Diverse subject choice

A-Level, BTEC and GCSE courses delivered by specialist teachers

Applied Science 

BTEC Applied Science is a vocational science course focused on developing the knowledge and practical skills required by people working in a range of scientific fields. A multi-discipline subject covering elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, you’ll gain extensive, hands-on experience of the current applications of science by learning laboratory techniques and investigation alongside studying scientific theory. You can choose Applied Science as a one-year full-time course (Certificate) or a full two-year programme (Extended certificate) complimenting many other Level 3 qualifications. Applied Science supports progression to higher education, to an apprenticeship or employment.

Assessment: is by coursework and exams. 

Subject entry: 5’s in Combined Science/or 2 separate sciences and 5 in Mathematics.

Science at JC6, Hinckley


Art is a practical, creative subject, which enables you to use a wide range of artistic techniques and develop your own creativity. You’ll be encouraged to experiment with a range of resources, media and materials, ultimately building a broad portfolio of work which can be used for interviews. Art and Photography share a creative curriculum in Year 12, when students explore and develop a broad range of creative skills. In Year 13 you specialise, working with a tutor to further develop your own distinctive style.

is by coursework portfolio and end of year exam. 

Subject entry: Minimum of merit grade at Art Level 2 or grade 5 or above for GCSE. If you’ve not studied Art at Level 2 you’ll need to submit a portfolio of work.

  • Art at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre
  • Art at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre, Hinckley
  • Art at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre
  • Art at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre, Hinckley


Biology focuses on detailed study of living things in the world around us. Biology students consider controversial scientific issues and look at how science contributes to our economy and our society. Biology combines well with other science subjects, as well as social sciences such as Psychology and Sociology. It is an important qualification for careers in science, including medicine, veterinary science and physiotherapy. 

Assessment: is by written exams and ongoing practical assessments. 

Subject entry: Minimum of 6/6 in Combined Science or 6 in two single science GCSEs, including Biology.  GCSE Maths grade 6.

Study Biology at JC6, Hinckley


Enjoy reading about business success and failure? Love watching ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘Dragons’ Den’? Discover more about why people set up in business, what makes them successful and how they can do things even better. Business prepares students to go on to a range of careers and to degree courses including Marketing, Economics, Accountancy, Sociology and Law. 

Assessment: is by examinations. 

Subject entry: Minimum of 5 in GCSE Business if taken; 5 or above in GCSE English.

  • JC6 students build a structure in Business teamwork task
  • Student researching on laptop in JC6 Business class
  • Presentions in JC6 Year 12 Business
  • Sixth Form student revising for Business exams


Chemistry is a challenging subject that requires a variety of skills. You’ll develop analytical techniques, discover what is in a chemical, and try out industrial processes. Some topics build on GCSE work, some are completely new. The course covers: Physical Chemistry – kinetics and thermodynamics; Inorganic Chemistry - the elements and how they react; and Organic Chemistry – carbon and the molecules made from carbon. Chemistry combines well with Maths and other science subjects requiring similar logical thinking skills and problem solving approaches. It’s an essential qualification for anyone wanting to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science.

Assessment: is by end of course exams and ongoing practical assessments. 

Subject entry: Higher tier GCSE Science. Minimum of 6/6 in Combined Science or 6 in two single science GCSEs, including Chemistry. GCSE Maths grade 6.

Spectroscopy lesson for sixth formers at JC6


Criminology - New for 2020!

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology is a qualification which combines elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology. It aims to explore all aspects of our contemporary criminal justice system: criminological theories both contemporary and historical, the processual stages from the crime scene to court room, plus wider issues of the way society as a whole approaches crime and punishment, and how this has changed, and indeed is constantly changing. Students will be encouraged to think critically, to engage in problem solving exercises, and to apply their skills and knowledge to practical criminal scenarios. The course is suited to students with enquiring minds and a willingness to study and think independently. 

Assessment: 50% external assessment and 50% timed internal assessment. 

Subject entry: Grade 5 in GCSE English.

