Courses A-Z

Academic Excellence pathway

A Level

The Academic Excellence Pathway is designed to improve our students’ chances of securing places on the most competitive university courses. It is also an opportunity for students with very good GCSE grades to stretch themselves further and develop their study skills by researching an Extended Project in a topic of interest.

Ancient History A level

A level

The influence of the classical world is all around us. The Greeks gave us democracy and theatre; the Romans brought us roads and baths. Classical Civilisation gives you the opportunity to explore how the classical world was shaped and how it has influenced the modern world.

Applied Human Biology – BTEC National Extended Certificate

BTEC National Extended Certificate

This new course offers students the chance to further their studies of science that takes a different approach from the traditional A-level route. The extended certificate is the equivalent size to 1 A Level.

Applied Law – BTEC – Level 3

BTEC Level 3 (Pearson)

Law is the subject for you if you have a genuine interest in the Law or the English Legal System, if you enjoy an intellectual challenge or if you are interested in becoming a barrister or solicitor.

APPLIED SCIENCE

BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

This course offers students the chance to further their studies of science that takes a different approach from the traditional A-level route. The BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science includes a range of practical laboratory experience and academic study.

Applied Science – BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate

BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate (Pearson)

This one year course offers students the chance to build their understanding of Science to access level three qualifications. Students would complete GCSE Mathematics and English Language alongside this program if they obtain a 3 or below at GCSE.

Applied Science BTEC Level 2

BTEC Level 2

This course offers students the chance to build their understanding of Science in order to access level three qualifications.

Applied Science BTEC Level 3

BTEC Level 3

This course offers students the chance to further their studies of science that takes a different approach from the traditional A-level route. The BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science includes a range of practical laboratory experience and academic study.

ART & Design (Fine Art)

A Level (Edexcel)

The Fine Art course offers students many opportunities to get involved in their own area of interest. About 70% of our students progress to do Art & Design related courses post- 18, including Apprenticeships, Art Foundation as well as direct entry on to degree courses such as Fine Art, Textiles ,Graphics, Illustration, Architecture, Product and Interior Design.

Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

The BTEC in Art and Design is a two-year art course equivalent to 3 A-levels. The course will provide you with opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas and produce a portfolio that will help you to progress onto study at Higher Education, or employment.

Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The BTEC in Art and Design is a two year art course equivalent to 3 A-levels. The course will provide you with opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas and produce a portfolio that will help you to progress onto study at Higher Education, or employment.

BIOLOGY – A Level

A Level (AQA)

Biology at Marple Sixth Form College is in the top 25% nationally for progress. Biology is the science of life. In Biology, you will study how organisms function and interact with each other. Biology is an exciting and fast moving science with new discoveries being made every week, particularly in genetics and in the fight against disease.

Business – BTEC Level 2 – Ex Diploma

BTEC Level 2 Diploma (Edexcel)

It is a vocational broad-based qualification at Level 2 that provides knowledge and understanding of business and the business environment.

BUSINESS A Level

A Level (AQA)

Business is an exciting and topical course which students can relate to. You will study topics such as marketing, finance, human resources and operations management and analyse how they influence the way in which a Business performs. The course also looks at the impact that external factors have on Business activity such as interest rates, environmental issues and globalisation.

BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION – LEVEL 2

LEVEL 2, CERTIFICATE, INTERMEDIATE APPRENTICESHIP

The Apprenticeship in Business and Administration is aimed at those individuals who wish to work in the world of Business and develop those skills to enable them to establish a long-term career path.

BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION – LEVEL 3

LEVEL 3, DIPLOMA, ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Business and Administration is aimed at those individuals who wish to progress further in the world of Business and further develop those skills to enable them to establish a long-term career path.

BUSINESS BTEC – Level 3 – Ex Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

One of the main aims of the course is to help students prepare for a future in business. This goes beyond focusing on academic skills to work based and personal development. We want our students to be ‘career/university ready’ once they have completed the course with us.

