A Level Options

A Level Options Guide

Subjects Offered at A Level

Art & Design


Further Mathematics


English Literature




Physical Education




Classical Civilisation



Computer Science



Design Technology


Religious Studies

Drama & Theatre Studies



Subject Combinations

How should you choose your A Levels?

As a starting point, think about:

  • what you enjoy
  • what you are good at
  • possible degree/career options you might wish to consider.

Guidance about good combinations can be found on this page, although you should always discuss your options with a member of staff (at a Sixth Form Taster or Information event). It's perfectly normal to have little or no idea for the last two points at this stage, but you need to make sure you aren't closing any doors in the selection of your A Levels.

There is a list of subjects which are considered to be useful for a wide range of applications beyond courses directly linked to those subjects (released by The Russell Group of Universities). These are known as facilitating subjects. These are:

  • Mathematics (including Further)
  • the Sciences
  • Modern Languages (& Latin)
  • History
  • Geography
  • English Literature

This is not to say that other subjects are seen as "soft", but purely means that these subjects support a wider range of university degree options and therefore keep your options open.

In general, we advise that you select subjects which you are good at, and which you enjoy. Universities and Employers will be looking closely at your results and so taking subjects you will excel in is better than choosing a subject you think will look impressive.

New Subjects

There are several new A Level subjects available to Sixth Formers at SWPS. These include:

  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Classical Civilisation

We advise you think carefully when choosing a new subject as you need to be confident that you will both enjoy and be successful in studying it. You would be well advised speaking to a subject teacher to find out more about it, or current Sixth Formers who are studying it.