Courses

At Hutton we offer a wide variety of subjects for Sixth Form students.

More information about the courses offered can be found below, including video messages from our staff and students about what A Level study is like at Hutton. In addition to their A Level subject choices, students will also undertake the Extended Project Qualification in Year 12.

If you would like to find out more about any of the courses we offer, please contact the relevant Subject Leader.

Art - Fine Art
Subject leader - Miss Taylor - r.taylor@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 75%
Average class size - 4
Exam Specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

Coursework element - Students will create their own personal projects. Small class sizes are idea for allowing artists to fully explore a range of materials and develop an extensive portfolio.

Externally set examination - Students will have time to select and research an exam topic. They will extend their development of particular themes, culminating in a final outcome of their choosing.

How is this subject taught?

During the Fine Art A Level, students focus will be on creative making through refining ideas and exploring a wide range of experiments, media techniques and processes. Students will be taught in their own dedicated art study room that they will be able to use as a personal art studio.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

At the end of the Fine Art A Level, students will have the opportunity to create their own “gallery” space in the sixth form art studio. This is a big celebration of everything that art pupils have achieved over the course.

Students may have the opportunity to visit local galleries and art spaces in order to be inspired by modern and traditional artists and photographers.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

The creative industry is one of the fastest growing. Here are some career examples but the list is endless: architect, artist, graphic designer, photographer, museum/gallery curator, art historian, game designer and interior designer. 

Art - Fine Art full course details
Art - Photography
Subject leader - Miss Taylor - r.taylor@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A* - B rate - 50%
Average class size - 4
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

A Level Photography will give students plenty of opportunities to study a wide breadth of photographic techniques and processes with a camera and also digital applications such as Photoshop. Photographers will be able to study the various applications of photography including portraiture, landscapes, experimental imagery, fashion photography and installations.

How is this subject taught?

Lessons will explore experimental image making, studio and location shoots as well as refining digital techniques using software such as Adobe Photoshop. Pupils will be taught in their own dedicated art and photography study room that they will be able to use as a personal art and photography studio.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

At the end of the Photography A Level, pupils will have the opportunity to create their own “gallery” space in the Sixth Form Art Studio. This is a big celebration of everything that Photography students have achieved over the course.

Students have the opportunity to visit local galleries and art spaces in order to be inspired by modern and traditional artists and photographers.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Photography can lead you to many exciting opportunities in life. Here are some career examples, but the list is endless: camera operator, fashion journalist, advertising, events photographer, graphic designer, photographer, art director and interior designer. 

Art - Photography full course details
Biology
Subject leader - Mrs Freeman - s.freeman@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A* - B rate - 57%
Average class size - 10
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from Molecular Biology to the study of whole ecosystems, and from microorganisms to mammoths. It leads to an in-depth appreciation of the living world around us.

How is this subject taught?

Students will have 9 lessons over a two week period, split between two teaching staff. The Biology staff are always available for help and advice and often give up free time to help develop the knowledge and understanding of the students.

The department is well equipped with a very practical approach to the subject.  It is our intention to develop skills essential for a good scientist as well as achieving the best grades possible. 

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

There are ample fieldwork opportunities both on site in our extensive grounds and off site.  Annually we complete a large field study at the Ainsdale Nature Reserve on the Sefton coast. 

Each year a team of students is selected to represent Hutton at the North West region Royal Society of Biology competition, of which we have been previous winners. 

Where does this subject lead at 18+?.

Studying Biology at A level is an excellent foundation for Higher Education courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Applied Biology, Natural Sciences, Biochemistry, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Zoology, Marine Biology, to name but a few.

Biology full course details
Business
Subject leader - Mr Mansfield - t.mansfield@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 56%
Average class size - 12
Exam specification - Edexcel 

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

This is a modern and dynamic course which encourages the practical application of business concepts by exploring events in the business world and relating these to business theories and practice.

Business is a ‘live’ subject with up to date examples of both good and poor practice emerging in the news daily.

How is this subject taught?

You will be taught by 2 experienced teachers with 9 lessons per fortnight.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

We run a Leyland Trucks Trip, have a guest speaker from Bank of England and students have the opportunity to join Business & Economics Society.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

The knowledge and skills developed are useful in any workplace or could inspire you to set up your own business. Many of our students continue to study Business on one of the many courses available in this subject area, such as Accountancy, Marketing, Human Resources Management or Operations Management.

