DGSB Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening - 2021

Welcome to our Sixth Form Open Evening

We hope you enjoyed our recent virtual Sixth Form Open Evening. All of the relevant information is still available on our website, below.

Please also be aware that we have planned additional 'in-person' events during Term 5 and Term 6 when we will be in our brand-new school building with state-of-the-art facilities. 

We look forward to meeting you all in person then!

Below, you will find informative videos from our Head of Sixth Form and Headteacher, as well as a video of staff and students discussing what life is like at DGSB: 

To learn more about studying A Levels in our Sixth Form, please click on the relevant subject tab below for further information and a promotional video.

To Apply for a place in the DGSB Sixth Form, please click here: Sixth Form Application Process

Art and Design (Fine Art)

"It’s kind of fun to do the impossible." Walt Disney 

Mr Gratus, Ms Ried
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE Art

What

This is a linear course with examinations at the end of Year 13. 

We follow the AQA specification in Art & Design (fine art). 

The two-year linear programme contains four units. Year 12 consists of one coursework unit and one internally set assignment, leading to a five-hour examination. Year 13 consists of one coursework unit and a 15-hour externally assessed examination. The coursework and examination work each count for 50% of the total mark. 

The ‘Portfolio’ in Year 12 and the ‘Personal Investigation’ in Year 13 require you to be innovative and to experiment as you learn from major artists and apply that learning to practical work. For the externally set assignments, you will write at least 2,000 words analysing, describing and appreciating the work of major artists. You will also make notes about your own work and how it relates to the work of selected artists. 

Themes for the units could include landscape, portraits, still life, interiors, buildings and structures and wildlife. Wide ranges of materials and processes are used throughout the course. You are given a strategic learning programme that is unique to your artistic direction, interests and creative development. Group discussions and one-to-one discussions are held frequently and recorded. 

Why

Trips to galleries provide opportunities for you to engage with original works of art. We also expect you to learn independently, by undertaking your own trips to galleries and exhibitions and by making contact with local artists.  

Successful students of art at DGSB have gone on to study Fine Art, Digital Media Design, Gaming Design, Film Production, Art history, and Architecture at university.

Biology

"Biology is the study of the complex things in the Universe. Physics is the study of the simple ones." Richard Dawkins

Mrs Watson, Dr Kelly
Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Biology or Grade 6,6 in GCSE Combined Science 

What?

We follow the Edexcel (Salters Nuffield Advanced Biology) specification for biology. This is a linear course with the main examination at the end of Year 13. 

In Year 12, you will study two units. In the first, we look at the genetic basis of disease as well as how other factors, such as diet, contribute towards our health. In the second, we study biodiversity, focusing on the Amazon rain forest and inheritance. There is a strong emphasis on practical work. There are 18 core experiments which are examined in the final examinations. There is also an opportunity to visit a local conservation project during the year, which will put the theory into context. 

In Year 13, you will apply your AS knowledge to forensics, which includes learning about the cutting-edge technologies of PCR and DNA profiling. There is also a unit looking at some of the world’s current issues, including global warming. A trip to Pegwell Bay to study the salt marsh allows for student bonding over smelly socks and cups of tea! The final units explore the biology of exercise and so link extremely well with sports studies. At the end of the course you will be assessed on your practical competencies and your final certificate will be graded pass or fail for this component. 

After two years studying biology you will have a sound understanding of the different biological disciplines and be confident about carrying out your own investigations. 

Why?

This course aims to set biology in a context. This is the science of life. Ever wondered about how your body works or why the world is warming up?  Want to learn why some people suffer from cystic fibrosis while others don’t and how you can tell the time of death from examining a dead body? Then come and join us! 

Chemistry

"Every aspect of the world today – even politics and international relations – is affected by chemistry." Linus Pauling, 1901 to 1994

Ms Sanders, Mr Holmes
Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry or Grade 6, 6 in GCSE Combined Science

What

We follow the OCR Chemistry A specification for chemistry.

This is a linear course with the main examination at the end of Year 13. 

A-level chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A-level chemistry enjoyable and interesting. You will learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts and learn about the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are both assessed through written papers. 

In Year 12, we learn the foundation concepts and how these concepts can be applied in unfamiliar contexts. In the first unit, you will learn the basic principles of chemistry, expanding on knowledge from GCSE. In the second unit, we develop new ideas about trends in the periodic table and consider energy in chemical reactions. In the last unit, we learn about the exciting world of organic chemistry and how we can use simple ideas and techniques to generate complex compounds. 

