Which subjects for me?

Choosing your subjects involves big decisions, so it helps to know what you will learn and what you need for further and higher education. Here you can read about what our subjects and specifications offer and how they can help you achieve your goals.

It is also a good idea to talk to your teachers and parents about your subject choices as they can give you advice about the best combinations for you.

Changes to GCSE grades

In August 2017, the way GCSEs are graded is changing. Instead of the familiar A*-G, students will see their results shown as numbers nine to one. The first subjects to show these changes will be GCSE Maths and English, with other GCSE subjects following a year later in 2018.

We have produced this short video to help you understand how the current A*-G grades will be replaced by the new nine to one grades for GCSEs.

Subjects and university admission

You can use the UCAS course finder to see which GCSE/A-level subjects are required for different courses.

The Russell Group has produced an Informed Choices guide for students considering A-level and equivalent options. The guide includes advice on the best subject combinations for a number of university courses, as well as advice for students who don't know what they want to study after school and want to keep their options open.

You may be interested in how universities view students taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Private candidates and subjects

Some subjects might not be available to private candidates, particularly where there is coursework involved. It usually depends on the school/college accepting you, as well as the qualifications being offered. Please read our private candidates information for more detail.

A-Z subject snapshots

Our A-Z snapshot gives an overview of subjects that may be available for GCSE and A-level study. Read this along with university course requirements. To see which level of qualification each subject is offered at, use the specifications link underneath each subject snapshot.

Subject specifications give more detailed information about what you will study for each subject and what type of assessment you can expect.

The subject snapshot gives examples of:

  • possible subject combinations
  • related university courses
  • potential careers.

GCSEs and A-levels are changing. Find out which new GCSE and new AS and A-level qualifications we are planning to offer in the future.

A-Z subject snapshots

Accounting

Many students who study Accounting go on to university to become qualified accountants, working for accountancy practices or other companies. Financial skills are also useful for many other areas, including local government, telecommunications, general management, banking, retail or leisure - money is the common denominator.

If you're focused on banking or business, this course is a great choice. Related subjects include Business Studies, Economics and Mathematics.

Our Accounting courses

Applied Science

This course develops your scientific knowledge and skills and enables you to study courses such as science and paramedical degrees at a higher level. Applied science is only available until the summer 2016 exams, which is the last time students can re-sit the AS units. There is one opportunity to re-sit the externally assessed units A2 units in Jan 2017.

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Additional Applied Science for the last time in September 2015.

Students can start a two-year course for A-level Applied Science for the last time in September 2016.

Our Science courses

Archaeology

Archaeologists can discover much about past civilisations through studying surviving religious and ritual artefacts. Archaeology is also a useful subject for a surprising number of career options, like tourism, town planning, environmental or forensic science.

Related subjects include Classical Civilisation, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, History of Art and Sociology.

Our Archaeology courses

Art and design

During your Art and Design course you'll find out about a whole range of different media techniques. The emphasis of this course is learning by doing, so you'll be able to create imaginative, personal work. Choose from Fine Art, Graphic Communications, Textile Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Photography and Art, Craft and Design.

Art skills are useful for career roles such as graphic designers, illustrators, typographers, painters, sculptors, textile designers, fashion designers, or photographers.

We've created student guides to help you discover why you should choose Art and Design:

Related subjects include History of Art and Media Studies.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC Art and Design for the last time in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Our Art and Design courses

Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human in diverse societies  and how people interact with and change their environments. We've developed this specification with the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) to make it contemporary, relevant and complementary to many subjects and suitable for a range of career options.

Our specification can help students become globally aware and informed citizens – it is your chance to grapple with fundamental questions of human life. It develops skills of critical enquiry, sensitivity and an appreciation of topical debates and issues such as human rights, development, globalisation, and ethnic conflict and violence.

Students can start a two-year course for A-level Anthropology for the last time in September 2016.

Our Anthropology courses

AQA Baccalaureate

The AQA Baccalaureate (AQA Bacc) will make you stand out when moving from school to employment or Higher Education. It combines three core A-level subjects with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Skills are developed through Enrichment activities: work related learning, community participation and personal development. Breadth is provided through an AS level in General Studies, Citizenship, or World Development (WJEC only).

Related subjects include General Studies A, General Studies B, and Citizenship.

Specifications related to the AQA Bacc:

Bengali

See Modern Foreign Languages.

Students can start a two- year course for A-level Bengali for the last time in September 2016.

Biology

Biology is a good subject choice for students wanting a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science. Studying biology can also lead to a career in law, computing, accounting or teaching.

Students can start a two-year course for L1/2 Certificate Biology for the last time in September 2015.

