AS & A Level Choices

Art & Design

Fine art can communicate ideas and messages about the observed world, the qualities of materials, perceptions, or preconceptions. It can also be used to explore personal and cultural identity, society and how we live, visual language, and technology.

 

Fine Art allows us to consider and reflect on our place in the world, both as individuals and collectively.

Drawing in fine art forms an essential part of the development process from initial idea to finished work; from rough sketches, to diagrams setting out compositions, to digital drawings used for installations or as part of three-dimensional work. Students will use a variety of tools, materials and techniques for recording their surroundings and source materials.

Fine art is subdivided into the following four disciplines: 

  • painting and drawing 

  • printmaking 

  • sculpture 

  • lens-based image making. 

This subject is assessed through coursework only. This means that every task counts towards the final grade at A Level. There are two main components of coursework:

Component 1 (Personal investigation)

You will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material of 1000-3000 words.

 

Component 2 (Externally set assignment - 15 hours supervised time)

You will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points.

Art History

This A level History of Art course is ideal if you:

  • Are keen to study art history at degree level.

  • Want to step back in time to learn about artists throughout the centuries and how the world around them has influenced their work.

  • Would like to boost your research, analytical and methodological skills in preparation for higher education.

  • Enjoy learning about art.

Studying A level History of Art provides exceptional preparation for many careers where critical thinking and evidence plays a crucial role in decision making, as well as careers in the arts. 

 

​You will study a number of topics, such as:

  • Visual analysis of Paintings, Sculptures and Buildings

  • Themes in art and architecture - Nature, Identities, or War

  • Periods - from the Renaissance in Italy to British and American contemporary art and architecture. 

These topics will be assessed through two external-examinations at the end of the two year A level course.

Biology
 

Biology is the study of all living things. At A Level, students look at how individual molecules interact with each other, how they form tissues, organs and organisms and how these organisms interact with their environment on a global scale. Studying biology will develop an understanding of the living world and enable the student to explore the applications and implications of this living science.

To succeed in A Level Biology, a sound understanding of the concepts covered in GCSE Combined or Triple Science is needed. It does not matter whether GCSE Combined Science or GCSE separate Sciences has been studied

 

However, it is recommended that students have a grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths and a grade 6-6 or above in Combined Science (or grade 6 or above in GCSE Biology).

Topics studied include:

  • Molecules, Diet, Cardiovascular System and Health

  • Cells and Development

  • Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Energy and the Environment 

  • Microbiology and Immunity

  • Respiration and Internal Environment

  • Coordination and Gene Technology

There are also various core practicals that students carry out to develop their scientific working skills in Biology.

All of these topics will be assessed through a series of six examinations, 3 of which may be taken at the end of Year 12 to attain an AS level in Biology.

Business Studies

Interested in Business? Like to be your own boss? Make your own money? Not be answerable to employers?

 

Starting your own business is one of the many routes you can take if you study this subject. We talk a lot about how individuals and organisations have made their money, how they capitalise on consumers' shopping behaviour and preferences and where some of even the biggest brands have made irreparable mistakes!

 

The course is made up of two year’s worth of study, consisting of 4 themes.

Marketing and People, Managing Business Activities, Business Decisions and Strategy, and Global Business.

What makes this course different from other Business Studies subjects is the importance of context, which is seamed into every lesson, and helps the student to understand the theory using real life examples. The text books for the course have many ‘Real Business Cases’ for this reason and makes constant reference (along with the teacher!) to relevant and actual examples of business situations.

 

There are no assignments or long essays during this course – there are 4 final exams at the end of the two years, after a lot of in-depth preparation and practice. Each exam takes 2 hours and final grades will be given based on the collective result of all four, final exams.

 

Students get the chance to continually demonstrate their knowledge and show off their skills throughout the course in various ways – such as verbal discussion, classroom mini-tests and written work.

English
 

The aims and objectives of the AS and A Level in English Language and Literature are to enable students to: 

  • develop and apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation.

  • develop and apply their understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language.

  • use linguistic and literary approaches in their reading and interpretation of texts, showing how the two disciplines can relate to each other.

  • engage creatively and critically with a wide range of texts.

  • explore the ways in which texts relate to each other and the contexts in which they are produced and received.

  • develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language.

  • undertake independent and sustained studies to develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language.

During the two year course, students study a wide range of fiction (play, novel and poetry) and non-fiction texts. Students study analyse and explore these within the contexts that they are produced and read.

 

They prepare to respond to unseen texts, which they compare with texts they have previously studied. For the coursework component, students also produce creative responses to studied texts, accompanied by their own commentary on how they link to the stimulus.

It is a varied and interesting course that combines the key elements of traditional language and literature.

French
 

Who never wanted to learn French, a rich, melodious language?

 

Do you want to travel through a cultural journey into the world of fashion, gastronomy, the arts and music?

 

Come and learn French with us!


Did you know that French is spoken by more than 300 millions people on 5 continents? Learning French will give you the opportunity to open up to wider cultures. 

French is also one of the official languages of international organisations, such as the United Nations, the European Union, Unesco, OECD. 

 

Speaking French will give you access to renowned French universities and business schools, ranked among the highest in Europe and will allow you to work internationally, where a knowledge of French is required.

Speaking French will offer employment opportunities in all francophone countries (70 states including Canada, Switzerland, Seychelles …). French is an easy language to learn.

 

Enjoy speaking and reading within weeks with the principles of it. French is a good base for learning other languages such as Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. 

Information & Communication Technology
 

This qualification has a broad appeal and develops students’ communication and decision-making skills. These will support further study in any subject area.

