Choosing your courses

Before you start
Our aim is success for all.  A Levels are academic courses of study which require a firm foundation at GCSE. Experience shows that to give you the best chance of success, a general requirement of at least 6 separate subjects, including English Language or English Literature, and Maths, at GCSE grade 4 or above is essential. For a few subjects, there is a strong recommendation that only those with an A or B grade at GCSE should study the subject. To balance that, there are also some subjects that can be studied without having been taken at GCSE.


Choosing Subjects
You must consult with the staff that teach you and know about your chances of success in the various subjects which interest you. It is important that you plan very carefully, not only to be sure of taking the subjects you need for your career (career importance of the subjects is given with the subject descriptions), but to be sure that you are taking the subjects in which you feel you will succeed.  Finally, remember that the subjects you choose will fill a large part of your life for the next two years.  Choose subjects that you will enjoy studying. It is recommended that you do not choose more than 2 subjects that you have not studied at GCSE level.


Kenilworth School Curriculum information

Russle group - Subject choices at School and College



How many subjects should you choose?
At this stage, you should choose 4 subjects at AS level in year 12 and 1 reserve subject. You should clearly state what your 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice subjects are. 


After A Levels 
In general terms, A level qualifications are the usual means of entry to universities and other institutions of higher education. Not all A Level students, however, will wish to go in that direction and A Levels are essential or desirable for many careers open to eighteen-year olds. Entrants to accountancy, for example, or to most branches of surveying, need A Levels, while other professions look increasingly for the A Level entrant. Please look at the ‘informed choices’ presentation by the Russell International Excellence Group on our website for further university and careers information.

What subjects are available?
The subjects are offered by the faculties as follows: subject to the numbers of students who wish to take the courses.


English Language
English Literature
English Combined 


Further Mathematics


Business Studies
Religious Studies


Graphic Design
Music Technology
Drama & Theatre Studies


Product Design - 3D Design
Product Design - Textiles






Computer Science


Physical Education
BTEC National in Sport


What to do next

  1. Decide on your subject choices – make sure you check with your teachers that these are suitable.  You should start researching what A levels are needed for particular careers/university courses, that you are interested in.
  2. Complete and return the Application Form.  Ideally these should be completed by Friday 22nd November so that senior staff have the relevant information for the sixth form interviews.
  3. Attend an interview.
  4. Attend the Introductory Day in June/July.
  5. After GCSE results day, confirm your place ready to start Year 12 in September.