Our Biology courses

Business Studies

Students who would like to become the head of a successful business, have ideas for new products or services or would like to work in marketing or management will find that Business Studies can help achieve these ambitions. Sound business skills are invaluable in working for a variety of organisations, including private companies, charities, hospitals and schools.

Business Studies is a subject suited to students also taking Accounting, Computing, Economics, Modern Languages, or Maths.

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Applied Business Studies (double award) and GCSE Business and Communications Systems for the last time September 2016.

Students can start a two-year course for A-level Applied Business for the last time in September 2016.

Our Business Studies courses

Chemistry

Chemists have greatly improved the quality of life for the majority of people. Through studying Chemistry, students will discover that chemists are innovators, designing solutions to the problems that affect modern life. Students with a wide range of interests enjoy the chemistry course and will acquire an in-depth knowledge of this fascinating subject, preparing them for further education or giving credentials to enhance their job options straight away.

Chemistry offers a platform for careers in medicine and industry and is an ideal choice for students interested in nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science or those wanting to work in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.

Students who take Chemistry often also study from a wide range of subjects, including Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Science in Society, Physics, Applied Science, Health & Social Care and Environmental Studies.

Students can start a two-year course for L1/2 Certificate Chemistry for the last time in September 2015.

Our Chemistry courses

Chinese (Mandarin)

See Modern Foreign Languages.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC Chinese for the last time in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Citizenship

Students interested in becoming active citizens, learning about their rights and responsibilities as a citizen, how the country is governed, and how to bring about change will find this subject rewarding. As well as building an individual's citizenship skills, this subject equips students for higher education and working in law, politics or social work. Citizenship is a useful introduction for anyone wanting to study subjects  such as Communication and Culture, Government and Politics, Law and Sociology. If you are considering AQA's Extended Project or the AQA Baccalaureate, Citizenship Studies can play an important part.

Students can start a two-year course for A-level Citizenship Studies for the last time in September 2016.

Our Citizenship courses

Classical Civilisation

A 'classical education' opens the door to a whole new world of opportunities. Many politicians, for example, studied the classics.

Students tell us they really enjoy this course because they get to choose the topics they'll be learning about. For example, if you like art, you can focus on topics like Greek architecture and sculpture, while those who enjoy studying influential people can major on Cicero, the Roman philosopher who is said to have brought the art of refined letter writing to Europe. There are a total of twenty specialist topics over the two years, but your hardest job will be choosing just four of these on which to focus. The lives of women in Athens and Rome. Homer's Odyssey. Roman town planning... there's just so much to choose from.

An A-level in Classical Civilisation is useful for students considering specialising in the classics at university, or interested in studying history, archaeology or anthropology. Classical Civilisation complements many other popular subjects including Art, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, Government and Politics, History, History of Art, and Philosophy, as well as a study of the classical languages (Classical Greek and Latin).

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Classical Civilisation for the last time in September 2016.

Our Classical Civilisation courses

Computer Science

Computers are used in all areas of employment and will greatly enhance a student's employability There's a world out there just bursting with invention and opportunities, and 90 per cent of it is driven by a computer.

The subject teaches a range of skills, including communication skills for influencing people, new ways to use and analyse information, problem-solving and analytical skills.

Computer Science is a good foundation for students if they're interested in becoming a scientist, engineer, computer programmer or medical scientist, as well as being useful for careers in education or IT. Computing sits next to Maths, ICT and other science subjects very well.

Our Computer Science courses

See also ICT.

Communication and Culture

Communication is a 'living' topic that looks at how individuals interact with and are influenced by others and how ideas are exchanged. Culture is a jigsaw puzzle of different influences that come from your family upbringing, your education, where you live, your race, your wealth, your interests and lifestyle and how you present yourself.

Communication and Culture opens up career opportunities in marketing, public relations, advertising and journalism. Education, social work, law, medicine, teaching and nursing are other options. This subject complements English subjects, as well as Performing Arts and History.

Students can start a two-year course for A-level Communication & Culture for the last time in September 2016.

Our Communication and Culture courses

Creative Writing

Students who have dreams of being the next J.K Rowling, Stephenie Meyer or George R.R Martin will enjoy the Creative Writing A-level. It will enable aspiring writers to start on the path to professional practice and is equally useful for anyone interested in improving their creative and critical thinking and communication skills. This specification is designed to introduce you to Creative Writing, separate from, but complementing, the study of Arts and English subjects completed at GCSE.

Creative Writing is a distinct discipline within Higher Education, leading to a range of professional careers within the creative and cultural industries. It prepares you for further study in Creative Writing, English Literature or English Language at university, as well as a range of other creative subjects such as media, journalism, film or art.

It is equally useful for students wishing to develop their ability to express themselves in writing, for a range of audiences - a skill that can be applied to the breadth of writing tasks encountered in the professional world of work or academia. It could also support you in other disciplines, such as science, languages or humanities.

