Post 16 Courses

Our passion and drive for learning, paired with our state of the art facilities means that we are well equipped to offer students a wide range of A-Level Courses.



This course is suitable for those who want to gain a complex knowledge of Biology. It provides an excellent foundation for biological sciences and is essential to studying related courses at university, such as Biochemistry, Dentistry and Pharmacy. You will be taught in well equipped, modern science laboratories and classrooms, with practical work carried out regularly. In addition to knowledge in Biology, students will also gain transferable skills which are sought after in many industries.

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Chemistry is perfect for students who enjoyed and excelled at the subject at GCSE, and now to wish to pursue it an advanced level. Much of your time will be spent engaging in practical content within our Science laboratories, and students are expected to adopt a more independent ownership of their learning at A Level. The course is ideal for those who wish to pursue related degrees and careers such as Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry and Medicine.

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This course is for students who enjoy GCSE Drama and who are achieving in the subject. The course is designed to deepen and develop understanding of how to explore, perform and respond to Drama. The bulk of the assessment is practical and there is no written exam paper until the end of Year 13. The course also welcomes students who are not currently studying GCSE Drama but who have the confidence to perform and achieve at least a 4 grade in English.

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English Literature and Language

Combining the Linguistic aspects of English Language with the study of Literary Discourse, this course is particularly suitable for those interested in a career in related areas such as speech therapy or journalism. The course consists of units that offer unique opportunities to consider both ‘literariness’ and ‘literalness’. Within the specification, students will engage creatively and critically with a wide range of texts, develop on existing context and theory, and refine their interpretation and own production skills within language and existing literature. Some of the course units will be covered independently: offering students the chance to prepare for university style learning.

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Health and Social Care

This course offers students the opportunity to take a more practical approach to their studies, aligning well with other A Level courses to provide a wide and varied base of experience. Students will learn about how key aspects of Sociology, Psychology, Biology and Law are applied to Health and Social Care, and how this may enrich a vocational pathway or career. An integral part of their studies will be recognising that within modern day society, there is an inherent need for provisional care. Students who have a passion and interest for this may choose Health and Social Care in the hopes of pursuing a diverse number of professions within this sector.

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This course is ideally suited to those who are passionate about the past and wish to know how it shapes our present and our future. We have chosen two exciting topics that explore the modern world. For our in depth study we focus on Britain 1951- 2007, as a time of great change both socially and politically the events of this era shape our society to this day. From our breath study we have chosen Germany 1871-1991. From Bismarck through both world wars and the creation of West Germany this topic maps the turbulent development of this nation. History is held in very high regard by employers and universities and provides an excellent foundation for further study.

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A-level Mathematics is a challenging and rewarding A-Level course, especially suited to those who excelled at Maths at GCSE and innately enjoy studying the realms of reason and logic. The course is highly regarded by Universities and employers alike, and an excellent accompaniment to courses such as Economics and Computer Science. This course can also facilitate transferable skills such as data handling and analysis, which are sought after by many employers. “We have our own student council where students discuss and raise issues that are relevant to them

Physics explains the world around us, from galaxies to sub-atomic particles. Physics also enables us to change the world through the work of engineers, designers and technologists. This course is suitable for students who are currently enjoying GCSE Physics and wish to take their understanding further. Students also need to be committed to working outside the classroom to deepen their knowledge.

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Film is one of the most significant cultural developments of the 20th Century. As well as giving us entertainment, film offers insights into society, explores human emotions and interactions through fascinating characters, offers diverse representations of cultures and provides an opportunity to explore a range of emotional responses in us as a viewer.

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This course is for students who love to create in art and design. You should have studied art, textiles or design at GCSE and have gained at least a level 5. You will choose an area to specialise in and work only in that area:

  • Fine Art | Textiles | Photography

You will develop your skills in visual recording through practical work, including drawing, painting, sculpture, machine stitch, photography and mixed media. You will build your critical thinking and research abilities with contextual studies of artists and their relationship to the world around them.

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Psychology is a great course to study for those who have an interest in people and want to learn why they behave the way they do. Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it dictates and influences our behaviour, from communication and memory to thought and emotion. It’s about understanding what makes people tick and how this understanding can help us address many of the problems and issues in society today. It prepares students for a range of future career paths.

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This course is for anyone who is interested in the study of social groups in society and how they interact with each other. The course considers group behaviour and the role of social constructs. Sociology is suitable for individuals considering future careers in law, teaching, social work and human resources as well as a whole range of other careers.

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*Cedars Martin Sixth Form reserves the right to withdraw courses if not filled to their minimum capacity.



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