In Year 13, these units are developed further and give you the opportunity to increase your knowledge in the areas of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry. We will learn how synthesis and analysis of complex molecules enables us to understand how the structure of the molecule affects the action of drugs, how structure affects the colour of dyes and also how the physical and chemical properties of transition metals have led to many applications from batteries to biological processes. 

Why

There is opportunity to engage in practical work at every turn, both demonstrating and investigating the concepts that are introduced as the course progresses. The aim of the course is not only to give you the opportunity to engage with chemistry, but for chemistry to empower you academically, vocationally and personally. 

Computing

"To me, mathematics, computer science, and the arts are insanely related. They're all creative expressions." Sebastian Thrun

Mr Hansen, Mr Hornus
Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Computing

What

You will need to have a keen interest in problem-solving, an ability in mathematics and a fair amount of resilience to learn computer programming in Java as well as the study of the theoretical aspects of computer science. 

Computer science will help you develop: 

  • an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation 
  • the ability to analyse problems in computational terms, solving problems through practical experience and writing programs to do so 
  • the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically 
  • the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science 
  • mathematical skills. 

In Year 12, you learn about the fundamentals of the computer itself, studying binary notation, data representation, and logical operators with logic circuits and storage, before looking at how processors work. 

Design Technology

"Good design is innovative. Good design must be useful. Good design is aesthetic design. Good design makes a product understandable. Good design is honest. Good design is unobtrusive. Good design is long-lasting. Good design is consistent in every detail. Good design is environmentally friendly. And last but not least, good design is as little design as possible." Dieter Rams

Mr Cunningham, Mrs Keeley, Mrs Stroud
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE Product Design

What

The product design A-level is an exciting, student-led course which provides a whole range of creative, analytical and practical skills that are much sought after by employers and universities in all fields. 

In Year 12, students will complete a series of focused practical projects to develop the variety of skills needed to complete the NEA. They will build on their visual communication techniques using a combination of sketching, 3D computer modelling and prototyping. Investigating design strategies will enable them to think critically and problem-solve creatively. 

We will also build on their knowledge and understanding of design movements, materials, production techniques, environmental/social/commercial issues and manufacturing. 

In Year 13, students will complete the NEA (50%). They have the freedom to develop their own design brief and create a high quality, commercially viable product. 

Underpinning both years is a solid framework of theoretical investigation that will be tested in the exam unit (50%). 

Why

Product design is a subject you can do so much with; every industry has a need for someone like you. Nine of the top ten jobs held by graduates employed in the UK are related to design. 

Designers hold a pivotal position in society as they determine the success or failure of every product and the impact it has on the consumer who uses it.  Every product you will ever use now, and in the future, will be made or broken by product design. 

Economics

"Nobody spends somebody else's money as wisely as s(he) spends his/her own." Milton Friedman

Mr Ralph
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics

What

Economics studies the solutions to an essential problem of life: SCARCITY. The problem is that the limited resources available to us cannot fulfill our unlimited wants and needs. The necessary choices this problem generates gives us the study of economics. 

In Year 12, you will study: 

Theme 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure 
Theme 2: The UK Economy – Performance and Policies 

Year 12 Economics will introduce you to microeconomics and macroeconomics. 

Microeconomics addresses issues such as: ‘Why are house prices so high?’, ‘Can pollution be controlled?’ and ‘When, how and why should governments interfere with markets?’. Macroeconomics issues include: ‘Why does the Government have an inflation rate target of 2.5% and does it matter?’, ‘What happens to the economy if people decide to spend less?’, ‘How are we positively and negatively affected by the growth of the Chinese economy?’ and ‘What will Brexit mean for the UK economy?’. 

In Year 13, you will study: 

Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market 
Theme 4: A Global Perspective 

Year 13 economics will deepen your understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and theories and you will learn to analyse and evaluate the positives and limitations of economic models. You will explore ideas, within a more global context, such as the impacts of globalisation, how firms grow and compete within markets, how countries develop and improve their living standards and why monopolies can bring benefits as well as costs to society. 

Why

Once you study economics you never look at life in quite the same way again. Never easy to study, the learning will present a fresh and new challenge to the way you think and, with success, it will provide a great foundation to a multitude of career paths. True power lies in the ability to make choices. Choosing A Level Economics can empower you. 

