Mathematics

Mathematics

A-LEVEL

The future may be variable. But we know the formula for your study success.

Maths is the great A-level all-rounder. Join us on this journey through functions, quadratic equations, mechanics and statistics and you’ll be following in the footsteps of many famous problem solvers.

Scientists and engineers. Computer programmers. And those who have forged highly lucrative careers in finance and medicine.

All credit their success to speaking the language of numbers.

Throughout this course you’ll be developing a sound reasoning and rationale for many of the decisions you make throughout your life.

Proficiency in Maths is a skill. Which means anyone can learn it – with practice, and hard work.

Mathematicians have never been more in demand. Data scientists rule the business world. Statisticians and economists are lynchpins for commercial organisations beyond the recent pandemic, and computer programmers are building our technology-powered future across every industry.

Your Xaverian tutors will be here to support you in grasping Maths – not only by providing plenty of practical examples to help all the topics sink in; but also by providing lots of out of lesson advice and help – whether in regular lunchtime sessions or by email.

That’s what makes Xaverian special: giving you the extra time you need to help you prepare for your exams.

You’ll sit three papers – two on Pure Maths, and the third on Statistics and Mechanics. And we’ll also work on study skills throughout this course so you’re ready and motivated to get the grades you deserve.

Make no mistake – Maths A-level is a challenging course. You’ll learn some hugely valuable skills along the way. And if Maths is one of your stronger subjects at GCSE, then you’ll enjoy all the lessons and exercises getting you ready for higher education.

Chances are as you get started on this course, you’ll recognise a lot of topics from your Maths GCSE, such as quadratic equations and surds.

We’ll turn up the difficulty dial as you settle into Xaverian life, working with your study rhythm to help you succeed.

We’ll spend plenty of time working through past papers to get you ready for the main event. Getting to know your way around all the topics is key so part of the course is about mastering study and revision skills. Making notes throughout your course will be essential to help you avoid cramming before your exams.

As you progress through this course, you’ll find alongside all the Xaverian resources available, a near-unlimited number of guides on the web to help familiarise yourself with the more complex topics.

You’ll never be stuck for an answer. And on this course, you’ll learn Maths in lots of different ways, solving plenty of problems in every topic so that it all sinks in.

Here’s just one exercise you’ll be doing during your Maths studies…

LESSON TIME!

Join the Maths team at Xaverian to establish the volume of a 3D cuboid.

You’ll first make cuboids of different sizes and then use graphs to chart the volume.

Along the way you’ll discover smart ways to work with algebra, data and variables.

We’ll learn all about:

  • The importance of graphing calculators including Desmos, freely available online
  • Working with formulae for gradients of curved graphs, identifying where they become zero
  • Dive deep into the workings of functions
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We’ve already mentioned a range of compatible careers in the Overview section. Other roles that are great matches for Maths fans are:

  • Actuary
  • Accountant
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Financial manager
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Investment analyst
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Research scientist (maths)
  • Teacher
  • Software engineer
  • Statistician

Popular degree courses among Maths students include:

  • Accountancy
  • Actuarial Science
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Management Studies
  • Physics
  • Statistics

But due to the intense problem-solving nature of Maths, you’ll find a much broader range of undergraduate courses will suit your newfound skills.

My favourite subject would be Maths. I like to problem solve, think analytically and use mathematical formulas to apply to phenomenal concepts that can model real life situations.

Hamzah Hayat, applying to study Computer Science at the University of Manchester.

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Sociology

SOCIOLOGY

A-LEVEL

It’s only human.

12,000 years ago the largest society numbered about 100.

Today we’ve got megacities peopled by more than 24 million.

How did we get here? And how has our world changed as a result of societal evolution?

Welcome to Sociology – the scientific study of society and human behaviour.

Everyone’s an armchair sociologist – opining on how society works based on their own experiences.

As a real sociologist you’ll be asking moral and political questions about how society works, defining hypotheses and then conducting research using four very different methods to prove or disprove those theories.

On this course you’ll explore in great detail these research methodologies before carrying out your own.

The wide range of topics you’ll study on this course also includes socialisation, sociological enquiry and power.

Socialisation defines influences and how they inform our identity.

