to the award of GCE Advanced Level Biology. 

  • Business

    Examination Body: AQA 

    Business at A Level covers a wide range of related topics including finance, marketing, operations, human resources, strategy and the external environment. It is a subject that will support progression to further study as it can be combined with any number of subjects at degree level. 

    Business is based on what happens in the real world around us and is, therefore, a very accessible subject. During the course students will develop important examination skills such as analysis and evaluation, which will aid them at degree level and in the world of work. 

    Entry Requirements 

    There are no requirements over and above those laid down for Sixth Form entry. However, an interest in current business affairs is advantageous as theory is related to current business examples in class discussions. A willingness and ability to write extended answers is also required as issues are analysed in depth and in detail in exam questions. 

    Delivery and Assessment 

    The AS and A Level qualifications are stand alone; students will only sit the AS if they are not going to study Business in Year 13. Questions in the exams are multiple choice, case study based and essays. 

  • Chemistry

    Examination Body: AQA Advanced Chemistry 7405 

    A Level Chemistry is a highly regarded subject and lends itself to many degree courses and pathways. A chemistry qualification opens doors to a wide range of careers. The food you eat, the clothes you wear and the technology you use all depend on chemistry.   

    The Royal Society of Chemistry writes: “In a complex and changing world, chemistry and the chemical sciences are essential. They are vital in our everyday lives and will be vital in helping the world respond to some of its biggest challenges.” 

    Entry Requirements 

    A minimum 6 in GCSE Chemistry or Double Award Science is required. If you only achieve the minimum standards you must accept that consistent hard work is essential for success. 

    Delivery and Assessment 

    The course is linear and consists of 9 topic areas. All students are entered in June of Year 13. 

    The work involves lectures and regular assessments. In addition, practical skills are assessed on numerous occasions, including 12 required activities which contribute to a Practical Endorsement. It is important that time should be spent outside the laboratory on productive reading and comprehensive study of the subject matter covered. The subject content is divided into three topic areas: Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, with the content of each examined by three written papers.  

  • Computing

    Examination Board: OCR 

    Computer Science is not just learning about computers, it is learning how to solve problems using computer systems. This course is for you if you enjoy the challenge of problem solving and developing working solutions. You should be comfortable with Mathematics, as there is a large element of Maths involved in the course.  

    Computer Science links to other areas of study including Mathematics and Languages and provides an excellent platform for studying Computer Science or Games Development at university. 

    Entry Requirements 

    You will need to have achieved level 5 or above in at least five GCSE Subjects and it is preferable if you achieved a Maths grade of level 6 or above. It is beneficial, but not compulsory, to have studied Computer Science at GCSE. 

    Delivery and Assessment 

    The course consists of three units which are outlined below: 

    Component 01: Computer Systems – Written exam 40%  

    In this unit you will learn about computer components and their uses, types of software and the different methodologies used to develop software, how data is exchanged between different systems, how data is represented and stored within different structures, different algorithms that can be applied to data structures and the laws and ethical issues around the use of computers. 

    Component 02: Algorithms & Programming – Written Exam 40% 

    In this unit you will learn what is meant by computational thinking, how computers can be used to solve problems, how programs can be written to solve problems, the use of standard algorithms and their use in describing problems.  

    Component 03: Programming Project – Coursework Project 20% 

    In this unit you will learn how to produce a coded, computing solution to a real-world problem, including analysis of the problem, design of the solution, development of the solution and evaluation of the finished project. 

  • Design Technology

    Examination Body: Edexcel 

    Product Design is all around us. Everything we come into contact with, from our smart phones and our plastic milk bottles to a Ferrari F1 car and a child’s scooter, has been considered and designed by someone. There is a huge industry made up of many different roles that go into creating all our products that we take for granted. Concept artists, materials analysts, designers, modelling specialists… the list goes on. This is what makes Product Design such a varied and interesting course and career. The subject also leads into other roles such as Architect, Automotive engineer. Graphic designer. Materials engineer. Product manager. Production designer, theatre/television/film. Purchasing manager. 

    During the course you will work with a variety of materials and solve practical problems which will challenge your creativity and innovation. You will develop a detailed understanding of design and engineering both from a practical and theoretical prospective. You will be able to analyse any product for how it could be manufactured and what materials would be most suitable for its use. 

    Entry Requirements 

    Along with the normal Sixth Form entry requirements, you will need a 4 or above in both GCSE Maths and English.  

