Courses

At Ark St Alban's Academy we offer a range of subjects that can be taken at our Sixth Form.

Please click on the links below to view more details about our subjects.

 

A Level

Art

This qualification provides students with opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms. Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen area of study.

Biology

GM crops, cloning, designer babies, DNA fingerprinting, antibiotic resistance, MMR, global warming and over fishing - the list could go on. This course aims to stimulate interest and enjoyment of biology, to foster imaginative, logical and critical thinking, and to demonstrate the wider application of biological knowledge, showing appreciation for social, environmental, economic and technological contributions to society.

Chemistry

The world we live in has been shaped by chemistry. Chemistry is everywhere and one reason why many students study chemistry is because they want to help change the world, through research and its application. Our A Level course aims to stimulate interest and enjoyment of chemistry, to foster imaginative, logical and critical thinking, to demonstrate the wider application of chemical knowledge, showing appreciation for social, environmental, economic and technological contributions to society.

Computing

A course in Computer Science will lead to numerous degree course options and will be highly relevant whether you’re thinking of becoming a Cyber Security expert or you’re interested in Engineering. If you’ve ever wondered how computers work and how to create computer programs, this course is the course for you. There will be lots of opportunities to develop your programming knowledge and skills and you’ll enjoy a balance of theoretical and practical activities throughout the course.

English literature

This course will allow you to explore different worlds, times and cultures. It will empower you with the gifts of reasoning, reflection and communication, and equip you for almost any career where clear thinking and communication are important. You will learn to appreciate the rich history of English Literature and begin to understand the impact it has had on the world.

Geography

Studying Geography helps explain much of what is going on in the world right now, from climate change and natural disasters, to globalisation and the Arab Spring. Geography helps us make sense of a complex and dynamic world. It was been defined amongst the key ‘facilitating’ or ‘hard’ subjects in a guide compiled by the Russell Group (the UK’s leading universities).

History

History is all about connecting the world we live in today to that of the past. This course is suited to those who have an interest in modern history and want to integrate their knowledge with contemporary politics and international relations, as well as those who have a passion for studying new and different cultures and societies and seeing what lessons can be learnt from other places and other times.

Mathematics

One of the benefits of studying mathematics is the variety of career paths it provides. Studies show that the top jobs in terms of income and other factors were careers suited for mathematics graduates. Mathematics equips you with logical and analytical skills which are highly sought after in many sectors of the economy, such as business, industry and the civil service.

Physics

Our new specialised physics laboratory comes with state of the art equipment and IT facilities. Our highly qualified and enthusiastic physics teachers will give you a stimulating and rewarding educational experience, with a rigorous approach to building on basic concepts. Students will learn how physics can explain the world around us and will have the opportunity to develop the practical skills required for degree level science.

Politics

Who should study Politics, and why? The short answer is that everyone should study Politics — all members of society should have a better understanding of the general rules under which they live and how those rules were established in the first place. However, certain students will undoubtedly find politics more exciting than others. What makes Politics different as an academic subject is its emphasis on debate, discussion and argument. If Politics exists because people disagree studying Politics must mean studying how, why and when people disagree and taking an interest in these disagreements.

Product Design

Product Design offers a wide range of project choice, design individuality and material focus, with an opportunity to design and make individual products throughout both years of the course. The course also develops the skills of further creativity and provides inspiration, challenge and insight into related manufacturing/engineering sectors. The course develops independent learning skills, decision making, creativity and critical analysis through individual and collaborative working.

Psychology

Have you ever been interested in why some people develop brain disorders such as schizophrenia? Psychology is the study of the ‘science of mind and behaviour’. It is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivation behind them. Those who study psychology have the opportunity to learn about, understand and evaluate issues happening in everyday life and their applications to the wider world.

Religous Studies

This course provides opportunity for the detailed study of religious beliefs, practices and philosophy and their consequences for individuals and society in today’s world. Students will study a variety of religions with a particular focus on Christianity and Islam. They will develop research and independent study skills and their capacity to evaluate the meaning and consequences of beliefs and philosophies.

Sociology

Why do some people seem to get more power in society than others? Sociology is a subject for people who like to ask questions about the things that other people take for granted. It helps us explore and understand the cultures we live in. Sociology helps students to see the strengths and weaknesses of different arguments and use evidence to support those arguments.

 

Professional Pathways

For students who wish to access higher level study or employment through a route other than A-level, Professional Pathway (PP) could be the route for you.

Professional Pathways is an innovative programme of study offered at Sixth Forms across the Ark network designed in close collaboration with partners from the commercial and public sector. Those on this pathway will study towards the BTEC Extended Diploma, worth 3 A-levels, in a programme that integrates academic study with extensive work experience opportunities, work readiness and career mentoring programmes.

For more information, please read some of the documents below:

Professional Pathways Leaflet

Business PP

IT PP

Science PP

PP Further Information

 

BTEC

BTEC Business Studies Level 3 Extended Diploma

Are you passionate about developing your knowledge of how the economy works? Would you like to know more about how to set up your own business? How do companies market their products? Who comes up with new product ideas and how are they tested? If you’re also interested in Business Finance, Innovation, International Markets and many other business topics, this course is for you.

The study of Business Studies at this level will enable you to learn and develop your understanding of accountancy, marketing, human resources, different types of business structure and ownership and the effect of external influences on businesses. All of this will provide an excellent basis for working in the business world. You will also have the opportunity to develop many practical skills, such as team working, project management and presenting. This will be a particular focus in our practical units, although you will also be sitting challenging external asessments including a written 2 hour exam entitled Personal and Business Finance as well as more practical external assessments taken in timed conditions where you’ll develop a marketing campaign and make recommendations for strategic business decisions. This course is equivalent to 3 A levels and will prepare you for a number of different University degree courses or an apprenticeship.

BTEC IT Level 3 Extended Diploma

This course focuses on the education and training of IT professionals and those that wish to go onto further study of Computer Science or IT. Students will study a wide range of content which will prepare them for work and study in this field. 

You will learn how to use social media in business, consider the risks to data and how cyber security can help keep data safe, get a broad overview of IT systems and create systems to manage information. You will also learn the basics of programming using Python. This course is practical and will help you develop the skills you need for a university IT course or an apprenticeship.

BTEC Science Level 3 Extended Diploma

The BTEC qualifications in Applied Science enable students to achieve a nationally recognised level 3 vocationally-specific qualification. They are designed to provide specialist work related programmes of study that cover the key knowledge and practical skills required in the science sector. This is a practical based course and the underpinning scientific theory is taught at an academic level.