KS5 Subject Information
Sir Isaac Newton East is a new Sixth Form at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy situated in the heart of Great Yarmouth, modelled on the highly successful Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form based in Norwich. We want our prospective students to be the next leaders within local, regional and national industry.
Art & Design: Fine Art
A Level Fine Art builds on the skills and knowledge that you learned at GCSE. Fine art explores traditional, modern, materials, techniques and processes for the purpose of self expression. Fine art can be used to explore personal and cultural identity, society and how we live, visual language and technology. Fine art will allow you to reflect on our place in the world, both as individuals and collectively.
A-Level Biology builds on the GCSE study of life itself. All living organisms have similarities in cellular structure, biochemistry and function; an understanding of these similarities is fundamental to the study of biology. You will enjoy a flexible approach to the study of this diverse subject.
A level chemistry describes and explains the behaviour of matter, it discusses techniques used to identify ‘new substances’ and explores industrial methods of synthesising useful substances including medicines. In addition you will learn about the interaction of matter and energy and how to control reactions including important industrial reactions.
You will develop an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation. Through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs you will analyse problems in computational terms.
Core Maths is a level 3 maths qualification equivalent to an AS level qualification in terms of demand and carrying the same number of UCAS tariff points. It is delivered in Year 12 only. Our students study Core Maths as a complement to their other three A-levels.
It is ideal for students who choose to study A-levels involving significant mathematical content but who do not wish to study A-level mathematics; for those students wishing to study physics without A-level maths, Core Maths is compulsory.
In term one, all Core Maths students cover the fundamentals of the course including:
- Analysis of data
- Personal finance
In term two, we support mathematical aspects of the biology, psychology and chemistry courses, such as applying mathematical modelling techniques to the solution of problems.
Assessment is at the end of Year 12 and takes the form of two written papers.
Many universities have shown their support for Core Maths by offering reduced entry criteria for students who study this qualification. (AQA)
Criminology is a social science closely related to psychology, sociology and law. It specialises in the study of the nature of crime and criminals, and tries to explain why and how crime occurs and looks into how society reacts to crime.
A-Level English Literature offers clear progression from GCSE allowing students to develop the knowledge and understanding that they have already gained and achieved. Students will be able to develop a wide range of skills, such as reading critically, analysing, evaluating, and undertaking independent research,which are valuable for further study and future employment.
Environmental science is ideal for those with a strong interest in conservation and the impact of humans on the planet. It covers topics as diverse as the physical environment including changes to the atmosphere and weather patterns; the living environment including the evolution of life on Earth to the research methods which underpinned the theories being studied and how the data used is gathered and used to model the processes studied.
If you choose to do A-Level French, you will continue to broaden and develop your language skills and your knowledge of Francophone life and Culture. This is an exciting and diverse course to take if you have enjoyed French at GCSE.
Although further maths is not an entry requirement for university courses, it gives a massive advantage for courses such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Data Science. Physics, Engineering and other maths based courses.
Geography A level is a facilitating subject, which means that it can be helpful for a whole range of university courses and will help you keep your options open. A level geography links well with History, Statistics and Science.
Government & Politics
Students have the opportunity to develop their own knowledge of the UK and US political systems, whilst thinking about the ideologies and actions of modern politicians and political parties.
History is one of the Russell Group universities’ ‘facilitating’ subjects — so called because choosing them at A-level allows a wide range of options for degree study. One of the most flexible of qualifications, History provides an excellent pathway to degrees such as History, Law, English and Philosophy, and beyond that to a range of interesting careers.
A Level Mathematics builds on the skills and knowledge that you have learned at GCSE; it extends and develops the concepts allowing you to refine and enhance your problem solving and mathematical thinking skills. You will study both abstract mathematical concepts and create models to solve real-life problems through application of your mathematics.
A Level Physical Education provides the opportunity to build on knowledge gained at GCSE BTEC Level with a greater look into the psychology, biomechanics, anatomy and physiology of sport, skill acquisition and how these components affect the sports performance.
A level physics is highly valued by Universities and can lead into almost any course. Physics explores how things work from the smallest of particles to the whole universe. Physicists are relied upon to innovate, advance technologies, solve energy supply issues and explore the Universe.
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. The A Level in Psychology provides an excellent and in-depth introduction to the subject, through which students will become familiar with the different areas of Psychology – from Biopsychology to Behaviourism – and the big debates among Psychologists today.
Religious Studies is a thought provoking and academically challenging subject that
addresses life’s big questions: What is truth? How do we know what is real? Does God exist? Are we free? What does it mean to be good?
Sociology is the study of Society: of social groups, institutions and organisations and how people interact within them. Sociology aims to examine and explain the role of societies in shaping human behaviour and identity.