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A Levels - Full-time

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Course outline

A Levels are a great way to prepare for university-level study, and we will be there to help you choose the university or institution that’s right for you, and to help you towards achieving the grades you need.

You’ll be able to work and complete research in our fantastic Learning Centre, and you’ll meet with your tutor regularly to see how you’re progressing and help keep your studies well on track.

High Pavement is a mature environment, where you’ll meet loads of fellow students who’ve also chosen A Levels, so you’ll find you have lots of support and the opportunity to make new friends.

If you’d like to study in the city, in a supportive environment with excellent links to universities locally and nationally, High Pavement is the place for you.

Professional Studies

Business

High Pavement Campus

A Level Business is a dynamic and engaging subject with a holistic approach to business. You will study models, theories and techniques to help you develop a deeper understanding of business issues relevant in the modern world. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

Choose to follow with a range of business, economics and accountancy degrees, or degrees in psychology, sociology, maths and history. Our students have also moved on to Higher Apprenticeships with companies such as Rolls Royce. The subject allows a career in management, retail, marketing, accountancy, HR, event planning, logistics, supply chain management - and many other areas of business.

Economics

High Pavement Campus

Economics studies the problem of scarce resources alongside the unlimited desires of humans and society. The course studies this problem from two perspectives. Firstly, it looks at how markets work to set prices and how economies deal with failures of the market mechanism. Secondly, the course looks at the wider economic problems faced by government such as achieving economic growth and managing inflation.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as economics or business finance. To enter an economics degree course the majority of universities require A Level Maths. There are lots of careers open to you such as economist, investment analyst, actuary, market researcher, data analyst or accountancy.

Maths, Science, Computing and PE (STEM)

Computer Science

High Pavement Campus

Computer science is a practical subject that enables you to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It is a creative subject that helps you to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. There is an emphasis on learning computer programming and the mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course in computer science. The qualification is also well thought of by employers for students wanting to go straight into employment.

Maths (Core Maths)

High Pavement Campus

This new course designed for students who are not studying A Level maths but want to continue learning some form of mathematics. Core maths will help you understand and apply clear, mathematical reasoning to real-life problems, analyse and interpret data in various contexts and confidently deal with everyday financial maths. These practical mathematical skills will also help you with your other A Level subjects, in particular with sciences, geography, business studies, psychology, and economics.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course or employment, as universities and employers from many different sectors are in strong support of core maths qualifications. The course will help you retain, deepen and extend your mathematics to be better prepared for higher education and employment.

Maths

High Pavement Campus

Many of our students take this subject alongside sciences, business studies, economics, psychology, sociology and geography. As part of the course you will study pure mathematics, building on the work you did at GCSE level and extending your range of mathematical skills and techniques to solve more difficult problems.Choose to follow with related higher education course such as maths, business, accountancy, science, computing, engineering or economics. Maths is essential to everyday life and is relevant to a huge range of scientific, technological and engineering careers.

Further Maths

High Pavement Campus

Further maths will extend your work in pure maths, statistics and mechanics and may include a numerical methods unit or decision maths unit. You will need your own scientific calculator. A graphical calculator is also strongly recommended - ask your tutor for advice before buying one.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as maths, business, accountancy, science, computing, engineering or economics. There are lots of careers open to you such as aeronautical engineer, actuary, software engineer, mathematician, biochemist, veterinarian or chemical engineer.

Science - Biology

High Pavement Campus

Biology is the study of life in all of its forms. It combines problem solving with practical skills and enables you to develop a scientific approach to the subject.

Biology complements arts, humanities and other science A Level subjects. The first year will focus on many of the fundamentals of biology: biological molecules, transport in and out of cells, cell structure and organisation, enzymes, DNA replication, protein synthesis, mutations and patterns of inheritance, evolution, adaptation and animal and plant physiology.

The second year will build on these by delving into some important and fascinating subjects such as: photosynthesis and respiration, speciation, forensics, determining time of death, microbiology, diseases and immunology, muscle structure, the effects of exercise and drugs on the body and the nervous system.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as biochemistry, biomedical science, dentistry, medicine, midwifery or nursing. There are lots of careers open to you such as dentist, optometrist, physiotherapist, vet, pharmacologist, midwife or nurse.

Science - Chemistry

High Pavement Campus

The Salters’ Chemistry course has a structure that gives focus to the applications and implications of chemistry: industry, materials, medicine, environment, and food. All topics are dealt with in a way that links them to how they affect our life. A range of learning styles are employed, including teaching, multimedia resources, textbook, workbooks, online assessment, independent study, and practical laboratory work.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as medicine, agriculture, materials technology, energy, pharmacy, physiotherapy or chemical biochemistry. There are lots of careers open to you such as dentist, physiotherapist, doctor, forensic scientist and biochemist.