English Literature

"Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you." Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind

Mr Silk, Mrs Townsend
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature (Grade 5 in GCSE English Language is also desirable)

What

We follow the Edexcel exam board for A-Level English Literature.    

  • Component 1: Drama - one Shakespeare play and one other drama. (30%)   
  • Component 2: Prose – two prose texts from a chosen area of study. (20%)   
  • Component 3: Poetry - a modern poetry anthology, and a poetry collection based on a specific writer/genre. (30%)   
  • Component 4: Coursework – a comparative analysis of two texts not studied in Components 1-3. (20%)  

Why

As a facilitating subject, A-Level English Literature is one of the most sought-after qualifications when applying to university.  It will develop your communication skills, both verbally and written.  You will learn how to use evidence from a plethora of sources to supplement your own vision and understanding of great literature and the wider world.   

Each text studied has a duel focus: to be both enjoyable and rigorous. The English department at the Dover Grammar School for Boys believe that the harder the challenge, the greater the reward.  You will be tested like you have never been tested before!  Your writing, your dedication and your understanding will be pushed further than you have experienced before at GCSE.  This subject is not for the faint hearted; if you love reading and are prepared to discuss your ideas, this is the subject for you.     

We hope that the subject will build on your love of reading great literature.  English Literature is the cornerstone of every great education.  Equally important is that it will enrich your life for years to come.  It is a study that includes Psychology, Sociology, History, Religious Studies, Geography and many more.  You will discover an entire universe of other worlds, other possibilities, as well as about yourself.  If you love a challenge, love literature and are willing to share your passion, English Literature at the Dover Grammar School for Boys is the place for you.    

Film Studies

"There are two kinds of movie lovers. People who love the movies they love and people who love the movies."

Quentin Tarantino

Mr O'Gorman, Mrs Parker
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature or GCSE Media Studies

What

The course comprises of three components. Component 1 and 2 each equate to 35% of the qualification. Component 3 involves coursework which involves the production of a short film or a written screenplay. This makes up the final 30% of the qualification.

Component 1 comprises both Classical and New Hollywood (Section A), followed by American Film since 2005 (Section B) and British film since 1995 (Section C).

Component 2 consists of four sections: European and Global Film (Section A), Documentary Film (Section B), Silent Cinema (Section C) and Experimental Film (Section D).

Component 3 is the coursework element where students will study a selection of short films to provide inspiration for their own piece. This can take the form of a short film or a script for a scene in a feature-length film.

Why

This course focuses on the spectator’s experience in the film making process alongside the application of both core and additional study areas that will allow students to fully understand films studied in terms of meaning, mise-en-scene and contexts. An appreciation of the aesthetic quality of films and their underlying meanings is essential to this course and students should bring their passion for all types of films and film movements to the classroom to enable fruitful discussions within our analytical seminars.

Geography

"Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future." Michael Palin

Miss Messenger, Mr Read
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE Geography

What

This is a two-year linear A-level course, which has two papers and a non-examined assessment (NEA). 

Component 1 – Physical Geography – 2 hour 30-minute written exam (40% of overall grade) 

Component 2 – Human Geography – 2 hour 30-minute written exam (40% of overall grade) 

Component 3 – Geography Fieldwork Investigation – 3000 to 4000 words (20% of overall grade) 

By studying this AQA course, you will: 

Develop a global perspective and a sense of world interdependence, as well as an understanding of the interrelationship between people, place and the environment. 

Develop a concern for the quality of the environment, and an understanding of the need to plan and manage for present and future generations. 

Recognise the need for social justice, equality and respect for others; appreciate diversity, and combat bias, prejudice and stereotyping. 

Enhance your employability skills for environmental and scientific careers through the use of web-based Geographical Information Systems (GIS), such as ArcGIS. 

Why

A geographical education is an education for life. A-Level geography will give you an insight into issues and places that really matter in the world today. Studying geography at DGSB provides you with a wide range of transferable skills relevant to employment. Fieldwork, which is an integral part of the course, will allow you to see geographical concepts in action and test geographical skills and theories. During the course, you will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork on a local, national and possibly even international scale. 

History

"There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know." Harry S Truman (1884-1972) President of the United States of America 1945-53

Mr Smith, Miss Derrick, Miss Calver 
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE History

What

The course has three parts:

The Tudors 1485-1603 is the breadth study, which is 40% of the course 
The Cold War c.1945-1991 is the depth study, which is 40% of the course 
The final 20% of the course is made up of the NEA (non-examined assessment), which is a 4,000-word essay on civil rights in the USA 

Why

As a department, we are committed to the study of history through the use of written, visual, oral and physical sources. 

