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KS5: International Advanced Levels (IALs)
IALs Overview

In Year 12, pupils can progress onto AS and A Levels, typically following on after their iGCSE results.

AS Levels generally take one year to complete, while A Levels are studied across two years. The AS Level may be awarded as a standalone qualification, or it can contribute towards the A Level qualification.

Our curriculum is designed to help pupils develop intellectually as they explore their chosen subjects in greater depth. As with every stage of the curriculum with My Online Learning, we keep our classes at this level small, ensuring that our teachers have the chance to deliver more personalised learning.

All subjects are taught for three hours per week, with an emphasis on independent study outside the classroom. All the lessons are recorded, which not only provides a chance to catch up If any class is missed, but also provides an invaluable bank of resources for revision or recapping.

Subjects & details

These qualifications are designed to give pupils essential knowledge and understanding both of different areas of Biology and of how these areas relate to each other. Pupils will develop a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods, together with competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills. They will also develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Biology-related fields.

The AS level consists of three externally-examined units:

  • Unit 1: Molecules, Diet, Transport and Health (1hr 30, 80 marks)
  • Unit 2: Cells, Development, Biodiversity and Conservation (1hr 30, 80 marks)
  • Unit 3: Practical Skills in Biology I (1hr20, 50 marks)

The A Level consists of three externally-examined units (developing on the three AS units):

  • Unit 4: Energy, Environment, Microbiology and Immunity (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Unit 5: Respiration, Internal Environment, Coordination and Gene Technology (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Unit 6: Practical Skills in Biology II (1hr 20, 50 marks)

The Business programme helps pupils develop an enthusiasm for studying business, offering a holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts, while developing a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants. They will study business behaviour from a range of perspectives, and will have the opportunity to generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues, as well as addressing the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals. As such, pupils will acquire a range of relevant business skills, including decision making, problem solving, critical analysis and applying numerical skills in a range of business contexts.

The AS level consists of two externally-examined units:

  • Unit 1: Marketing and People (2hr, 80 marks)
  • Unit 2: Managing Business Activities (2hr, 80 marks)

The A Level consists of two externally-examined units (developing on the two AS units):

  • Unit 3: Business Decisions and Strategy (2hr, 80 marks)
  • Unit 4: Global Business (2hr, 80 marks)

These qualifications are designed to give pupils essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Chemistry and of how these areas relate to each other. Pupils will develop a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods, together with competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills. They will also develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Chemistry-related fields.

The AS level consists of three externally-examined units:

  • Unit 1: Structure, Bonding and Introduction to Organic Chemistry (1hr 30, 80 marks)
  • Unit 2: Energetics, Group Chemistry, Halogenoalkanes and Alcohols (1hr 30, 80 marks)
  • Unit 3: Practical Skills in Chemistry I (1hr 20, 50 marks)

The A Level consists of three externally-examined units (developing on the three AS units):

  • Unit 4: Rates, Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Unit 5: Transition Metals and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Unit 6: Practical Skills in Chemistry II (1hr 20, 50 marks)

By studying Economics at this level, pupils will use the subject as a lens through which they can view the wider wider economic and social environment. They will explore a wide range of concepts and develop the ability to use those concepts in a variety of different contexts. Pupils will harness an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and develop an ability to think as an economist. As such, they will understand that economic behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives, and develop analytical and quantitative skills, together with qualities and attitudes that will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Unit 1: Markets in Action (1hr 45, 80 marks)
  • Unit 2: Macroeconomic Performance and Policy (1hr 45, 80 marks)

The A Level examination consists of two papers (developing on the two AS units):

  • Unit 3: Business Behaviour (2hr, 80 marks)
  • Unit 4: Developments in the Global Economy (2hr, 80 marks)

This qualification is designed to help pupils develop an understanding of the concepts and methods we use to analyse and study language. They will explore data and examples of language in use, engage creatively and critically with a varied programme for the study of English, develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language, and independently investigate language in use.