 Business full course details
Chemistry
Subject leader - Dr Penman - s.penman@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 69%
Average class size - 14
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

The Chemistry course is delivered through the three strands of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. The range of topic areas and skills make the course both interesting and challenging and allow students to gain an appreciation of how science works and its importance in the wider world.

How is this subject taught?

Lesson time includes opportunities to develop practical skills, study the course content, research applications and practise exam technique. Students work individually and collaboratively as they develop their problem solving skills in a range of different contexts.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

Year 12 Chemistry students are given the opportunity to compete in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge each year we also enter a team in the RSC Young Analyst competition. Guest speakers at our Science Cafe provide the opportunity to consider applications and research areas beyond the Chemistry curriculum. 

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Chemistry students can go on to careers in Research and Development, Veterinary Surgery, Medicine, Nursing, Radiography, Forensic Science, Teaching, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Research, Chemical Engineering and many other areas.

Chemistry full course details
Computer Science
Subject leader - Mr Hulme - n.hulme@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 100%
Average class size - 6
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

The course covers a wide range of computing applications including data processing, control systems, artificial intelligence, the theory of relational databases and networking, along with hardware configurations. Programming is taught using Python. 

How is this subject taught?

The lessons will have an extensive amount of both theory, and practical application of the theory using a variety of different methods, from creating simulations using Arduino to programming using Python. About half of class time is spent at the computers.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

Over the years we have built a good relationship with SoccerManager, who are based on Preston Docks. Often we are asked to go and test the latest version of their game and give them some feedback.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Many of our students go on to study Computer Science or associated subjects at degree level such as computer science, artificial intelligence, games design, games programming, software engineering, systems analysis and informatics. 

Computer Science full course details
Design Technology - Product Design
Subject leader - Miss Furnell - n.furnell@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 100%
Average class size - 6
Exam specification - Edexcel

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

The course will help you develop your problem-solving skills through the design process, and subject knowledge. Within the design process you will be asked to research, analyse, sketch, draw, use CAD, model, create, manufacture and evaluate a design problem.

How is this subject taught?

Product design is taught with within the design context. Projects are used to introduce new skills and subject knowledge. Based in a creative workshop design environment, skills will be taught and practiced during projects.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

Rotary Competition with BAE. Trips can be organised to focus on specific aspects of your chosen NEA topic.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Possible future careers: university design courses and vocational outcomes including product design, architecture, automotive design, engineering, advertising, CAD designer, construction, marketing

Design Technology - Product Design full subject details
Drama and Theatre Studies
Subject leader - Miss Collinson - k.collinson@huttongrammar.org
Average class size - 4
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

Drama & Theatre Studies A level looks at the practices and theories of classical and contemporary playwrights, directors and practitioners of drama. The course aims to develop an awareness of a range of theatre through the observation and analysis of existing and emerging performance work, and practical exploration of texts and practitioner techniques.

How is the subject taught?

You will be taught with a mixture of theory and practical application. You will take part in workshops exploring different styles of theatre and then apply these theories to practical work. You will be expected to perform regularly to both your peers and live audiences.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

We regularly run theatre trips to watch a variety of performances from musicals to dance pieces. We also run a London residential were students get the opportunity to explore live theatre venues as well as watch West End standard productions.  We also offer an opportunity to get involved in the whole school musical with many leading roles being offered to our Sixth Form students.

Where does this subject lead to at 18+

Due to both the academic and practical nature of the course, Drama and Theatre Studies is a highly regarded subject by top universities and a wide range of employers.  Aside from a career in the theatre, film and television, the subject is advantageous for students wanting to study law, medicine, teaching, care services, journalism, media, marketing, business and public relations.

Drama (Theatre Studies) full course details
Economics
Subject leader - Mr Mansfield - t.mansfield@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 54%
Average class size - 14
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

 Year 12 - Individuals, Firms, Markets and Market Failure (Microeconomics)

Year 13 - The National and International Economy (Macroeconomics)

How is this subject taught?