Science - Physics

High Pavement Campus

This course will use maths skills, scientific reasoning, mechanics, materials, electricity, waves, quantum physics, further mechanics, fields, thermal physics, nuclear and particle physics, amongst others to find answers to your questions about how the world works. This exciting and challenging course is highly regarded by universities and future employers.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as physics, engineering, medicine, health studies or sport science. There are lots of careers open to you such as oceanographer, medical physicist, astronomer, clinical scientist.

Physical Education

High Pavement and Clifton Campus

This course examines the world of sport through theory into practice, during your studies you will examine a range of areas including physiological and psychological factors that affect performance, sport and society, skills acquisition, applied anatomy and physiology and the role of technology in sport. There could also be opportunities to get involved in sports academies in football and cricket.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as medicine, physiotherapy or teaching.

Psychology

High Pavement Campus

This course is perfect if you want to find out more about the link between people’s behaviour and their environment and enjoy carrying out investigations to look for patterns in behaviour.

(AS Level) social influence, memory, attachment, approaches in psychology, psychopathology and research methods.

(A Level) the AS Level topics listed above plus issues and debates in psychology, and three from the following topics: relationships, gender, cognition and development, schizophrenia, eating behavior, stress, aggression, forensic psychology and addiction.

Choose to follow with psychology which provides an excellent gateway for a wide range of higher education courses or careers dealing with people to include; caring and criminal related professions, education, sports, human resources or research.

Creative Arts

Art and Design

City Campus (Stoney Street)

This course is a great way to learn new techniques and develop ideas. You’ll be encouraged to experiment and develop your own unique style. You’ll study drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, screen printing, lino and mono printing, photography, creative textiles, graphics, computer graphics, and art history. You’ll visit art galleries and museums, and undertake projects and workshops with industry partners, artists and the local community.

Choose to follow with further studies on a foundation diploma in art and design, or a higher education course in fine art, graphic design, textile design or 3D design. There are lots of careers open to you such as fashion designer, graphic designer, illustrator, interior designer or textile designer.

Acting - BTEC Certificate in Acting (A Level)

Clarendon Campus

You’ll need a strong interest in drama to get the most out of this course. It will give you the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques essential for successful performance in many areas of working life. You’ll take part in a mixture of practical and theory sessions with an emphasis on practical learning. You’ll be given the opportunity to explore differing styles of performance within theatre and will focus on its main practitioners.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as theatre arts, drama or humanities. There are lots of careers open to you such as stage manager, performer, production manager, theatrical agent or teacher. If you are interested in studying another subject at university, the course will give you UCAS points to support this.

Film Studies

High Pavement Campus

Film is a major art form of the 21st century, and this course provides deeper understanding and enjoyment of a variety of films through practical work, analysis and the study of critical approaches to film.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as media studies, film production, history, teaching, humanities, social sciences or film production. There are lots of careers open to you such as TV production assistant, video editor, film producer, runner, music video director or production manager.

Media Studies

High Pavement Campus

This course aims to develop a critical response to the media by exploring a wide variety of media, drawing on fundamental media concepts
and theoretical framework. You will gain an understanding of how media products are constructed; why the producers of a text are important in media industries; how audiences are grouped and targeted, how the digital revolution allows us to become producers ourselves and how the representation of people, places and events is evident in media.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as media, teaching, humanities, social sciences or film studies. There are lots of careers open to you such as journalist, broadcaster, digital marketing executive, special effects designer, web designer and many more. The media industry is one of the faster growing areas of employment, many jobs you will be applying for might not even exist yet.

Music Performance - BTEC Certificate in Music Performance (A Level)

Clarendon Campus

You’ll learn popular music, composition, and music business while developing your ability as a musician within a group and as a soloist. The course mixes practical with theory work and you’ll be assessed throughout your studies through public performances and both written and classroom based assignments. You’ll have the opportunity to perform both your own original and pre-written music in our purpose-built music venue and also join your band out on tour at venues in and around Nottingham.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as music, music technology or teaching. You could be working towards a career as a professional musician, music teacher, or music journalist.

Photography

City Campus (Stoney Street)

Experimental and practical in approach, this course is designed to build on your existing skills. Topics include: history of photography (equipment, materials, photographers and photographic movements), general photographic theory, darkroom skills for black and white photography, digital photography, using Photoshop, and photographic contextual studies.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as photography, media or art and design. There are lots of career opportunities open to you such as a professional photography in fashion, nature, portrait, events, fine art, commercial and many other genres.

Textiles

City Campus (Adams Building)

This course is a practical course and explores the use of traditional materials, techniques and processes to communicate and demonstrate your individual ideas. It can be used to explore fashion, interior or fine art textiles. You will get the opportunity to use a variety of materials and techniques including print, knit, weave, structure and natural fibers. An important aspect of the course is to consider the work of artists and designers to help inform your own personal creativity.

Assessment is a combination of examinations and coursework.

