Post 16 Extension Courses

Post 16 students on three (or four) A Level courses are to study one of the Extension courses that we offer. We feel this is important to bring a bit of colour and contrast to their academic studies. In a competitive world, we are confident that broadening their curriculum will help provide the breadth of study and skill set that increasingly universities, training courses and employers are expecting.
The information below gives details of each of the courses on offer to help students make an informed choice and to select a course that is appropriate for them.

When will students need to decide which course to follow?
Students will make this decision during Year 11 as part of their application process (they will select two preferred options) and will finalise it when they enrol on GCSE results day.


Extension Courses

AS Accelerated Computer Science
This course is for students who can think logically and enjoy problem solving. Students will explore and investigate how computers work and are used. There is a requirement for extensive self-study. It is suitable for students with a grade 9/8 in GCSE Computer Science and are confident coders.

Core Maths
This is for students not studying maths at A Level and is particularly recommended for students who are studying A levels which include mathematical content (e.g. sciences, geography, psychology, business, economics, computer science). This is a two year course which will enable students to retain and further develop their maths skills whilst supporting their learning in other subjects.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Students produce a 5000 word academic report or an artefact/performance with a report of 2000-5000 words. There are 3 compulsory components: the project, a presentation and a detailed written log of the process. Skills learnt/developed include research, critical thinking, decision making, presentation and referencing. This course requires high degree of independent study including planning & researching.

AS Accelerated Sociology
This is covers the study of social structures and institutions and topics such as the class structure of modern societies, the family, crime and deviance. There is a requirement for extensive self-study. It is suitable for students with an A*/A in GCSE Sociology or with A*/A/9/8 grades in other subjects (students do not need to have studied Sociology at GCSE to take this course).

Music Technology complements the existing existing choices. It is not essay intensive and has an engaging practical content, which is designed to develop a broad range of skills including project management, appraising and analysis, creativity and imagination.

*Courses may not run if student numbers are insufficient.