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Sixth Form

A-LEVELS – THE ESSENTIALS

A-levels are still the most popular route into university in the UK. A full-time A-level programme (three subjects) typically includes four hours of teaching per subject per week, plus tutorial and self-study time. 

WHAT WILL I STUDY

When you decide to study A-levels it can often be difficult to know which subjects are the most suitable. To help you make this decision the A-level subjects have been organised into pathways.

Each pathway relates to a career destination or discipline and provides a selection of A-level choices. You will be asked to select from a range of A-level pathways (Science, Social Science, Business and Communication)  which will enable you to apply for a range of university subjects and careers.

Every pathway has Go Further activities which are tailored to the A-levels and university subject/career choices. Examples of Go Further activities include trips to Venice for Drama and Theatre Studies, Philosophy students visiting Athens, History trips to Berlin and The National Archives, residential fieldwork for Geography and Biology students, as well as a variety of student revision conferences, and Mathematics competitions.

YOUR PATHWAY – YOUR FUTURE 

In 2016, we had an overall pass rate of 97%. More than 65% of students studying English language and literature, geography and maths achieved high grade scores of A* to B.

In 2015, 98% of our A-level students achieved an overall pass rate. 100% of English Language and Literature students achieved A*-B.

"I HAVE REALLY ENJOYED ALL THE SUBJECTS. I HAVE LEARNT AND I MADE A LOT OF FRIENDS. NOW I KNOW HOW TO APPLY THE INFORMATION I HAVE LEARNT. I HOPE TO GO TO UNIVERSITY AND STUDY BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE. THIS COURSE HAS MADE ME MUCH MORE CONFIDENT.”

Francesca Dowding, AS Chemistry, Biology, Psychology and English

"I STUDIED A-LEVELS IN HISTORY, BUSINESS, ENGLISH LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE. I REALLY ENJOYED THE ADULT ENVIRONMENT, BEING IN A COLLEGE, AND LEARNING SKILLS SUCH AS REACHING A GOOD EVALUATION WITH EVIDENCE OR ANALYSING THE UNDERLYING MEANING OF THINGS. WHEN I FINISH THE COURSE, I’M PLANNING TO GO TO THE UNIVERSITY OF READING TO STUDY LAW AND AM CONSIDERING A CAREER IN CORPORATE LAW."

Tristan Groves, A-levels


Pathway Potential career destination options

Business
You can chose 3 or 4 subjects:

A: Business studies 
B: Maths*, Psychology
C: Law, Psychology, Religious studies
D: Law, sociology or geography*
E: Accounting

Accountancy, Business and Finance; Childhood Studies; English; Film and Media; History; Journalism; Creative Writing and PR; Law; Media; Performing Arts and Theatre; Project Management; Psychology and Occupational Therapy; Social Care; Sociology; Teaching; Tourism and Hospitality.

 

Maths at minimum B grade if Maths A-level selected

Communication
You can choose 3 or 4 subjects:

A: Sociology
B: English lit and lang*, Psychology
C: Law, religious studies
D: English lit, Law, Geography*
E: History*, Psychology

Accountancy, Anthropology, Business and Finance, Criminology, Journalism, Creative Writing, PR, Management Studies, Performing Arts and Theatre, Politics, Project Management, Law (e.g. paralegal, solicitor, legal assistant, barrister)

 

English Language at minimum grade B

Science 
You can choose 3 or 4 subjects:

A: Biology* or Maths*
B: Chemistry*, psychology
C: Physics*, psychology
D: Further Maths
E: Maths* or Biology*

Anthropology; Astronomy, Audio equipment technician, Chemical technician, Electrician; Film and Video Editor; Food Science Technician, Food Scientist or Technologist, Forensic Science Technician, Occupational Health and  Safety Specialist, Physicist, Physics Teacher, Precision Instrument Repairer
Maths at minimum grade B, relevant science minimum grade B

Social Science
You can choose 3 or 4 subjects:
A: English lit and lang* 
B: Sociology
C: Psychology, business studies
D: Law, sociology
E: Psychology

Business and Finance; Childhood Studies; English; Film and Media; Journalism; Creative Writing and PR;  Media; Performing Arts and Theatre; Project Management; Psychology and Occupational Therapy; Social Care; Sociology; Teaching.


 

English Language at minimum grade B
 

* Facilitating subjects

Entry requirements: Six GCSEs at A-C including English language, maths, additional science, plus three other academic subjects.

Tutorial/ Extended Project Qualification is compulsory for all pathways.

COURSE LIST

NameAreaFT/PTLocation
Accounting A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Biology A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Business Studies A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Chemistry A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
English Language and Literature A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Further Maths A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Geography A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
History A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Law A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Mathematics A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Physics A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Psychology A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Religious Studies A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading
Sociology A-level A-Levels Full-time Kings Road, Reading