    Delivery and Assessment 

    In Year 12 you will undertake a number of practical projects to build your skill level and understanding of the subject. The theory aspect will be spit over the two years and is supported with its own textbook. Year 13 you will take a written examination and produce coursework. Your final practical piece will be a single, integrated design project using any material or combination of materials, which will contain certain aspects of industrial and commercial design. 

  • Drama

    Examination body: Edexcel  

    The A Level Drama and Theatre qualification encourages creativity and critical thinking. The focus on practical work will allow you to develop your skills, which will support progression to further study of drama and a wide range of other subjects that require communication and presentation. 

    The two set texts will require you to articulate how you would perform in certain roles, and design for certain scenes, putting practical work at the heart of each specification. This course will encourage and give you opportunities to think ‘outside the box’. 

    Entry Requirements 

    There are no requirements over and above those laid down for Sixth Form entry. A Level Drama & Theatre is open to all students who are capable of achieving an A Level standard. 

    Delivery and Assessment 

    The A Level in Drama and Theatre is assessed through a combination of a 40% written exam and 60% Non-Examined Assessment (NEA).   The 60% practical aspect of the course includes a devised and a scripted performance and work on either a monologue or duologue. 

  • Economics

    Examination body: AQA 

    The basic economic problem is scarcity and Economics can be defined as the study of the allocation of scarce resources between competing uses; it is about the choices we have to make to get the goods and services we need and want. In Economics, we study how markets work, why they sometimes fail and how the government may step in to solve this failure. We also examine the structure of firms in markets and how this structure may help or hinder the allocation of resources. In addition, we look at how the national economy works and how we try to ensure it grows over time to improve economic welfare. 

    Entry Requirements 

    There are no requirements over and above those laid down for Sixth Form entry. However, you should acknowledge that Economics is a rigorous academic subject which requires the ability to think logically; a 6 in GCSE Maths can indicate the ability to do this. A willingness and ability to write extended answers is also required as issues are analysed in depth and in detail in exam questions. 

    Economics appeals to those who have an interest in the world around them, and those who can think logically within clearly defined parameters usually meet with success. 

    Delivery and Assessment 

    The AS examinations comprise two papers, which include multiple choice and data response questions. The A Level examinations comprise three papers, which include multiple choice, data response questions, essays and questions based on an economics case study. 

    Students will only sit the AS exams if they do not wish to continue studying Economics in Year 13. 

  • English Language and Literature

    Examination Body: Edexcel 

    English Language and Literature will encourage you to develop and apply your knowledge of literary analysis as well as the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language.  

    You will use linguistic and literary approaches in your reading and interpretation of texts, showing how the two disciplines can relate to each other. 

    Entry Requirements 

    You should achieve at least a B or a 6 in GCSE English Language. 

    Assessment and Delivery 

    The Edexcel specification allows you to take all texts into the examination. You will study an anthology of modern non-literary texts, ranging from political speeches to podcasts; a modern drama such as A Streetcar Named Desire; unseen non-fiction; literary texts such as The Great Gatsby and The Whitsun Weddings; a coursework unit that allows you to engage in creative writing. 

  • English Literature

    Examination Body: Edexcel 

    As a facilitating subject, English Literature is a prestigious subject that provides a gateway to a range of subjects at degree level. It will encourage you to develop a passion for English Literature and the literary heritage. Through reading widely, critically and independently, you will become an expert in literature across centuries, genre and theme. You will be challenged to develop personal responses to some of the most stimulating poetry, prose and drama in the world. 

    Entry Requirements 

    You should achieve at least a B or a 6 in GCSE English Literature. 

    Assessment and Delivery 

    The Edexcel specification offers the opportunity to experience literature at its best, with a focus on analysis and development of personal responses. You will be able to take all examined texts into the examination.  

    Over the course of two years, you will explore modern drama and a Shakespeare play, a modern poetry anthology and a set poet as well as classic prose. A coursework unit allows you to explore texts that are of particular interest to you. 

  • Extended Project Qualification

    In the Sixth Form all pupils will be entered for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in the Lower Sixth. This is a qualification recognised by a number of universities and will provide you with additional UMS marks. Undertaking the EPQ encourages wider learning, prepares you for writing dissertations whilst at university, and often creates a discussion point at university interviews. 