They will cover two units at AS Level: language, context and identity, and language in transition. From there, pupils will progress onto IAL studies, focusing on crafting language and investigating language.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Unit 1: Language: Context and identity (1hr 45, 50 marks)
  • Unit 2: Language in transition(1hr 45, 50 marks)

The A Level examination consists of two papers (developing on the two AS units);

  • Unit 3: Crafting Language (writing) (2hr, 50 marks)
  • Unit 4: Investigating Language (2hr, 50 marks)

Studying English Literature at this level involves reading widely, covering both set texts and pupils’ own choices. They will engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts, exploring ways of responding to them, while developing and applying their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation. They will also explore the contexts of the these text and work to understand others’ interpretations of them, before undertaking independent and sustained studies to deepen their appreciation and understanding of English literature, including its changing traditions.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Unit 1: Post-2000 Poetry and Prose (2hr, 50 marks)
  • Unit 2: Drama (2hr, 50 marks)

The A Level examination consists of two papers (developing on the two AS units):

  • Unit 3: Poetry and prose (2hr, 50 marks)
  • Unit 4: Shakespeare and Pre-1900 Poetry (2hr, 50 marks)

At this level of French studies, pupils will develop an understanding of a wide variety of complex texts and of standard spoken language – on topics they would encounter in personal, social, academic or vocational contexts. They will learn how to write clear, well-structured texts using an appropriate style, providing points of view with supporting arguments (where relevant) and showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Pupils will also be able to express themselves fluently, spontaneously and appropriately in a range of speaking contexts, and will develop the skills necessary for further study or employment, where French is used as the main medium of communication for business and commerce. In the process, they will also develop an understanding of the nature of language in different cultural contexts in order to build up competence in communication.

The AS examination consists of two papers based on the topics: Youth matters; Lifestyle, health and fitness; Environment and travel; Education and employment:

  • Unit 1: Spoken expression and response (8-10 minutes, 40 marks)
  • Unit 2: Understanding and written response (2hr 30 minutes, 90 marks)

The A Level examination consists of two papers (developing on the two AS units):

  • Unit 3: Understanding and spoken responses (11-13 minutes, 40 marks)
  • Unit 4: Research, understanding and written response (2hr 30 minutes, 90 marks)

Over the course of our Geography IAL qualification, pupils will develop their knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments, locally, nationally and internationally. As such, they’ll develop an in-depth understanding of geographical patterns, as well as learning how to recognise and analyse the complexity of human–environment interactions – exploring how they underpin our understanding of some of the key issues facing the world today.

Pupils will also explore how different values, attitudes and circumstances have an impact on the relationships between people, place and environment, while becoming confident in harnessing a range of quantitative and qualitative analytical skills as an integral part of their studies. As such, they will grow to understand the fundamental role of fieldwork as a tool for learning about the real world – becoming skilled at planning, executing and evaluating fieldwork in various situations, tackling a range of questions and issues. As such, pupils will recognise both the contributions and limitations of geography, and develop as critical and reflective learners – able to articulate opinions, suggest relevant new ideas and provide evidence-based argument in a range of situations.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Unit 1: Global Challenges (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Unit 2: Geographical Investigations (1hr 30, 60 marks)

The A Level examination consists of two papers (developing on the two AS units):

  • Unit 3: Contested Planet (2hr, 90 marks)
  • Unit 4: Researching Geography (1hr 30, 60 marks)

Studying History at this level is an opportunity for pupils to build their interest in the past, developing an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance. They will learn about different identities within society, looking at aspects like social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity to build on their understanding of the past.

Pupils will improve as independent learners, critical thinkers and curious minds. They will learn how to ask the relevant questions and research the significant aspects of history, exploring the nature of historical study. Over the course of their studies, they will develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills, while making links and drawing comparisons within and/or across different periods and aspects of the past. Finally, pupils will also learn how to communicate their historical knowledge, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Unit 1: Depth Study with Interpretations (2hr, 50 marks)
  • Unit 2: Breadth Study with Source Evaluation (2hr, 50 marks)

The A Level examination consists of two papers (developing on the two AS units):

  • Unit 3: Thematic Study with Source Evaluation (2hr, 50 marks)
  • Unit 4: International Study with Historical Interpretations (2hr, 50 marks)