As a student, you will experience history by exploring stories of the past and develop your interest in the subject during lessons while also having opportunities for independent learning. 

A study of the past is one of the most important and interesting areas that any student can undertake. At DGSB we aim to ensure that you understand and appreciate a variety of events, individuals, causes and consequences of the past – and that you enjoy the experience. 

Maths

"Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding." William Paul Thurston

Mrs Munday, Mrs Hayden, Mrs Martin, Miss Cheema, Miss Scarpitta
Entry Requirements: Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics

What

At DGSB, you will study the Edexcel A-level specification. It covers many topics, including introductions to advanced algebra, series, differentiation, integration, vectors and mechanics.

There is an emphasis on Mathematical argument, language and proof, problem solving and Mathematical modelling.  

At the end of year 13, you will have three 2 hour exams, two of which cover the pure mathematics content of the course, while the third exam covers the mechanics and statistics content.  

Why

Mathematics is a versatile qualification, well-respected by employers and higher education institutions. Those who study Mathematics at an advanced level gain transferable skills of problem solving and analytical thinking which are very much sought after by employers. Careers for people with good mathematics skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are also often interesting and rewarding. People who have studied mathematics are in the fortunate position of having an excellent choice of career.  

Many employers value mathematics qualifications because mathematics students become better at thinking logically and analytically.  

If you are thinking about studying for a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree, A-level mathematics is a requirement for most courses.  

According to the Institute of Physics ‘Mind the Gap’ report, published in 2010: ‘Those students who had studied further mathematics to A- or AS-level standard reported coping better with the mathematical content of the degree, and as such perceived that they required less additional support throughout their studies.’  

Further Maths

"Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding." William Paul Thurston

Mrs Munday, Mrs Hayden
Entry Requirements: Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics. Students must also study Mathematics A-level. This is an additional subject, so students who select this option will be taking four A-Levels.

What

There are two compulsory core modules covering various topics in Pure Mathematics and two optional modules. At DGSB, you will normally study the optional modules Further Mechanics 1 and Decision Mathematics 1. However, it is possible for you to do other modules, although if you select this route it will involve some supervised self-study.

At the end of year 13 there are three 90-minute exams, one for each module studied.

Why

If you are applying to study a degree in a STEM subject, you should consider taking further mathematics, as the additional content helps ensure a successful progression to university. The challenge of studying a fourth A level has to be carefully weighed against the benefit of achieving a broader knowledge of understanding of Mathematical concepts but nevertheless it is to be recommended. We would strongly advise you to consider what you might be applying for after the sixth form as some universities may have further maths as a preference or requirement for STEM courses. Having A-level further mathematics on your university application is also a way to make it stand out.

“When students begin an engineering course with a further maths qualification, whether at A-level or AS, we find they are significantly better prepared to manage their studies.” 
John Morton, Chief executive: Engineering and Technology Board 

“AS and A Level Further Mathematics are valuable qualifications which give added insight into how mathematics develops and why it is useful. ” 
Vanessa Thorogood, Education Officer: Institute of Mathematics and its Applications 

Modern Foreign Languages

“The more languages you know, the more is your worth as a person.” Novak Djokovic

Mrs Siguencia, Miss Tomes, Miss Orr, Mr Horstrup, Mrs Gisby, Mr Frost
Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE French, GCSE German or GCSE Spanish as appropriate

What

A-Level modern foreign languages is a fantastic subject to study. The main aim is to immerse yourself in the culture and language as much as possible throughout the 2 academic year course learning about the culture, it’s society, history and politics. You will be assessed in a range of skills, including listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammatical skill and translation. You will build on the language and skills you have established at GCSE, while developing the ability to communicate spontaneously in the target language. The topics studied at A-level are more advanced than those at GCSE, and include aspects of modern French-, German- or Spanish-speaking society, current trends and issues, artistic culture and politics. In addition, you will complete guided study of a literary work and of a film in the target language. 

Why

At DGSB, we believe that learning a language can enhance your personal development as well as what you can achieve later in life. Studying a language at A-level is, sadly, not common in Britain, so if you do choose a language A-level, this will set you apart from other candidates for universities and jobs. In most European countries, students have to study at least one foreign language at A-level, and you may be in direct competition with them for university places and in the workplace. With Brexit, we may well lose many of our foreign linguists, so British linguists will be highly sought after. In addition, learning a language will aid your cognitive development and help you to better understand other cultures. 

