Advanced Level Subjects

Here is all you need to know about Advanced Level Subjects at Parrs Wood Sixth Form College. You can read up on subjects by clicking on the course titles, this will open an external link with all the information about the course. If you require further information you can always contact our Sixth Form office where we will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding your choices.


Ancient History Government & Politics
Art and Design History (Modern)
Biology Languages - French, German, Spanish,
BTEC Business Law
BTEC ICT Mathematics
BTEC Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) Mathematics - Further
Business Media Studies
Chemistry Music
Computer Science Photography - Info coming soon
Drama Physics
Economics Physical Education
English Language English Literature
Psychology Religious Studies
Geography Sociology

Programme of Study

In Year 12 you are expected to take 3 or 4 subjects at Advanced Level. Each subject is taught for 6 x 50 min sessions per week. This leaves a number of free periods for independent study. During this time you will be free to make use of the college’s study and IT facilities.

In addition to your AS courses you will participate in an Enrichment programme which will add value to any university or job application as well as developing leadership and communication skills.

In Year 13 most students take 3 A2 courses, leaving at the end of Year 13 with three full A-Levels or equivalent and an additional AS qualification.

Level of Study

Parrs Wood Sixth Form has a fine tradition of academic success. The Advanced Level courses offered are A-Level or BTECs.

A-Levels are divided into two years of study. The first year is called AS, you will generally take two modules in each subject and receive an AS qualification. The second year is called A2. Again you will generally take two modules during the year. Successful completion of both years will give you a full A-Level qualification.

Applied qualifications such as BTECs will require you to take 6, 12 or 18 units over the 2 years and can be equivalent to up to 3 A-Level passes.

Entry Requirements

We require all students to achieve a minimum of 6 passes at grades A* to C at GCSE, with two grade B's and grade Bs in those subjects they wish to take at A-Level, or in related subjects if a student has not previously studied a chosen course. To study Btec's we require 5 GCSE's at grades A* to C. Some courses have their own requirements. You can check the latest recommendations on our individual course leaflets.

Financial Support Guidance

When you enter the Sixth Form there will be certain expenses that you need to be aware of and there are staff at Parrs Wood who are available who can assist you to get the financial support you may be entitled to.

For further information please contact the Sixth Form Office.