The objective of these qualifications is to enable pupils to develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other, competence and confidence in developing practical skills, such as developing coding for the web and relational databases, and their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Unit 1: Hardware and software, networks, the online environment, IT systems, data and databases, and wider issues (2hr, 80 marks)
  • Unit 2: HTML, CSS, Javascript, designing web pages, and the semantic web (2hr, 80 marks)

The A Level examination consists of two papers (developing on the two AS units):

  • Unit 3: Manipulating data, enabling technologies, using IT systems in organisations, systems development and emerging technologies (2hr, 80 marks)
  • Unit 4: Use of features of database solutions, relational database concepts, and database solutions (3 hr, 80 marks)

Pupils will develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes – developing logical reasoning, learning how to construct mathematical proofs and extending their range of mathematical techniques in order to tackle increasingly difficult, unstructured problems. As such, they’ll explore coherence and progression, as well as learning how to apply mathematical approaches to ‘real-world’ problems.

They’ll discover how to use mathematics as an effective means of communication and how to read mathematical arguments and articles, while looking at how mathematics fits into other fields of study, in areas of work and in society in general.

The AS level consists of three externally-examined units:

  • Unit 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (1hr 30, 75 marks)
  • Unit 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (1hr 30, 75 marks)
  • Plus one additional unit

The A Level consists of six externally-examined units (developing on the three AS units):

  • Unit 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (1hr 30, 75 marks)
  • Unit 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (1hr 30, 75 marks)
  • Unit 3: Pure Mathematics 3 (1hr 30, 75 marks)
  • Unit 4: Pure Mathematics 4 (1hr 30, 75 marks)
  • Plus two additional units

These qualifications are designed to give pupils essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Physics and how these areas relate to each other. Pupils will develop a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods, together with competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills. They will also develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Physics-related fields.

The AS level includes three externally-examined units:

  • Unit 1: Mechanics and Materials (1hr 30, 80 marks)
  • Unit 2: Waves and Electricity (1hr 30, 80 marks)
  • Unit 3: Practical Skills in Physics I (1hr 20, 50 marks)

The A Level consists of three externally-examined units (developing on the three AS units):

  • Unit 4: Further Mechanics, Fields and Particles (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Unit 5: Thermodynamics, Radiation, Oscillations and Cosmology (1hr 45, 90 marks)
  • Unit 6: Practical Skills in Physics II (1hr 20, 50 marks)

These qualifications are designed to help pupils develop essential knowledge and understanding of both different areas of psychology and of how these areas relate to each other. Pupils will develop a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods, together with competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills. They will also develop their interest in and enthusiasm for psychology – paving the way for further international study and careers associated with psychology, while learning how psychology contributes to the success of the economy and society.

The AS examination consists of two papers:

  • Unit 1: Social and cognitive psychology (1hr 30, 64 marks)
  • Unit 2: Biological psychology, learning theories and development (2hr, 96 marks)

The A Level examination consists of two papers (developing on the two AS units):

  • Unit 3: Applications of psychology (1hr 30, 64 marks)
  • Unit 4: Clinical psychology and psychological skills (2hr, 96 marks)

These Spanish qualifications offer the opportunity for pupils to develop an understanding of a wide variety of complex texts and of standard spoken language, on the kind of topics they would encounter in personal, social, academic or vocational contexts. They will learn how to write clear, well-structured texts using an appropriate style, providing points of view with supporting arguments (where relevant) and showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Pupils will also be able to express themselves fluently, spontaneously and appropriately in a range of speaking contexts, and will develop the skills necessary for further study or employment, where Spanish is used as the main medium of communication for business. In the process, they will also develop an understanding of the nature of language in different cultural contexts in order to build up competence in communication.

The AS examination consists of two papers based on the topics: Youth matters; Lifestyle, health and fitness; Environment and travel; Education and employment:

  • Unit 1: Spoken expression and response (8-10 minutes, 40 marks)
  • Unit 2: Understanding and written response (2hr 30 minutes, 90 marks)

The A Level examination consists of two papers (developing on the two AS units):

  • Unit 3: Understanding and spoken responses (11-13 minutes, 40 marks)
  • Unit 4: Research, understanding and written response (2hr 30 minutes, 80 marks)