Year 12 Curriculum

Please click here for our Curriculum Vision and Plan with all Year 12 subject curriculum outlines.


Programmes of Study

Route 1 Route 2 Route 3
Three Applied Generals

Three A Levels


A Levels and Applied Generals

Four A Levels


A Levels and Applied Generals


English Faculty Curriculum Outline

English Language A Level  will give you the opportunity to put your investigation skills to the test and find something different about the language we use everyday. The skills you develop will support you across all subjects in essay writing, communications and analysis. If you are scientific, the subject will appeal to you as we decode  the systems of our language. If you are creative, you will get the opportunity to apply your skills in different contexts and manipulate your style for different purposes.

Subject Content:

  • Linguistic analysis of speech and writing ( phonology, lexis, semantics, pragmatics, discourse structure and grammae)
  • Language and Power
  • Language and Gender
  • Language and Technology
  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Language Change
  • Academic writing
  • Language Investigation

English Literature

English Literature will encourage an interest and enjoyment of literature and literary studies. It hopes to engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them. It will develop knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in wrting. Skills that will be developed include planning and researching written work, articulating knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories. Leading and participating in discussions, negotiation and working in a team to present ideas and information. Critical reasoning and analysis and time management and organisation.

Subject Content:

  • Shakespeare
  • Dystopian novel
  • Poetry
  • Modern drama
  • Comparative coursework essay

Mathematics Faculty Curriculum Outlines

Maths A Level compliments any combination of A Level courses, providing numercay and problem solving skills. It encourages logical thinking and working processes which can be applied to all subjects.

Minimum entry requirements: Grade 6 GCSE Maths

Subject Content:

  • Pure 1 - Quadratic functions, equations, inequalities, sketching curves, co-ordinate geometry, sequence & series, differentiation and integration, Sine and Cosine Rule, Exponentials & logarithms, co-ordinate geometry of circles, binomial expansion, radan measure & its application, geometric sequences & series, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities & equations, differentiation and integration
  • Statistics - summarising data, probability, correlation, regression, discrete random variables, normal distribution
  • Pure 2 - functions, numerical methods, further trigonometry, further differentiation, partial fractions, further co-ordinate geometry, binominal expansion, differentiation, integration, vectors
  • Mechanics - kinematics of particles, statics of particles, Newton's Laws. Moments, vectors, momentum

Further Mathematics: A Level

Further Mathematics provides a chance to explore new, challenging and sophisticated mathematical concepts which include areas of Mathematics which have been fundamental to the development of much of todays technology.

Minimum entry requirements: Grade 7 in GCSE Maths

Subject Content:

  • Further Pure 1 - Imaginary & Complex numbers, numerical methods, parabolas & hyperbolas, matrices, series, proof
  • Further Decision 1 - Sorting  & packing algorithms, algorithms on networks, linear programming, critical path analysis, The Chinese Postman Problem, transportation and allocation, The Travelling Salesman Problem, game theory, dynamic programming, linear programming
  • Further Pure 2 - Inequalities, series, further complex numbers, first and second order differential equations, Maclaurin & Taylor series, polar co-ordinates
  • Further Mechanics 1 - projectiles, non-uniform acceleration, centres of mass, work power and energy, collisions, further statics


Business, IT & Computer Science Faculty Curriculum Outlines

Business: A Level

Business considers the interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness and the markets in which businesses operate.  It identifies the influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues. It also examines how technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete. Business will also assess the impacts on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions

Subject Content:

  • The Role of Managers
  • Business Ownership
  • Marketing
  • External Influences
  • Stakeholders
  • Operational Objectives
  • Marketing Mix
  • Capacity utilisation
  • Financial Forecasting
  • The Economic Environment
  • Sources of Finance
  • Theories of Motivation

Business: Applied General

This course will enable you to progress to a wide range of higher education courses.  A great emphasis is placed on independent study. Applied learning that brings together knowledge and understanding with practical and technical skills. You will develop transferable skills such as communication, teamwork and research and analysis.

Subject Content:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance

Computer Science: A Level

Computer Science is the study of the theoretical and practical engineering of computational devices. It will provide a deep understanding of both hardware and software including maintenance and development.  Computer Science will provide an understanding of how data is sent, received and analysed and the growing importance of network security.

Subject Content:

  • The Characteristics of Computer Hardware and Software
  • The Importance of Networking and Exchanging Data
  • Problem Solving and Computational Thinking
  • Web Technologies (HTML, CSS and JavaScript)
  • Planning, Designing and Creating Algorithms

Information Technology:  Applied General

IT is the study of skills and concepts  that are relevant to the business world, it allows for opportunities for practical work to be carried out using a range of software and hardware. IT is for students that are interested in creating IT systems to manage and share information.

Subject Content:

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Data Modelling

Art & Design: A Level Curriculum Outline

Art & Design develops formal and practical artistic skills in a range of media and develops conceptual skills alongside the 'creative process'. It combines traditional and contemporary aspects of art and the wider world. This A-Level will teach you to learn about and research subjects (themes) that can include; popular culture, society, history, environment, religion, current affairs and politics. It will prepare you for future career in the vast world of Art and Design.

