Curriculum – What you will study

The sixth form centre will offer a purely A Level curriculum, in the core and facilitating subjects recommended by leading universities.

Subjects offered are:

Biology Chemistry
Economics English Lit
Further Maths Geography
Gov & Politics History
Maths Physics
Psychology Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (P.R.E.)

– Click on a subject to discover more about what you’ll study at A-Level


Sixth Form Courses:

At the NCS, we offer A Levels in various subjects, especially in the specialist areas of Mathematics and the Sciences. A Level requires full commitment to study, both in the Sixth Form and outside of the classroom. If you wish to achieve your full potential you will need to commit considerable time and effort to private study, wider reading and independent research beyond the classroom or laboratory.

Click here to read more about the A-Level Curriculum


physics student teacher iPadThere have been substantial Government reforms to A levels which come into effect in September 2015. There have been changes to the syllabus for the following subjects: English Language, English Literature, the Sciences, History, Geography, Psychology, Art and Design, Sociology, Business Studies, Economics and Computing. There is also the de-coupling of AS and A2 which mean that AS is now a stand alone qualification and does not contribute to the full A level. There is also a move to linear examination.

Despite these changes students at the NCS will continue to study 4 AS subjects in Year 12 and will be required to sit the AS examination at the end of the year. Students will then decide whether they wish to continue with all 4 or, more usually, drop one of their subjects at the end of Year 12 and continue with 3 in Year 13. We believe taking this decision will allow our students to: (i) study a broad range of subjects in Year 12 (ii) make more informed decisions following their AS results which three subjects they wish to continue into Year 13 (iii) make a more competitive application to a Russell Group University because AS results are a good indicator of future performance.

How to Choose your A-Level subjects:

Your choice of A-Levels is a very important decision. A combination of different factors are involved:

  • What subjects do you most enjoy?
  • What subjects do you need to take to follow your chosen degree and career path?
  • Are there new subjects that you haven’t previously studied that appeal to you?

It is vital that you think and research carefully before finalising your decisions and at the NCS we will offer expert guidance and advice on this.

It is obviously important to choose a combination of subjects for your A-Levels that work well together and that maximise your choice of university degrees. Students will generally study 4 AS subjects in their first year, and most will continue with 3 or 4 subjects at A2.

A-Level Course details:

In the course guide at the top of this page you will find a list of the A Level Courses that we will be offering at NCS for September 2015. Please read the Information for Applicants for details of specific GCSE grade requirements for studying each A Levelsubject.

As an academic Sixth Form for students who wish to go on to study at the best universities, the focus of our offer are A Levelsubjects that the Russell Group and other universities value most.

Our subjects combine well to ensure that our students will have the best opportunities to follow the careers to which they aspire, and obviously as a specialist Science and Mathematics Sixth Form we will ensure that our students have the best choices to support applications to study degrees such as Medicine, Dentistry, Finance, Law, Mathematics and the Sciences.

Good luck with your choices!


Want to know more about our teachers? Visit our staff profile page to find out more about them and their fantastic track record at delivering top results at A-Level