Criminology classroom display at JC6 in Hinckley


Economics is a social science that looks at the economy and its effects on the wider social environment. Studying Economics will enable you to develop enquiring, critical and evaluative opinions about economic issues in the UK and the global economy. You’ll look at the economic forces that affect our lives: employment, prices, international trade and poverty. Economists are often in healthy debate with each other and it is these discussions which make Economics lively and interesting, encouraging you to make your own judgements and form your own opinions. Economics links well with other social science and humanities subjects. It is a useful qualification for future careers or study in finance, business, management.

Assessment: is by end of year exams, including multiple choice, data response and essay style questions. 

Subject entry: Minimum of Grade 5 at GCSE English and 6 at GCSE Maths.

Economics students working together on laptops during Year 12 JC6 class

Engineering BTEC 

BTEC Engineering is a skills-based course, which will challenge you to design for real-world scenarios and applications. You will explore how Engineering impacts on our world today. The course is designed to enhance your understanding of engineering practices, applications and working routines within the Industry. Engineering works well with any 6th form science, maths or IT course, to prepare you for Engineering courses at University or competitive higher level apprenticeships. Its blend of theory and project-based learning means Engineering also combines well with other BTEC courses. 

Assessment: is coursework based, with one practical and one written exam. 

Subject entry: Grade 5 or above in a Science subject; 6 or above at GCSE Maths preferred, a grade 5 is essential.

Metalwork machinery used in BTEC Engineering at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre

English Language  

English Language takes you on a journey, from learning how we acquire language in infancy, to exploring how we use language as adults. You’ll discover how factors such as gender and age impact on our language choices, studying how we speak and write in a wide variety of contexts. You will become confident at analysing all the finer details of written and spoken texts and have a deeper understanding of how writers and editors use language to communicate. English Language sets you up for any career that involves written communication and a confident grasp of the English language. 

Assessment: is through end of year exams and an independent coursework investigation. 

Subject entry: Minimum grade 5 in GCSE English Language AND Literature.

JC6 English Language student quote

English Literature  

If you love reading and analysing a range of literary texts, English Literature is for you. You’ll be taken on an historical literary journey, examining texts from the Middle Ages to the Elizabethan period, from the poetry of the First World War to texts written in the 21st century. You’ll explore connections across these literary texts, examine the contexts in which they were written and respond critically and creatively to their themes and ideas. A ‘facilitating’ subject, favoured by universities for a range of degree courses, English Literature is an important choice for careers in journalism, teaching, public relations, publishing, law and more. 

Assessment: is by end of year exams and two coursework tasks. 

Subject entry: Minimum grade 5 in GCSE English Language AND Literature.

  • JC6 English Literature students
  • English Literature display at JC6
  • Specialist teachers lead A Level English Literature classes at JC6
  • Sixth Form English Literature class at JC6


Geography engages you with the world around you: you’ll consider water and carbon cycles, hot desert systems and landscapes, global systems and governance, changing places, hazards, population, and the environment. Field work is a key element in geographical study and you'll take part in visits. You’ll need an open and enquiring mind, an interest in topical issues of the day and a willingness to collect and manipulate data from fieldwork. Geography works well with a broad range of 6th form subjects and is unusual in being considered as both an arts and a science subject. It is a great choice for developing a range of skills highly valued by Universities and employers: data handling and interpretation, practical and analytical thinking and clear communication. 

Assessment: is by end of year exam, including multiple choice and written answers. 

Subject entry: GCSE Geography at 4 or above OR 4 in another humanities subject.

  • Learning about Geopolitics in JC6 A Level Geography
  • A Level Geography fieldwork trip
  • Geography students during Year 12 lesson at JC6
  • JC6 Year 13 Geography field trip

Health & Social Care BTEC   

Health and Social Care is a vocational qualification that relates to all aspects of health and social care in the UK. The programme prepares you to pursue a career in health care, social care or childcare, giving you knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare for employment or further study. Health and Social Care explores similar themes to social science subjects such as Psychology and Sociology, but with a vocational focus. It is a well-considered qualification for applications to study Nursing, Social Work, Paramedic Sciences, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Radiography and Podiatry.

Assessment: 2 units of internal coursework and 2 external exams. 

Subject entry: General requirements.

