We offer a wide range of subjects at A Level including art, biology, business studies, chemistry, design & technology, theatre studies, economics, English literature, food & technology, French, geography, German, government & politics, history, ICT, Latin, mathematics, music, music technology, PE, physics, psychology, religious studies, Spanish and theatre studies. Subjects are taught by senior specialist teachers in small classes of around 6-12 pupils. Students are guided in choosing three A Level subjects.
We would normally expect students to achieve a minimum of six GCSEs, including maths and English, at grades 9 to 5 (or grade equivalent). Students should achieve a grade 6 or above in those subjects they wish to take at A Level (and a grade 7, if studying maths and the sciences). For subjects with no associated GCSE, the grades achieved in other subjects will be taken into consideration. Entry onto A Level courses will be at the discretion of the Deputy Head, Curriculum.
The decision about which A Levels to study is one of the most important for any student, impacting on their future university or career path. We work in partnership with students and their parents to help them select those subjects which will best suit their interests and abilities and will most help them achieve their ambitions.
Please click here to download our current A Level Choices PDF for more information about the options available at Bloxham School.
Alongside A levels, students can opt to take the following level 3 advanced qualifications:
BTEC Hospitality – This Applied General qualification offers a broad study of food and the catering industry from a vocational perspective and may support progression to Higher Education when taken as a part of a programme of study which includes other Level 3 qualifications.
BTEC Sport - We offer a Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport (Pearson BTEC National), which gives a broad base of study for the sports sector. The course components will focus on: Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training, Application of Fitness Testing and professional development in the sports industry.
CTEC - We offer an Level 3 Advanced CTEC qualification in Business. This course will provide learners with the opportunity through applied learning to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the business sector.
* These vocational qualifications help level 3 students develop the practical knowledge, skills and understanding they need to prepare for their chosen career. They carry the same weight and have the same taught content as A levels, and are accepted by the majority of universities. They can be taken in conjunction with A levels or as stand-alone qualifications.
The Bloxham Day
Sixth Form students have individualised timetables, depending on their mix of subjects and some degree of autonomy over where they choose to study. Lessons are a mixture of individual, group and whole class work with the emphasis firmly on the student to take control of their learning and becoming fully integrated in to their learning experience.
Each student has between eight to 10 study periods per week where they are not in a timetabled lesson but are expected to work independently in either the library or the Stewart Sixth Form Centre. Time management and organisational skills are essential and help is available for those who require some extra support.
The busy Bloxham week is firmly focused on academic endeavour, however with the vast range of activities to choose from plus at least three games’ sessions a week there is also a great deal of variety and opportunity to further interests outside of the classroom. From 7.00pm to 9.00pm there is quiet prep time in studies in houses where essays, notes and reading are expected to be completed.