Specialist subject knowledge
A-levels provide great depth of study in a few specialist subjects.
After two years, you will have gained subject knowledge that is often only acquired during the first
year at university in many other countries.
Flexible subject choice
You can choose 3-4 subjects to study. You have the flexibility to choose up to 36 combination of
We will help you choose the perfect combination of subjects, ensuring they match your interests and
future study plans.
Your Advanced Level studies (whether A-level or Foundation) will develop your knowledge and your
transferable skills. While there are common subject combinations, the actual choice is down to you.
However, some degrees may have specific subject requirements.
Some subjects are required more often. Until recently, the Russell Group of leading UK universities
referred to these as 'facilitating' subjects.
You do not need all your subjects to be chosen from this selection. Many students will include
two in their choices.
The best advice is to talk to our team of experts to help you decide which subjects suit you.
Below we introduce the subjects we offer across our colleges with links to more in-depth information.
Art and Design
- Develops your intellectual, imaginative, creative and reflective skills
- Develops your investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical, and expressive
skills, an aesthetic understanding and critical judgement.
- Provides an understanding of the inter-relationships between art, craft and design, and an
awareness of the contexts in which they operate as well as knowledge and understanding of art,
craft and design in contemporary society and in other times and cultures.
- The most accessible content of the three sciences, as it can be related naturally to all aspects
You will study carefully, and in detail, how life in the world works:
How our bodies work; how diseases stop them working; how plants grow; how life may be threatened
by poisonous substances; how ecosystems work; where energy comes from and how organisms use it;
how genes and evolution affect us all.
Provides an holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts, a critical understanding
of organisational behaviour, approaches to opportunities, issues and ethics.
You will develop your critical analysis, decision-making and problem-solving skills, all of
which are transferable to a wide range of contexts.
- You will learn to understand the things that make up the world; food, fuels and fabrics,
building materials and manufactured goods, the air you breathe, the tools you use.
- You will study atoms and reactions, bonding and structure, hydrocarbons, polymers and alcohols,
energetics and transition elements.
- You will use Mathematics to describe and understand chemical ideas. You'll devise and carry out
practical experiments to test the principles you are learning.
- Develops an understanding of economic concepts and theories through critical consideration of
current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life.
- You will apply economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts and learn to appreciate
their value and limitations in explaining real-world phenomena.
- You will analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and
the role of government within it.
- Enables you to acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of physical and human processes,
their interactions and outcomes over space and time, through the study of places and
- You will acquire and apply skills necessary for the pursuit of the discipline, and will develop
an understanding of the opportunities, challenges and constraints that face people in different
places and environments.
- You will acquire a deeper understanding of the connections between different aspects of
- Develops your use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills.
- The periods studied enhances your interest in, and understanding of, important developments
allowing you to understand the wider perspective of change over time.
- You will study significant individuals, societies, events and issues, analysing different
historical perspectives, for example aesthetic, cultural, economic, ethnic, political,
religious, scientific, social and technological.
- Broadens and deepens your mathematical knowledge and skills.
- You can study it either alongside or after taking A-level Mathematics.
- Taking both subjects together provides a foundation for further studies in any Science or
Maths-based course, including Computer Science, Medical Sciences, and Psychology to Statistics,
Management and Actuarial Science.
- Develops your essential knowledge and understanding in physics and the applications of physics
in new and changing situations.
- You will develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment, and will appreciate
how physics is used in present day society.
- You will recognise the quantitative nature of physics and understand how mathematical
expressions relate to physical principles.