When we’re young, typically families are our entire social world, with our parents or guardians the source of primary socialisation. But television, the internet, and the wider media are also huge influences on our personality and behaviour – and we’ll study how, and why, as part of this course.

We’ll also look into societal challenges such as inequality.

We got started today looking at the first examples of society – hunter gatherers. As time passed, we became first a horticultural and pastoral society, then agrarian, and through the revolution of the same name, industrial. And today, we live in a post-industrial society, where wealth is generated not by manufacturing and raw materials, but by knowledge, services and technology.

As societies changed, so surpluses grew, and with them – inequality.

It is often argued that societal change is driven by technological change. But technology also drives inequality. On this Sociology A-level course we’ll assess how society holds together – or goes askew – during intense phases of political, cultural and technological change, population growth,  and economic disruption.

  • Why do people go to university?
  • Why do some people like hip hop, while others prefer musicals?

We sometimes need a microscope, sometimes a telescope, to answer sociological questions.

To demonstrate your understanding you’ll be writing lots of essays and devouring research that seeks to understand patterns. The skills you’ll learn on this course will prepare you wonderfully well for the academic rigour of degree-level studies.

During the course you’ll have the chance to learn from visiting lecturers and enjoy trips to the Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives, and Manchester Crown Court – where you’ll have the chance to enact a criminal case and reach a sentencing verdict.

LESSON TIME!

Today’s lesson is an introduction to crime and deviance and investigating why the BAME community is overrepresented in the prison population.

Study data in ethnicity and crime including statistics shared by the Ministry of Justice showing the arrest, stop and search, prosecution and sentencing rates vary greatly between ethnicities.

Do the police and courts treat social groups differently? There are no right and wrong answers in Sociology. Analysing societal issues from different perspectives is an important part of being a sociologist.

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As a sociologist your skills will be put to good use in such diverse areas as crime scene investigation, social research, youth work, probation services and the criminal justice system.

Popular roles among Sociology graduates include:

  • Marketing officer
  • Journalist
  • Social worker
  • Counsellor
  • Teacher
  • Public relations officer

Degrees popular among Xaverian Sociology students include:

  • Business and Management
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Marketing
I love all my subjects but my favourites are sociology and law. I love sociology because it helps us understand the differences in social behaviour and the subject itself is diverse and it covers areas of race, gender, ethnicity and social class. This subject has given me a better understanding of how society works and has changed my viewpoint. It’s also amazing to hear other students stories when it comes to law and sociology.

Esther Nzuzi, applying to the University of Manchester to study Criminology.

Pre-U courses

Choose this A Level and during your second year at Xaverian take advantage of a eight-week crash course in undergraduate life through our close ties with Manchester University.

Weekly two-hour sessions during your autumn term focus on some of the most important study skills for your university success – including critical thinking, oral communication, essay writing and interpreting complex information. 

You’ll learn through methods familiar to higher education students – including lectures, reading tasks and interactive group discussion. 

Taking part in the Pre-U course and you’ll also receive a one A-level grade reduction in the standard entry requirements if you apply to Manchester University.

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Psychology

PSYCHOLOGY

A-LEVEL

Psychology, it’s inside that matters

To the untrained eye, humans are peculiar creatures.

We might seem irrational. Our habits might confound.

Understanding how we think and behave is the role of psychologists, who try solving the riddle of humanity using different approaches, such as biological, behavioural, cognitive, psychodynamic.

On this course you’ll study in depth the human mind and who we are, and through your new-found knowledge confidently debate questions like:

  • How does our memory work?
  • Why do we forget?
  • Do our experiences before the age of five shape the people we become?
  • Why do we obey authority figures?
  • Is stress harmful?
  • How does the brain work?
  • How do we form and maintain relationships?
  • Why do addictions happen?
  • How can Psychology help us in our daily lives?
  • Do our dreams tell us anything about how our mind works?
  • What is the best way to study human behaviour?

Much of this course is spent assessing the huge body of research into Psychology and neuroscience. We’ll explore this work in the context of real examples to help you gain a thorough understanding of Psychology in action.

As well as learning why others behave the way they do, you’ll gain an important insight into your own daily routines, behaviours and experiences.

