Subjects

At Clifton High School we offer a broad choice of A level courses. Our small Sixth Form allows us a high degree of flexibility and we do our best to accommodate each student's subject choices where possible.

The choices which are made at A level can have a major impact on what can be studied at degree level and upon future careers. Subject combinations tend to relate to broad categories of degree - scientific, linguistic or artistic. If students are unsure what they would like to study at A level we will offer support and advice to help them make the right decisions.

Many courses at university level build upon the knowledge which has been gained while still at school. For this reason, some university courses may require applicants to have studied a specific subject prior to entry, others may not. However, there are some A level subjects that are required more often than others and these subjects are sometimes referred to as facilitating subjects. Subjects that can be viewed as ‘facilitating’ are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English (Literature)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages (Latin, Greek, French, Spanish, German)
  • Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • Physics

If there is a subject of interest which does not appear on our list then please do get in touch. We can help students access subjects in a variety of ways such as correspondence courses, Open University, or working in another school or college.

A level subjects currently offered at Clifton High School:
Art and Design Geography
Biology History
Business Studies Latin
Chemistry Mathematics
Computing Music
Design Technology (Textiles) Physics
English Literature Product Design
French Spanish
Further Mathematics Theatre Studies
German  
Standalone AS level qualifications (taught over two years)
Mathematics Philosophy
Politics PE

It is always our intention to run all of the subjects listed above, but if demand is very low we may need to review this. Alternative subjects may be available through sponsorship. Please contact us for further information regarding this option.

Extended Project Qualification

In addition, students may also complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The EPQ is intended to stretch a student's research and investigative skills in an area which is of interest to them. Students often choose an area of study that is complimentary to the subject they wish to study at degree level, and that extends their A level learning. The EPQ is a dissertation, a musical composition, a report or an artefact, backed up with paperwork. The course is valued by universities because it extends a student’s ability to plan, research and write autonomously.