CHEMISTRY – A Level

A Level (AQA)

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge. In the first year students will explore the fundamental principles that form the basis of Chemistry and apply this to how Chemistry is used in the modern world. Wherever possible, students carry out experimental work to illustrate the theoretical principles they study.

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S WORKFORCE – LEVEL 2

LEVEL 2, INTERMEDIATE APPRENTICESHIP, CERTIFICATE

The Children and Young People’s Workforce L2 Certificate is the foundation course if you are interested in working with children aged 0-5 years. It will introduce you to the necessary skills and knowledge required to progress to the level 3 Advanced Diploma.

Children’s Play, Learning & Development (CPLD)

BTEC Level 3 & 2

A desire to work with younger children as an educator or carer is important to have for both programmes. A National Diploma in CPLD is a three A Level, two-year programme with a mixture of core units, mandatory specialist units …

Choices provision (LLDD)

Each course is set up for one to two years, however depending upon the level of the learner at entry and their individual needs, there is a possibility to progress through the qualifications and remain at college for a maximum of 3 years. There is also some opportunity for some learners to attend on a part time basis if needed.

COMPUTER SCIENCE – A Level

A Level (OCR)

Computer Science is relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism.

Creative Media – Level 2 – Diploma

Level 2 Diploma (OCR)

This is a full-time qualification for one year, covering both theoretical and practical aspects of media focusing on creative skills and technologies. The course is ideal if you are interested in a career in Creative Media or prefer to keep your options open.

Creative Media – Level 3 -Extended Diploma

Level 3 Extended Diploma (OCR Cambridge Technical)

This is a broad-based two year course with an integrated creative and technical study of media production which looks at core aspects of the media industry. Although the course is mainly practical by developing skills such as team building, assignments, communication, presentations, software skills and creative product production there are written elements that must be covered in each unit.

Criminology – Level 3

Level 3 Certificate (EDUQAS/WJEC)

The Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Criminology is a qualification with elements of psychology, law and sociology that complements studies in humanities but will be attractive and useful to a range of students.

DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES

AS and A Level (Edexcel)

Drama & Theatre can have such a profound influence on us in our everyday lives, changing the way we think and feel and exposing issues and challenging opinion. During this course you will have the opportunity to develop your creative and exploratory skills in devising your own original performance and learning how text can be manipulated to communicate meaning to an audience.

EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR (EYE)

Level 3 ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP

This qualification meets the needs of learners who work with or want to work with children in a wide range of settings, eg Early Years, Nursery Practitioner, Child Minder.

ECONOMICS – A-Level

A Level (AQA)

Economics also introduces you to business behaviour and labour markets. You will consider the size and growth of firms, their objectives and the different types of market structure. Demand and supply analysis will be applied to wage determination.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

A Level

Studying the English language is not only fascinating but also enables students to develop a wide range of writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment. Accent, dialect, how language is changing and how we first learn language are only part of the subject. Students also have the opportunity to write creatively and to investigate topics of personal interest such as gender, technology and power.

ENGLISH LITERATURE – A – level

A Level (Eduqas)

Throughout this course you will study a broad range of literature, from the established canon to great contemporary writing. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the writer’s craft and how language, form and structure are used to create meaning. The qualification requires students to study eight literary texts over the two years of the course.

Environmental Science – A Level

A Level (AQA)

Environmental science is a holistic subject with many interconnected systems and processes. You will develop an understanding of how human society relies upon natural systems for resources and life support systems.

Fashion and Textiles A Level (Linear) AQA

A Level (Linear) AQA

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the fashion and creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice.

Film Studies

A Level

Film Studies is designed to deepen students' understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the twenty-first century

Football Excellence

Do you love to play Football? Are you interested in becoming a Football Coach? At Marple Sixth Form College we offer a top class education both on and off the pitch. Aimed at combining your academic study with professional football coaching, the programme is ideal for any student with an ambition to work in the Football and Sports industry.