Our Creative Writing courses

Dance

Step inside the world of Dance and gain knowledge and understanding of the dancer in action and the skills involved in performance, as well as the way dance can express a range of emotions. Through the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of dances, students will gain an appreciation and understanding of their historical and cultural context. Choosing Dance encourages students to take their first steps in developing creativity both as a dancer and choreographer, while contributing to health and fitness.

Careers in dance include becoming a dancer, choreographer, or teacher. This course will be a constant pleasure but it also has a vision. And that is, to be the first step in a career for you that includes dance. In addition to performing, choreographing and teaching, this course might lead to such careers in dance therapy or journalism.

Dance is suitable for anyone wanting to pursue the Arts or Dance in Higher Education, or as support for any course requiring good communication and group work skills. Many students who take dance, also take Drama and Theatre Studies, Physical Education and Performing Arts. English Literature, Media Studies, Communication Studies and Music are also great companion courses.

Our Dance courses

Design and Technology

Our comprehensive range of Design and Technology and Engineering qualifications have been developed in consultation with teachers to ensure that the content and assessment are suitable for students of all abilities. Qualifications are available in Entry Level Certificate (ELC), Full and Short Course GCSE, Level 1/2 certificates and A-level in the following subject areas:

  • Electronic Products - encourages you to use a wide range of electronic components with appropriate materials to package an electronic circuit.
  • Food Technology - allows you to demonstrate creativity when making food products as well as to gain an understanding of food science and nutrition.
  • Graphic Products - enables you to develop products using a range of graphic and modelling materials and new technologies.
  • Product Design - encourages you to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials such as paper and card, plastics, textiles, ceramics, food, electronics, timber based materials, and ferrous and non-ferrous metals. You will also develop a variety of techniques for working with these materials.
  • Resistant Materials Technology - is the design and making of products using a range of materials such as wood, metals and plastics and will be encouraged to incorporate new technologies in the production of their products.
  • Systems and Control Technology - enables you to design and make systems using a range of electronic, mechanical and pneumatic components.
  • Textiles Technology - enables you to develop a working knowledge of a wide range of textiles materials and components appropriate to modelling, prototyping and manufacturing.

Students will learn about design and market influences, processes and manufacture, environmental issues and the use of ICT in relation to the manufacturing of material products. You will develop skills in decision making, creativity and critical analysis through individual and collaborative working. You will also gain an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing and engineering, allowing you to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Design & Technology: Short Course for the last time in September 2016.

Students can start a two-year course for A-level Design and Technology: Systems and Control for the last time in September 2016.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC Design and Technology for the last time in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Our Design and Technology courses

Drama and Performing Arts

If you're a born performer, or just adore expressive arts and the creation and process of performance, Performing Arts and Drama offers you the chance to explore, develop and create work in a range of art forms including moving images, music, original writing and visual arts.

It also allows you to develop confidence and strength, teamwork and self-esteem, together with design and technical matters including lighting, marketing and management. You can expect to perform an extract from plays; analyse directors, dancers, actors and designers; create and perrform your own dramatic piece; and have the flexibility to choose which areas interest you. This could be acting, directing, costume, setting, mask and technical design.

This subject is perfect if you're looking to pursue Higher Education in drama and theatre studies and performance or other creative arts. It could also support and complement your English, History, Creative Writing and Media Studies.

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Expressive Arts for the last time in September 2015.

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Performing Arts (incl. Double Award) for the last time in September 2015.

Our Drama and Performing Arts courses

Economics

Economics is a fascinating subject, where students can learn how people behave and interact with each other. The dynamic between consumers, manufacturers and government makes it a vibrant topic.

Economics can also lead to an exciting career. It is a versatile subject that can help in a number of careers. Students could find themselves working for big corporations, banks or in government, but this qualification is also valuable in marketing, law, journalism or teaching.  For anyone wanting to specialise in economics, this starting point will help in applying for university or college.

Because economics affects so much of the modern world, there is a range of subjects that complement it, such as Law, Mathematics, Geography, History, Politics, Philosophy and Languages.

Our Economics courses

Electronics

Electronics is a popular and rewarding course offering a grounding in all elements of electronic design. As well as learning about the theoretical aspects, students will get to design and build their own electronics systems.

Imagine having the chance to design the next generation of mobile phone, or the dashboard for an all-electric sports car! A career in the armed forces, or in teaching or research science are further possibilities. Students will gain a great start for further education in electronic, computer or software engineering, discovering topics such as robotics or communications.

Students who take Electronics find it goes well with Physics, Maths, CDT, IT, Music Technology and Media Studies.

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Electronics for the last time in September 2016.

Students can start a two-year course for A-level Electronics for the last time in September 2016.

