Academic

September Intake

The A Level syllabus is designed to prepare students for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognise A Level qualifications from UK examination boards. The three examination boards used at Epsom are:

  • AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance)
  • CIE (University of Cambridge International Examinations)
  • Edexcel (owned by Pearson)

Examination boards offer a choice of 55 different subjects and schools can offer them in almost any combination. This flexibility means schools can build an individualised curriculum, and learners can choose to specialise in a particular subject area or study a range of subjects. At Epsom, 21 A Level subjects are offered for September intake. There are a reduced number of subjects available for any student wishing to join Y12 in January. 

The aim of studying A Levels is for students to develop a deep understanding of subjects, as well as independent learning and constructive thinking skills – abilities which universities value highly.

The syllabuses are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance. They have been created specifically for an international student body with content to suit a wide variety of schools and avoid cultural bias.

Giving students the power to choose their subjects helps motivate them throughout their studies. This flexibility gives schools the building blocks to build an individualised curriculum that develops knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • in-depth subject content
  • independent thinking
  • applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations
  • handling and evaluating different types of information source
  • thinking logically and presenting ordered and coherent arguments
  • making judgements, recommendations and decisions
  • presenting reasoned explanations, understanding implications and communicating them clearly and logically
  • working and communicating in English
Academic Subject Requirements For Accepting
Year 12 Pupils in January 2018
Possible To Offer Pupils
This Subject (Yes/No)
Art
  • C grade or above in (I)GCSE Art (or equivalent) is preferred;
  • Department to view prior indication of work within the Visual Arts (sketchbook, portfolio, individual pieces etc...).
Yes
Biology
  • At present, it is not possible to offer Science to a new entrant into Year 12 in January 2018
No
Business Studies
  • Pass grades in English and Maths at (I)GCSE (or equivalent).
Yes
Chemistry
  • At present, it is not possible to offer Science to a new entrant into Year 12 in January 2018.
No
Computer
Science
  • Pass grade in English at (I)GCSE (or equivalent) and preferably at least a B grade at (I)GCSE Maths (or equivalent).
Yes
Design
Technolgy
  • Pass grades in English and Maths at (I)GCSE (or equivalent);
  • C grade or above at (I)GCSE in Design & Technology is preferred (but not a requirement).
Yes
Drama
  • B grade in English Language (I)GCSE (or equivalent);
  • Some prior study of Drama and/or English Literature at (I)GCSE is preferred.
Yes
Economics
  • Pass grades in English and Maths at (I)GCSE (or equivalent).
Yes
English
  • At present, it is not possible to offer English Literature to a new entrant into Year 12 in January 2018.
No
EPQ
  • An accompanying subject to other A Level choices.
Yes
French
  • An A grade at (I)GCSE (or equivalent) and linguistic fluency (B2 level in French) on the Common European Framework of Reference.
Yes
Further
Mathematics
  • B grade or above at (I)GCSE Maths;
  • Note that SPM students have not previously studied Statistics or Mechanics.
Yes
Geography
  • B grades in (I)GCSE Geography, Maths and the Sciences (or equivalent).
Yes
Govt & Politics
  • Pass grades in English and Maths at (I)GCSE (or equivalent);
  • Preferable to have studied IGCSE History (or equivalent).
Yes
History
  • Pass grades in English and Maths at (I)GCSE (or equivalent);
  • Preferable to have studied IGCSE History (or equivalent).
Yes
Mandarin
  • B grade or above in Mandarin (I)GCSE (First Language).
Yes
Mathematics
  • B grade or above at (I)GCSE Maths;
  • Note that SPM students have not previously studied Statistics or Mechanics.
Yes
Music
  • Pass grades in English and Maths at (I)GCSE (or equivalent);
  • Applicant must have Grade 5 (preferably Grade 6) in Theory and Grade 7 on a score reading instrument;
  • If not trained in the piano, they need to be able to read bass and treble clefs fluently;
  • Audition required.
Yes
Physical
Education
  • Pass grades in English and Maths at (I)GCSE (or equivalent);
  • Grade B at (I)GCSE Physical Education (or equivalent);
  • Interview and assessment required (due to physical skills component of course).
Yes
Physics
  • At present, it is not possible to offer Science to a new entrant into Year 12 in January 2018.
No
Spanish
  • An A grade at (I)GCSE (or equivalent) and linguistic fluency (B2 level in Spanish) on the Common European Framework of Reference.
Yes