Course Information

Welcome a guide to the courses on offer here at The Sixth Form

Our curriculum has been designed to give students the best possible future opportunities. This means offering those qualifications which open most doors with employers and universities. Our offer is based around the subjects offered below.

Clearly the offer must change on an annual basis depending on student choice; this means that if we have a significant demand for any subject we may introduce new options. So if you don’t see what you really want here don’t be afraid to ask. You should also remember that anything which is not in the taught curriculum will almost certainly be happening outside lessons and even if it isn’t, you can make it happen!

For more information on each individual subject, please refer to our prospectus.

A Level Courses

Applied Business provides the opportunity for students to explore the world of business in a highly practical way. By adopting an investigative approach, students develop a range of skills, while discovering the problems and opportunities faced by businesses in realistic contexts.

Biology is the study of life! You will explore in detail how living things work and will investigate how they depend on each other to survive. We well discuss how modern scientific research contributes to the well-being of individuals and societies.

Chemistry is a vibrant and exciting subject! It impacts on everything around us. Because it is so fundamental to our world, chemistry plays a role in everyone’s loves and touches almost every aspect of our existence in some way.

Computer Science is a challenging yet rewarding subject. This modern qualification gives students a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems, the principles of programming and problem-solving.

AS/A Level Drama & Theatre Studies combines the activities of exploring plays, creating theatre, the performing of plays, the analysis of theatre and the critical evaluation of all of these elements.

It’s fascinating! We use language – written, spoken and electronic all of the time. Effective study of language requires curiosity, a keen eye and ear, a questioning approach and awareness of key concepts.

If you have a love of language, words and phrases, and how they are used imaginatively in a range of genres and styles of texts from Shakespeare’s time to the modern day, you will love the study of literature.

Films are a popular art form, an international industry, an influential ideological force, and a source of considerable pleasure. Studying film gives an interesting and worthwhile insight into psychology, culture, society, philosophy, politics and economics.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to learn much more about what it means to be a creative and imaginative visual artist. You will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of fine art media, including traditional and new techniques and technologies.

A Level French offers you the opportunity to develop your command of the French language. The course is aimed at students with a love of language learning who wish to develop their skills and knowledge further.

Please note this option is only available to people who have chosen Maths as an option) This course is specifically designed for the most able mathematicians, allowing them to advance their knowledge of algebra, calculus and other areas of pure mathematics, as well as studying further applications of mechanics, statistics and decision mathematics.

You should study Geography if you are interested in the key challenges and issues in the world today’s, such as climate change, globalisation, urban regeneration and management of the world’s resources.

]A Level German offers you the opportunity to develop your command of the German language. The course is aimed at students with a love of language learning who wish to develop their skills and knowledge further.

If you have a natural interest in the society around you and are interested in current affairs, then you will almost certainly enjoy studying History. It encourages you to understand and think intelligently, as well as gaining vital skills which are appreciated by a huge variety of employers.

A Level Law will give you an excellent grounding in the English legal system, develop your analytical and problem-solving skills and your ability to construct and communicate arguments effectively, all essential for higher education, as well as providing a great foundation for a legal or business career.

The course allows you to broaden your mathematical skills and understanding in different areas of the subject and see how this applies to the real world. Focus on solving problems involving networks and modelling time scales for projects that could be used in industries such as engineering, technology and construction.

Develop a critical and analytical approach to different types of media texts, as well as the media institutions which create and circulate them, Explore all aspects of today’s media world as well as considering changes surrounding the rise and development of digital media.

A Level Music will provide candidates with the knowledge and experience for all forms of further and higher education and will give them understanding, and encourage appreciation, of all music genres.

A level photography provides students with opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms. As a subject it stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking as well as strengthening problem-solving skills.

A Level Physics gives you a seamless transition from GCSE to university courses in Physics and the many Physics-related disciplines. A Level Physics allows you to appreciate how Science works, and provides a foundation to study optional topics including Astrophysics, Medical Physics and Applied Physics.

Psychology is the fascinating scientific study of behaviour. Psychology will equip you with the skills and knowledge to decode human behaviour in everyday life using scientific methods of careful research, experimentation and statistical analysis.

The study of Sociology focuses on contemporary society and fosters the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity. Students are encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world. Studying sociology can lead to degree-level study in social sciences, psychology, education and social work. Key skills developed include writing, critical thinking, and argument.

Non-A Level Courses

This course enables students who have studied on the combined GCSE route to further advice their knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles associated with the application of biology, chemistry and physics, they will also study experimental and practical techniques associated with applied science and the roles and skills of scientists, and the public and media perception of science. This qualification is supported by a range of universities, and taken alongside other qualifications it can fulfil the entry requirements for a number of science-related higher education courses, including biomedical, forensic and sports.

Core Maths is a new qualification aimed at students who want to keep up their valuable maths skills but are not planning to take A Level Mathematics. At the end of the course, you will come out with a Level 3 Qualification in either Quantitative Problem Solving or Quantitative Reasoning, which is assessed by final examination, and is similar to an AS Level. Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life maths skills. The material studied is not purely theoretical or abstract but can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life. It will also help with other A-Level subjects, in particular Science, Geography, Business Studies, Psychology and Economics. Core Maths would be the perfect qualification for students with a grade 6 at GCSE, who will struggle with the pace of A Level maths, but will relish the opportunity to continue to develop their mathematical skills and knowledge and learn more of their applications to everyday life.

Engineering is the branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures. It involves the use of techniques and processes used to engineer a solution to a particular problem.

Information Technology is a course that is mostly practical and will help you to develop the ICT skills required in business. If you’re interested in designing computer systems to solve ICT related problems, then this could be the course for you.

This qualification builds on the student’s experience from Key Stage 4 who have an interest in studying sport, leisure or fitness. The course content is designed to follow on from GCSE Physical Education or an equivalent vocational qualification enabling a smooth transition from one to the other, although it is not a requirement to have studied physical education or sport at Key Stage 4. This qualification is not just about being able to play sport, it will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into Higher Education on a sport-related programme such as Sport and Physical Education, Sport Science, Sport Coaching and Development or Sport and Leisure Management. Students will gain an understanding of sport in the wider contexts of coaching and leadership, anatomy and physiology, the body’s short – and long-term responses to physical activity and the framework of sport in the UK and the organisations involved.

Diploma Subjects

Health and Social Care represents one of the biggest sectors for potential employment in the North East, and with 100% A/A* last year, our students are perfectly placed to take advantage of this. You will learn a huge range of skills, and equip yourself for degree level study in fields ranging from Nursing and Midwifery to Primary Education. We offer two possible routes in Health and Social Care. The Extended Certificate is the equivalent of an A-level, and should be taken alongside two other subjects. The Extended Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A levels, and is taken on its own. For both, you will follow a combination internally coursework assessed units and external examined units