Health and Social Care students from JC6 in Hinckley organise activities for care home residents


History is an interesting and challenging subject that analyses change and continuity in human societies. We begin by focusing on ‘Industrialisation and the People: Britain, 1783-1885’, examining developments in politics and foreign policy and analysing events from the point of view of ordinary people. Then you’ll study a time of dramatic change: ‘The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945—1980’. You’ll go on to produce a historical investigation into the origins of the French Revolution and study further historical periods. Students develop an enquiring and analytical mind, as well as the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 

Assessment: by end of course written exams and a coursework essay.

Subject entry: Grade 5 or above at GCSE History, or another humanities subject, and grade 5 or above in English.

Quote from an A Level History student studying at JC6


Mathematics is a challenging and exciting course covering topics in pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics. You’ll use and apply advanced mathematical techniques, learn to reason, interpret and communicate ideas mathematically, and also develop skills in solving increasingly complex mathematical problems. To fit a swiftly developing and fast paced world, the course emphasises the use of IT and software to help solve problems. Students will develop analytical skills and logic, and add in a bit of creativity, giving them a set of skills which make them desirable for almost any job. 

Assessment: is by three exams at the end of Year 13. 

Subject entry: Preferably grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics, applications considered with a 6.

  • Specialist staff support JC6 students during A Level Maths lessons
  • A Level Mathematics at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre
  • Specialist staff help JC6 students to succeed in A Level Mathematics
  • Studying A Level Mathematics at JC6

Further Mathematics 

(Recommended as a fourth option.)
Further Mathematics is an extension of the A Level Mathematics course which can only be studied by those already doing A Level Mathematics. It is a challenging qualification, which extends and deepens your knowledge and understanding in the areas of mechanics, pure and discrete mathematics. The subject is offered at JC6 as both a one year AS and a two-year A Level. 

Assessment: three exams at the end of Year 13 for A Level or two at the end of Year 12 for AS. 

Subject entry: Grade 8 or above in GCSE Mathematics.

Hinckley students take their studies one step further with Further Mathematics at JC6

Media Studies

How are groups of people represented to us in the media? Is it morally right to make a film out of tragic events? Can the media be blamed for violence in society? How far does the media control our thoughts about issues in the world today? The Media course will explore these and many other questions through contemporary and historical media texts, from the UK and other parts of the world, and productions from outside the commercial mainstream. 

Assessment: is a mixture of coursework tasks (30%) and examinations 70%).

Subject entry: Grade 4 or above at GCSE English.

Quote from a Year 12 Media student at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre


Music is a specialised course which allows students to study music conventions and traditions in detail. Practical tasks provide a range of choices to suit the individual performance strengths of each student. Students who are more technologically minded can work on iMacs for their coursework with specialist Music software. Studying Music will exercise your creative mind and enhance your skills as a musician, instrumentalist and composer. Music is an essential qualification for a Music degree at university or a specialist performance programme at a music school or college. 

Assessment: is through exams and coursework. 

Subject entry: a strong 5 at GCSE Music. You also need to be able to play an instrument to Grade 5 or above and have completed the ABRSM Grade 4 theory book by September enrolment. (Students do not have to have taken the exam but must have evidence of the completed book)

Music students playing piano at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre

Performing Arts BTEC  - Dance / Drama

In Performing Arts you’ll develop as a performer in your chosen specialism: with the choice to perform in either Dance or Drama in each assessment. You’ll also be gaining a broad knowledge and understanding about the industry as a whole. You’ll be working collaboratively and practically, putting performance theory into practice as you work towards performance projects. The course offers an engaging and challenging route for anyone wanting to study performance at University or College, and opportunities to develop invaluable skills in communication, group working and confidence for any future career or course of study. 

Assessment: External/school-based assessments.

Subject entry: A GCSE qualification for Drama or Dance is preferable but not essential.

  • Students perform Little Shop of Horrors at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre
  • Dance students rehearse an exam piece in the Dance Studio at JC6
  • Students perform musical at JC6
  • Performing Arts students have the opportunity to learn about the technical side of stage lighting and soud


A course which enables you to develop your photography skills by experimenting with materials and techniques, working towards a personal investigation on an area or topic you are passionate, and experimenting with a range of resources and image manipulation techniques. Photography and Art share a creative curriculum in Year 12, when students explore and develop a broad range of creative skills. In Year 13 you specialise, working with a tutor to further develop your own distinctive style. 

