Broader study

You may already encourage your students to take up a subject at AS level or Level 3 Core Maths that differs from their planned A level study.

The challenge of studying a different subject helps AQA Baccalaureate (AQA Bacc) students develop breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding valuable to progression to higher education and employment. Universities tell us that students with a broad set of skills, knowledge and understanding are often versatile, capable and competent learners.

All accredited AS level subjects and Level 3 Core Maths are suitable for inclusion in the AQA Bacc as a breadth subject. Students studying multi-disciplinary breadth subject such as General Studies or Citizenship at AS or A level can continue until the withdrawal of these subjects. 

How broader study is assessed

Students must pass the AS breadth subject, however the grade they achieve will not change the overall award they receive for the AQA Bacc.  They need only achieve an E grade or above.

The breadth subject must not be in the same subject as a student's main A levels.

Examples of eligible combinations of AS and A-level subjects that can be used for broader study and depth of study
AS French
A-level other subject
A-level other subject
A-level other subject
ORAS Music
A-level other subject
A-level other subject
A-level other subject
ORLevel 3 Core Maths
A-level other subject
A-level other subject
A-level other subject
Examples of ineligible combinations of AS and A-level subjects that can't be used for broader study and depth of study
AS French
A-level French
A-level other subject
A-level other subject
ORAS Music
A-level Music
A-level other subject
A-level other subject
ORLevel 3 Core Maths
A-level Maths
A-level other subject
A-level other subject