We’ll begin your work in Psychology by studying social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology. Then we’ll look at how behaviour is perpetuated by four principal psychological approaches – biological, behavioural, cognitive and psychodynamic.

We’ll research many of the more common psychological disorders affecting our lives, and the different ways of diagnosing them. We’ll also look at how people suffering these abnormalities can be supported.

Research is a hugely important part of this course. You’ll have plenty of time to finesse those skills with the chance to take part in academic psychological research.

And to top up your knowledge you’ll be invited to attend lectures by guest speakers spanning a variety of fields including clinical, forensic and educational Psychology.

From an enrichment standpoint, get excited about joining us for a trip to New York City! We’ll also organise a trip to London, while on campus you’ll sate your love of movies with our Psychology Film Club.

LESSON TIME!

Mistaken identity and the fragility of memory are under the spotlight in today’s virtual lesson.

Cognitive psychology is a hugely important field of research – especially in helping those working in the judicial system as they process criminal cases.

Every day we forget things – but there are implications, especially in the context of a court case. We’ll look at false memories, recalling occurrences that didn’t exist. False memories are so common that mistaken eyewitness identification contributed to more than two-thirds of wrongful convictions later overturned by DNA evidence.

Memories are not reliable. And leading questions – those phrased in a way to suggest a certain answer (‘what did you enjoy about…’) – can cause witnesses memories to change.

Psychological research suggests leading questions drive either a response-bias explanation – merely influencing, but not changing, how we answer – or the substitution explanation, which changes altogether our answer.

Psychology is critical in helping those upholding the law to make the right decisions. One word in a question can completely change how it is answered.

We won’t give anything away, here – but during this workshop you’ll be tested a few times and the answers may surprise you.

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Behavioural psychology has always played a critical role in the success of marketing and advertising world, with experts such as Ogilvy’s Rory Sutherland leading the charge (Alchemy is a great insight into this field of study).

You’ll find your Psychology experience useful in many other roles, including:



  • Accountancy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Psychometric Testing
  • Counselling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Nursing
  • Teaching

We are constantly discovering new ways to support mental health. Psychologists have never been in such high demand.

As a psychologist you might specialise in clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, occupational, sports and exercise or health environments.

Alternatively the lessons you’ve learned through Psychology will help you thrive as a:

  • Teacher
  • Therapist
  • Wellbeing practitioner
Psychology is one of my favourite subjects, I find learning how people work to be very interesting, and the meaning behind their behaviours too. It’s an exciting topic for me, both as a school subject and in general.

Lucy Smith, applying to the University of Manchester to study Psychology.

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Politics

POLITICS

A-LEVEL

Your vote can change the world.

You will soon have the chance to cast your vote for the first time on who should govern our country’s affairs.

Through your Politics A-level study of democracy and our rights, ideologies and policies you’ll gain the confidence to choose which party is deserving of your allegiance.

Politics is the study of power and authority. Of rights, and decision-making.

We’re living through fascinating political times.

10 years ago no one would have imagined a narcissistic TV gameshow host would rise to rule the United States of America. And that a man stuck on a zipline during the London Olympic Games would go on to become the British Prime Minister.

Now seems like a very good time to study Politics. And on this course together we’ll be diving into the big questions, such as:

  • Who’s got the power – and who wants it?
  • What part can I play influencing the government?
  • Why do political ideas stick?
  • And who governs the government?

Through your Politics A-level’s three modules you’ll learn the workings of myriad forms of governing structures – from anarchy to aristocracy, democracy to dictatorship.

We’ll look into the UK’s political process, and core ideologies such as conservativism, liberalism and socialism. We’ll investigate how all the component parts of the British political system are engineered to work in equilibrium – from the constitution, to the executive – which comprises the Crown and the UK Government, including the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers.

And analyse how politics plays out across the world, from how political systems can bring us closer together or drive us further apart. We’ll cover sovereignty and globalisation, global governance, and learn all about our neighbours and the role we play alongside the European Union.

You’ll be learning through dozens of real-life political scenarios and broadening your worldview through debate, and a wide range of enrichment opportunities.

Past trips have included Political Party conferences, and visits to Westminster and Washington DC.

Here at Xaverian we regularly welcome elected officials, academics and journalists to share their perspectives in workshops and lectures.

