Bolton School Sixth Form Boys

Course Outlines

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Art and Design

    Why Study Art, Craft and Design at Bolton School? With well qualified and experienced staff, the department is equipped to develop skills and techniques which will ensure excellent grades at A-Level. Small group sizes mean that each student is given individual attention in order to nurture their full potential. Advice and guidance regarding the...

  • Graphic Design

    Why Study Graphic Design at Bolton School? The graphic design A-level course was introduced to be taken alongside Art as a combination leading to entry to Foundation Art courses in higher education. It is also suitable as an A-level course in its own right. What will I study? Graphic Design takes ideas, concepts, text and images and presents...

  • 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 A-Level course you will...

  • Chemistry

    Why Study Chemistry at Bolton School? The Chemistry department has a tradition of achieving outstanding results: Average of 80% grade A*, A and B at A-Level over past 8 years 72 A*s at A-Level in the past 8 years Past winner of the Good Schools Guide Award for Best Independent School for A-Level Chemistry Two teachers have current examining...

  • Classical Civilisation

    Why Study Classics at Bolton School? A student taking Latin, Greek, or Classical Civilisation in the Sixth Form at Bolton School can be confident of receiving a classical education of the most lively and academically rigorous kind.  For all three subjects, each individual unit is taught by one member of staff; this allows for each topic area to...

  • Greek

    Why Study Classics at Bolton School? A student taking Latin, Greek, or Classical Civilisation in the Sixth Form at Bolton School can be confident of receiving a classical education of the most lively and academically rigorous kind.  For all three subjects, each individual unit is taught by one member of staff; this allows for each topic area to...

  • Latin

    Why Study Classics at Bolton School A student taking Latin, Greek, or Classical Civilisation in the Sixth Form at Bolton School can be confident of receiving a classical education of the most lively and academically rigorous kind.  For all three subjects, each individual unit is taught by one member of staff; this allows for each topic area to be...

  • Computing

    Why Study Computing at Bolton School? Computing is a Natural Science - it is not just a variation on ICT; as such it is a very challenging subject at A-level, including many new concepts.  It also includes a significant amount of project work.  Here at Bolton School you would be taught and supported in a small group by specialist staff with...

  • Design & Technology: Design Engineering or Product Design

    Why Study Design & Technology at Bolton School? Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which gives an insight into the way the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries function.  There are two endorsed routes through the course, and you will choose which route you wish to follow: Design Engineering...

  • Electronics

    Why Study Electronics at Bolton School? Of all the branches of science and engineering, electronics probably has had the most profound effect on our lives.  Electronic devices today enter practically every aspect of our lives through computers, mobile phones, TV, smart homes, robotics, navigation, medicine etc. Driven by a huge industry, the...

  • Economics

    Why Study Economics at Bolton School? You will be taught by highly experienced and passionate subject specialists, who inspire and impart enthusiasm for the subject, with the vast majority of students continuing to A-Level study and beyond. Don`t take our word for it “The fact that I have derived so much joy from my study of economics has been...

  • Business Studies

    Why Study Business Studies at Bolton School? Selecting this A-Level will give you access to proven excellence:  specifically qualified staff (most other institutions have less academic qualifications within their Business departments) Industrial / real-world experience (you will be taught the ideal and the realistic) by staff who have...

  • English Language

    Why Study English Language at Bolton School? Course: OCR A-Level English Language (H070/H470)  From contemporary media to toddlers stumbling through their first attempts to construct sentences and from 14th century poetry to the impact of gender or ethnicity on everyday conversation, English Language A-Level is a fascinating course. You study...

  • English Literature

    Why Study English Literature at Bolton School? OCR A level English Literature (H072/ H472) Power, rebellion, mercy and punishment, self-knowledge, love, violence, ‘alternative facts’, social cohesion: these are the themes of great literature and it is these issues we explore in A-Level English Literature. You will study a range of literary works...

  • French

    Why Study French at Bolton School? The French department at Bolton School comprises five highly committed, experienced, specialist graduates educated in traditional courses at top universities. We all have A-Level teaching experience and are able to teach individual topics reflecting our strengths and interests. Recent A-Level results have been...