Key Stage 5 (International A Level) Curriculum & Subjects - 2021/2022

Progressing from International GCSE

Key Stage 5 (AS & A Level) Overview
Studying in greater depth

In Year 12, pupils can progress onto AS and A Levels, typically progressing in the year after their International GCSE results.

AS Levels generally take one year to complete, while A Levels are studied across two years. Our curriculum is designed to help pupils develop intellectually as they explore their chosen subjects in greater depth.

As with every stage with My Online Schooling, 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 and recapping. Our Key Stage 5 courses follow the Cambridge International A Level curriculum.

If you are looking to enrol your child in to any of the International AS/A Level courses, we recommend that pupils enrol with us at the beginning of Year 12, in September 2021. 

What is an A-Level?

Our Deputy Head of Secondary, Emily Peters, talks through exactly what A-Levels are, who typically studies them, why you would study an A-level course, and where the A-level qualifications can lead you to.

Why study A-Levels Online?

Our Head of Secondary, Emily Booth, talks through the many benefits of studying A-Levels online, such as flexibility and an individualised learning experience.

Subject & details

Click on the subjects below for an overview of each KS5 course.

This course introduces pupils to language in a range of sources. They will explore how the contexts of production and reception affect language choices, as well as looking at how writers and speakers present themselves to their audiences, constructing identities through their language choices. By concentrating on what language does and how it varies to perform different functions, teaching can build on pupils’ prior knowledge from International GCSE and on their experience as language users. This component is skills based, with the content being driven by individual pupils’ interests.

Pupils will study a selection of poems from a published poetry text. They will develop their understanding of poetic form, content and meaning, as well as their ability to make links and connections within their studied collection. Pupils will also study aspects of the form of drama via one play.

Pupils will need to explore the use of literary and dramatic devices and the shaping of meanings in their chosen play. Pupils will also be able to engage with different interpretations of their chosen drama text. Pupils will study aspects of prose via two thematically linked texts, at least one of which will be pre-1900. Literary study of both texts selected for this component should incorporate the links and connections between them, and the contexts in which they were written and received.

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 – using their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts

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.

Our A Level Physics course builds on the skills acquired at the International GCSE level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, some current applications of physics, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination.

The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of physics ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. This course is ideal for learners who want to study physics or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science.

The A Level Chemistry course is designed to help learners gain a deeper understanding of the key concepts in chemistry and strong practical skills that will prepare them for university study. Pupils will develop lifelong skills of scientific enquiry, confidence in technology and communication and teamwork skills.

The key concepts of the A Level Chemistry course are atoms and forces, experiments and evidence, patterns in chemical behaviour and reactions, chemical bonds, and energy changes. Teachers will guide pupils through the key concepts to ensure mastery.

The A Level Biology course is designed to help learners gain a deeper understanding of the key concepts in biology and strong practical skills that will prepare them for university study. Pupils will develop lifelong skills of scientific enquiry, confidence in technology and communication and teamwork skills.

The key concepts of the A Level Biology course are cells as the units of life, biochemical processes, DNA, natural selection, organisms in their environment and observation and experiment. Teachers will guide pupils through the key concepts to ensure mastery.

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.

This geography programme encourages pupils to gain enjoyment, satisfaction and a sense of achievement as they develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject. The course will inspire pupils, not only developing their geographical understanding, but also teaching them to engage critically with real-world issues and places, and to apply their geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them.

Pupils will grow as independent thinkers and as informed and engaged citizens, with an in-depth understanding of the role and importance of geography as one of the key disciplines relevant to understanding the world’s changing peoples, places and environments.

Future Skills

EtonX provides pupils online skill and communication courses globally. They value real-world skills together with academic studies – aiming to teach pupils future skills. EtonX prepares pupils for the quickly and ever-changing world by helping them to develop skills such as communication, problem -solving and critical thinking. These skills will help pupils to success in not just at universities, but also in the workplace.

At My Online Schooling, we want to provide our enrolled pupils the opportunity to even further develop their future skills while studying with us by offering the following EtonX courses for our current pupils;

Each week students will analyse a range of scenarios and learn strategies that will help them gain
insight into themselves and how to transform their mindset. They will watch advice from a qualified
life coach to better understand why certain attitudes are important and apply new techniques to
their own life to help them develop a more positive mindset.

Our Entrepreneurship course is for any students who are interested in developing an
entrepreneurial mindset, enhancing their career or starting their own business. They
will learn from successful entrepreneurs and case studies and use the latest techniques
to refine the business ideas they have and give them the confidence to pitch.

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