Studying a modern language at A-level will prove extremely useful for students studying English and the Humanities, since these subjects share many common themes and skills. Languages are, however, also invaluable for those wishing to pursue careers in the sciences, ICT and engineering, since so many industries related to these subjects have bases in more than one country. Proficiency in one, or preferably more, modern languages is increasingly seen as an essential skill in most areas of higher education, and will be vital for securing good jobs in the global and expanding international workplace. 

Music

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." Bob Marley

Mrs Simes
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE Music. The ability to perform at a competent level (i.e. grade 5 ABRSM or equivalent exam standard) is also required.

What

The course consists of three modules: the first module requires you to perform music live in an eight-minute recital. You may play any instrument, or you may use your voice. You may create your own backing track if you wish or you may choose to perform as part of a group. The options are wide! 

Module two requires you to compose two pieces of music; one connected to an area of study, lasting four minutes, and the other designed to show your technical ability in a particular area such as Baroque harmony, arranging or remixing. 

The third module is focused on the study of 13 set works covering a wide range of styles, including fusion, music for film, pop music and jazz, new directions, western instrumental and vocal music. This paper is assessed through an examination which involves two essays and listening questions. You will be expected to be able to relate the set works to unfamiliar music in the final exam as well as describing facets of the music – as you have started to do at GCSE. 

Why

This course explores music from the point of view of listener, performer and composer. It may be that you are an aspiring performer – in any genre. You may be more interested in the appreciation of music from an academic perspective; perhaps you are more focused on the creative aspects and aspire to compose for media or stage. If you have committed to studying music, and are involved in music of any sort in school and out, then this is an ideal choice for you.

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE)

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." Plato

Mr Rosier
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE PRE, GCSE Religious Studies or an appropriate equivilant  

The Course:

The course is heavily focussed on the completion of three two-hour examinations. Each exam paper requires candidates to complete three essay questions within two hours. 

Paper 1: The Philosophy of Religion 

  • Why is there evil and suffering in the world?
  •  Arguments for and against the existence of God
  • Is multiculturalism a good thing? 
  • Can belief in God be explained through psychology? 
  • What is the ‘soul’?

Paper 2: Ethics 

  • Can bad people commit good actions? 
  • Should we only consider the outcomes of our actions, not the actions themselves?
  • Is it ever right to kill? 
  • Is there such a thing as an ethical business? 
  • What are the ethics of sex and relationships? 

Paper 3: Development in Christian Thought 

  • Who are the key thinkers in the development of early Christianity? 
  • If you don’t have access to the Bible, can you still go to heaven? 
  • What is feminist theology? 
  • Is the Christian church outdated and sexist? 
  • Is life after death just a metaphor? 
  • Was Jesus a political figure, teacher of wisdom or the son of God? 

Is this course for me?

PRE is a subject specifically for those of you who have wanted to understand the world around you in a deeper way, for those of you who must always ask ‘why?’. PRE is a challenging course but the content involved will ensure you start to perceive the world around you in a new way. You will learn how to write very well-structured essays and arguments – a skill that will prove invaluable as an academic tool. In addition, through discussion and debate on complex issues, you will become more confident in discussing important ethical, philosophical and current affairs issues. You will already know if you are a philosopher because you have asked ‘why?’ all your life. If you would like to extend yourself and discover some of the great minds of Western thought, consider PRE and see what answers – or questions – await you! 

Physical Education

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though chequered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

Mr White, Mr Beaumont, Mr King
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE PE in addition to appropriate practical ability

What

The course consists of three parts, all related to the factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society

Students are also assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of an activity of their choice.

Why

How can Lewis Hamilton react to a stimulus within a 1/10th of a second while travelling at speeds in excess of 220mph? 

How can an elite sportsperson cope with the pressure of performing in front of a worldwide audience? 

Why has there not been a white male 100m Olympic finalist for 32 years? 

How can an Olympic weightlifter lift over three times his/her own body weight? 

Why were the British public schools of the 19th century credited with the formation of the world’s leading sports? 

How can an elite high jumper clear over 8ft, which is the height of a family living room ceiling? 

Study is focused heavily upon anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition and the historical and cultural impact of sport. It is essential that you have a genuine passion for participating in sport and a desire to understand the theory that underpins elite performance. The world of sport is brought alive in A-Level PE. If you play, watch, listen to and have a love of sport, this challenging course will provide you with the foundation you need to study this subject at a higher level.