You will be taught by two experienced teachers with 9 lessons per fortnight.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

We run an annual trip to London and invite guest speakers to lessons, including from the Bank of England. Economics student may also wish to join our Debating Society or Business & Economics Society.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

The skills that students learn while studying Economics make them some of the most sought after graduates in the country. Also, because economists are needed in so many different fields it is not difficult to find employment in an area that specifically suits your interests and strengths. Careers might include Accountancy, Business Management, Banking, Insurance or Economic Forecasting.

Economics full course details
English Language and Literature (combined)
Subject leader - Mrs Hill - j.hill2@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 37%
Average class size - 11
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

On this course you will undertake the close study of literary and linguistic issues covering all three genres of prose, poetry and drama, whilst also encountering a wide range of nonfiction. Modern and pre-twentieth century texts are studied, all of which are selected for their challenging natures both in terms of their style and subject matter.

How is this subject taught?

Lessons are often lively and discussion-led and we welcome students who are keen to think independently and share those ideas within lessons. As part of the A Level course, students undertake their own independent study, with the opportunity to select and analyse texts that inspire and motivate on a personal level.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

Opportunities to work with younger students are provided and students relish the chance to share their love of literature with others, through shared reading and by coordinating activities beyond their own study. 

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Studying English teaches you to think analytically, read complex texts with understanding and express your ideas clearly and accurately. Career options are varied including jobs in drama and theatre, writing, publishing, journalism, marketing, PR, advertising and teaching. The qualification can also be useful in business and the legal profession.

English Combined full course details
English Literature
Subject leader - Mrs Hill - j.hill2@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 50%
Average class size - 10
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

We welcome students with inquiring minds who are prepared to explore and discuss a wide range of texts which are both challenging in their style and subject matter. You will consider texts in light of their critical reception and consider how their meanings have altered for readers over time.

How is this subject taught?

There is a strong emphasis on reading and discussion work in lessons and original ideas and interpretations are valued. As part of the A Level course, students undertake their own independent study, with the opportunity to select and analyse texts that inspire and motivate on a personal level.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

Theatre visits, guest literary lecturers and writing competitions are offered throughout your time in Sixth Form. Opportunities to work with younger students are provided and students relish the chance to share their love of literature with others, through shared reading and by coordinating activities beyond their own study.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Studying English teaches you to think analytically, read complex texts with understanding and express your ideas clearly and accurately. Career options are varied including jobs in drama and theatre, writing, publishing, journalism, marketing, PR, advertising and teaching. The qualification can also be useful in business and the legal profession.

English Literature full course details
French
Subject leader - Mrs Buglass - c.buglass@huttongrammar.org
Average class size - 4
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

You will study a diverse range of topics including music, cinema, politics, immigration and the digital world to name just a few. The course is enhanced through the study of a film and a novel, both of which are studied in the target language. You will also complete an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

How is this subject taught?

Small class sizes are guaranteed so you will have individual attention and ample opportunity to converse and improve your confidence and fluency with experienced teachers in a supportive environment. You will have access to an ebook and a wealth of online resources to support your learning in college and at home.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

We have a number of overseas students in the Sixth Form who are native speakers of different European languages. You will also have the opportunity to work with and coach younger students learning French.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

A language qualification is an invaluable skill to have and complements many other subjects such as business, law, finance and ICT. As well as having the potential to increase your salary by 20%, it can also give you an advantage over other potential employees. Study of a language at A Level can lead to many careers including translating, interpreting and language teaching.

French full course details
Further Mathematics
Subject leader - Mrs Rawsthorne - l.rawsthorne@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 50%
Average class size - 4
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

In mechanics you will study Momentum and Collisions, Work, Energy and Power, Circular Motion, Centres of Mass and Moments.

In statistics you will study Discrete and continuous Random Variables, Poisson Distribution, Type 1 and Type 2 Errors, Confidence Intervals and more.

How is this subject taught?

Classes are usually very small, allowing students to have access to a lot of individual support and lessons are delivered in the main through a mixture of explanations, note-taking, working through relevant examples, discussion and student centred learning. You will have two teachers; one will teach Pure and Mechanics and the other will teach Pure and Statistics.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

Students are entered for the individual Senior Mathematics Challenge organised by the UKMT and we also enter the team Competition at Lancaster University. Students have also entered the Ritangle competition run by MEI and attended Problem Solving courses at Lancaster University.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Further Mathematics students are learning skills that are very useful for any maths-rich degree such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing or Data Science as well as Mathematics itself. Whilst many courses do not specify Further Mathematics explicitly, students with Further Mathematics qualifications are strongly welcomed on any maths-related course and often receive preferential offers because of this.

