The Blue Coat School

Contextual data and extra information for University Admissions 2017-2018

The Blue Coat School Liverpool is a coeducational academy with an academic selection policy in Year 7 and Year 12. It has a strong academic tradition. Students perform consistently well at GCSE and A level.

KS4: Attainment 8

  • The Blue Coat School    78.8 points
  • Nationally 46.3 points


  • The Blue Coat School   49.4%
  • Nationally 17.0%

Percentage of Students Entering University

  • The Blue Coat School 92%
  • Nationally 49%

It is usual for the majority of students to apply to top universities in the UK.  In 2017:

Choice %
Entered first choice70%
Entered second choice9%
Entered third choice13%

79% entered Russell Group, of which 9% was Oxbridge.

To support the ambitions of our students, and to provide a balanced education, we expect most students to take three/three/four subjects in Year 12. Most of these are students whose fourth subject is Further Maths. There is a list of the subjects available at A level at the bottom of this page.

UCAS A Level predictions are made using all the evidence available to us. This includes data collected throughout Year 12.

We fully support the Extended Project Qualification and believe it is a valuable way for students to extend their knowledge of topics beyond the curriculum.  Students follow a programme of Personal Development and CIAG and have many other opportunities to develop leadership skills.

A level subject options at Blue Coat, with examination boards:

Biology Chemistry Economics English Literature
English Language and Literature FrenchGeography Government and Politics
History Music Physics Psychology
Maths Further MathsReligious Studies
Latin Music

Further details about courses taught:

• Students study AQA A level Biology course 7402. The content of the course is split into 8 topics including: Biological molecules
• Cells
• Organisms exchange substances with their environment
• Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
• Energy transfers in and between organisms
• Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
• Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
• The control of gene expression

In Year 12, students explore a unit entitled Telling Stories; split into three parts:

Section A: Remembered Places covers an anthology of fiction and non-fiction writing about Paris;
Section B: Imagined Worlds comprises one compulsory question on a prose set text, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley;
Section C: Poetic Voices comprises one compulsory question on a poetry set text comprising a selection of poems by Robert Browning.

In Year 13, students cover a unit entitled Exploring Conflict. This unit is divided into two parts:
Section A Writing about Society comprises one piece of re-creative writing using a set text, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. A critical commentary is also required.
Section B: Dramatic Encounters comprises one question from a choice of two on a drama set text, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. A level students complete a non-examined assessment (NEA) comprising a personal investigation that explores a specific linguistic technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse (2,500– 3,000 words). It is important to note that the combined Language and Literature course is as demanding, and in some respects more so, than the pure Literature course. Interest in analysis of fiction and non-fiction texts and concern to master critical vocabulary and style of writing (so that quite subtle effects can be described with the greatest possible precision) are crucial. Pleasure in reading both fiction and non-fiction, and willingness to read widely and write essays on a regular basis is essential. Succeeding in this course indicates that students have a rich general knowledge of the world around them.

The syllabus provides a wide range of appealing but challenging texts. Students must enjoy reading and be prepared to read widely. Under the broad heading of Literary Genres, students will study Aspects of Tragedy, a course consisting of the study of one Shakespeare play (Othello), one further work of drama (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman) and a collection of poetry by John Keats.

Year 13 students study Texts and Genres: elements of crime writing. They will study three texts: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Brighton Rock by Graham Greene and When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson. The exam will include an unseen passage drawn from the crime genre.

Students will complete non-examined assessment (NEA), comprising a study of two texts: one poetry and one prose. They will choose a different critical viewpoint from the AQA Critical Anthology with which to approach each text. They must write two essays of 1250 -1500 words, each responding to a different text. One essay may be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary. Texts may be chosen by the students with guidance from their teachers. Succeeding in this course indicates that students have an enjoyment of literature, a willingness to read, discuss and write about a wide variety of texts, and a rich general knowledge of the world around them.

At A-Level History students undertake the AQA specification, which is comprised of two examined modules and a non-examined assessment. At Blue Coat we study the Tudors from 1485-1603 as our breadth module and the USA from 1945-1980 as our depth study. The non-examined assessment asks students to evaluate the triumph and collapse of the Bourbon Monarchy, 1661-1789.

In addition to the compulsory Core modules, all students study Statistics 1 in Year 12 and Mechanics 1 in Year 13. They complete the AS at the end of Year 12 and are routinely certificated for this at the same time.

Students studying Further Maths are taught in discrete groups, separate from Maths A Level students. In addition to the compulsory Core A Level modules they all study Further Pure 1-3, Decision 1, Mechanics 1-2, and Statistics 1-2.

A number of students chose to study Further Maths AS each year, either as part of the Further Maths cohort but not completing the full A Level, or as an additional qualification to their timetabled Maths A Level. Students will normally study Further Pure 1, Decision 1 and one of either Mechanics 2 or Statistics 2.

Students study AQA A level Physics course 7408. The content of the course is split into two strands one with each of two teachers. The topics covered are
Strand 1
Measurements and their errors
Particles and radiation
Nuclear physics
Turning points in physics
Strand 2
Further mechanics and thermal physics
Fields and their consequences

The course includes a series of required practical activities that assess a range of skills throughout the two year period. All students are expected to both complete 12 of the assessments and demonstrate a range of skills in planning investigations and measurements, using equipment and techniques to collect data and recording and analysing data to reach a conclusion. Students also learn to assess the degree of uncertainty in these conclusions, preparing them fully for further study in the subject. Students follow a two year linear course in which content common to A level and AS is covered in Year 12 and the remainder of the A level course in Year 13. All students cover the optional component ‘Turning points in Physics’. Physics is a relatively popular subject at Blue Coat School.

Students study three subject areas, Philosophy of Religion, New Testament studies and Hinduism as a world religion. The examination is assessed by examination at the end of the A2 course with our students taking an AS examination at the end of Year 12. The course allows students to confidently interpret, contextualise and analyse the expressions of religion and world views they encounter. They can develop a holistic understanding of religion, facilitating enquiry into the purposes and commitments of human life. Students make connections between all approaches studied and a comparison of the writings of scholars is a key element in the new criteria to explore differing viewpoints about the development of ideas.

For more details on our A Level courses please click here.