We strive to accommodate each student's subject choices.

A Levels

Clifton High School offers a broad choice of A level courses. We offer a high degree of flexibility and, where possible, we strive to accommodate each student's subject choices.

The choices and combination of subjects made at A level can have a major impact on what students study at degree level, as well as what they may consider for future career direction, which tend to relate to the broad categories of science, languages or the arts. If students are undecided on what they would like to study at A level, we will offer knowledgeable support and advice to guide them make the right decisions.

To read more on the range of A level subjects we offer, please see our options booklet below.

A level Options Booklet

Many courses at university level build upon the knowledge which students have gained whilst still at School with some universities requiring applicants to have studied a specific subject prior to entry, whilst others may not. With this in mind, there are A level subjects that are required more often than others and these subjects, often referred to as facilitating subjects, are listed below:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English (Literature)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages (Latin, Greek, French, Spanish, German)
  • Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • Physics

If there is a subject of interest which does not appear on our list, please do not hesitate to contact us as we are able to assist in students accessing subjects in a variety of ways such as correspondence courses, Open University, or working within another school or college. Mr Richard Parry, Head of Futures and Careers is always happy to discuss options with pupils. Please contact him via email,, to receive advice on A level choices.


In addition to A levels, students may also complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This is intended to stretch a student's research and investigative skills within an area of particular interest to them. Often they choose an area of study that is complementary to the subject they are considering at degree level and that, in itself, extends their A level learning.

The EPQ is classified as a dissertation, a musical composition, a report or an artefact, backed up by paperwork. The course is valued by universities because it extends a student’s ability to plan, research and write autonomously.

It is our intention to run all of the subjects listed above, but if demand is low we may need to review this.

Alternative subjects may be available through sponsorship and we ask parents to contact us directly for further information regarding this option.