AS Level: a coursework portfolio and a controlled assignment (five-hour exam).

A Level: a personal investigation with 3,000 word study and a controlled assignment (15-hour exam).

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as fashion design, pattern cutting or fashion business. You could be working towards a career as a fashion designer or garment technologist.

English

English Language

High Pavement Campus

This course is perfect if you enjoy analysing spoken and written language and you are a keen reader and writer. Your technical vocabulary and communication skills will increase significantly. It combines well with a wide range of other A Level subjects.

Choose to follow: a pathway to a huge range of higher education courses and careers, for example teaching, journalism, playwriting, marketing PR and media. The skills you learn will be invaluable for essay writing, dissertations, report writing and presentations in later life.

English Language and Literature

High Pavement Campus

If you enjoy English, but feel that you can’t choose between language (looking at a wide range of techniques and language in society) and literature (reading and commenting on written texts), this is the course for you. You’ll focus on spoken language and language production as well as studying a wide range of literary texts - a chance to do both aspects of English in one A Level.

Choose to follow: other English subjects, which is a huge range of higher education courses and careers, for example teaching, journalism, playwriting, marketing, PR and media. The skills you learn will be invaluable for essay writing, dissertations, report writing and presentations in later life.

English Literature

High Pavement Campus

This course combines a detailed study of literature with the opportunity to read more widely and independently. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to attend theatre productions of the texts studied and to watch film versions of set and related texts.

Choose to follow: a huge range of higher education courses and careers, for example teaching, journalism, playwriting, marketing, PR and media. The skills you learn will be invaluable
for essay writing, dissertations, report writing, analysis and presentations in later life.

Social Science and Humanities

Geography

High Pavement Campus

Geography is about the relationship between people and the environment, including topical issues such as climate change and globalisation. Hands-on experience of fieldwork is an essential part of the course: field trips, day visits and local studies will be integrated into the programme.

Choose to follow: you could progress to a related
higher education course such as geography, planning, development, environmental studies or earth sciences. Geography graduates are among the most employable and move into a variety of areas such as planning, logistics, sustainable management, the energy sector, site management and surveying.

History

High Pavement Campus

This course builds on the skills and knowledge you gained at school. Topics include: a Breadth Study: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964 (1855-1917 for AS Level), and a Depth Study: The English Revolution, 1625-1660 (1625-1642 for AS Level). Both topics are assessed by exams which are made up of a combination of source-based questions and essays.

Choose to follow: higher education in a wide range of subjects and is particularly useful for related subjects such as history, politics, law or teaching. History is a highly regarded academic subject which develops skills valued by employers and universities.

Politics

High Pavement Campus

You’ll learn the features of government and political systems at local, national and international levels. You do not need to have studied the subject before, but you must have an interest in UK politics, UK government, core political ideas and global politics.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as politics, political studies, political history, sociology or international relations. There are lots of careers open to you such as journalist, political researcher, local government officer or civil servant.

Sociology

High Pavement Campus

If you are interested in what makes society tick and how we are affected by the society we live in, this is the course for you. You’ll learn to question and challenge ideas and assumptions, critically examine evidence, and experience lots of discussion and debate.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as sociology, politics, social policy, criminology, anthropology and development studies. There are lots of careers open to you such as social worker, counsellor, probation officer, teacher, charity worker or housing officer.

Languages

French

High Pavement Campus

You’ll learn to build on your existing language skills and explore the culture and society of France. Topics include: (AS Level) development of language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing development, topic study, (A Level) further development of language skills, topic study.

Choose to follow with a related higher education course such as languages, business, international affairs or teaching. There are lots of careers open to you such as translator, linguist, teacher or jobs in the international business world or travel industry.

Spanish

High Pavement Campus

You’ll learn to take part in stimulating activities to develop your linguistic skills alongside your understanding of the culture and society of the countries where Spanish is spoken. We select a broad area of study to prescribe certain aspects for closer examination. The core content includes; social issues and trends, political and artistic culture, grammar and an option from literature and film.

Choose to follow with a language degree course at university, or any degree course and continuing language studies as a subsidiary. Alternatively, students find immediate
employment in the target-language country or make a job application in the future with the skills of speaking two or more languages.

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Qualification

A Level Certificates

Duration

2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

To study A Levels at High Pavement, you’ll need at least five GCSEs at grades 9 – 4 (A*-C), although some courses do require at least a grade 6/B in specific subjects. 

4 x AS subjects 3 x A Levels

  • This route is best suited to students who have six or more GCSEs grade 9-6 (including English Language and maths).
  • In year one you would study four AS subjects of your choice. In year two you would continue three onto the full A Level.

3 x A Levels

  • This route is best suited to students who have five or more GCSEs grade 9-4 (including English Language and maths).
  • Across the two years you would study three full A Levels.
  • You can choose to study Core Maths or the Extended Project alongside the three A Levels.

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