Our Electronics courses

Engineering

GCSE Engineering provides an introduction to engineering concepts, and develops skills and understanding which could lead to further technical or academic engineering qualifications. This practical subject can also be taken as a double award. It encourages you to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities, using a range of graphic and modelling materials and new technologies.

Engineering provides a firm foundation for students wanting to pursue analytical and scientific approaches or careers. Complementary subjects can be taken in Maths, Further Maths and Physics.

Students can start a two-year course for L1/2 Certificate Engineering & Computer Apps for the last time in September 2015.

Students can start a two-year course for L1/2 Certificate Engineering & Innovation the last time in September 2015.

Our Engineering courses

English

English Language

Studying English Language will help you to challenge ideas and theories, question assumptions and engage in lively debates by becoming an independent, critical reader. You'll develop your analytical and written skills, and expand your range of writing styles, such as writing to make an argument, tell stories and provide information, as well as covering the diversity of language used by different individuals and groups of people throughout the world.

English Language creates opportunities both for those aiming to study the subject at university, and those interested in going straight into employment after A-level study. English Language study will provide highly desirable skills for careers in areas such as journalism, IT, advertising, marketing, publishing, public relations (PR), teaching, forensics, law and academia. The written, communicative and critical skills you'll learn, along with planning, investigative and evaluative skills for research-based projects, are extremely valuable across a wide range of professions.

English Language complements many other essay or research-oriented subjects, including Modern Languages, Arts, IT, and Social Sciences. You may also find it useful to go alongside a set of science subjects in order to show a depth and range of skills and interests.

English Literature

English Literature is not just the study of books. Undertake an English Literature course and you'll develop the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research to help you understand how texts can be connected and interpreted in different ways. Through reading texts with a shared theme but written at different times in history, you'll learn to appreciate how the context in which something is written affects the way it's read and understood.

As well as the enjoyment you'll experience in improving your knowledge and understanding of literature, you'll enter the job market with well-developed transferable skills in oral communication, research and writing, with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophistication.

An English Literature course represents ideal preparation for those intending to study English at university, and the skills you'll learn will also be extremely attractive to employers in areas such as publishing, TV and film production, journalism, public relations, law, marketing and education. The career prospects are not limited to these areas, with a key benefit of studying an English Literature course being that the skills you develop will be useful across a huge variety of professions. Jobs in areas as diverse as town and country planning, personnel management, the civil service, accountancy, the police force and the armed forces all require the skills in oral communication, research and writing which the study of English Literature brings.

English Language and Literature

Study English Language and Literature and you'll have the unique opportunity to explore the language used in some fantastic literary and non-literary texts, and to investigate the relationships between linguistic and literary approaches, all in one qualification.
You'll explore texts of all kinds, from fiction to non-fiction, spoken conversations to online message boards and webpages, learning about how and why stories of different types are told, and ideas of conflict are constructed.

English Language and Literature brings together essential skills highly valued by universities and employers such as critical thinking, analytical skills and creative writing skills. As well as gaining an understanding of a variety of texts and language contexts you will develop research and independent working skills which provides a basis for lifelong learning.

As with English Literature, an English Language and Literature course represents ideal preparation for those intending to study English at university, and the skills you'll learn will also be extremely attractive to employers in areas such as publishing, TV and film production, journalism, public relations, law, marketing and education.

Students can start a one-year course for EL Functional Skills English for the last time in September 2015.
Students can start a two-year course for EL Functional Skills English for the last time in September 2016.

Our English courses

Environmental studies

This highly popular course involves the scientific study of how the environment supports us, how we threaten these support systems, and strategies for a more sustainable lifestyle. The subject draws on many study areas including geology, geography, economics, politics and sociology .

An interest in the environment and ethical issues opens up a number of career paths in areas such as ecology and wildlife conservation, geography, geology or climatology. With an A-level in Environmental Studies you could work for a charity, teach, enter politics, or move on to higher education and a degree in environmental science.

Environmental Studies complements other subjects, such as Biology, Law, Geography, Geology or Chemistry, and could support units in English and Anthropology.

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Environmental Science for the last time in September 2015.

Our Environmental Science courses

Extended Project (EPQ)

Our popular EPQ provides an opportunity for you to extend your abilities beyond A-level and prepare for university or a future career. It can be used to earn UCAS points, and lets you work on largely self-directed projects.

You take responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project or an individual role in a group project, gaining a variety of skills and experiences along the way. The EPQ has been integrated into the AQA Bacc as part of an enriching and stimulating sixth form education programme. You can also take it as a stand-alone qualification.

Our Extended Project course

French

See Modern Foreign Languages.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC French for the last time in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Students can start a two-year course for L1/2 Certificate French for the last time in September 2015.