You’ll also have the chance to take part in Xaverian’s Model United Nations, Current Affairs and Feminist clubs.

And at the end of a busy academic year you can also continue your studies on summer schools offered by the universities of Oxford and Manchester.

One big reason many students choose this course here at Xaverian is that we teach global politics.

Many other Greater Manchester colleges focus on British and American politics. We take a much more wide-ranging view. Contextualising Britain within world politics will be increasingly important as the territory seeks to become a global player on its own two feet.

You’re about to take part in an intriguing video workshop about why the news is such an important part of this course.

The political landscape changes every day. When it comes to exams, you might discover something happening that week influences your answers.

Expressing what you believe – accurately and concisely – is a skill that will help you through life. And learning to engage in political processes teaches us that individuals really can change the world.

LESSON TIME!

You’ll discover during today’s session exactly why news and the media is such an important part of the daily diet of a Politics student.

And in fact, why every Xaverian student should make staying up-to-date with the news agenda part of their schedule, as they look to grow their appreciation of contemporary issues from many different perspectives.

  • Do you know the leaders of all our main political parties?
  • Which two parties share power in Northern Ireland?
  • Which party controls the Scottish Assembly?

We’ll start with a quick quiz before working through an exercise to understand the many different players in the handling of exam results during the summer of 2020 as the world was in the grip of a COVID-19 pandemic.

Democracy and participation, the Prime Minister and his Cabinet, Parliament, and devolution were all under the spotlight in news stories debating the issue.

Staying on top of the news is critical to getting great grades in your Politics exams. You’ll have a healthy interest in local, national and international current affairs and following how Politics affects – and is affected by – the changing face of our world, from technology to terrorism.

We’ll address environmental issues. Conflict. Levelling up investment. Judicial reviews, and suing the government. No stone is unturned during your studies on this lively and important course.

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Graduates are regularly hired by public service, media, charity and private sector organisations. In a few years’ time you could find yourself in one of these roles:

    • Diplomat
    • Policy advisor
    • Political consultant
    • Campaigns manager
    • Business development manager
    • Management consultant
    • Army officer
    • Police officer
    • Teacher
    • Journalist
    • Public relations officer

There are a wide range of Politics courses available at university – and many aligned study programmes, including Philosophy and Economics, International Relations and Social Policy.

Politics related degrees are useful in two ways: you have a broader picture of the state of the nation and how major national and international political, social and economic institutions work, and you can apply your critical thinking skills to project management roles across many different industry sectors.

The jump between GCSEs and A Levels is quite big, so don’t worry if you don’t get an A/A* in your first college assessment. The skills at A Level are a major step-up from GCSEs so it’s perfectly natural to not get high grades in the beginning – just use the feedback provided from teachers to guide you for your next assessment.

Noor Hashmi, applying to the University of Edinburgh to study History.

Pre-U courses

Choose this A Level and during your second year at Xaverian take advantage of a eight-week crash course in undergraduate life through our close ties with Manchester University.

Weekly two-hour sessions during your autumn term focus on some of the most important study skills for your university success – including critical thinking, oral communication, essay writing and interpreting complex information. 

You’ll learn through methods familiar to higher education students – including lectures, reading tasks and interactive group discussion. 

Taking part in the Pre-U course and you’ll also receive a one A-level grade reduction in the standard entry requirements if you apply to Manchester University.

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Physics

PHYSICS

A-LEVEL

We can't slow down time - but we can show you how to get there faster.

“How” is the nature of Physics.

  • How did the universe begin?
  • How will it change?
  • How does the Sun keep on shining?

Physics is the knowledge of nature.

  • Chemistry deals with results.
  • Biology the why.
  • But it is always incumbent on Physicists to know the how.

Take a car.

  • Biologists wonders why it moves and studies its engine, brakes and powertrain
  • Chemists might ask what would happen if a different fuel was used
  • Physicist want to know how it moves – studying such concepts as velocity and friction

Physics impacts everything we do. From sending reusable rockets into space, to treating cancer through radiotherapy.

All sports equipment has been designed using principles of Physics. Computer games also rely on them, as does the structural stability of skyscrapers as they withstand earthquakes. 

Physics is the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them, but what that really means is that Physics is about asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting.

