Independent Learning Subject Guides

Welcome to our A level Independent Study Guidance page. Here, you’ll find a collection of subject-specific guides designed to support your independent learning journey. Whether you’re diving into the complexities of Physics, exploring the nuances of English Literature, or mastering the principles of Economics, our comprehensive resources are tailored to help you succeed. Each guide is packed with tips to enhance your knowledge, understanding and skills, whilst boosting your confidence.

A levels are very challenging, there is a huge amount to learn in just 18 months. Success at A level is the result of both great teaching and extraordinary hard work. At Heckmondwike Grammar School Sixth Form we aim for the best grades and places at excellent universities, so the leap from GCSE to A level is even more demanding. Most Russell Group universities stipulate A*s and As at A level.

Across the country:
  • Pupils achieving 7s in all their GCSEs normally achieve Cs at A level.
  • Pupils achieving 8s in all their GCSEs normally achieve Bs at A level.
  • Pupils achieving 9s in all their GCSEs normally achieve Bs and As at A level.
  • This means that if you are hoping to attend a Russell Group university, you must work far harder than the majority of A level students to achieve the necessary A* and A grades. The work that you complete outside of the classroom is essential for success. The Independent Study Guides have been designed by specialist teachers to support your journey to success.

    Click on the links below to access your personalised independent study guides and take control of your A level study today!

Art
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Computer Science
Drama
Design Technology
Economics
English Language
English Literature
French
Geography
History
Mathematics
Music
Physical Education
Physics
Politics
Psychology
Religious Studies
Sociology
Spanish