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 AS Levels in Y12, dropping to three A2 Levels in Y13. In subjects which are taught via our partners Godolphin & Latymer, students will study a two year A-Level and forego the AS – this is something to explore at interview.
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.
At this time we cannot guarantee the delivery of Product Design at KS5, and we have removed it from the application form. Students interested are nevertheless invited to express an interest in the ‘extra subjects’ section of the application form.
|Block A||Block B||Block C||Block D|
|English Literature||Chemistry||English Literature||English Literature|
|History||Computer Science||Religious Education||Psychology|
|Geography||Government & Politics||Computer Science||Geography|
|Spanish||Fine Art||Government & Politics||Dance|
|Product Design||Music||Product Design|
Subjects Taught at Godolphin & Latymer
In addition, the following AS & 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). In unreformed subjects, where the old A*-E grading system is still in place, a C grade counts in the 8 overall grades required, with a B to study the subject.
Subject Specific Requirements
• English & humanities subjects: Grade 6 or above in English (Lit and / or Lang).
• Humanities subjects: grade 6 or above 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.
Post 16 Progression for Internal Students
A copy of the post-16 progression booklet can be view here: Post 16 Progression Booklet 2018-19