You’ll learn about the many branches of Physics studying different forms of matter and energy in space and time.

Acoustic (sound), astronomy (space), astrophysics (physical properties of objects in space), optics (properties and behaviour of light), thermodynamics (heat, energy and work), geophysics (shape, structure and composition of earth), and atomic physics (atoms) have.

Physics is the oldest science and the core of experimental sciences including medicine, architecture and meteorology, and engineering disciplines.

You’ll need to be fascinated by mathematics to thrive in Physics

Maths teaches you the tools and how to use them. In Physics you’ll learn what to do with them, building things and applying maths to real challenges.

You might have heard the Physics A-level is particularly hard. We’ve been teaching Physics for many years and developed some inspired techniques to help all the concepts sink in. You’ll be applying Physics principles to our everyday lives to bring them to life. And get you ready with confidence with your exams, and for a future better understanding how our world works.

And then you can work alongside other physicists on an endless number of unsolved puzzles, including:

  • How electrical charge and gravity works
  • Finding a way to match predictions and measurements for vacuum energy and Hubble constant
  • Solving the mysteries of uniting quantum mechanics and gravitation

LESSON TIME!

If you’re looking for a subject that resonates, you’re in the right place.

Today’s lesson will study standing waves – part of Module 5, that you’ll study in Upper Sixth, and resonance.

The pendulum is a great place to start studying waves.

We’ll discuss some simple equations determining the frequency of wavelengths before demonstrating a fun experiment where by increasing a frequency of a wave we can grow the number of anti nodes.

Then we’ll look at an oscillator connected to a signal generator and study how an object moves as the amplitude changes.

And explore resonance – as the object experiences a forced vibration equal to its natural frequency and increases its amplitude.

Buildings will oscillate when presented with high winds, or the force of stresses on a fault – otherwise known as earthquakes.

You don’t want resonance occurring on a building since it will start vibrating with increasing amplitude. Which is why seismic engineering solutions are required. Motion dampers containing oil are set into these high buildings, whose foundations are sat on shock absorbers – which can be as simple as blocks of rubber. Energy is soaked up by these modifications and skyscrapers continue to stand tall. Physics provides alternative methods of energy absorption in buildings – introducing mesh structures, which help prevent buckling. 

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Science communicators are becoming ever-more important to our world. Not only as members of the academic community – but also in the private sector. As we become more dependent on technology to power the world, we need people conversant in scientific principles to help others to understand and operate in fast-moving environments.

  • Acoustic consultant
  • Astronomer
  • Clinical scientist
  • Geophysicist
  • Metallurgist
  • Meteorologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Radiation protection practitioner
  • Research scientist
  • Sound engineer
  • Technical author

The majority of Physics students successfully gain places at Russell Group universities.

Popular degrees include:

  • Pure and Applied Physics
  • Engineering
  • Material Science
  • Computer Science
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Science
  • Optics
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Architecture
  • Journalism
Keep up with little bits of revision from the start because by the time you’re worrying about final exams you won’t have enough time to revise everything you’ve learnt in detail unless you’ve done bits along the way.

Phoebe Zarour, applying to University to study Aeronautical Engineering.

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Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY

A-LEVEL

We’ll help you focus your lens on a successful career.

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. On this course you’ll gain the experience to bring words to life through photography, and work with students from other artistic disciplines to express yourself in new and exciting ways.

There’s a tremendous amount of creative freedom on this course. You’ll get to experiment with all genres of photography – from fashion to fine art, wildlife photography to photojournalism.

While we’ll give you themes for inspiration, you’ll have lots of time to develop your own ideas.

We don’t expect you to have significant experience in photography, or working with digital SLRs. You’ll learn the basics to give you the wings – and all the support you need to fly!

On the course you will have the opportunity to learn both traditional film/darkroom skills and digital image manipulations techniques using the huge range of hardware and applications here at Xaverian to support your learning.

You’ll learn your way around a camera, putting its creative controls to full use.

There’ll be a chance to process black and white film, shoot in studio, and through your personal project investigate a topic in depth, examining the work of other photographers.

We’ll work in small groups and through discussions and independent study. You’ll collaborate through online sketchbooks and larger scale developmental work. And there will be lots of chance to head off campus to flex your photographic skills on study trips and working with artists.