FRENCH – A Level Linear

A Level (EDUQAS)

French is the study of the language and culture of France and the French-speaking world. During the course, you will build up your confidence and competence in the language and extend your knowledge of French literature and civilisation. Much of the work involves discussion and debate on important issues of interest to students.

FURTHER MATHEMATICS

A LEVEL (EDEXCEL)

Further Maths is like Maths except that there is more of it and it is more challenging. The course develops and extends the topics covered in the Maths A level.

GCSE RE-SIT PROGRAMME

What is GCSE re-sit programme? This is an innovative and timely programme designed to meet the needs of students who may be disappointed with their GCSE results, may not wish to do a full Level 2 course at this stage, …

GEOGRAPHY

A LEVEL (EDEXCEL)

You will look at the interactions between people and their environments. You will question and understand why, and how, the world is changing through these interactions.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

A LEVEL (EDEXCEL)

Politics is the study of power and decision-making in our society. The first year focus is on the British system of government, including Parliament, Prime Minister, parties, elections, pressure groups and concepts of democracy, representation and participation.

Health and Social Care

BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate

This one year course prepares you with a specialist work related qualification in Health and Social Care. You will gain knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you to progress to employment or continue to a Level 3 vocational area.

Health and Social Care – BTEC Level 1/2 First Certificate

BTEC Level 1/2 First Certificate

This one year course prepares you with a specialist work related qualification in Health and Social Care. You will gain knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you to progress to employment or continue to a Level 3 vocational area.

Health and Social Care – BTEC Level 3 Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

The BTEC in Health and Social Care is a two year course equivalent to 2 A Levels. The course will lead to a highly specialized work-related qualification where you will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you to progress to employment or continue to study in Higher Education.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The BTEC in Health and Social Care is a two year course equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course will lead to a highly specialized work-related qualification where you will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you to progress to employment or continue to study in Higher Education.

HISTORY – A Level

A LEVEL (EDEXCEL)

To make sense of the world we live in it is essential to understand key events, individuals, movements and conflicts that have shaped history. History’s importance goes beyond the subject’s intrinsic interest and appeal. Every aspect of our lives, from our beliefs, culture, institutions, language and way of life are all shaped by the past.

ICT Level 2

BTEC Level 2

This is a full-time qualification for one year, covering both theoretical and practical aspects of ICT focusing on creative skills and technologies.

ICT: BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate

BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate

Information Technology (IT) involves the uses of computers in industry, commerce, the arts and elsewhere. IT includes aspects of IT systems architecture, human factors, project management and the general ability to use computers. Increasingly businesses are implementing IT strategies to manage and process data both to support many business processes and to deliver new opportunities.

LAW – A Level

A Level (Eduqas)

Law is the subject for you if you have a genuine interest in the Law or the English Legal System, if you enjoy an intellectual challenge or if you are interested in becoming a barrister or solicitor.

Maths

A-Level

What is it? Maths is about solving problems. Pure Maths provides methods involving algebra, trigonometry, functions and calculus. Applied Maths is divided into Decision, Statistics and Mechanics. Decision Maths is about solving real world problems which are often in a business context, Statistics is about data analysis and Mechanics is about statistics and motion of objects.

MEDIA STUDIES A Level

A Level

We spend huge parts of our life consuming Media. It surrounds us all the time and we use it for all kinds of different and varied reasons. Media Studies teaches you to develop critical perspectives on what you watch, read, listen to, or play every day. It encourages you to reflect on why texts appeal and what purpose they serve in our daily lives.

PERFORMING ARTS (Acting)

BTEC Level 3

The BTEC in Performing Arts is available to study as an Extended Certificate (Equivalent to one A-Level, can be taken alongside other subjects) or the Extended Diploma (Equivalent to three A-Levels, full time programme of study).

PHOTOGRAPHY

A-Level

Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. It inspires creative thinkers. Photography means ‘drawing with light’ and that is what photographers do when they take a picture.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

A LEVEL (OCR)

Physical Education is an ideal course for those who wish to develop their understanding of key issues within sport. It provides links to many careers, including physiotherapy, sports coaching, PE teaching and many others.