General Studies

This focuses on contemporary issues, encourages thinking across specialist subjects, uses interesting materials, and will develop your thinking and functional skills. It will be worthwhile and interesting, no matter what your background or age.

Our General Studies course offers a range of different assessment methods, such as multiple choice questions.

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE General Studies for the last time in September 2016.

Our General Studies courses

Geography

After studying human and physical geography, you'll have a better understanding of how mankind and the Earth work together. And it's not all theory either. You'll get the opportunity to visit places of geographic interest and roll up your sleeves with some fieldwork.

If you specialise in geography in Higher Education (or use your Geography A-level as a stepping stone to study geology at university) you could find yourself doing things like charting oil wells or exploring rock formations throughout the world.

And because geography is about the interaction between people and our planet, this fascinating subject is valid for a number of different career paths in areas such as advertising, environmental management, law or social services.

Students who take Geography find it goes well with Maths, Science or Art subjects.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC Geography for the last time in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Students can start a two-year course L1/2 Certificate Geography for the last time in September 2015.

Our Geography courses

German

See Modern Foreign Languages.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC German for the last time in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Students can start a two-year course for L1/2 Certificate German for the last time in September 2015.

Government and Politics

No matter what your opinion of the Government is, it's worth having knowledge of how the process of an elected government works. You'll understand how to tackle MPs, or maybe become one. Knowledge is power. If you want to work in local or national government and make a difference to society, this course is a valuable first step.

Many students who have taken an A-level in Government and Politics, go on to study Politics at university. From there you might become a researcher, join local or national government or even start on the path to become a future Prime Minister! But there are other job options too. If you fancy a career in journalism or the media, this course is very useful. You could also go on to become a teacher or work in the legal profession.

Government and Politics goes well with other subjects such as Citizenship, Economics and Sociology. It also supports English, and others such as Critical Thinking, Law and Media Studies.

Our Government and Politics courses

Health and Social Care

This subject gives you a greater awareness and understanding of current issues surrounding health and social care. It opens up a variety of career opportunities in your community too, such as childcare, nursing, paediatrics, midwifery, social work, teaching or tutoring, or as a police officer or social worker. You could even go onto a career in medicine, paramedics, mental health support or counselling.

Our Health and Social Care specification introduces key concepts and a body of knowledge that will provide you with an invaluable and thoughtful perspective on contemporary issues in health and social care. It complements other studies and equips you with skills needed for higher education and the world of work.

Complementary subjects to take are GCSE Home Economics Child Development, GCSE Home Economics Food and Nutrition and GCSE Human Health and Physiology.

Our Health and Social Care courses

Hebrew (modern)

See Modern Foreign Languages.

Students can start a two- year course for A-level Modern Hebrew for the last time in September 2016.

History

By specialising in History, you could go on to become an historical researcher, work in heritage organisations, become a conservationist or a teacher. History also supports other career paths, like journalism, politics and law. Students who take History often also take Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Geography or Sociology. It also supports other specialist subjects, like English Language/Literature, Government and Politics and Philosophy.

Our History course has been designed to help you understand the value and significance of world events in the past. In the process you'll gain a deeper understanding of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Your A-level in History gives you knowledge and skills which will prepare you for Higher Education, and the experience and subject exposure is useful for any career.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC History for the last in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Students can start a two-year course for L1/2 Certificate History for the last time in September 2015.

Our History courses

History of Art

If you like painting, sculpture and architecture then you'll enjoy History of Art. It provides you with the skills to understand and appreciate Western art and architecture and visual culture. You will explore links between art, its contents and its contexts, developing the skills to evaluate art and its importance in the world. You'll also understand how the appearance of paintings, sculpture and architecture contribute to their meaning.

If you dream of working in the world of art or architecture, this course could be where you launch your career. You might want to become an art advisor or investor, gallery curator, freelance writer or even a film and television stylist. You might even get a school trip to Paris, Venice, Rome, Barcelona or other cultural hot spots.

Our History of Art courses

Home Economics

This subject develops your knowledge and understanding of human needs in a diverse society, working in a variety of contexts. It provides progression to Health and Social Care studies, while encouraging you to be inspired.

Our courses will get you actively engaged in the processes of home economics, while developing your independent learning skills. You'll examine issues around human needs and the quality of human life, and the relevant technological and scientific developments within a diverse society. You'll evaluate choices and develop skills to become informed and discerning consumers.

The skills and knowledge acquired is relevant and transferable to other settings.

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Home Economics: Food and Nutrition for the last time in September 2015.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC Home Economics: Child Development for the last time in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Our Home Economics courses

Human Health and Physiology

Studying Human Health and Physiology enables you to gain an informed insight into how the human body works, the structures that make it work and how to keep the body healthy. Key aspects of this course include nutrition, blood and circulation, defence against diseases, and 21st century health

It could be taken as an option to follow GCSE Science, for example, an alternative to Additional Science if you have a particular interest in Human Health. Human Health and Physiology provides an ideal base for progression to Human Biology AS and A2 and for employment in the Caring Professions (including teaching).