    The project provides students with an opportunity to carry out a study in depth, based on either personal interests or passions, the environment around them, organisations and activities they may be a part of, or even an aspect of a subject that they are studying. It takes the form of either a dissertation, or a number of other forms, which could include an investigation or field study, or an artefact, backed up with paperwork. 

    All projects must include a written report of between 1,000 and 5,000 words. The exact length of each written report will depend on the nature of the project, the subject area or topic chosen and the other form of evidence.   

    Evidence can include:  

    • an artefact, model or construction 
    • a media file of performances or activities 
    • an audio or multimedia presentation 
    • a PowerPoint presentation 
    • a photographic record of the project.  

    One lesson a week in Sixth Form will be spent researching for your EPQ under teacher supervision but you are also encouraged to do additional work outside this time. 

  • Fine Art

    Examination body: AQA 

    The Fine Art A Level involves a combination of practical manipulation of art media and materials with the expression of ideas and concepts. It demands a high level of thinking, commitment and independent effort. You will spend time learning and improving your drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media skills and applying them to set projects. Fine Art involves developing a practical and personal response to a subject and linking it to the work of other artists. Throughout the course you will be required to write annotations and evaluations to support the development of your practical artwork. 

    Entry Requirements 

    • Standard Sixth Form entry requirement  

    • 5 in GCSE Art 

    • Pupils without GCSE Art will be required to show a small portfolio of selected work which they have undertaken independently, or complete a summer project for submission post GCSE results. 

    Delivery and Assessment 

    This course is assessed by coursework and examined units which are both assessed and marked in school and externally moderated by a visiting examiner to the school.  

  • Food & Nutrition

    Examination body: WJEC/EDUQUAS 

    This qualification allows students to gain a wealth of knowledge about the Food and Nutrition industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the relationship between the human body and food as well as advanced practical skills for cooking and preparing food. There is a strong emphasis on practical work, making this an ideal choice for students who prefer to learn by doing. Students not wishing to continue studying the subject in Year 13 will be awarded a certificate on successful completion of Unit 1: Meeting the nutritional needs of specific groups. 

    Course title: Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition 

    Entry Requirements 

    A GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition would be advisable for entry onto this course, but this is not essential. A love of cooking, some scientific knowledge and enthusiasm would equally be acceptable. 

     Delivery and Assessment 

    Students will generally undergo one practical lesson each week which will entail preparing, cooking and presenting two to three dishes and accompaniments. The remaining lessons will cover the theory part of the course. 

    Both certificate and Diploma are assessed through a combination of written exams and externally set assignments. 

    Further information including UCAS weighting and progression is available from 

  • Geography

    Examination Body: Edexcel 

    A Level Geography is a well suited A Level choice for anyone who is interested in the present and future state of our planet and its inhabitants. You will build on the knowledge, understanding and expertise gained at GCSE and will investigate the challenges of the natural world and today’s modern society.  

    The course includes a balance between physical, human and environmental topics, with fieldwork and research skills being a key feature of the course, allowing you to complete an individual geographical investigation as part of your A level course in Year 13. You will develop your decision-making and analytical skills, both as an individual and working as part of a team.  

    In addition to classroom lessons you will plan and undertake fieldwork locally and take part in a residential field visit to Blencathra field study centre near Keswick in Cumbria.  

    Entry Requirements 

    You will need to have obtained a 6 or higher in Geography GCSE and have a good understanding of Maths. If you did not take Geography at GCSE it is still perfectly possible to be successful in Geography A Level, if you have achieved good GCSE results in other subjects, and have the interest and enthusiasm to improve your world knowledge.  

    Delivery and Assessment 

    In common with all A Levels this is a two-year linear course comprising units covering a broad range of topics in geography. Assessment is via three examinations in Year 13: 1 Physical Geography paper (30%), 1 Human Geography paper (30%) and a synoptic paper (20%) , as well as a 3000-word individual Geographical Investigation on your chosen topic or issue, worth 20 per cent of your final grade. 

  • History

    Examination body: Edexcel 

    If you like arguing, developing your own views and, above all, if you are intrigued about the past, then History is for you. You should also feel comfortable with analytical writing and independent research. 

    History provides links to many other areas of study including humanities, arts and sciences, so it combines well with other subjects. 

    Entry Requirements 

    You will need a 6 or above at GCSE History.  