In a world where information and communication technology (ICT) is constantly changing, individuals increasingly need technological and information literacy skills, which include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data.

​The impact of ICT on society is enormous and ever-increasing. As the percentage of businesses and households connected to communications networks such as the internet grows, so does the need for individuals who understand these new technologies.

They also learn about the wider impact of ICT on society in general.

At AS and A Level, Applied ICT is undertaken over a two year period. In certain circumstances, it may be possible to complete both AS and A2 in a single year.

This course is ideally suited to those students who have a desire to use ICT in a variety of sophisticated applications. They learn to present information in an eBook, using a wide range of multimedia techniques,

design and implement database systems and perform complex data modelling tasks in "what if" scenarios.

The qualification is assessed partly through ongoing coursework activities and partly through an online practical examination.

Law
 

International AS and A Level Law is seen by universities and employers as proof of an understanding of the main principles of the law in England and Wales.  Successful International AS and A Level Law students gain lifelong skills, including:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the English Legal System and, at A Level, Contract Law and Tort Law;

  • Ability to analyse realistic scenarios, by applying legal concepts, rules and precedents;

  • Greater command of language to express interpretation, reasoning, comment and judgement.

Mathematics
 

As technology continues to advance, so too does mathematics, increasing its essential role in both everyday and corporate life. New mathematical theories are being discovered and developed every day, enabling inventions and scientific discoveries to continue to flourish. By studying mathematics at A-Level, students will have the opportunity to forge a career that is at the forefront of technological advancement.

Topics covered during this International A level include:

  • Algebra and functions

  • Coordinate geometry and trigonometry 

  • Differentiation and integration

  • Sequences and series

  • Exponentials and logarithms

  • Mathematical models in probability and statistics; and/or

  • Mathematical models in mechanics; and/or

  • Algorithms, critical path analysis and linear programming

Maths sharpens problem-solving skills, which can then be applied to many different areas of life; helping learners to develop a critical eye. This will come in handy in both further study and future careers.

The chosen topics will be assessed through a series of six examinations; three of which may be taken at the end of Year 12 to attain an AS level in Mathematics.

Media Studies
 

Students of A Level Media Studies will develop the practical media skills, techniques and processes relevant to a work-related, client-orientated context.

 

They will gain an understanding of media products, services and audiences and an insight into the working practices of, and constraints on, media professionals.

Physical Education
 

Our PE course is managed by Elite fitness, which is the only company on the coast to offer a YMCA certification course in gym instruction and personal training. 

YMCA Awards offer a diverse suite of health and fitness qualifications, for people taking their first steps in the industry or established professionals developing their careers.


The qualifications are based on over 25 years of industry expertise and have been developed with the input of training providers, employers and fitness professionals.

These qualifications also carry UCAS points for entry into university.

  • Level 2 can be taken as an AS subject.

  • Level 3 can be taken as an A Level subject.

Follow the links below for more details.

LEVEL 2 Certificate in Fitness instruction-Gym based Training

LEVEL 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Instruction

Physics
 

At AS and A2, International A Level Physics is studied. This is a well-established route to internationally recognised qualifications, which enable students to enter the finest universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. 

Among the topics covered are:

 

  • Advanced mechanics

  • Electric circuits

  • Waves

  • Quantum physics

  • Electromagnetism

  • Subatomic particles

  • Thermal properties of matter

  • Cosmology

  • Oscillations

To make the most of A Level Physics, a good grounding in Maths is required - Grade 6 or better - and a solid background in Physical Science, either through Combined or separate Science - Physics - at Grade 6 or above. 

Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. If you are interested in understanding the complexity of human nature, then Psychology will give you an insight into how and why people behave in certain ways.

During these topics you will develop an understanding of research skills and be required to conduct your own practical studies. As such it is useful for students to have sound numerical and scientific skills.

 

Students are also recommended to have at least a 5 in Psychology, if taken, or a similar essay-based subject at GCSE.

Topics covered include:

  • Social Psychology

  • Cognitive Psychology

  • Biological Psychology

  • Learning Theories 

  • Developmental Psychology

  • Criminal or Health Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology and Psychological Skills

All of these topics will be assessed through a series of four examinations; two of which may be taken at the end of Year 12 to attain an AS level in Psychology.

 
Sociology
 

In a rapidly changing world, International AS and A Level Sociology offers students the opportunity not only to explore the processes that are shaping current trends, but also to develop an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human societies and their continuities with the past.


The study of Sociology should stimulate awareness of contemporary social, cultural and political issues, and focus attention on the importance of examining these issues in a rigorous, reasoned and analytical way.

The International AS Level provides a solid grounding in the central ideas and approaches in Sociology, including family as well as theory and methods. Cambridge International A Level students can choose to explore a variety of important areas of sociological enquiry including global development, education, religion and media

Spanish
 

Spanish is one of the fastest growing languages in the world. This means that learning the language will lead you to brilliant travel experiences and the possibility of overseas job opportunities. This course will help you to get an A Level which improve your CV and widen your personal and professional horizons.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department at Emerald Sixth Form has very committed teachers, who will help you to improve your skills in all aspects of the Spanish language and culture.

 

In the Spanish classroom, you will feel welcome and you will enjoy the whole learning process experience. A good and relaxed environment is the key that opens the door to Spanish in the school.

 

You will receive individual and personalised support to help you during your course. 

Teachers at Emerald are committed to a personal, individual learning approach for each student. They will assess your level and will guide you to success in your Spanish AS and A Level examinations.