The following subjects are available to study at A-Level:
Art - Examination Baord - WJEC
What Will I Study?
The WJEC AS and A level in Art & Design encourages learners to develop their intellectual, imaginative, creative and expressive skills, develop a range of practical skills in a variety of media and encourage aesthetic understanding and critical judgement. The course will also promote independent thinking and interpretation of ideas, increase awareness of historical and contemporary art & design context and extend knowledge of different cultural & political influences on art, design and society.
Either a one year AS course or a two-year full A level in Art & Design will equip students with both the theoretical and design theory skills to apply successfully to an Architecture degree whilst also providing the practical work needed for the compulsory coursework portfolio required by the UCAS application system.
Biology - Examination Board - WJEC
Chemistry - Examination Board - WJEC
Economics - Examination Board - WJEC
What Will I Study?
You will study three topic areas at AS:
- Markets and Society – how buyers and sellers interact and prices are determined within the market place with a specific focus on labour markets; Market failure and government failure.
- Macroeconomic Theory – the function of an economy and the determination of output, prices and employment and Macroeconomic Policy – how output, prices and employment are determined by government economic policy.
- Exchange Rates and International Trade
Similarly, you will study three topic areas at A2:
- Competition & Competitive behaviour – how markets are structured and the influence it has on their behaviour;
- Macroeconomic Economic Issues – study of employment, inflation and economic development.
- Global Economics, Trade & Development –why countries trade and issues surrounding economic development.
What Next? Economics is a popular subject and can be effectively combined with most other subjects including social sciences, mathematics and sciences. The full A-Level in Economics provides the basis for students who wish to proceed to higher education to study law, business management, marketing, accountancy, finance and banking. Large sections of the private and public sector recruit from this area.
English Literature - Examination Board - WJEC
The course continues in the second year with Shakespeare and Paradise Lost Book IX. Students also have the independence to express their preferences in selecting texts to analyse for the non-exam assessment.
Government and Politics - Examination Board - WJEC
History - Examination Board - WJEC
At AS-Level, students undertake a depth study into the Weimar Republic, from 1918 - 1933, in addition to a period study of Britain from 1780 - 1880.
At A-Level, students undertake a depth study into Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945, in addition to a period study of 20th Century America. Furthermore, students will complete a 3,000 - 4,000-word coursework assignment on a topic of their choice (excluding subjects studied as part of the depth study of Germany from 1918-1945).
Mathematics/Further Mathematics - Examination Board - WJEC
Modern Language - French - Examination Board - WJEC
AS-Level: leisure and lifestyles, the individual and society
A2-Level: environmental issues, social and political issues.
In addition to the specified topics, A2 students take one guided study option from: regions of the country studied; the world cinema or the world of literature.
Modern Language - German - Examination Board - WJEC
What Will I Study? The following topics will be studied with reference to the German speaking countries, as well as in a wider global context as appropriate:
1. Being a young person in German-speaking society:
- Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships / relationships
- Youth trends, issues and personal identity
- Educational and employment opportunities
2. Understanding the German-speaking world:
- Regional culture and heritage in Germany, German-speaking countries and communities
- Literature, art, film and music in the German- speaking world
1. Diversity and difference:
- Migration and integration
- Cultural identity and marginalisation
- Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
- Discrimination and diversity
2. The Making of Modern Germany: 1989 onwards:
- Initial and subsequent process of reunification
- Social cohesion in present-day Germany
- Artistic and political movements
- Economic impact of a united Germany
In addition to the specified topics, A2 students take one guided study option from the world of literature.
What Next? The ability to speak another language is a definite asset. Modern foreign languages are commonly used in the world of commerce, international business, and diplomacy, the world of art, financial services, the media, tourism and technology. A modern foreign language is relevant and useful for a number of degree courses such as: Law, Medical Courses, Business Studies, Marketing/Export Management, Journalism/Media Studies, Education and Tourism.
Geography - Examination Board –WJEC
What Will I Study? The AS/A2 Geography course examines a number of contemporary themes and global issues, besides providing students with numerous core skills for higher education.
During the AS year, the WJEC course focuses on population, settlement, tectonics and coastal landscapes. Students also undertake, with the guidance of college tutors, two personal investigations into topics from human and physical geography.
The A2 year comprises of studies in other themes including global systems (water and carbon cycles), global governance (migration, globalisation and governance of oceans) and 21st century challenges (an extended response question focusing with stimulus material drawn relating to the aforementioned topics). In addition, students will be taught about tectonic hazards and must study two additional topics from a choice of: ecosystems; economic growth and challenge; India, China or Sub-Saharan Africa; energy challenges and dilemmas; and weather and climate. In the final unit, A2 students also complete an independent investigation based on fieldwork and secondary data, on a choice of topics set by the exam board.
What Next? Geography is a very popular subject at university, especially as it can be studied at degree level either as an art, a science or as a combined course with other humanities-based subjects. The study of geography helps to develop a number of skills which are always sought by employers including numeracy, literacy, problem-solving, IT skills, team-working, and time management, as well as the ability to present cogent and well-balanced arguments in either a verbal or written format. The popularity of the subject also stems from the way the geography syllabus covers a number of contemporary issues besides allowing students, through personal investigations, to explore the topics that interest them in more detail.
Physics - Examination Board - WJEC
Psychology - Examination Board - WJEC
At AS Level you will study each of the 5 main approaches to psychology: the biological approach, the psychodynamic approach, the behavioural approach, the cognitive approach and the positive approach. This will involve consideration of the assumptions of each approach, the therapies that have arisen from the approach, key research studies associated with the approach and a debate associated with the approach. You will also be taught research methods.
At A2 level you will study how the approaches are used to explain specific behaviours such as schizophrenia and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. You will also consider controversies in psychology such as sexism, cultural bias and the use of non-human animals for psychological research. There will be the opportunity to conduct your own research and develop your own conclusions.