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BIOLOGY 

This OCR Biology course delivers the essential content of most Biology courses with the freedom to explore different contextual examples, including HIV and cystic fibrosis. This course holds practical work at the heart of its specification and this is reflected in the numerous investigative opportunities embedded alongside the 12 assessed practical’s. 

A Level Biology can offer entry onto university courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Sciences and Earth Sciences. Biology is also highly regarded as an additional A Level if you are applying for science, maths or arts subjects. 

 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) 5 GCSE at grade 5 and above, including at least a grade 6 in GCSE Additional Science. 2) Minimum of a grade 5 in English and Maths. 

 

CHEMISTRY

This AQA Chemistry course allows students to explore three main topics; organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. AQA Chemistry has been developed to integrate real-world experiences into its specification, in order to engage and interest new students. The course centres around core practical’s and has been developed with assistance from top universities in order to provide a stepping stone into higher education. 

A Level Chemistry can offer entry into university courses in Biochemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceutical science and environmental science. Chemistry is also highly regarded as an additional A Level if you are applying for other science, maths or arts subjects. 

 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) 5 GCSE at grade 5 and above, including at least a grade 6 in GCSE Additional Science. 2) Minimum of a grade 5 in English and Maths. 

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE 

You will engage critically and creatively with a range of written and spoken texts and evaluate how language is used by writers. You will also create your own texts and reflect on your own processes of production. The English language is explored as a topic in its own right and you will be working independently to research aspects of language. 

Any degree or career that involves written or spoken communication and a comprehensive grasp of the English language. 

 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) English Language GCSE, grade 5 or above. 2) English Literature GCSE, grade 5 or above. 

 

ENGLISH LITERATURE 

You will be introduced to a variety of text forms from a range of authors and times under the theme of ‘Love through the Ages’. Alongside Shakespeare’s Othello, Carol Ann Duffy’s Feminine Gospels poetry anthology and two pieces of prose, you will study a selection of texts of your own choice to produce a piece of independent, extended coursework. 

By developing your skills of critical reading, analytical investigation and appreciation of various socio-historical contexts, this A Level will help prepare you for a wide variety of university courses. 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) English Language GCSE, grade 5 or above. 2) English Literature GCSE, grade 5 or above. 

 

DRAMA 

Drama and Theatre is an exciting and inspiring course. This highly practical course will give you the opportunity to work as a performer on three different performances. You will study three separate components throughout the two years. Two components are practical and one written paper. This course is one of the only programmes left where practical work is at the centre of learning. 

This course will prepare you for further study at University or Drama School. This subject has strong links to those who wish to study English, Psychology or Law at Degree Level. A qualification in Drama is valued by all Universities including those in the Russell Group. 

 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) GCSE Drama or BTEC Level 2 – B/Merit or above. 2) GCSE English Language – grade 5 or above. 3) A love of performing and the theatre. 

 

FINANCIAL STUDIES 

 

You will gain an understanding of the concept of the risks and challenges involved in personal finance and the tools for effective planning. Students will further explore the political, economic, social, technological, ethical and legal impacts of personal finance in the short, medium and longer terms and develop the core skills of critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis, verbal communication and written communication. 

This qualification develops knowledge and understanding of the financial services sector and serves as an excellent grounding for undergraduate study within finance and business-related disciplines such as accounting, business, finance and banking. 

 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) English Language GCSE, grade 4 or above. 2) Maths GCSE, grade 4 or above. 3) An active interest in topics relating to 

personal finance 

 

FINE ART 

Fine Art A-level is a challenging and widely respected course which provides a platform to many careers and further education opportunities. The course has a strong emphasis on drawing to generate ideas as well as an end in itself and students are expected to be confident practitioners. Students are expected to have a real interest in Fine Art and to develop their personal practice. The course will support and develop your work, starting with workshops from our specialist team using a wide variety of materials and approaches. Contextual links are built over time and reinforced by out of school learning opportunities as well as European and UK trips. Our students' work has been exhibited and sold in several major London Galleries and we have an excellent reputation and links with Higher Education institutions. 

Welling’s excellent reputation for Fine Art has meant our graduates have gone on to a wide range of universities and careers including Oxford University. The growing Creative sector looks for Art as an A-Level and this qualification allows you entry to many pathways including: Architecture, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Animation, Interior Design, Illustration, Web Design and many others. 


 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) GCSE in Fine Art, grade 5 or above or Unendorsed Art and Design 2) A portfolio of work 3 A knowledge and interest in Art as well as your own practice. 

 

GEOGRAPHY

A-Level Geography covers a range of topics. The physical geography includes tectonic hazards, coastal landscapes and the carbon cycle. The human geography includes urban redevelopment, globalisation and superpowers. There is also a synoptic paper about a specific place-based geographical issue, plus a personal investigation on any topic that a student is interested in.