Further Mathematics full course details
Geography
Subject leader - Mr McKeand - d.mckeand@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 60%
Average class size - 8
Exam specification - Edexcel

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

You will study; Regenerating Places, Globalisation, Glaciation, Tectonics, Water Cycle, Carbon Cycle, Superpowers, Migration, National Identity and Sovereignty.

How is this subject taught?

Content is delivered through lessons with two experienced teachers. Each unit is tested at the end in a short exam. Ongoing assessments include presentations, videos, short exam questions, essays and projects. Wider reading is essential in order to broaden your understanding of the complexities involved in both disciplines of Geography.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

There is a two day trip to London in which physical and human geography is looked into. There are trips to Formby, Preston, Morecambe, Liverpool and The Lake District.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

A geography degree enables you to embark on a career in a range of fields, including those in the education, commerce, industry, transport, tourism and public sectors. You'll also have many transferable skills, attracting employers from the business, law and finance sectors.

Geography full course details
German
Subject leader - Mrs Buglass - c.buglass@huttongrammar.org
Average class size - 4
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

You will study a diverse range of topics including music, cinema, politics, immigration and the digital world to name just a few. The course is enhanced through the study of a film and a novel, both of which are studied in the target language. You will also complete an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

How is this subject taught?

Small class sizes are guaranteed so you will have individual attention and ample opportunity to converse and improve your confidence and fluency with experienced teachers in a supportive environment. You will have access to an ebook and a wealth of online resources to support your learning in college and at home.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

We have a number of overseas students in the Sixth Form who are native speakers of different European languages including German. You will also have the opportunity to work with and coach younger students learning German.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

A language qualification is an invaluable skill to have and complements many other subjects such as business, law, finance and ICT. As well as having the potential to increase your salary by 20%, it can also give you an advantage over other potential employees. Study of a language at A Level can lead to many careers including translating, interpreting and language teaching.

German full course details
History
Subject leader - Mrs O'Reilly - n.oreilly@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 75%
Average class size - 10
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

A Level History involves the study of three modules:

Unit 1 – The USA: The Making of a Superpower 1865-1975 

Unit 2 – The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007

Unit 3 – Historical Enquiry:  Students will produce an investigation into a key question and produce a piece of extended writing of approximately 300-3500 words.

How is this subject taught?

The course will help you develop your own opinions and to formulate well-reasoned arguments. You will learn how to critically appraise a historical source and will be able to research an area of History for your NEA. With an emphasis on written communication, personal research and discussion, History A Level will help you develop a range of important skills for the future.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

Students have the opportunity to visit London, the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Employers and academic institutions place a high value on skills developed through the study of History. History is a valuable subject for a wide variety of careers including law, accounting, management, civil service, journalism, media, police, teaching and any other fields where you need to understand people and how they act.

History full course details
Mathematics
Subject leader - Mrs Rawsthorne - l.rawsthorne@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 48%
Average class size - 10
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

You will study Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.

How is this subject taught?

You will have 2 teachers, one will teach Pure and Statistics and the other will teach Pure and Mechanics. Classes are generally small and lessons are a mixture of explanations, note taking, working through relevant examples and student centred learning. Staff in the Mathematics Department are specialists and are available for extra help or consultation.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

Students studying Mathematics are invited to assist in KS3 lessons to help weaker students. Students are encouraged to enter the individual Senior Mathematics Challenge organised by the UKMT and we also enter the team Competition at Lancaster University.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

As there is a shortage of well qualified mathematicians, there are many well paid career options open in finance, commerce, industry, engineering and education. Having a mathematical background can sometimes provide exemption from some professional examinations and can be very favourable when applying for degree apprenticeships.

Mathematics full course details
Music
Subject leader - Miss Collinson - k.collinson@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 100%
Average class size - 4
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

The Music A Level is split into three areas:

  • Appraising Music
  • Performance
  • Composition
How is this subject taught?

Lessons will be taught with a mixture of theory and practical application. You will have time in class to work on your portfolio and will be expected to practice your instrument for the performance aspects of the course.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

There are many music clubs, from bands to vocal groups that you will be able to take advantage of. We run a large scale, full musical, every two years and look to the sixth form to carry much of the weight of that, with music students often taking lead roles or playing a part in the orchestra.