Physics

"Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious." Stephen Hawking

Mr Oniye, Mr Pout
Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Physics or Grade 6,6 in GCSE Combined Science plus Grade 6 in GCSE Maths

What

In Year 12, you will have an opportunity to study particle physics, quantum physics and electricity. By studying these contrasting topics, you will gain awareness of the on-going development of new ideas in physics. You will study the principles and applications of mechanics, materials and waves including optics in detail. During your course, you will carry out practical experiments and investigations to develop your skills and understanding of important concepts. 

In Year 13, you will learn more about force and energy in the contexts of collisions and explosions, circular motion and oscillations, electric, gravitational and magnetic fields, thermal physics and nuclear physics. You will study important applications and devices including capacitors, electric generators and transformers, and nuclear reactors. In studying an optional topic, from a choice of: astrophysics, medical physics, applied physics or turning points in physics, you will build on relevant topics in the compulsory section of the A-level specification to gain a deeper insight. You will gain further practical skills and greater expertise in analysing measurements and evaluating results. 

Why

The course has been written to develop your understanding of nature from the smallest possible scale, deep inside the atom, to the largest conceivable distance, stretching across the entire universe. Physics can be linked to other subjects such as mathematics, economics, chemistry, biology, and geography. It certainly answers the question ‘why?’. 

Students who study Physics alongside the mathematics course tend to excel. A level Physics heavily relies on mathematics, so a good understanding of maths is essential.

Psychology

"The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best." Paul Valery

Mr O'Grady
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE Biology or Grade 5,5 in GCSE Combined Science

What

In psychology we study the AQA linear specification. You will need to achieve a grade 6 or higher in biology GCSE or, if studying double science, a 5/5.

Year 1

  • Social Influence – we look at why people obey and conform.
  • Memory – we study how human memory works and what happens when we forget.
  • Psychopathology – we focus on three main disorders: OCD, depression and phobias.
  • Attachment – we focus on our first attachments to our primary care giver (normally our mother or father).
  • Research Methods – we look at the methods of conducting psychology studies.
  • Approaches – This is the building block of psychology. We study the different approaches to understanding human behaviour.
  • Biopsychology – Here we channel our inner biologist! We look at biological functions and systems such as the features and areas of the brain and our nervous system and look at how these affect our behaviour.

Year 2

  • Relationships – we look at romantic relationships – from why we find people attractive to why relationships break down.
  • Eating Behaviour – we look at the physiological systems which control when we feel hungry and full. We also specialise in explanations for the causes of anorexia and obesity.
  • Forensics – we focus on why people turn to crime and the best ways to punish and rehabilitate criminals.
  • Issues and Debates – we look at the problems with psychological research and the key debates within the topic. We study the nature/nurture debate and discuss whether we think psychology can be considered a ‘science’.

Why

Have you ever wondered why humans act the way they do? Are you interested in finding out about the causes and treatments of disorders such as OCD and depression? Do you want to look for answers to help explain why horrific acts like the Holocaust happened and explain why humans acted that way? If so, psychology may be the subject for you. It also gives you a wide range of career options and opportunities as almost every career involves working with other people, so it is an excellent accompaniment to other A-Level subjects.

Sociology

"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

Mr Rosier, Mrs Osborne
Entry Requirments: Grade 5 in GCSE PRE, GCSE English Literature or GCSE History

What

There are three exam papers in sociology and the key themes below are covered. In addition, students require an understanding of key theorists and knowledge of how and why sociological research should take place. 

  • Education: Why do we have to go to school?! How do we experience school? Is education good for everyone in society? Is there an imbalance in education favouring an elite class? Are grammar schools outdated?
  • Family: What are the traditional roles within a family – do they still exist? What function does a family serve for society? 
  • Crime and Deviance: Why do some people commit crime and others not? Can crime statistics be misleading? Does the media give us an accurate picture of what is happening relating to crime? Do some people turn to crime because of ‘labels’ put upon them? 
  • The Media: Who owns the media? What are media stereotypes? What is the relationship between screen violence and real-life violence? Who constructs the news? What is the impact of New Media? 

Why

We all exist in a society whether we choose to or not, so what is society and how does it work? These are some of the essential questions you will have to reflect on throughout your studies and if you have ever asked any of the questions above, then sociology is for you! Sociology is very much the ‘next step’ in studies of human behaviour as it seeks to explain how and why we work together as humans.