Physics – A Level

A LEVEL

Physics at Marple is in the top 40% of Sixth Form Colleges for progress. Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. It’s an exciting and fast moving science with new discoveries being made every week, particularly in astronomy and particle physics.

PLAYWORK – Level 2

LEVEL 2 INTERMEDIATE APPRENTICESHIP

The course combines assignments and observation of practical experience in the workplace. The employment award comprises of three units. The diploma has 12 mandatory units with a variety of optional units.

PLAYWORK – Level 3

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

The course combines assignments and observation of practical experience in the workplace. The employment award comprises of three units. The diploma has 13 mandatory units with a variety of optional units.

PSYCHOLOGY

A LEVEL

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It is about understanding people. It is about understanding yourself. Psychology as a subject is like a jigsaw, and each piece of the jigsaw represents a different type of psychology.

Public Services BTEC Level 2

BTEC Level 2

A career in Public Services is extremely wide ranging, from the Uniformed Public Services, to Government Departments, local Government and organisations such as MI5 and MI6. Our programme will equip you with a good understanding of employment and life within the Public Services and you will gain the relevant and knowledge and skills at Level 2 to be able to progress higher.

PUBLIC SERVICES L3 Ex Dip

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

This practical course will give you an understanding of employment and life within the Public Services (uniformed and non-uniformed) and you will gain the relevant knowledge and skills to succeed in this sector. It is an ideal foundation for further study and a future career in Public Services.

SOCIOLOGY

A level (OCR)

This is an exciting, very modern course that will give students a deeper understanding of the world around them and allow reflection on social issues relevant to their own social experiences

SPANISH

A LEVEL (WJEC)

A Level Spanish is a fascinating and varied subject that provides students with a broad and incredibly important range of knowledge and skills. In a world in which global relationships are often a necessity for businesses and organisations to thrive, having an additional language is extremely useful for a wide range of future careers.

SPECIALIST SUPPORT FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING IN SCHOOLS – LEVEL 3

LEVEL 3, ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP

This level 3 qualification is aimed at those members of the school workforce who directly support the teaching and learning of pupils or students that require specialist knowledge and skills, for example supporting pupils or students with learning disabilities.

SPORT

BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate

Sport is a large and expanding world and plays an important part in many people’s lives. This course looks at the sport industry and performance and is an ideal foundation for further study and a career in Sport.

Sport & Exercise Sciences with Personal Training – BTEC Level 3

BTEC Level 3

This Sport Science qualification is a two-year course equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Sport BTEC Level 2 First Certificate

BTEC Level 2 First Certificate

This Level 2 BTEC qualification is a one year course equivalent to a GCSE. The course will provide you with a range of opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas, practically as well as theoretically. This will help you progress onto a Level 3 course in Sport or another subject. Alternatively you will be well prepared to go straight into employment or gain a place on an apprenticeship.

Sport BTEC Level 3 Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

The BTEC in Sport is a two year course equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course is assessed through a range of coursework and externally examined units. The course will provide you with a range of opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas within sport and develop a range of academic and practical skills that will help you to progress into a career in the sports, health and fitness industry.

Sport BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport is a two-year course that is equivalent to 3 A-Levels. It is assessed through 19 coursework based units which aim to provide you with opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas within sport and develop an understanding of the academic and practical skills that will help you to progress into a career in the sports, health and fitness industry.

SUPPORTING TEACHING AND LEARNING IN SCHOOLS – LEVEL 2

LEVEL 2, CERTIFICATE , APPRENTICESHIP

This level 2 qualification is aimed at those members of the schools workforce who directly support the teaching and learning of pupils or students that require specialist knowledge and skills, for example supporting pupils or students with learning disabilities and are supervised in their work.

Vocational Studies

Level 1

This is a one-year course designed to enable you to explore different vocational areas. These areas may include Business & ICT, Sport & Leisure, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, Travel & Tourism and Retail Operation. It is hoped that as you study various vocational options you will widen your knowledge, enabling you to make informed career choices.