Choosing A Levels

Wood Green School and The Henry Box School offer a joint timetable of Sixth Form lessons allowing students to choose from the most comprehensive range of subjects possible. The full options grid can be found here

For further information about Careers Guidance in the Sixth Form please click here.

We offer two entry routes into the Sixth Form: an A level Pathway and a Combined Pathway.

A Level Pathway:

This is the traditional academic route of A level subjects. Most of our students following this route will go the university.

You can choose 3 or 4 subjects from the list below, and will also study for the AQA Extended Project Qualification.

The A levels are two year courses, with examinations that will be completed at the end of Year 13.

• A level Art and Design
• A level Biology
• A level Business
• A level Chemistry
• A level Drama and Theatre Studies
• A level Economics
• A level English Language & Literature
• A level English Literature
• A level French
• A level Geography
• A level German
• A level History
• A level Mathematics
• A level Further Mathematics
• A level Music
• A level Physical Education
• A level Physics
• A level Product Design
• A level Psychology
• A level Religious Studies
• A level Sociology

Entry requirements:

You will need to attain at least 5 passes at a minimum of Grade 5,including/as well as at least Grade 4 in English and Mathematics. You will also need to meet the specific entrance requirements for each subject. These can be found on our website and in the Subject Profiles section. You will also have the opportunity to resit your GCSE in English and Maths during the course of Year 12 if you do not achieve a Grade 5.

Combined Pathway

The Combined Pathway gives you a greater diversity of choice in your subjects if you wish to pursue more vocational subjects or are unsure if university is the right route for you.

You will be studying 2 A levels at Wood Green School and a Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate at Witney College

You can choose from any of the A level subjects, as long as you meet the entry requirements for them.

The Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate at Witney College are:

• Applied Science
• Business
• Computer Science / ICT
• Health and Social Care
• Media Studies
• Photography


For full details of these courses at Witney College, please click here.

Entry requirements:

You will need to attain at least 5 passes at a minimum of Grade 4, including/as well as at least Grade 4 in English and Mathematics. You will also need to meet the specific entrance requirements for each subject. These can be found on our website and in the Subject Profiles section. You will also have the opportunity to resit your GCSE in English and Maths during the course of Year 12 if you do not achieve a Grade 5.

Making Choices

It can be bewildering trying to choose A Levels when you are not sure what you want to do after you finish Sixth Form. The Russell Group (representing leading UK universities) offers this helpful advice:

We understand that you have differing career aspirations, interests and strengths, and we aim to ensure that you have an individualised programme which allows you to achieve your full potential.

It is important to realise that your GCSE results will indicate the most appropriate pathway for you, and your A level or BTEC choices need to be considered carefully. A few subjects can be taken without previous study at GCSE, and some will be brand new to you. You should check the specific requirements are detailed in the booklet and on the A level and BTEC course guidance link on our website.

Choosing courses is a really important decision, as your future career could depend on it. You should aim to thoroughly research your subject choices when choosing your courses. Choose subjects that you feel enthusiastic about and inspire you. Think carefully about the guidance from your teachers, tutors and family.

Following their Sixth Form studies, some students embark on a career through an apprenticeship or employment when they leave school. Considering a vocational Level 3 BTEC extended certificate alongside 2 A levels may be exactly the right route for you.

Another great resource is the Which University guide. Here, you can look at potential degree courses and they will show you what A levels their students studied at school, to give you an idea of the path you could take.

You should choose subjects with complement each other effectively, in order to showcase your talents accordingly. For example, students should usually take more than one Science subject if they wish to continue this at university. Students who wish to pursue English should choose a complementary essay subject to highlight their skills, such as History, Religious Studies or a Language. Economics and Physics complement Mathematics very well too. Some useful advice on this can be found here http://university.which.co.uk/advice/a-level-choices/six-things-you-need-to-know-beforemaking-your-a-level-choices.

Below are some example combinations which are common:

    Sixth Form Choices