Curriculum Handbook

For full information on the A Level Curriculum provided at Liverpool College, including details of the A Level course content of individual subjetcs , please download the Sixth Form Curriculum Handbook here.

The Sixth Form Curriculum


The Sixth Form is the culmination of your time at school, and the next two years will provide a rich and varied experience that will help you gain the qualifications, skills and confidence to move on successfully to Higher Education. We offer a high standard of teaching, in small classes, by a well-qualified, experienced and committed staff who will support and encourage you throughout. Our teachers know their pupils, encourage them, exhort them, and challenge them. We believe that nothing leads to more success in the Sixth Form than strong relationships between pupils and teachers.

Good education requires relationships. To teach well, you have to know your student. Our experienced and expert teachers care about pupils beyond their subject and beyond their classroom. They are mentors and guides. Our recent ISI report described relationship between pupils and teachers as "outstanding."

Extra Curricular

We hope that you will get involved in a wide range of activities beyond the relative confines of your A Level subjects. These are an important part of the life of Liverpool College in which Sixth Form pupils take the lead. A rich programme of sport, music, drama, the CCF, Community Service, School Council, lectures, debates, societies and clubs is on offer. From 2013, these activities will no longer be extra-curricular, but will be brought inside the timetable, creating more opportunities for all to be involved.

Every faculty offers trips out of school, near and far, and there are regular sports tours and expeditions as well. These trips are the often a highlight of your time at school.

Guidance & Leadership

It is during the Sixth Form that your application to university will be made, and here you will benefit greatly from the expertise and outstanding levels of support of the tutors and of our dedicated Higher Education/ Careers Coach. All sixth formers will have a House Tutor to support and guide them. As well as being a member of the sixth form you will also belong to one of our four Houses. Not only does this give you an excellent network of support but the House system provides plenty of leadership opportunities - you could mentor younger students, run house activities such as sports competitions or act as a learning mentor through schemes such as paired reading and maths. Selection as a Prefect will allow you further opportunity to exercise responsibility and prove your leadership skills.

A Curriculum to develop the whole person

Sixth Form at Liverpool College develops and stretches the whole person. From 2013, sixth formers will follow one of four curriculum pathways:

  • A traditional academic route through a mixture of either science, arts or humanities A Levels.
  • A pathway with a greater specialisation in the Classics and Languages,
  • An 'Imagineering strand that supports a more technical and practical approach to learning, through subjects such as DT and Computing
  • The Performing and Creative Arts pathway.

All pathways will provide a defined element of Enterprise education and entrepreneurship. Enterprise activity is also within the curriculum and students will form their own social and business enterprises with links and support from industry experts.

Sixth Form pupils at Liverpool College are expected to study four subjects at AS level in Year 12 (the Lower Sixth). All pupils will be expected to sit the AS examinations at the end of the Lower Sixth year, these making up 50% of each A Level course. An AS is normally made up of two assessed modules.

Pupils then continue with three or four of these subjects in Year 13 (the Upper Sixth), sitting the A2 examination which make up the other 50% of the A Level course. Again, the A2 is normally composed of two assessed modules. Modules are usually taken in the June session of Year 12, and in the January and/or June sessions of Year 13. Details of assessment and weblinks to the specification (syllabus) can be found in the separate subject summaries outlined in the Curriculum Handbook.

A subject examined at AS level, once certificated, is a qualification in its own right. The A2 is not a separate qualification. At present, retakes of AS modules may be offered to some pupils in Year 13 although, since this can adversely affect a pupil's focus on the A2 course, this may not be recommended.

In addition to the chosen A Level subject choices, a Sixth Form pupil will also take a course leading to an AS qualification in General Studies, prepare an Extended Project, take part in a Games afternoon, attend a weekly lecture of general interest and participate in at least one activities period, possibly leading an activity for younger pupils. A Sixth Form pupil will also have a small number of private study periods, some of which will be supervised.

Choosing AS subjects

You will need to consult many people as you make your decisions about the future. You shpoudl take the opportunity to talk to individual teachers and Heads of Faculty to discuss the courses in more detail. Your parents will also want to do their research so that they can discuss the options with you and help you make the right choice. Our Careers Coach is available to provide specialist information and advice, especially on subject combinations for certain degrees and careers.

Consider the following:

1. Enjoyment of the subject and your aptitude for it are your first considerations. You will be studying the subject for six lessons a week for up to two years. A Grade B in a subject at GCSE is the minimum requirement to continue with it at A Level.

2. A Level provides an opportunity to specialise, but that does not mean that it is necessarily good for you to do so. Sciences can be mixed with Humanities, the Arts and Languages, and you will perhaps become a more rounded individual as a result. No scientific / medical course requires that you study four scientific / mathematical A Levels.

3. Some degree courses specify certain subjects at A Level. You will need Chemistry and at least one other science for Medicine; you will need Maths and/or Physics for Engineering. For most degree courses, however, there is considerable flexibility. Check typical course requirements in discussion with teachers or through the UCAS website

Detailed course descriptions are in the Sixth Form Curriculum Handbook, but the list of A Level subjects on offer is:

Art & Design


Business Studies



Drama & Theatre Studies

Design Technology


English Language

English Literature

Government and Politics


Further Mathematics




Music/Music Technology

Physical Education



Classical Civilisation

The AQA Baccalaureate

The AQA Baccalaureate is an additional qualification towards which all Sixth Formers work. It adds greater breadth to the A Level programme. As well as studying for three A Levels, pupils will:

1. follow a course in General Studies at AS level, worth up to 70 UCAS points. Examined at the end of Year 12

2. complete at least 100 hours of Enrichment Activity (activities such as work experience, community participation, CCF, Duke of Edinburgh's Award)

3. prepare an Extended Project on a topic of their own choosing, in itself worth up to 70 UCAS points. Examined in Year 13.

This qualification gains the pupil further credit for university entry and is educationally highly beneficial, encouraging the development of independence, determination, a sense of community and teamwork.

Further details of how the AQA Baccalaureate is awarded is outlined in the Curriculum Booklet.

Download "Informed Choices", a guide produced by the Russell Group universities. Gives very useful advice on the A level subjects likely to be required for particular degree courses. To download please click here

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