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Human Health & Physiology for the last time in September 2015.

Our Human Health and Physiology course

Humanities

Humanities is a subject which makes connections and blends together subjects such as history, geography, religious studies, citizenship, environmental science and the social sciences.  Humanities is about what has happened and what is happening in the world, and the challenges that people face in their daily lives.  The diverse course covers a wide range of issues such as global warming, euthanasia, the war in Iraq and apartheid in South Africa.

Students studying Humanities will make informed critical judgements, exploring issues that really matter, where the is not always a right or wrong answer.  By considering their rights and responsibilities, students of Humanities will be encouraged to interrogate sources and investigate issues from different viewpoints, producing more knowledgeable and active citizens.

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Humanities for the last time in September 2015.

Our Humanities course

ICT

ICT engages the logical and creative parts of your personality. At a technical level, you'll need to know how information actually gets from wherever it is stored (like a company server) to where it is needed (like a mobile phone). But there's a creative side too. How will information be presented on a phone screen or tablet?

ICT is one of those great subjects that lets you maximise your own strengths. If you turn out to have a really technical interest in ICT, you could work for any corporation helping to design systems which support the whole company, from the mail room to the CEO's office. If you're more interested in the user interface, you could work in advertising or for a handset manufacturer. Information is everywhere and is continuing to grow, so ICT is a sound career move.

Further study can be taken at university or college, and there are plenty of opportunities for traineeships and work experience programmes.

Students who take ICT often also take Business Studies, Design & Technology, Science or Arts courses. So whether you're techie or arty, ICT sits comfortably in the middle.

Students can start a two-year course for Functional Skills ICT for the last time in September 2015.

Students can start a one-year course for EL Functional Skills ICT for the last time in September 2016. Students can start a two-year course for EL Functional Skills ICT for the last time in September 2015.

Our ICT and Computer Science courses

Italian

See Modern Foreign Languages.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC Italian for the last time in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Students can start a two-year course for FCSE Italian for the last time in September 2015.

Law

You might see yourself as a barrister, a solicitor, legal executive or legal secretary. Or you might want to choose law because it's a fascinating course which will help you develop transferable skills such as analysis and problem-solving. Whatever your vision, Law is a valuable first step in achieving your ambition

Law will enhance your chances of being accepted into university, either to take a law degree, a social science or business degree, or any other course of study. If you want a career in the law, or in other areas like education, human resources, finance or business, this subject can really open doors for you.

Lots of Law students also study Business Studies, Government and Politics, Critical Thinking, Philosophy, History, English, Psychology and Sociology. Even if you aren't aiming for a career in the legal profession, a grounding in law is valuable and looks good on your CV. That's because what you learn in Law helps you to think in a very logical way by breaking a problem into its component parts. And in many managerial positions, a basic understanding of law is a distinct advantage.

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Law for the last time in September 2016.

Our Law courses

Leisure and Tourism

The Leisure and Tourism industry is huge and rapidly expanding, offering many career opportunities for today's young people in the UK and all over the world.

Our course will give you a broad introduction to a dynamic and modern industry that allows you to progress onto many different types of further or higher education, training or employment. It's a hands-on, practical and theoretical subject that actively blends experience in the Leisure and Tourism environment so you can truly understand the nature of this wide industry. You may experience a variety of learning approaches including work experience, links with local employers, case studies and research.

You will have the opportunity to learn and understand about Leisure and Tourism activities and provision in the UK and abroad; gain skills in applying knowledge to real-world situations, including planning and carrying out investigations; understand people's changing leisure activities and their travel behaviour; learn about the destinations people visit and changes in patterns of tourism, including the issues of impact and sustainability. You will also study businesses that make up this industry and the types of promotion and sales activities they use and health and safety issues they face.

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Leisure and Tourism for the last time in September 2016.

Our Leisure and Tourism course

Maths

What do a games developer, architect and radiotherapist have in common? The surprising answer is: the need for a decent grasp of maths.

Maths is the key to some very diverse and popular careers. Maths provides you with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying Maths make sure the qualification is widely respected, even in non-mathematical arenas. You may not realise that a knowledge of Maths could help you get jobs in a wide range of specialist sectors, including game development, fashion design, radiography and construction.

We have filmed some helpful people in these roles to highlight the importance of maths for your career: watch the video on our Better Maths, better future site.

Students can start a two-year course for L1/2 Certificate Use of Maths & L1/2 FSMQs for the last time in September 2016.

Students can start a one-year course for EL Functional Skills Mathematics for the last time in September 2016. Students can start a two-year course for EL Functional Skills Mathematics for the last time in September 2015.