Specific GCSE Requirements 1) Humanities based subject grade 6 or above 2) Grade 5 or above in English 3) An active interest in Geography 

HISTORY 

A Level History in Year 12 looks at how two of the world’s biggest democracies have evolved over the last century. We study how Britain and the USA have reached their current position in areas such as politics, economics, culture, society, quality of life, and race. We also study historical controversies such as the impact of Mrs Thatcher on the UK. In Year 13 we will study the British Empire by looking at a number of aspects in depth and breadth. The coursework will be on the growth of the British Empire. 

A-Level History can lead to a wide range of career paths. A qualification in History shows potential employers and Universities that you have developed useful research and analytical skills. 

 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) History grade 6 or better 2) English Literature grade 6 or better Note – if you have not taken History at GCSE but have obtained a grade 6 or better in both English and for example Geography then applications will be considered. 

 

MEDIA STUDIES

Media is an academic and creative course which combines the study of media texts, industries and platforms such as television, advertising and the internet with practical production work. You will develop an understanding of how the media communicates with audiences and influences society through studying a variety of media. You will develop skills of photography, video and photo editing using industry-specific equipment. 

Media industries are ever-expanding with a wide variety of jobs in areas such as journalism, broadcasting, film-making and design. Media students also often follow Arts-based career paths. 

 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) English Language GCSE, grade 5 or above. 2) Grade 5 or above in Media or Film Studies GCSE if taken. 

 

MATHEMATICS 

Course Description: Most of the course is the study of pure Mathematics. This is the foundation of all areas of Mathematics comprising algebra, graphs, trigonometry, exponentials, logarithms, numerical methods, vectors and calculus. 

The remainder is the application of mathematical knowledge and skills to the study of Statistics (range of statistical and probability models) and Mechanics (practical application of mechanics). 

Mathematics is an essential requirement for degree level study of Mathematics, Engineering and many Sciences. Mathematics supports the higher level study of a variety of subjects including Science, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, Computing and Economics. 

 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1. GCSE Mathematics Grade 7 or above 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 

This course is for anyone who wants to create meaning through photography, as well as learning about the technical aspects of the medium , you will also study photography in a historical and social context. Students are expected to have a real interest in Photography. There is a strong emphasis on students developing and extending their photographic practice and understanding of the possibilities inherent in the medium. The course will support and develop your work, starting with workshops from our specialist team using a wide variety of materials and approaches. Contextual links are built over time and reinforced by out of school learning opportunities as well as European and UK trips. 

As well as a number of arts based and creative fields including photography, photojournalism, picture editing, fashion design or graphics, photography is a well-respected qualification that is useful for any University application and many careers. 

 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) 5 GCSE at grade 5 and above, including at least a grade 6 in Photography. 2) A portfolio of work showing your interests and experience. 

 

PSYCHOLOGY 

You will gain an understanding of concepts, theories and studies in relation to Cognitive Psychology and Developmental Psychology. Alongside this you will study research methods and investigation skills. Finally you will develop a knowledge and understanding of ethical issues associated with these areas of Psychology. You will be required to complete your own studies and complete data analysis. 

You could go on to work as a psychologist or in the health sector. Many students of Psychology also pursue careers in teaching, social work and the law. 

 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) English Language GCSE, grade 5 or above. 2) Maths GCSE, grade 5 or above. 3) An active interest in topics relating to Psychology. 

 

PHYSICS

A level Physics gives you the opportunity to explore the phenomena of the universe and to look at theories that explain what is observed.  This subject combines practical skills with theoretical ideas to develop descriptions of the physical universe.  You will learn about everything from kinematics to cosmology and many recent developments in fascinating topics, such as particle physics. 

 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) Grade 7 in Physics and/ or Combined Science 2) Grade 7 in Mathematics GCSE 

 

SOCIOLOGY 

A-level Sociology offers students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of how society works. Topics studied include Families and Households, Education, Crime and Deviance, Sociological Theory, Research Methods and Global Development. Different sociological views and perspectives about these topics will be explored and compared. 

You could go on to work in journalism, politics, finance, the civil service, the legal system, teaching, social work, the police, community development, charities, market research and many other areas. 

 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) English Language GCSE, grade 5 or above. 2) Ideally a GCSE in History, Geography, Sociology or Religious Studies at grade 5 or above. 

 

SPANISH 

The A-level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society. The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or to further study, including a modern languages degree. 

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world with over 400 million speakers. It is also one of the most spoken languages in Europe and is widely spoken in the USA.. Being able to speak Spanish can provide you with numerous academic and career opportunities. Spanish, the third most spoken language on an international level, has gained countless fans and followers during the last decade and is now being as considered one of the most useful languages for the workplace; 

 

Specific GCSE Requirements: 1) Spanish GCSE grade 6 and above