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The Sixth Form at Sussex Coast College Hastings

At The Sixth Form we have introduced the enhanced A-Level programme to enable the most able learners achieve their potential. On this programme you will study the following components:

  • 4 AS Levels
  • Theory of knowledge
  • Community Action Service (CAS)
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

A Level subject offer*

  • Art History
  • Art and Design (Fine Art)
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Further Maths
  • Government and Politics
  • Graphic Design
  • History 
  • Maths
  • Media Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Textiles
  • World Development

Extended project (to replace extended essay):

The AQA EPQ allows you to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. You must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product. The EPQ encourages creativity and curiosity. A project topic may be directly related to your main study programme, but should look beyond the specification.

A finished product may take the form of a:

  • Research based written report
  • Production* (eg charity event, fashion show or sports event)
  • An artefact* (eg piece of art, a computer game or realised design).

*A written report must accompany these options.

You must also record your project process in a production log. The process of recording and completing a project is as important as the finished product. Both the production log and product will be assessed.

What you will need to do:

  • Choose an area of interest and draft the project title and aims.
  • Plan, research and carry out the project.
  • Keep a production log of all stages of the project production, reviewing and evaluating progress.
  • Complete the project product.
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation.
  • Review the outcome of their project and presentation.

During the EPQ you will learn to:

  • Manage – identify, design, plan, and complete a project (or task within a group project), applying organisational skills and strategies to meet the stated objectives
  • Use resources/research – obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply it relevantly, and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate connections and complexities of the topic
  • Develop and realise – use a range of skills, including using new technologies, to solve problems, to take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, and to achieve your aims
  • Review – evaluate the outcome, including learning and performance.


Creativity, action, service (CAS) aims to provide you with opportunities for personal growth, self-reflection, intellectual, physical and creative challenges, and awareness of yourself as a responsible member of your communities through participation in social or community work (service), athletics or other physical activities (action) and creative activities (creativity). The guideline for the minimum amount of CAS activity over the two-year programme is approximately 3–4 hours per week, though "hour counting” is not encouraged.


Theory of knowledge (TOK) is a subject taken from the International Baccalaureate. It intends to give you a broader understanding of the interactions between your different subjects as well as creating greater open-mindedness among students. It is based on a system of ways of knowing (WOK) and areas of knowledge (AOK), each of which is discussed in detail. Students are assessed through an oral presentation and a 1200-1600 word essay.