Subject Content:

  • Development of a portfolio of work and moderator's exhibition
  • Research other artists, art movements and cultures
  • Explore and develop formal art skills in a range of media
  • Develop, explore and experiment, creatively, with the use of a range of media and materials
  • Develop ideas based on a theme taken from the world around us


Science Faculty Curriculum Outlines

Applied Science: Applied General

Applied Science offers you the chance to find out about the application of a range of different science subjects, not just the the traditional Chemistry, Biology and Physics. It is a work related qualification and alongside developing your scientific knowledge you will be able to devlop your practical skills.

Subject Content:

  • Principles and Applications in Science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Optional Unit


Biology will teach you how living bodies work. It will give you the skills to make connections with all living things around you.  It will improve your communication and analytical skills.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Grades 6,5 GCSE Combined Science plus grade 5 GCSE Maths


A grade 6 in GCSE Biology and a grade 5 in Chemistry or Physics with grade 5 in GCSE Maths

Subject Content:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Chemistry: A Level

Chemistry attempts to answer the big question 'what is the world made of?'  It will give you the skills to make connections with all living things around you.  You will learn to improve your communication and analytical skills.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Grade 6, 5 GCSE Combined  Science plus grade 5 GCSE Maths


A grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry and a grade 5 in Biology or Physics with a  grade 5 in GCSE Maths

Subject Content:

  • Physical chemistry: Atomic Structure, Amount of substance Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical  Equilibria, Le Chatelier's principle and Kc, Oxidation, reduction and redox equations, Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems, Electrode potentails and electrochemical cells, Acids and bases
  • Inorganic chemistry: Periodicity, Group 2, the alkaline earth metals, Group 7, the halogens, Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, Transition metals, Reactions of ions in aqueous solution
  • Organic chemistry: Introduction to organic chemistry, Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic analysis, Optical isomerism,  Aldehydes and ketones, Carboxykic acids and derivatives, Aromatic chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino acids, proteins and DNA, Organic synthesis, Numclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Chromatography

Physics: A Level

Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of.  You will develop practical skills and gain the confidence needed to investiagte the way things behave and work. 

Minimum entry requirements:

Grades 6,5 GCSE Combined Science plus grade 6 GCSE Maths


A grade 6 in GCSE Physics and a grade 5 in Biology or Chemistry with a grade 6 in GCSE Maths

Subject Content:

  • Measurements  and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Astrophysics


Geography: A Level Curriculum Outline

Geography is perfect for anybody who has a genuine curiosity about the world's places, people and environments and will allow you to discover human, physical and environmental geographical relationships. Communication, organisational and analytical skills will be developed.

Subject Content:

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Hot desert environments and their margins
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards
  • Ecosystems under stress
  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Contemporary urban environments
  • Population and the environment
  • Resource security

History: A Level Curriculum Outline

History helps students to understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives.

Subject Content:

  • Industrialisation and the People: Britain c1783-1885
  • The Sun King: Louis XIV, France and Europe 1643-1715
  • Component 3: The non-examined assessment. This component is a historical investigation which gives the student the opportunity to research a topic and to produce an independent piece of extended writing.


Physical Education: A Level Curriculum Outline

Physical Education will enable you to gain an in-depth theoretical insight into your own performance and the place that sport has in society today. It will allow you to focus on an area of practical performance and to work to improve this to the highest level. This subject is ideal for those intending to pursue a career for which an understanding of the human body and behaviour is desirable.

Subject Content:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sport and Society
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanical Movement
  • Sport Pyschology
  • Sport and Society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Social Science Faculty Curriculum Outlines

Health and Social Care: Applied General

Students who study Health and Social Care at this level make a positive difference to people's lives, whilst learning valuable skills that are transferrable acoss many professions, allowing opportunites for work both in the UK and abroad.  This qualification can offer a gateway to NHS careers. Vocational qualifications are well respected within the Health and Socail Care Industry.

Subject Content:

  • Human Lifespan and Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Nutrition
  • Enquiries into Current Research into Health and Social Care
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

Psychology: A Level

The subject will give you an understanding of the way people think and why people behave in certain ways. You will learn a variety of skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking, alongside improving your communication skills.

Subject Content:

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods
  • Biopsychology
  • Issues and debates in Psychology
  • Schizophrenia
  • Gender
  • Forensic Psychology

Religious Education

You will study topical issues and acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of major issues that are relevant to learners in the 21st century.

Subject Content:

Philosphy of Religion

  • Arguments for and against the existence of God
  • The nature and influence of religious experiences
  • Problems of Evil and Suffering
  • Philosphical Language
  • Views of Life after death


  • Utilitarianism
  • Situation Ethics
  • Natural Moral Law
  • Ethical Language
  • Deontology and Virtue Ethics
  • Medical Ethics


  • Key beliefs and teachings
  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • Social and historical development
  • Works of scholars and primary texts

Sociology: A Level

Sociology is a rigorous academic subject that is also rooted in the real world. It enables you to develop critical thinking skills, to anayse and interpret the the world around you. It will give you an understanding of the way people think and why people behave in certain ways.

Subject Content:

  • Education
  • Families and Households
  • Beliefs in Society
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Theory and Methods