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Course Outlines

Art and Design

What will I study? Art is a subject which can open eyes and stimulate an intellectual, emotional and physical response. The AS Art and Design course covers a broad spectrum.  Students will be expected to work in at least two of the following areas: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography. The AS course consists of integrated...

Graphic Design

What will I study? Graphic Design takes ideas, concepts, text and images and presents them in a visually engaging form through print, electronic or other media.  It imposes an order and structure to the content in order to ease the communication process, while optimising the likelihood that the message will be received and understood by the...

Biology

What will I study? You will study a variety of biological processes including, the molecular biology of the cell, biochemistry, genetics, ecology and human and plant physiology. Through an experimental approach you will develop your understanding through first hand observations of your own work. If you opt to take the full A2 course you will be...

Business Studies

What will I study? The topics are organised to develop awareness of all the activities that a business undertakes: marketing, finance, production and human resource management.  After the theoretical perspective is gained you will be asked to apply concepts to specific, often real-life, businesses. You will develop an ability to analyse...

Chemistry

What will I study? Advanced level Chemistry is a very popular subject at BoltonSchool and is studied by large numbers of students.  It is a rewarding academic discipline as well as a fundamental science important for all students wishing to embark upon any scientific career. The Advanced level Chemistry specification (syllabus) studied at Bolton...

Classical Civilisation

What will I study? Classical Civilisation is the study of Greek and Roman culturein translation.  You will learn key aspects of two cultures that set the template for modern western civilisation.  The AS and A2 courses will enable you to reach a close understanding of the way of thought of these two civilisations through the study of a range of...

Computing

What will I study? The course will comprise two theory modules and two practical programming modules, the marks being split 20:30:30:20. The first theory module covers computer systems, problem solving, representation of data and network concepts.  It concentrates both on the physical hardware of typical computer systems, and the electronic...

Critical Thinking (AS Only)

What will I study? Critical thinking is the analytical thinking which underlies all rational conversation, argument and enquiry.  It is characterised by a meticulous and rigorous approach to the nature of the argument being discussed.  It involves the analysis and evaluation of information and the development of a range of intellectual skills...

Design and Technology: Product Design

What will I study? This course will offer students opportunities to study, design and make prototype products closely linked to the real world of product manufacture.  This exciting course will foster the growth of a student's imagination, innovation and flair and ally it to the design, entrepreneurial, problem-solving and technological skills...

Economics

What will I study? Economics teaches students to think logically and to use theories to understand how economies like the UK economy operate. At the core of the subject is the question of how we divide up our scarce resources, and how decisions resulting from this affect us all - in other words who gets what and why? It therefore studies all of...

Electronics

What will I study? This course offers students the chance to learn the theoretical and practical skills required to design and build electronic circuits.  The course starts by building upon basic electrical principles learnt in GCSE Physics and quickly progresses onto more complex circuits.  Much of the course material is covered through...

English Language

What will I study? English Language A Level is a fascinating course studying English in its many different forms, spoken and written, literary and non-literary. It develops from, but is different to, GCSE English. You may find yourself analysing a poem from the fourteenth century and then an advert from the twenty-first! You will study a variety...

English Literature

What will I study? An interest in reading a wide range of literature will be necessary for this English Literature course, which at AS consists of the study of a novel, modern drama and poetry from 1800 to the present (at least one text you study will have been written after 1990). You will also complete a piece of coursework in which there is...

French

What will I study? The course consists of listening comprehension, reading comprehension, translation into and from French, essay writing and oral work. Although the listening, reading, essay and oral elements of the advanced syllabus may look familiar to a GCSE student, advanced work in this subject is a very different proposition from that...

Further Mathematics

What will I study? Six or seven modules are taken in Year 12: four Pure Mathematics modules (C1, C2, C3, C4), a Statistics module (S1) two Mechanics modules (M1, M2). Pure Mathematics consists of Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Coordinate Geometry, Vectors and Numerical Analysis. Algebra, Vectors and Numerical Analysis are a continuation of...

Geography

What will I study? All our A Level students follow the modern modular AQA Specification which highlights the changes which are happening and have occurred in both the physical and human environments which surround us.  Topical material and issues are used to develop an understanding of how and why different environments - ranging in scale from...

German

What will I study? AS and A2 German aim to develop your GCSE skills to a much higher level of competence. You will be encouraged to speak and write German more fluently and more accurately than before and to listen to and read quite complex text with ease and, dare we say, enjoyment.  Obviously the internet plays a big part in all this, but you...

Greek

What will I study? The AS and A2 Greek courses aim to extend your knowledge of language in general, and of this inflected language in particular; and to develop your appreciation of Greek literature in its original form.  You will not only improve your linguistic competence, but also learn to analyse and respond to literature with increasing...

History

What will I study? The full specification (syllabus) can be found on the easy-to-navigate Edexcel website (Edexcel.org.uk).  You will see that there is a range of options; exactly which ones you will be taught depends upon the choice of who is teaching you; the most likely courses will be: Year 12 (AS) Unit 1: This unit is a study of the past...

Latin

What will I study? The AS and A2 Latin courses aim to extend your knowledge of language in general, and of this inflected language in particular; and to develop your appreciation of Roman literature in its original form.  You will not only improve your linguistic competence, but also learn to analyse and respond to literature with increasing...

Mathematics

What will I study? AS students take three modules: two Pure Mathematics modules (C1, C2); and a Statistics or Mechanics module. Pure Mathematics consists of Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Coordinate Geometry and Sequences. With the exception of Calculus (a new topic with many applications) these are a continuation of GCSE work to a higher...

Music

What will I study? This is a wide ranging A Level course which is designed to appeal both to potential University orMusicCollegestudents and to students who simply enjoy music, giving scope for the development of individual interests and aptitudes.  The course covers, and gives insight into a spectrum of musical styles and genres. The music...

PE

What will I study? This is a fast growing, popular and now commonly accredited A Level GCE Course. This is a multi-dimensional course which enables students to acquire a range and depth of knowledge across a variety of inter-related disciplines. This multidisciplinary approach allows students to examine physiological, psychological,...

Physics

What will I study? Physics is a rewarding, challenging and varied subject. It can appeal both to those with a gift for practical work and to those who enjoy thinking about the nature and future of the universe. It provides an opportunity to develop numeracy, logical thought and practical skills. It is a very popular choice at A-level, often...

Psychology

Psychology is a hugely rewarding, challenging, and ever expanding area of academic study. Increasingly Psychologists are at the forefront of the investigation into one of the final frontiers of human study - the mind - and with so much still yet to be discovered about the factors that make us who we are, it promises to continue to increase in...

Russian

As you may imagine, there are few schools inGreat Britainwhich offer Russian beyond GCSE. As a result, by deciding to take Russian to AS and/or A2, you will be choosing a subject which is not only fascinating in its own right, but also one which carries a certain rarity value and which, atBoltonSchool, is exceptionally well-taught. To be able to...

Spanish

The Spanish Department was established in Bolton School Boys' Division in 2009 and offers  the AQA AS and A2 Spanish specification to boys in Years 12 and 13 who have completed GCSE Spanish. Why study Spanish? Spanish has over 329 million native speakers, making it the world's second most commonly spoken language.  Not only is it the official...