Students can start a two-year course for Pilot A-level Use of Maths & L3 Pilot FSMQs for the last time in September 2016.

Our Maths courses

Media studies

This subject naturally leads to careers in journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations. But an awareness of how the world of media works can also support other careers, such as politics, social work, law, medicine and education. By knowing how the media operates you'll be able to decode messages more skilfully, and engage with topics that interest you.

As the media touches every person and every profession, the subject has a really broad application. Media Studies is designed to enhance your enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of the media and its role in your daily life. Our course introduces you both to media ideas and the practice of production, which gives you the chance to develop a real understanding of media platforms, the contemporary media landscape and the influential role of the media in today's society.

Students who take Media Studies often also take English Literature/Language, Communication and Culture, Drama and Theatre Studies, or Sociology and Psychology.

Our Media Studies courses

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Travel - so the saying goes – broadens the mind. And never more so than when you can speak the language. That way you'll be able to find out what the local people are thinking, how they live, and how their culture really works.

Apart from being beneficial at a personal level, your Languages qualification can help with quite a few career paths. For those who want to specialise in language, there's translation, customer service or teaching. Or maybe you want to work in the travel and tourism industry. But even as, say, an engineer or designer, being proficient in a language will give you broader career options.

Students find that Modern Foreign Languages are a natural fit for many subjects, enabling them to use their skills and qualifications to access career opportunities at home and abroad. But on a wider level, anybody who wants to travel for work or pleasure should consider taking a language course.

Our Modern Foreign Language options are: Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Panjabi, Polish, Spanish and Urdu.

Students can start a two- year course for A-level Bengali, Modern Hebrew, Panjabi and Polish for the last time in September 2016.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish for the last time in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Students can start a two-year course for L1/2 Certificate French, German and Spanish for the last time in September 2015.

Students can start a two-year course for FCSE Italian for the last time in September 2015.

(If your school/college doesn't offer your language choice, you may be able to enter elsewhere as a private candidate.)

Music

If music is your passion, this course will give you two years of bliss. Of course there's study and work -- but if you love music, the time will fly by. Along the way you'll give your own musical ability wings.

Music is a synthesis of logic and imagination. Based on the firm foundation of musical knowledge, you can interpret and create compositions which will satisfy yourself and inspire others. This exciting course guides you through the history of music, from the baroque and classical periods right up to jazz, pop and other 21st century music.

What's your dream? Music gives you a strong foundation for higher education and a career composing or performing music, or to work in the music industry for TV, radio or film companies. You could be a music teacher, or even use your musical skills and knowledge in other careers, such as event management, journalism or leisure/tourism. Music is the universal language, so your career could take you anywhere.

Students who take Music often also take Drama and Theatre Studies, Dance, English Literature, Electronics and Media Studies. And even if you hope to have a career in other areas, like science or business, Music is a great way to keep your creativity in tune.

Our Music courses

Panjabi

See Modern Foreign Languages.

Students can start a two- year course for A-level Panjabi for the last time in September 2016.

Personal, Social and Health Education

We offer a suite of qualifications in Personal and Social Education, which enable you to progress from Entry Level 1 through to Level 2. These qualifications will help you to prepare for your future through opportunities to: take responsibility, participate, make real choices and decisions and develop relationships.

Our Personal and Social Education course

Philosophy

Philosophy will help you to become a great thinker. The subject - or the sharp thinking that philosophy promotes - supports a wide variety of careers. From Law to Electronics and Art to Food Technology, there's a valid argument for making philosophy a foundation subject that will turn you from a smart person into a great thinker.

Considering abstract subjects and applying them to everyday life will be personally useful, but is also a worthwhile skill in a number of career choices. For the vast majority of students - even those who go on to take the subject at university - 'Philosopher' is not the kind of job title you see at the local job centre. But what philosophy does do is finetune your reasoning so that your enhanced intellect can be applied to other careers. Law, politics, civil service, journalism, advertising, education - these are some of the careers where your ability to turn abstract subjects into solid concepts will be highly regarded.

You may want to combine your philosophy studies with courses in Languages, History, Anthropology, Government and Politics or Engineering.

Our Philosophy courses

Physics (A and B)

Progress smoothly from previous GCSE studies in physics, develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of physics, gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills, appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory, see how physics links to other sciences and how the subject underpins important technologies, study optional topics so they can specialise in topics that generate interest.

Physics B: Physics in Context places the subject firmly in a range of contemporary contexts. It introduces students to new and exciting areas of physics and develops essential knowledge and understanding – all through a context and applications-led approach to capture the interest of students.

Students can start a two-year course for L1/2 Certificate Physics for the last time in September 2015.

