We strive to accommodate every student's preferred subject choices

A Levels

Clifton High School offers a broad range of A level course options with a high degree of flexibility as we strive to accommodate every student's subject choices.

The choices and combination of subjects made at A level often have a major impact on the degree course a student studies when they apply to university as well as what they may consider for a future career direction. If a student is undecided on what they would like to study at A level, we will offer knowledgeable support and advice related to the broad categories of science, languages or the arts as we guide them make the right decision.

We invite you to read more on the range of A level subjects offered by clicking the Options Booklet below:

A level Options Booklet

Many university level courses build upon the knowledge that students have gained whilst learning at School. Some further education institutions may require applicants to have studied their chosen subject prior to entry, whilst others may not. The list of A level subjects below are those that are required more often than others and these subjects are often referred to as facilitating subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English (Literature)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages (Latin, Greek, French, Spanish, German)
  • Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • Physics

If there is a subject of interest which does not appear on our list, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Richard Parry, Head of Futures and Careers via email: Mr Parry is experienced and knowledgeable in advising on all elements of students accessing their preferred future pathways through our A level subject options, Open University courses or affiliated schools or colleges. 


In addition to A levels, students may also complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This is intended to stretch a student's research and investigative skills within an area of particular interest to them. An area of study is often selected that is complementary to the subject they are considering at degree level and that, in itself, extends A level learning.

The EPQ is classified as a dissertation, a musical composition, a report or an artefact, backed up by paperwork. The course is valued by universities due to extending a student’s ability to plan, research and write autonomously.

It is Clifton High School's intention to facilitate all of the subjects listed above. However, if demand is low we may need to review the offering.

Alternative subjects may be available through sponsorship and we kindly request parents to contact us directly for further information and clarification.