We also run a yearly residential; in this we take all musicians away for a weekend of rehearsals, where hopefully you will have some fun and try new things in a safe and creative environment

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Music is a very desirable subject for all further studies. It gives you many transferable skills that you could use to study music further or take with you into whatever further studies or employment you like.

Music full course details
Music Technology
Subject leader - Miss Collinson - k.collinson@huttongrammar.org
Average class size - 4
Exam specification - AQA
What topics are covered in this subject?

This course looks at the technological side of music. It is a very practical course that gives you many opportunities to record and produce as well as looking at the history of music technology and popular music. 

How is this subject taught?

You will be taught through lectures and workshops with plenty of time to try techniques and improve your work. There will be instrumental experts for you to work with and opportunities to see the subject in the real world.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

There will be sessions out of school to see real life music technology setups, from recording to live sound in live venues.

You will also have the opportunity to be a part of the backstage crew for all shows that the school puts on, helping run the lighting and sound, as well as getting to use professional equipment and talk to the industry experts who are used to provide the equipment.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

This subject lends itself well to further study and university and should also give you the practical skills required to take the first steps into the music industry from both a live sound and recording background.

Music Technology full course details
Physical Education
Subject leader - Mr Aitchinson - g.aitchinson@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 25%
Average class size - 6
Exam specification - OCR

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance; applied anatomy & physiology, exercise physiology and biomecanics

Component 02: Psychological factors affecting performance; Skill acquisition and sports psychology

Component 03: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport; sport & society and contemporary issues in physical activity & sport.

Component 04: Performance in physical education

How is this subject taught?

A Level PE is classroom-based mixed with practical elements to reinforce the theoretical aspects in a practical way. This is enhanced by the use of video and skill analysis, relevant sports clips and highlights, media coverage through social media, TV, newspapers, technology in sport etc.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

We have regular guest speakers such as Sports Psychologists. Trips include spending a day with a sports injury physiotherapist and visiting a professional sports event: e.g. The Open Championship.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Students who are keen to take their study of PE and sport further can go on to a variety of courses at University which offer the opportunity to specialise in areas such as Sports Psychology or Sports Science. PE is a useful subject for anyone considering a career in Physiotherapy, Sports Analysis, Sports Development, Coaching, Sports Science, Sports Psychology or PE teaching.

Physical Education full course details
Physics
Subject leader - Mr Roberts - t.roberts@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 60%
Average class size - 11
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

At A Level you will start to see how these ideas work together and begin to grasp the universal principles that apply to everything, from the smallest atoms to the largest galaxies. You will study concepts in much more depth than GCSE.

How is this subject taught?

At Hutton you will study physics in well-resourced laboratories supported by a team of specialist teachers. . You will carry out a wide range of experiments, including the AQA required practicals. Each week you will be given assignments to complete during your independent study time, and your progress will be assessed in end-of-unit tests.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

We regularly invite outside speakers from local industry and higher education establishments to provide our students with an insight into where their studies can lead. In recent years, enrichment activities have included visiting local universities, learning about the physics of theme parks, participating in a scientific expedition and taking part in the ‘Isaac Physics’ programme.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Studying physics can lead to a range of careers from astrophysics, nuclear science, aeronautical engineering, geophysics, radiography to neuroscience, as well as software engineering. Students could also go on to work in architecture, environmental science or civil engineering. 

Physics full course details
Politics
Subject leader - Mr Hill - j.hill1@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 100%
Average class size - 7
Exam specification - AQA

 

WHAT TOPICS ARE COVERED IN THIS SUBJECT?

A Level Politics at Hutton covers 3 major areas which we study in great depth:

Unit 1 – The politics and government of the UK

Unit 2 – The politics and government of the USA and comparative politics

Unit 3 – Political ideas: liberalism, conservatism, socialism and nationalism

How is this subject taught?

Politics at Hutton is taught by an experienced teacher with much emphasis on using current affairs as discussion points to explore the topics covered on the specification. You will have 9 lessons per fortnight and you will also learn how to craft answers to exam style questions and essays throughout the course.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

We run a trip to London for all Politics students where we visit the Houses of Parliament, the UK Supreme Court and Whitehall. We also have visits from external speakers such as local MPs, councillors, civil servants and political advisers. Politics students are encouraged to join Hutton’s Debating Society where a wide variety of political topics are explored and debated.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Politics is an ideal A level choice if you’re considering studying politics, sociology, ethics, advertising, history, management or journalism at university and is highly regarded by employers in industries including politics, international organisations, the media, government and the civil service.