Our Physics courses

Physical Education

Sport and fitness is a huge industry and you can be part of it. From professional sport through to amateur teams and individuals who just want to get in shape, sport and fitness is a fast-growing business. If you're keen on sport you can make a healthy living from your passion, whether that's working for a football club, as a personal trainer at the local gym, or training to be a physiotherapist. Best of all, you could be in a career doing something that you love.

The subjects you learn about will be invaluable at a personal level and will help you to be better at sport, no matter what your standard. This also opens up a whole number of other career options such as sports scientist, physiotherapist, or working for a national governing body.

PE goes well with other subjects, especially the sciences or Performing Arts such as Dance. You might also consider courses like Human Biology. No matter what your career or further education ambitions, if you are passionate about sport, this course is great to take alongside other topics to stay fit and focused.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC Physical Education for the last time in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Our Physical Education courses

Polish

See Modern Foreign Languages.

Students can start a two- year course for A-level Polish for the last time in September 2016.

Preparation for Working Life

This course is equivalent in size to a full GCSE. It enables you to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application across a range of topics including Personal, Social Health and Economic Education, careers and personal finance. It is assessed by end of course exam. We offer a suite of qualifications in Preparation for Working Life, which enable you to progress from entry level through to level 3 in further units.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC Preparation for Working life for the last time in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Our Preparation for Working Life course

Psychology

Psychologists observe and measure behaviour, and their therapies are based on scientific study. Psychology has links with many disciplines including biological, computer and forensic science as well as humanities such as sociology, philosophy, anthropology and even literature. It involves the study of theory, empirical evidence and practical applications.

Students who take Psychology need a combination of curiosity and scepticism and need to enjoy research. Psychology's mix of disciplines makes it a fascinating subject, after all, humans are fascinating creatures to understand and study.

Psychology can help your career either directly or indirectly. If you want to become a psychologist, therapist or mental health worker, this subject is of direct value. Psychology students often also study Sociology, Health and Social Care, Biology, English and Sports Studies. But students who want a career in any of the caring services, or in marketing, Human Resources or business, will find an understanding of psychology useful.

Our Psychology courses

Religious Studies

Religious Studies is an inclusive subject, designed for people of any faith and those people who have no faith. All that's required is a desire to find out more about religion and its role in society.

The skills that you will learn in Religious Studies will be useful to you in any number of careers, including teaching, youth work, journalism, civil service or government, to name just a few. If you're thinking of a career in law or medicine, then Religious Studies is looked upon favourably for undergraduate courses too.

Religious Studies is one of the fastest growing subjects. This is partly because it's compatible with, and has a similar skills base to, subjects such as English, History, Sociology, Philosophy and Government and Politics. It is also a good partner course for these subjects, as well as Archaeology, Classical Civilisation and History of Art.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC Religious Studies for the last time in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Our Religious Studies courses

Science

See Applied Science, Biology, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Physics (A and B), Psychology.

Students can start a two-year course for GCSE Further Additional Science for the last time in September 2015.

Students can start a two-year course for L1/2 Certificate Science (Double Award) for the last time in September 2015.

Science in Society

If you like to know why things happen, you'll find Science in Society a fascinating subject. During our course, you'll unearth information on a diverse range of issues, like infectious diseases, evolution, the universe, climate change and much more. It all results in a greater understanding of nature and scientific issues.

By covering such a wide range of issues, Science in Society gives you a strong overview of the world around us. It also helps you hone skills such as researching and evaluating information. But most importantly it lets you appreciate science's contribution to our society and the developments we have made.

This subject is for scientists and non-scientists, so think of it as supporting your ambition. Media, journalism, science, medicine, engineering, management and politics are just some of the careers that students taking this course aspire to. Science in Society is a versatile course.

For example, students who also take Media Studies might want a career as science correspondents. Those taking Economics might find they apply their numeracy skills in the medical field, while students taking subjects such as Biology or Chemistry will appreciate the broader perspective this course gives.

Students can start a two-year course for A-level Science in Society for the last time in September 2016.

Our Science courses

Sociology

Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you develop a multi-perspective, critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, childhood and social power. More than once during the course you're bound to ask yourself the question, 'Why have we developed like this? Poverty, ignorance, crime, injustice - shouldn't we have left them in the Stone Age?'

Sociology is a great choice of subject for you if you want to pursue further study or a career in social work, nursing or medicine.

It is also useful in a number of other careers, such as marketing, advertising, PR, journalism, law or teaching.

Our Sociology courses

Spanish

See Modern Foreign Languages.

Students can start a one-year course for ELC Spanish for the last time in September 2015. Please note we will not be able to offer this as a two-year course.

Students can start a two-year course for L1/2 Certificate Spanish for the last time in September 2015.

Urdu

See Modern Foreign Languages.