As you’d expect from a course that’s highly practical, there’s a lot of coursework. 

This is designed to help you build an expansive portfolio reflecting the immense progress you’ll have made throughout your Photography A-level studies for showcasing to universities and employers.

While this course is predominantly focused on still images, your practical project for Photography A-level may include video and timelapse films. This project includes a written essay of up to 3,000 words – helping you explain your thinking and working processes.

There’s also an assignment for which you have about 10 weeks to prepare. The assignment takes place over 15 hours and is your chance to demonstrate everything you’ve learned during this two-year course.

Much of your study time will be spent shooting images – and editing and manipulating them on our high-spec Macs and PCs powered by industry-standard software. You’ll be using digital SLRs every week – but there will also be plenty of chance for you to do film work with traditional cameras.

You’ll study your passion in Ward Hall – which has been elegantly refurbished to provide the creative inspiration fuelling our Art, Graphic Communication, Photography and Textiles Courses.

You’ll use extensively Ward Hall’s Film and Media suites, and maybe use our cine room to show off your work.

LESSON TIME!

Today’s workshop focuses on Nicholas Kennedy Sitton, celebrated for his twisted architecture photography that’s heavily reliant on modern image manipulation techniques.

Take any landscape image. We’re about to create art with spirals, dissecting a desert horizon.

We’ll be copying multiple layers and applying transformations to create a striking result.

You’ll be learning lots of handy keyboard shortcuts making it quicker to make your masterpiece.

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Some students go straight into the industry and work in photography studios.

You might choose to specialise in:

  • Photojournalism
  • Fashion photography
  • Food photography
  • Forensic and
  • medical photography
  • Wedding photography.

Photography can lead on to many careers in the art and design industries.

Once you’re bitten by the camera bug you’ll probably want to study Photography at university.

Higher education institutions popular among Photography students include Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths and Camberwell College of Arts in London, Derby and Birmingham City universities, and our city’s own Manchester Metropolitan University – where Xaverian alumnus James Dewhurst says: “Photography teachers are really passionate about the subject. Studying Photography at Xaverian gave me the knowledge, skills and confidence to continue at uni.”

My proudest moment would have to be when i got my first A in photography, i had never done an art subject before and didn’t not know what to expect in terms of grading so getting that A was almost a reassurance for me.

Bakhtawar Malik, applying to the University of Leeds (Computer Science).

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Philosophy, Ethics and Theology

PHILOSOPHY, ETHICS AND THEOLOGY

A-LEVEL

If you’re looking for meaning, you’ve found the right course.

If you spend way too much time pondering life’s biggest, unanswered questions then this is the right time to choose a course that brings you together with teachers and other students ready to discuss and debate them.

The questions we’ll address on this course have been asked for millennia.

Why am I here? What’s the meaning of life?

We’ll look at how people through the ages have sought to find answers to the biggest questions of our universe. And by studying the great thinkers you too will fill up your critical thinking toolbox so you’re ready for university study.

The course will also help you develop a deep respect for those holding conflicting and contrasting opinions.

  • Philosophy of Religion. Classical arguments for the existence of God, led by ideas proposed by philosophers.
  • Religion and Ethics. Your chance to debate competing ideas to help people make the right choice.
  • Christian Theology. How Jesus’ life has been interpreted through the centuries.

To stimulate thought we’ll provide a wide range of enrichment opportunities. You’ll enjoy a number of extended trips including a Cumbria residential, trip to Rome, and camping expedition.

You’ll extend your knowledge of religions and beliefs through visits to many places of worship. And we’ll bring to the Xaverian campus a variety of guest speakers and visits from religious experts and leaders.

LESSON TIME!

The first thing you’re going to learn during this lesson is that the word ‘philosophy’ is made up of Phil and Sophie

  • Phil means friend, or lover of
  • Sophie means wisdom

Put them together and what do you have? Lover of wisdom!

Today you’ll be introduced to the reality theory of ancient Greek philosopher Plato.

And you’ll discover that questions of philosophers often inspire the work of Hollywood scriptwriters.

Plato’s asked: “what is real?” Remember The Matrix, and Inception?

Plato also said: “The person who sees the truth is often seen as a threat to those who live in darkness.”

