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AS & A Levels

The programme of AS level and A level is comprised of two year groups, Years 12 and 13.

Our students follow the Edexcel International A Level courses to prepare them for Higher Education and Universities around the world. In terms of a student's future career or university course, these are the two most important years of their entire education.

Year 12  AS level, allows students to test out subjects, if they are unsure of what to study. It is recommended that students select 4 AS subjects. The AS level subjects carry points towards university entrance.


Year 13  A level, it is recommended that students continue with 3 or 4 subjects at A level.


Success at A level inevitably leads to offers of places at good universities and is essential for students who want to continue their education at university or college level when they finish school, but it is equally useful for those who wish to start a career immediately. 


A-level study gives you the discipline to make a success of your university life or working career. Either way, this choice is very important and at Emerald Sixth Form, we want to help you make the right one.

The following subjects are currently offered at AS an A Level:


At Emerald Sixth Form, we also offer tuition in a wide variety of (I)GCSE subjects.


We offer our learners a unique opportunity to choose subjects which they truly want to study, without the rigidity of most secondary school curricula.


Many schools insist that a Year 10 student must take five or more compulsory subjects, which would ordinarily limit a student’s options at GCSE.  We only recommend that students combine the standard two GCSE subjects that are seen as mandatory by future employers - Mathematics and English Language - alongside their other GCSE options.


Please browse through the subjects on offer, making sure you understand the differences between the various choices available to you.


Remember that:  

  • you are more likely to achieve well in a subject that you are interested in

  • you are more likely to be motivated to work hard in a subject you enjoy

  • your subjects need to suit your particular strengths

  • you need to consider the impact your subject choices might have on your long-term aims such as post-16 courses, university, college, apprenticeships, training schemes and future employment. 

There will be a range of support to help you make an informed decision and this will include informal discussions with the Head of Education and Head of GCSE studies. Subjects teachers will also be happy to explain the courses they teach in more detail if you are still unsure.


The following subjects are available to study at (I)GCSE:

Emerald Youth Award

What is the Emerald Youth Award?


  • A life-changing experience.


  • A fun time with friends.


  • An opportunity to discover new interests and talents.


  • A tool to develop essential skills for life and work.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold.


They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

Any student can do their EYA, regardless of ability, gender, background or location.


Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

Through the EYA programme, young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life, such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and university and job applications.

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