Sixth Form Subjects

This page contains a list of summaries of the subjects that are available for Sixth Form study at John Kyrle High School. To view the full details of all these courses please use the link on the right.

As you will see below, only one of the A-level subjects available at JKHS, in September 2017, are still of the old Modular format. Please see our Guide to A-level Reform for an explanation of the old Modular and new Linear format of A-level courses.

  • Art & Design – The course offers you a rich opportunity for visual study. Initially you will be given a mini project to practise and develop your visual skills to enable you to fulfil your true potential, across all assessment objectives. A vast array of materials and processes are used to allow students to work in ways which inspire and challenge them.
  • 3D Art and Design – Designing and making usable objects, from one-offs to possible mass production. Learning to use a wide range of 3D materials including ceramics, enameling, silversmithing, plaster and mixed media.
  • Advanced GCE Biology – is the study of all living things; how they work and how they interact with each other and their environment. The course includes a residential field course studying marine ecology.
  • Business Studies – looks at how firms are organised and how they operate in the marketplace. Over the two years you will study how businesses make decisions to improve their performance in all areas including human resources, operations, marketing and finance. You will learn practical skills as well as learning to apply textbook theory to solve case study problems.
  • Chemistry – If you enjoyed chemistry at GCSE, you’ll love this course. In two years, you’ll get a real     in-depth knowledge of this fascinating subject, preparing you for further education or giving you the credentials to enhance your job options straight away.
  • Drama and Theatre Studies – covers theatre from a historical, analytical and practical viewpoint. There will be opportunities to explore the use of sound; lighting; costume and make-up, BUT you will be formally assessed as a performer or director.
  • English Language – This course explores both spoken and written language. You will learn to analyse how language works in a wide range of texts and transcripts and become a more confident writer. You will investigate many of the important language issues in society.
  • English Literature – On this course, you will study a variety of modern and historical prose, poetry and drama, including the work of William Shakespeare. As well as extending your knowledge and enjoyment of literature, you will be encouraged to think critically and creatively in response to a range of set and independently chosen texts.
  • Geography (Edexcel specification A) – You will study the interaction of people and environments in a selected range of topics. Case studies are used throughout at a range of scales and from contrasting parts of the world.
  • Geology – is the study of Earth Science, the structure, evolution and formation of the planet. The subject contains strong elements of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Geography. If you are interested in the world we live in then Geology is the subject for you.
  • History (Edexcel) – Topics covered include: Russia – from Lenin to Yeltsin, The German Democratic Republic and Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors.  Students complete an independently researched enquiry on interpretations, eg the origins of World War One or the origins of the Cold War.
  • Computer Science – This course is about developing your knowledge of the inner workings of computer hardware and software as well as many of the theoretical aspects of Computer Science. The course covers Computer Systems including Algorithms & problem solving and has an important mathematical element
  • IT (Cambridge National Certificate) – IT is at the heart of the majority of the commercial, industrial, and service sector and scientific organisations. IT skills are needed by everyone in their daily working lives and people with these skills are at a significant advantage when applying for jobs.
  • Mathematics & Further Mathematics – is the most ancient and yet the most modern of all the disciplines. Both beautiful and fascinating; it’s highly valued by employers in industry, information technology, commerce and the scientific community and can lead to an enormous range of career opportunities.
  • Modern Foreign Languages – Français / Deutsch / Español -Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the countries/communities where their chosen language is spoken, through speaking, listening, reading and writing.  The course covers two main areas of interest: Social issues and trends, plus Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture.
  • Music Technology (Production) – BTEC Level 3 – This course looks at the cutting edge techniques used to produce modern music and how technology is used in performance. Students have access to industry-leading hardware and software, and develop creative and technical skills through performance and recording studio work. The course also covers research topics such as human hearing and the physics behind sound and musical instruments.
  • Physical Education – This course covers all different aspects of PE and sports. It includes topics on: anatomy and physiology, contemporary issues in PE, exercise physiology, sports psychology & history of sport and PE.
  • Physics – is the study of everything – from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe! It asks questions about how and why things behave as they do. It includes topics such as thermodynamics, magnetism, dynamics, radioactivity, forces, electricity, time, fields, waves, particle physics and quantum phenomena.
  • Psychology – is defined as “the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour”. Psychologists are interested in all aspects of human behaviour, including eyewitness testimony,  aggression and explanation of mental disorders.
  • Design & Technology: Product Design – This course is essentially concerned with identifying and solving practical problems through designing and making. Students develop their practical and key skills, as well as their capacity for analysis, creativity, innovative thinking and independence.
  • Religious Studies: Ethics and Philosophy – examines the beliefs and assumptions that people have about the world and explores the basis of these ideas along with some of the big questions that people ask about life, the universe and everything.
  • Sociology – is the study of individuals and groups and the way they act in society. It can provide a better understanding of the world and therefore the means for improving it.