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Former students have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Nursing
  • Teaching,

Philosophy, Ethics and Theology opens doors to many courses and careers. Universities and employers recognise that you develop a good analytical mind and the ability to reason and express yourself well.

My greatest memory of Xaverian College is my first day. After coming here by myself from my secondary school, I soon met my current best friend, and later had one of my most memorable philosophy lessons; in which the whole class sat in a Socratic Circle and partook in a fascinating discussion on Ancient Greek philosophers.

Nick Pike, applying to the University of Cardiff to study Psychology.

Pre-U courses

Choose this A Level and during your second year at Xaverian take advantage of a eight-week crash course in undergraduate life through our close ties with Manchester University.

Weekly two-hour sessions during your autumn term focus on some of the most important study skills for your university success – including critical thinking, oral communication, essay writing and interpreting complex information. 

You’ll learn through methods familiar to higher education students – including lectures, reading tasks and interactive group discussion. 

Taking part in the Pre-U course and you’ll also receive a one A-level grade reduction in the standard entry requirements if you apply to Manchester University.

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Music

MUSIC

A-LEVEL

Rock your world with a course in tune with your future success.

We are famed and justifiably proud of our reputation here at Xaverian for delivering the highest standards in Music courses and facilities.

We expect complete commitment from students – which will result in them exceeding their own expectations.

This Music A-level is rigorous, challenging and hard work. It’s also enormously fulfilling and enjoyable.

What happens when you combine first-class support, exceptional facilities, and passionate students?

A 100% pass rate of which more than 90% are high grades. For more than 20 years. You can excuse us for blowing our own trumpet.

Endless ensembles and choirs, technically-tremendous tutors and a maelstrom of musical instruments and rehearsal and performance spaces make Xaverian a college like no other.

And the course? It’s in three parts. Exams, composition, and performance.

It’s entirely up to you what you choose to compose (for one of the two compositions) and perform – but doubtless while studying Western Classical Tradition, Music for Theatre and Jazz you’ll find plenty of inspiration to influence your work.

Every student has different learning styles and musical tastes, which is why the course values all music styles, skills and instruments. 

Studying Music A-level is a chance to broaden your minds and foster a love of all music with a qualification that a mixture of all abilities and backgrounds will enjoy.

You’ll learn theory, harmony, oral and listening skills, and set works. Compositions are taught 1-to-1 to help fulfil your potential and hone your skills.

And you’ll enjoy regular performance classes as you would at a dedicated music college or university.

We’ve thought of everything you’ll need to be your best at Xaverian.

20 peripatetic music staff, and three accompanists, are on your team to help you shine.

Our fully equipped music rooms are at your disposal to help you polish your performances.

And you’ll have lots of opportunities to work alongside other musicians in all kinds of different environments and productions.

Our Christmas Concert is one of the highlights of the Manchester musical calendar, often staged at the world-famous RNCM on Oxford Road and to a packed house.

Our annual Young Musician of the Year competition is much anticipated and as a Music student you’ll be given every opportunity to prepare for your performance and make it a memory to last a lifetime.

And in recent times our Chamber Choir performed at Manchester Cathedral.

Your Music A-level brings listening, performance and composition to life in new and engaging ways, and links to the world around us like never before.

It’s a highly practical course, designed to bring out your best performances and help you grow in skill and confidence.

Many of our Music A-level students also choose our BTEC Music Technology course when you’ll learn how to produce your own music using the very latest technology. You’ll be assigned your own Apple Mac to use for the duration of this course, where you’ll be working on state-of-the-art applications used widely across industry.

Need more inspiration about our Music courses? Check out some of our students’ performances on the Xaverian Music Department YouTube channel.

LESSON TIME!

We’re going to perform an enchanting clapping exercise – and you’re a star of the show.

You’ll be invited to choose one of the four parts, shouting out a number as they appear on the bars.

Accompanying you today are Xaverian students on a variety of percussion instruments.

You’ll also find out lots more about why you should study Music A-level at Xaverian College.

