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IDEAS A level at The Ecclesbourne School

Course description

The IDEAS course was originally designed to offer some genuine extension for the most able in the Lower Sixth. It is offered in addition to the mainstream timetable of AS levels, which in practice means that not everyone can attend all four sessions if they clash with examination subjects; the latter must take precedence.

There is no published syllabus as such because IDEAS is constantly evolving and often responding the current issues in the media, new books that have been published, Mr. Brown’s latest obsessions and so on. However, there are some perennial areas that tend to be core topics and include some of the following: postmodernity; quantum physics; relativity; key ideas in philosophy; aspects of psychology; history of music & art; key works in literature; chaos theory; political systems; speed reading; differentiation in education; model making and meta-disciplines; bridge; Desert Island Discs; intelligence and other psychometric testing; Montaigne’s Essays; Homer’s Odyssey. This is a fraction of what has been explored in previous years.

Entry requirements

Typically for those with 5 A* grades at GCSE

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ecclesbourne School directly.

Last updated date: 17 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years