    Delivery and assessment 

    At AS this consists of two papers, both of which are Modern History options and are externally examined at the end of Year 12. Students will study Germany and West Germany from 1918-89. This encompasses the creation and fall of the Weimar Republic, the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship and a return to democracy under the Federal Republic of Germany. Thematically, students will assess political change, opposition to the regimes, education and cultural diversity and attitudes towards women and ethnic minorities. 

    At A Level, in addition to the above, students will complete one piece of internally assessed coursework which is teacher-led, and a final paper on Rebellions and Disorder under the Tudors. This option enables students to explore the ways in which, despite a shaky start, the Tudors were able to establish their dynasty as one of the most powerful England has ever seen. students will learn about: the Pretender rebellions under Henry VII; the religiously motivated rebellions which Henry VIII so viciously put down; Kett’s agrarian rebellion against the boy king Edward VI; the rivalry of queen against queen under Elizabeth I. Students wishing to undertake a full History A Level must sit all three externally assessed papers at the end of Year 13 and complete the coursework component

  • Latin

    Examination body: OCR 

    A Level Latin is a study of language and literature. The qualification is a natural progression from GCSE Latin. If you have enjoyed GCSE, you will certainly enjoy A Level. 

    The work for A-level involves much time spent on reading and studying literature. You will become familiar with the prose and verse of authors such as Cicero, Tacitus, Livy and Virgil from the first century BC and the first century AD and begin to appreciate them within their literary, social and historical contexts. 

    Through the exploration of these ancient texts, you will build your knowledge of vocabulary and develop an understanding of linguistic structure including syntax (how words are put together to create phrases, clauses and sentences) and accidence (how the forms of words change for a particular use). 

    You will critically analyse and evaluate the texts and learn how to translate from Latin to English, practising such translation frequently by using unseen Latin passages. 

    Entry Requirements 

    Latin at this level demands a high degree of linguistic ability; you must have studied GCSE Latin and should preferably have gained a 7 in that examination before beginning this course. 

    Delivery and assessment 

    The AS Level consists of two teaching modules with two written examination papers at the end of Year 12. The A Level consists of four written examinations at the end of Year 13. 

  • Law

    Examination body: OCR 

    Law has an impact on all areas of our lives, from the contracts we make when we buy an item to the punishments imposed on those who break the criminal law and the compensation paid when those who owe duties to others breach them. It also applies to wider issues such as those involving human rights and the conceptual ideas which underpin the law. The two-year A Level Law course encompasses a range of legal areas, culminating in three terminal examinations.   

    The study of Law is an invaluable background for many career paths and develops skills which are transferrable to a wide range of degree courses. Those who go on to study Law at undergraduate level find that A Level Law is accepted by almost all universities. Law combines well with many social science subjects but also fits well with problem-solving subjects such as Maths and the Sciences. 

    Entry Requirements 

    There are no requirements over and above those laid down for Sixth Form entry. However, OCR Law is a rigorous academic course which develops the skills of analysis, evaluation, logical thinking and problem-solving. Some of the examination questions require extended writing; an ability to write well is helpful, as is a willingness to master skills of deductive and logical reasoning on the basis of evidence. You need to be willing to engage with reading and processing large amounts of information. It is also helpful to have an interest in current affairs.  

    Delivery and assessment 

    Three examinations taken at the end of Year 13 will cover:  

    Paper 1 The legal system and criminal law – 2 hour exam 

    Paper 2 Law making and the law of tort – 2 hour exam 

    Paper 3 The nature of law and human rights law – 2 hour exam 

  • Mathematics

    Examination body: Edexcel 

    A Level Mathematics could sensibly be studied in combination with any other subject. Therefore, whatever your main interest, if you are good at Maths, and enjoy it, you should take it at A Level. Past A Level Maths students have become lawyers, engineers and doctors. 

    If you are thinking of going into a broadly scientific area, Mathematics can only be a help and may be vital. If you are wondering how good you have to be, then there are no fixed rules. Broadly speaking, at A Level, your grade will not be better than your GCSE grade but what matters most is your attitude and willingness to work. 

    Obtaining a Maths A Level shows that you have the transferable skills of analysis, logic, and problem-solving, which will always come in handy. Some degree subjects such as Physics and Engineering ask for a Maths A Level as part of the entry requirements. Others, such as Medicine and Architecture, do not make it a necessity, but they still have a fair amount of mathematical content. 