Assessment: is by coursework portfolio and end of year exam. 

Subject entry: Minimum of merit grade at Art Level 2 or grade 5 or above for GCSE. If you’ve not studied it at Level 2, you’ll need to submit a portfolio of work.

  • Students use image editing software during JC6 Photography lesson
  • Working in the JC6 dark room
  • JC6 student reviews photography sketchbook
  • Year 12 Photography student's final work

Physical Education 

Through the Physical Education course you are encouraged to immerse yourself in the world of sport, to perform in or coach a sport and delve into the hows and whys of physical activity. You’ll experience a well-rounded and full introduction to PE, sport and sports science, developing a range of practical skills: communication, dealing with pressure, split second decision-making, analysing and evaluating performance. 

Assessment: is in one practical area of sport and through a mixture of short answer and essay style exam questions. 

Subject entry: Grade 5 or above in the GCSE PE theory paper or 5 in a GCSE Science.

Learning anatomy in JC6 Physical Education


Physics enhances your understanding of the universe. It is a challenging, but inspiring course, ranging from the Newtonian concepts that govern the macroscopic world, down to the laws of Einstein that govern the microscopic. You will further your knowledge in the topics of Kinematics, Electricity, Radioactivity, Simple Harmonic Motion and Cosmology. Physics at A Level will provide you with the opportunity to link your mathematics knowledge directly to physics concepts as evidence for their existence.

Assessment: is by end of course exams and ongoing practical assessments. 

Subject entry: Higher tier GCSE science. 6 in Higher Tier Maths. Minimum of 6/6 in Combined Science or 6 in two single science GCSEs, including Physics.


Have you ever wondered why we do the things we do? Why we behave and think in certain ways? How our biology affects our behaviour? Psychology aims toexplore these questions through many different paradigms: biological, social, psychodynamic, evolutionary, cognitive, behavioural and humanistic. You’ll tackle thought-provoking topics such as Memory, Social influence, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology and study how to carry out a scientific research project, interpret statistics and write a report. 

is 100% exams.

Subject entry: Grade 5 in GCSE English and Maths; a higher pass grade in English is an advantage.

Studying during a Psychology lesson at JC6 in Hinckley

Public Services BTEC 

Public Services gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques essential for successful performance in working life, such as leadership and teamwork, confidence, independent research and the ability to work to deadlines. You’ll study varied units: Leadership and Teamwork; Physical preparation, Health and Lifestyle; Crime and its effect on society; Citizenship and Diversity. A particularly engaging course for those that are interested in working in the public sector such as the emergency services, armed services and the NHS, it can lead directly to employment or to university.

Last year 100% of BTEC Public Service Diploma students achieved Distinction/Distinction*

Assessment: is 100% coursework based. 

Subject entry: general entry requirements.

  • Teambuilding at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre
  • Canoeing during a JC6 Public Services trip
  • Students take part in team challenge during JC6 Public Services lesson outside
  • The Royal Navy put students through their paces during a Public Services workshop at JC6 in Hinckley


Sociology involves studying human social life, groups and societies in a systematic way. Sociologists investigate and attempt to explain the social world and our behaviour in it. They are particularly interested in understanding the ways in which society influences us and shapes our daily lives. However, be prepared to be challenged: sociologists fundamentally disagree on nearly every issue and the subject is characterised by intensive debate and perspective rivalry. The course encourages you to develop a strong understanding of contemporary issues and debates. It is a good choice for a wide range of career and university routes, developing widely recognised skills: critical thinking, research skills and a sound understanding of the society we live in. 

Assessment: is by end of course exams. 

Subject entry: Grade 5 in GCSE English.

Sociology students says studying the subject at JC6 has helped her to accept nothing and question everything


Spanish will extend your understanding of Spanish vocabulary and grammar, developing your ability to speak like a native. The course is based around a range of topical issues, which you’ll study in Spanish. Good knowledge of Spanish society and culture will follow your work on literary texts and films. 

It is an essential choice if you want to study Spanish, a new language or a combined degree such as Business and Languages at university. 

Assessment: is through listening, reading, speaking and written exams.
Subject entry: Grade 5 or above in GCSE Spanish.

Spanish keyword display at JC6