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There are many exciting roles available to those wishing to work in performing arts:

  • Arts administrator
  • Broadcast engineer
  • Choreographer
  • Community arts worker
  • Event manager
  • Music producer
  • Music therapist
  • Musician
  • Radio broadcast assistant
  • Radio producer
  • Sound designer
  • Sound engineer
  • Talent agent
  • Teacher
  • Theatre stage manager

Many of our students take the short journey to the Royal Northern College of Music to continue their education. It’s one of the country’s most well-regarded places for musical education, and graduates regularly go on to professional entertainment careers.

If you’re keen on specialising in penning your own lyrics, you might consider Manchester Writing School. Elbow frontman Guy Garvey is the School’s Visiting Professor of Songwriting and you’ll enjoy masterclasses from Guy on the Creative Writing degree course.

A few minutes’ walk from RNCM and the Manchester Writing School is the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM). BMM degree-level courses are available in guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards, music production, songwriting, and the music business.

Be prepared to meet amazing people and teachers that push you to do your best, while also finding yourself and taking on a difficult two years.

Freba Lali, applying to the University of Manchester to study Dentistry

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Media Studies

MEDIA STUDIES

A-LEVEL

Is the media out of control? Judge for yourself on this course that's sure to make headlines in your CV.

Across every channel and platform, the media is being disrupted.

Streaming services threaten mainstream TV. Independent journalists launch highly successful newsletters and blogs, eating the lunch of their former employers.

Social media makes – and breaks – news that changes the world, and swings election results.

And eSports and Twitch are fast gaining traction among your peers, generating millionaire-gamers and further decimating the traditional way of consuming content.

The media has never been a more fascinating, fast-paced industry. And now it’s your chance to become a reporter by joining us for this entertaining, educating and inspiring Media Studies course.

Students will review the industry of 21st century content and its consumption, from television to Twitter, magazines to music videos to video games, movies to marketing and advertising.

We’ll learn why the media is so important to culture, politics and society. The changing face of content consumption. And how media got here.

While studying the different types of media and how they represent us, you’ll have the chance to work on your own multimedia projects resulting in printed and digital work of which you’ll be deservedly proud.

Your work might event make it on to the roster of national mediamaking competitions. Past students have even enjoyed success with the BFI Film Academy.

During your course you might also get the chance to join a college trip to the media hubs of New York City or London.

You’ll also get to learn from media influencers who visit Xaverian on a regular basis to host interactive workshops.

And we’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience media being made and shared with a packed calendar of events at one of our favourite Manchester haunts, HOME.

In addition to expert tutors who have worked in the media, Xaverian has plenty of cutting-edge technology to help you achieve your best in this subject.

You’ll also get to learn from media influencers who visit Xaverian on a a

There are more than 40 Macs and PCs available for you to use to construct your media masterpiece. And 40 digital SLRs on which you can shoot still or moving images.

regular basis to host interactive workshops.

A big part of this course is analysing how people and places are represented in the media. In the case of music videos, these representations are constructed.

LESSON TIME!

Fancy yourself as a sleuth? Today you’ll join four of Xaverian’s literary detectives to peel back the construction of a core A-level text – Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

In this session we’ll be looking through the lens of one music video how adult men, and teenagers, and America, are represented.

We’ll be looking at the ideology behind representations and who they serve. 

And then we’ll challenge you to make a music video that presents an alternative representation of a group of people based on their gender, ethnicity, place or age.

Media Studies is for everyone – but if you’re a fan of Beyonce you’ll be particularly excited to hear the music video for Formation will be under the microscope on this course.

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A growing number of large organisations are providing degree apprenticeships in marketing and social media.

Or you might wish to study a conventional degree and move into roles such as:

  • Digital marketer
  • Journalist
  • Market researcher
  • Marketing executive
  • Media researcher, buyer, planner or researcher
  • Music producer
  • Photographer
  • Public relations officer
  • Social media manager
  • UX designer
  • Video producer
  • Web content manager
  • Writer

If you enjoy the breadth of experienced gained on this course you might wish to continue to a Media Studies degree.

There are also plenty of chances to specialise, in areas such as games development, marketing, journalism, graphic design or film studies.

My greatest achievements at Xaverian were meeting my friends and realising my inherent path within the film and acting field. I now know what I love and am going to hone in on my craft – perfect it.

Essence Aikman, applying to study Drama and Film Studies at the University of Manchester.

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