    Entry Requirements 

    You will need a grade 7 at GCSE. We do occasionally accept students who obtain a grade 6 but you must be prepared to work very hard, and this normally only happens in exceptional circumstances. 

    Delivery and assessment 

    A Level Mathematics is made up of two sections: 

    Pure Maths - This is two-thirds of the course and extends the Algebra, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry and Sequences work from GCSE and introduces Calculus. 

    Applied Maths - This is one-third of the course and is made up of both Statistics and Mechanics. The Statistics is an extension of topics such as Histograms and Probability at GCSE, whereas the Mechanics involves new topics such as forces and momentum. 

  • Mathematics (Further)

    Examination body: Edexcel 

    Further Mathematics is just as you would expect. If you are applying to mathematically-related courses at one of the top universities (Engineering for example) you are certain to require Further Maths. Such advice is, perhaps, a bit superfluous because if you are considering such courses you MUST enjoy Mathematics. If you do enjoy Maths why not study it in more depth? At the very least it will give you an insight into the difficulties, challenges and beauty of advanced Mathematics. 

    If you are successful at Further Maths you will not be short of offers from either universities or employers. 

    Entry Requirements 

    The A Level course is only for students who love Mathematics, enjoy a challenge, are self-motivated, hardworking and have at least grade 8 at GCSE Maths and an A in GCSE Further Maths. This is why Further Mathematicians are highly sought after by universities and employers. 

    Recently, the examination boards made it possible to study for an AS Level in Further 

    Mathematics alongside the Mathematics AS Level by picking out topics which ‘stand-alone’. 

    Delivery and assessment 

    Further Pure Maths  is compulsory and involves new topics such as Matrices, Complex Numbers, Proof by Induction and introduces the Taylor and Maclaurin Series, Polar Equations and Differential Equations. 

    We cover the Decision Maths as the optional module, which involves Algorithms, Linear Programming and Critical Path Analysis. 

  • Modern Foreign Languages

    Examination body: AQA 

    A Modern Foreign Language qualification in French, German or Spanish carries a degree of prestige on university applications and is highly regarded by employers today. The communication and analytical skills developed through the course are much in demand in today’s increasingly global labour market. 

    There are many ways to combine study of a foreign language with another discipline in 

    Higher Education. It is not unusual these days to study a modern language at degree level together with Law, Economics, Marketing or the Sciences. In the job market you could use a foreign language as a primary skill in translating, interpreting or teaching work. 

    Entry Requirements 

    You should have at least a 6 at GCSE in order to cope with the demands of the A level course. You should also be interested in, and enjoy discussing, a range of current topics and issues which relate to life in, and the culture of, the appropriate target language country. 

    Delivery and assessment 

    You will listen to audio recordings of a range of native German/French/Spanish speakers in order to broaden your listening skills. You will also widen your vocabulary and understanding of written German/French/Spanish through reading a variety of texts, newspaper and magazine articles. Grammar tasks will help you to master the rules of the language and you should expect to speak German/French/Spanish regularly throughout the course. Assessment is via three terminal examinations: Paper 1 which is listening, reading and writing (including translation), Paper 2 which is writing (relating to a text and film), and Paper 3 which is speaking (role play card and discussion based on individual research project).  

  • Music

    Examination Body: AQA  

    A Level Music will suit students who are performers and composers as well as those who have a strong academic interest in the history and theory of music. The course blends practical activity with strong academic and historical discipline, as well as giving insight into the deeper theory of how and why human beings make music. 

    The course builds upon the foundation of GCSE although strong performers need not have studied music academically before. Students are expected to develop their performance and composition skills (including a detailed study of harmony), culminating in a portfolio of coursework which is worth up to 55% of the final mark.  

    In addition a variety of compulsory and optional topics, covering a wide range of classical and popular music, are analysed in great detail. Students study musical styles from several different historical periods (e.g. the Baroque solo concerto, the operas of Mozart) and the present day (e.g. Music Theatre) and evaluate how music has influenced, and been influenced by, society.  

    Entry Requirements 

    6 at GCSE Music or at least ABRSM Grade 6 on any instrument or voice. 

    Delivery and assessment 

    There are three main components: 

    • Analysis and Contextual Understanding: The areas of study provide a focus for students to develop listening skills and develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language. 

