With easy access to the internet, the acquisition of knowledge is less important than it used to be and the ability to evaluate, adapt and apply knowledge in a variety of different contexts has become more important.

Students on our academic program study four academic themes; two each week*.

Within each theme students are taught how to research, organise, evaluate, synthesise and apply knowledge to different situations. It is an ideal course for students who want to develop their study and critical thinking skills and to become confident, independent learners. Students are encouraged to think creatively, take risks and draw on their own experiences and the experiences of others.

Students have the opportunity to work individually or as part of a team and to present their work in the form of reports, essays and presentations. Students benefit from discussion, debate and collaborative working.

Students who aspire to achieve the highest academic grades need the ability to select and apply their knowledge to a wide range of different situations. Students are increasingly asked to evaluate, argue, form opinion, justify and propose solutions rather than merely remember facts. As adults they will need to transfer their knowledge and skills to the world of work or be able to articulate their views and ideas as they take up their role in society. Our Senior Academic course is designed to fully develop these skills.


Academic Themes

Theory of Knowledge – Critical Thinking / Learning to Learn / Philosophy and Ethics / Study Skills
People & PlaceGeography / History / Psychology / Sociology
Scientific EnquireyPhysics / Chemistry / Biology / Earth Sciences
Applied MathematicsEngineering / Business & Finance / ICT & Computing / Statistics
Creativity & The ArtsArt / Drama / Music / Media & Film

*The subjects studied vary from week to week.