In recent years, some of our past A level Politics students have gone on to work for the civil service, study degrees at elite universities including both Oxford and Cambridge, work for political parties and gain employment in management positions at large businesses.

 Politics full course details
Psychology
Subject leader - Mrs Palmer - a.palmer@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 57%
Average class size - 12
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

In Year 1 you will study the following topics: key approaches in psychology, social psychology, psychopathology, memory, research methods, biopsychology and attachments. This will be assessed by a formal internal assessment at the end of the year.

In Year 2 you study the following topics: forensic psychology, gender development, research methods, schizophrenia and issues and debates in psychology. This will be assessed by three external A Level examinations which cover the material from both year one and year two at the end of the second year.

How is this subject taught?

If you study Psychology at Hutton you will benefit from highly experienced teachers who have been teaching the subject for over 20 years and have experience as AQA examiners.  We run a psychology clinic on a weekday lunchtime to provide additional support and guidance to any students. We pride ourselves on excellent resources and enjoyable and engaging lessons in a relaxed and friendly learning environment.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

We visit the zoo to study animal behaviour, we have visited Garth and Lancaster prisons and have university lecturers visit to deliver specialist lectures on topics such as forensic psychology and schizophrenia. We have also organised a bi-annual trip to Euro Disney in Paris where students can attend the psychology live conference and enjoy the culture of Paris and the theme parks on offer.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Psychology is an excellent A Level to have for any career including those specific to psychology for example clinical psychology, educational psychology, forensic psychology and occupational psychology. It is also an excellent choice of A Level for other careers relating to people such as teaching, law, social work, business, the police force and medicine.

Psychology full course details

 

Religious Studies
Subject leader - Mrs Watson - l.watson@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B rate - 100%
Average class size - 5
Exam specification - Edexcel

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

Religious Studies is an interesting and intellectually challenging A level because its study raises many questions about God, the world around us and the historical and spiritual significance of the New Testament. Units of study include: Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and New Testament Studies.

How is this subject taught?

Religious Studies is taught in a classroom setting through a variety of methods including debate and discussions, lectures and media clips, independent research and activities, partner and group tasks. The course develops a variety of skills, including those of analysis, discussion and debate. 

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

Currently Religious Studies offers opportunities to link with universities, such as the University of Chester and students are invited to attend university sessions and conferences. We invite speakers, such as members of the clergy, into 6th form to explain and expand on deep theological concepts.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Religious Studies gives students an appreciation and understanding of alternative points of view and is therefore very useful for careers in medicine, public services, social work or education. Journalism and publishing are also possible career routes for those who have studied Religious Studies at A Level

 Religious Studies full course details
Sociology
Subject leader - Mrs Palmer - a.palmer@huttongrammar.org
Pass rate - 100%
A*-B grade - 60%
Average class size - 6
Exam specification - AQA

 

What topics are covered in this subject?

In Year 1 you will study the following topics: Education, Methods in Context, Research Methods and Families and Households. This will be assessed by a formal internal assessment at the end of the year.

In Year 2 you study the following topics: Crime and Deviance, Theory and Methods and Beliefs in Society. This will be assessed by three external A Level examinations which cover the material from both year one and year two at the end of the year.

How is this subject taught?

If you study Sociology at Hutton, you will benefit from highly experienced specialist teachers who are experienced AQA examiners. The classes are small and involve group discussions and interactive learning. Students are required to be keen on reading and thinking about controversial ideas, conflicting arguments and evidence.

What are the enrichment opportunities in this subject?

We have organised live prison tours to support the topic of Crime and have had specialist lectures in topics such as Crime and Education. We also organise trips during the Beliefs in Society topic to visit places of worship and attend revision conferences every year to prepare for the exams towards the end of Year 13.

Where does this subject lead at 18+?

Students can progress directly on to degrees in Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, Law, History, Politics or Social Work. Many students study Sociology with a combination of other subjects in order to facilitate a pathway into careers such as teaching, counselling, public services, family support work, social work and social research.

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