    • Performing: Students are expected to give a recital including no less than 10 minutes of music in the second year of the course. This performance can be as a soloist on any instrument (or voice) and/or in an ensemble. 

    • Composition: Students will submit two compositions at the end of the two-year course. The first composition is usually a freely chosen project. The second is in response to a set brief and is usually an harmonic exercise in the style of J.S. Bach. The composition portfolio must be longer than four and a half minutes in total. 

  • Photography

    Examination body: AQA 

    Photography is a popular A Level choice, providing you with the opportunity to focus on a range of processes involved in the use of the digital medium. This is an art-based A level, and whilst you do not need to have taken Art at GCSE, you would be expected to have a small portfolio of your own work. You would be invited to come and have informal chat about the course and be prepared to talk about your work and photography, and also photographers who inspire you. Throughout the course you will be expected to have access to your own DSLR camera and to print your own work for your sketchbook. 

    At Hull Collegiate School you will have access to the Adobe CC suite and will be using Photoshop and Illustrator in combination with our Wacom Cintiq tablets. Other resources available to you includes digital cameras & lenses and studio lighting facilities. The department offers an open-door policy for Sixth Form pupils, which means that you can access the photography facilities at any time during the school week. 

    The course is enhanced by various opportunities to enter school competitions, undertake gallery visits both locally and nationally. You will be expected to contribute to regular displays within school and assist at events such as Prize Giving, where photography is required.  

    Entry Requirements 

    • Standard Sixth Form entry requirement  

    • 5 in GCSE Art 

    • Pupils without GCSE Art will be required to show a small portfolio of selected work which they have undertaken independently, or complete a summer project for submission post GCSE results. 

    Delivery and assessment 

    This course is assessed by coursework and examined units which are both assessed and marked in school and externally moderated by a visiting examiner to the school.  

  • Physics

    Examination body: AQA 

    An A Level in Physics is always highly regarded and lends itself to many degree courses due to the problem-solving nature of the content and examination.   

    A spokesperson for the Institute of Physics says: 

    “Physicists are involved in finding solutions to many of our most pressing challenges – as well as studying atoms or making sense of the extra-terrestrial, physicists diagnose disease, model the climate, design computer games, predict markets and design hi-tech goods. Studying physics opens doors.” 

    At A Level, you will study a wide variety of new topics, including particles & radiation, mechanics, thermal physics and astrophysics. 

    Entry Requirements 

    A minimum 6 in GCSE Physics or Double Award Science is required. If you achieve the minimum standard, you must also accept that consistent hard work is essential for success. 

    Delivery and assessment  

    The course is linear and consists of 9 topic areas. All students are entered in June of Year 13. 

    The work involves different lesson styles, with a heavy emphasis on practical work. Assessments on recently covered course materials are frequent to monitor progress. In addition, practical skills are assessed on numerous occasions. It is important that time should be spent outside the laboratory on gainful reading and thorough study of the subject matter covered. 

    There are 12 required practicals which are undertaken throughout Year 12 and Year 13. This is in addition to the heavy practical weighting to most lessons, including the use of new and advanced apparatus. 

    The content is examined by three written papers.  

  • Physical Education

    Examination body: AQA 

    Studying A Level PE will provide you with a fantastic insight into the world of sports performance.  Through the non-examination assessment you will have the opportunity to perform or coach, where you will apply your academic study in order to improve your own performance and the performances of others. The course is demanding and challenging, weighted towards theory in: 

    • applied physiology

    • skill acquisition and sports psychology 

    • sport and society and technology in sport. 

    Entry Requirements 

    A Level PE is open to all students who are capable of achieving a A Level standard; it is not a requirement to have taken GCSE PE. 

    Delivery and assessment 

    The new Physical Education AS and A Level will be 70% theory and 30% non-examination assessment (a practical performance, where 15% will be an assessment of the student in the role of player/performer or coach, and 15% will be analysis and evaluation of performance).  

    • Assessment of quantitative skills will represent a minimum of 5% of the overall AS and A Level marks, allowing students to develop skills that are important for Higher Education or the workplace 

    • Papers will be divided into clear sections, helping students to see which part of the specification they are being assessed on 

    • A familiar combination of multiple-choice, short and extended writing questions will be used across all exam papers 

    • Students will focus their skills as they will be assessed in one practical activity only 

  • Psychology

    Examination body: AQA 

    Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. Psychologists study both how people act and the reasons behind their actions. It is an incredibly diverse subject with topics ranging from memory and neuroscience to child development and mental disorders. 

