Below is a full list of sixth form courses available to study at KAA, all of which are A levels. Our expectation is that the majority of students will study four A Levels in Y12, dropping to three in Y13 if appropriate.
Subjects Taught at Kensington Aldridge Academy
Students must choose one subject from each option block in the table below. On the application form, students will be given the chance to express additional preferences; if there is sufficient demand, the option blocks can be changed when the timetable is constructed.
|Block A||Block B||Block C||Block D|
|English Literature||Fine Art||English Literature||English Literature|
|Geography||Computer Science||Computer Science||Geography|
|Spanish||Further Maths||Economics||Further Maths|
|History||History||Government & Politics||Government & Politics|
|Religious Education||Religious Education||Dance|
Level 3 BTECs in Performing Arts and Applied Science
From September 2023 onwards, KAA6 hopes to offer two Level 3 BTEC Courses in Performing Arts and Applied Science.
BTEC Performing Arts is ideal for students with a passion for Dance, Music and Drama and an ambition to build a career in the Theatre, TV or Film. With a BTEC in Performing Arts, students will gain valuable hands-on experience which can take them straight into a career in the industry, or prepare them for a range of performance based degree courses. We are privileged to have support from Fremantle, one of the UK’s best known TV & Film companies, in delivering this course. Fremantle’s sponsorship will allow our students access to industry level expertise and professional placement opportunities.
BTEC in Applied Science is ideal for students who have a great interest in all three science specialisms. It is a well-regarded qualification, recognised by both industry and higher education institutions, which will allow students to progress straight into the workplace or continue with their academic studies. Alongside compulsory units based upon practical techniques and investigation skills, optional units will allow students to explore cross-curricular concepts including physiology, astronomy and forensic sciences.
Students can combine a BTEC with one or two A Levels, depending on whether they take the extended certificate (one A-level) or the diploma (two A-levels). If you are interested in either course please indicate on your application form.
Subjects Taught at Godolphin & Latymer
In addition, the following A Level courses are available to study at our partner school Godolphin & Latymer from Sept 2018. Students will have to travel between KAA and Godolphin for these lessons (just three tube stops – a 20 minute journey which will be built into their timetables). These subjects are only available to female students, as Godolphin is a girls’ school.
Whilst all KAA sixth formers benefit greatly from our partnership with Godolphin & Latymer, only a very small number will be able to actually study an A-level there. The option is only open to female students and only in courses where Godolphin have availability once their own students have made their choices. If there is a space, applicants will need to meet the entry criteria for Godolphin, which is seven A*- B grades at GCSE, with an A or above in the subject you wish to study. Applicants will also have to pass an interview at Godolphin. For these reasons we strongly recommend that you choose KAA because you want to study here, benefitting from the partnership in its wider form, and not solely because of the change to take a subject at Godolphin. Applicants may only apply for one subject at Godolphin, and should have a back-up KAA option in case they are unsuccessful.
|Taught @ Godolphin & Latymer (Female Students Only)|
|History of Art||Mandarin|
How to choose your courses
Choosing the right courses is a complicated issue and we would encourage you to think very carefully about your choices, complete all the necessary research, and consult with parents and teachers well in advance.
General Entry Requirements
8 GCSE grades at grade 5 or above (including both English and Maths), with a 6 or above in the subject to be studied (or closest equivalent).
Subject Specific Requirements
• English & humanities subjects: Grade 6 or above in English (Lit and Lang).
• Humanities subjects: grade 6 or above in English language.
• Economics: grade 7 in Maths and grade 7 in English Language
• Maths: grade 7 or above in Maths.
• Further Maths: grade 8 or above in Maths.
• Science: triple award: grade 7 or above in the science to be studied; dual award (Combined Science) grade 7-7 or above.
• Psychology: grade 6 or above in a science, plus grade 6 or above in English language.
We acknowledge that excellence in the performing and creative arts is not solely measured by academic results, and that practical experience of performing is also relevant. Accordingly, candidates for Dance, Drama, Music, Art or Product Design who feel they may not fully meet the academic requirements but have extensive practical experience may still apply.
Godolphin & Latymer courses
Whilst all KAA sixth formers benefit greatly from our partnership with Godolphin & Latymer, only a very small number will be able to actually study an A-level there. The option is only open to female students and only in courses where Godolphin have availability once their own students have made their choices. If there is a space, applicants will need to meet the entry criteria for Godolphin, which is seven A*- B grades at GCSE, with an A or above in the subject you wish to study. Applicants will also have to pass an interview at Godolphin.
What is the ‘closest equivalent’ subject?
For less commonly studied subjects, we will look at the following, if the exact course is not being studied at GCSE:
|A Level Subject||GCSE equivalents|
|Psychology||English Language and Science (Dual Award is sufficient)|
|PE||Biology or Dual Award Science, plus evidence of practical aptitude|
|Economics||English Language and Maths (nb higher requirement for Godolphin)|
|Government and Politics||History|
|Drama||English Literature, plus evidence of practical aptitude|
|Music||Evidence of aptitude in performance or success in graded music exams; candidates may be called for an audition|
|Dance||Evidence of aptitude in performance or success in graded dance exams; candidates may be called for an audition|
Please get in contact with us if you have any questions about this, or if you believe you have an alternative subject combination which is equally valid.