A Levels continue to be a popular choice among Sixth Formers as they allow pupils to explore the subjects they really enjoy in more depth.
For pupils who are strong in two or three subjects, A Levels allow them to focus on these particular areas of study in preparation for higher education. Plus, they enable more free time for independent research via an extended project (EPQ), which is also beneficial for enhancing university applications.
Pupils normally study three A-levels from the following; English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, French, German, Spanish, Latin, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business, Economics, Computer Science, ICT, Geography, History, Design Technology, Fine Art or Photography, Music, Psychology, Classical Civilisation, Philosophy Religion and Ethics and Theatre Studies. Many take an additional component (we call this a “plus”), for example the Extended Project Qualification, an IB subject such as an MFL, Critical Thinking (non-examined), the IB Extended Essay or IB Theory of Knowledge. A handful of pupils take 4 A-Levels, typically this would be Maths + Further Maths + 2 more subjects, or multiple MFL.
A combination of academic study and participation in co-curricular activities allows pupils to expand on personal development, whilst obtaining life and leadership skills which are increasingly valued by universities.
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