    Students who study Psychology find it interesting because it has relevance to the everyday decisions that we make. Through psychology you can explore questions such as: Why do people lie? Why do some obey authority and others disobey? Why do people develop phobias? And how do companies influence us to buy their products? 

    Psychology is primarily a science, but it also develops your writing and mathematical skills. Studying psychology shows universities that you are a well-rounded student able to write essays, plan experiments and handle data competently. An important part of psychology is critical evaluation, a transferable skill which is valued by universities and employers alike. 

    Entry Requirements 

    You need no prior knowledge of the subject but it will best suit students with an enquiring mind who are interested in people and why they do the things they do. 

    Delivery and assessment  

    There are 7 topics in Year 1 and 4 topics in Year 2. If taking the full A Level, there are three examinations at the end of Year 13.  

  • Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

    Examination body: OCR 

    "Who knows what is good for mortals while they live the few days of their futile life, which they pass like a shadow?" SOLOMON  (ECCLESIASTES 6:12). 

    Is it always wrong to steal? Is mortality universal? Is there a purpose to our lives? Are we all just a random biological accident? This subject addresses some of the ultimate questions of the meaning of life and purpose of our existence, as well as concepts of right and wrong. We will study ideas from some of the all-time great philosophers including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes and Bentham.  

    Religion Philosophy and Ethics is a suitable A Level to lead to further study in Philosophy, Divinity, Theology, Biblical Studies and Ethics. It provides a good supporting subject to other arts subjects such as Law, Business Studies, History, Psychology, Geography, English and Politics. 

    Religion Philosophy and Ethics can be useful for careers in education, law, social work, politics, youth work, the police, counselling, journalism or the media, as well as the more obvious religious careers, such as clergy. The ethical components of the course also are useful for those pursuing science subjects with a view to a medical or veterinary career. 

    Entry Requirements 

    There are no entry requirements above those required for entrance into the Sixth Form.  

    Delivery and assessment 

    The A level is a synoptic two year course assessed by three examinations at the end of Year 13. Each exam is two hours and worth 33.3% of the total A level.  

    The new specification includes a section on developments in religious thoughts as well as philosophy of religion and ethical systems. This is to give a more even balance between the three elements of Religion Philosophy and Ethics. There is no coursework.  

  • Sociology

    Examination body: AQA 

    Have you ever wondered how we developed into the society we are today? How the way you see yourself determines the way people identify you? Whether men or women are more likely to commit a crime? How society is structured and how it has changed? 

    The A Level Sociology course will help you to make sense of the society we live in and understand the cultural and identity issues which affect us all. You will learn a wide range of skills, including the use of evidence to support your arguments, how to investigate facts, critical thinking, and using research methods which are supported by sociological theory. 

    Entry Requirements 

    The main prerequisites for the study of A Level Sociology are the usual Sixth Form entry requirements, an interest in today’s society in its widest context, and a willingness to analyse material and write extended answers. 

    Delivery and assessment 

    The course will be linear and studied over two years. There will be three final examinations, each two hours in length and weighted at a third of the final total. Students will study: 

    Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods 

    Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology – Families and Households and Media  

    Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods 


  • Textiles

    Examination body: AQA 

    Textiles is an excellent choice of A level that compliments many of the A level disciplines we offer at HCS. Popular combinations include Design Technology, Art, Photography, Drama, Business Studies and MFL.  Textiles A Level will allow you to focus on a range of specialisms, working flexibly in fine art textiles, fashion garment making, fabric construction/manipulation, embellishment and print work. There is an expectation that you will have access to a camera and be responsible for the printing and purchase of materials for your independent work. 

    The department offers an open-door policy for Sixth Form pupils, which means that you can access the facilities at any time during the school week. 

    The course is enhanced by various opportunities to undertake gallery visits both locally and nationally. You will also be expected to contribute to regular displays.  

    Entry Requirements 

    • Standard Sixth Form entry requirement  

    • 5 in GCSE Art 

    • Pupils without GCSE Art will be required to show a small portfolio of selected work which they have undertaken independently, or complete a summer project for submission post GCSE results. 

    Delivery and assessment  

    This course is assessed by coursework and examined units which are both assessed and marked in school and externally moderated by a visiting examiner to the school.