Richard Huish College

Introduction

Welcome to Richard Huish College

There are many reasons why choosing to study at Richard Huish College will help you achieve your full potential.

We offer a wide range of A level courses, BTECs and Apprenticeships to students aged 16 to 19, across Taunton and Somerset.

Huish Business School delivers an extensive range of accounting, business, professional and higher education courses for adults.

Alongside this we also offer degree courses in partnership with the University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth.

As a leading provider of Apprenticeships in Taunton and Somerset we have built up strong links with local organisations and employers.

If you are leaving school in the near future and it is now time for you to make decisions about what to do next you will find details about all our courses on this website.

For those of you returning to education, either full or part time, to learn new skills and gain qualifications, we offer Adult courses including Apprenticeships.

Why choose us?

Richard Huish College, based in Taunton, is a Beacon college designated “outstanding” by Ofsted. We are proud to be one of the best sixth form colleges in England, proven by our consistent rankings in the top ten for A level performance for the last eight years. We reached the top six in 2008.

We have an enviable reputation in the local area built upon a long history of excellence. If you are hard-working and ambitious to succeed then we want to help you be the best that you can.

We seek to provide an environment in which young people can make an effective transition from school to university or employment.

Why we are outstanding

We are one of the best sixth form colleges in the country having ranked in the top ten for A level performance in the last eight years, reaching the top six in 2008.

But what we are most proud of at Huish is our ability to produce students who achieve better than expected results.

Here we list all the things that make us a first choice for students who want to suceed.

Our students surpass expectations

We are red hot at producing students who do better than expected. Not just locally but on a national level, we rank in the top performing 12% of all schools and colleges in England, Wales and...

Reputation

We have worked hard to build up our reputation for quality. Originally founded as a grammar school for boys by the benefactor Richard Huish in the 18th century, the College was incorporated as a...

Outstanding praise from Ofsted

In our last Ofsted report we were graded as “outstanding”. The college was found to be outstanding in all five categories used by OFSTED to measure the quality of further education institutions in...

Our Results

In 2014, 99% of our students achieved A to E grades at A level. 85% of our students achieved three or more A levels at A - E. 9% of our students achieved three A levels at AAB in facilitating...

Enrichment for all

We are proud of our extensive range of Enrichment opportunities. Students value the skills, knowledge and, most importantly, fun that enrichment provides through its social, cultural and recreational...

We continue to grow

We are increasing our provision to students all the time and Huish Business School offers a wide range of courses for adults. During the last three years Huish has sustained an impressive programme...

This school offers programs in:
  • English

View courses »

Programs

This school also offers:

Courses

Biology, A Level

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom Taunton

Biology provides you with great enjoyment and a respect for all living things. It will introduce you to the new advances being made including the influence of genes on our development, environmental issues and ethical and technical aspects of the subject. [+]

Biology A Level Full-time Examining Board: OCR Biology provides you with great enjoyment and a respect for all living things. It will introduce you to the new advances being made including the influence of genes on our development, environmental issues and ethical and technical aspects of the subject. It is a practical subject which involves experiment, analysis and evaluation of experimental procedures. The specifications for Biology A Level from 2015 are changing. A Level Biology will be a two year course, examined at the end of those two years. Biology supports a wide range of careers including medicine, health care, food science, conservation and sports science. Here are some of the topic areas we cover: Organs and cells in animals Transport in plants and animals Biological molecules Biodiversity Conservation Health and immunisation Biotechnology Nervous systems and much more I really enjoy biology and my teacher gives up so much of their time to help me if I want to be helped. Biology A Level student To do this course you need the following: Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and english language [-]

Chemistry, A Level

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom Taunton

If you enjoyed Chemistry at GCSE you will love this course. You will gain an appreciation of the nature and importance of modern chemical theories. [+]

Chemistry A Level Full-time Examining Board: AQA If you enjoyed Chemistry at GCSE you will love this course. You will gain an appreciation of the nature and importance of modern chemical theories. Chemistry makes a major contribution to the needs of society. We will use a variety of teaching methods – lessons with interactive smart board, demonstrations, group work, presentations, workshops and research. The new AQA linear A Level Chemistry course will be taught in 2015. This means that students will sit all of their exams at the end of the second year. Here are some of the topics we cover: Atomic structure Moles, bonding and periodicity Organic Chemistry Energy, kinetics Thermodynamics and much more. Chemistry is the solid platform for careers in medicine or industry and is essential for veterinary science and medicine. I am very pleased that I have taken this course. As a fan of all sciences I can say that this is one of my favourites and that it will help me out greatly for medicine. A Level Chemistry student To do this course you need the following: Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language [-]

Computer Science, A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Taunton

Computing aims to give you an introduction to the fundamentals of computing and has a strong practical programming element. It is taught in a specialist computing room using Visual Studio 2008. [+]

Computer Science A Level Full-time Examining Board: AQA Computing aims to give you an introduction to the fundamentals of computing and has a strong practical programming element. It is taught in a specialist computing room using Visual Studio 2008. If you plan to become a computing professional you are advised to continue your studies to university level. This A Level course is only offered as a two year programme. You may have studied computing related IT courses at school but these are not a requirement for entry to this course. You should already have an interest in all things to do with computing and this course will extend your skills into programming and the extended skills including how a computer works. Here are some of the topic areas we cover: Programming skills using Visual Basic.NET Principles of computing Coding existing programmes Web-based programming Operating systems Networks I really like the way that the course is structured in terms of the practical and theory. In programming, I am able to practice my theory straight away by writing a program which helps me to understand it better. Former A Level Computing student To do this course you need the following: Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language [-]

Economics, A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Taunton

It is an exciting time to study Economics. If you are concerned with global issues of trade or climate, the collapse of world stock markets and the future of business then Economics is for you. [+]

Economics A Level Full-time Examining Board: OCR It is an exciting time to study Economics. If you are concerned with global issues of trade or climate, the collapse of world stock markets and the future of business then Economics is for you. You will study a range of issues at a personal, local, national and international level. Here are some of the topics we cover: Markets in action The National and International Economy The Global Economy Transport Economics Economics is one of the top ten choices at university and in the top four for starting salaries after graduation. Students who complete Economics in the main go onto university. Twenty percent who finished college this year chose an Economics course or a related subject. Each year there are students who go to Oxford or Cambridge to study PPE, Economics and Management or Maths and Economics. Economics supports a wide range of courses including Law, International Relations, Finance and Politics. This A Level course is only offered as a two year programme. There is an openness to opinion and questioning. We are allowed to question the theory. A Level Economics student To do this course you need the following: Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language [-]

Geography, A Level

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom Taunton

Geography is highly relevant in understanding some of the global issues we face. This subject will help you to improve your understanding of the fragile relationship between people and planet. [+]

Geography A Level Full-time Examining Board: AQA Geography is highly relevant in understanding some of the global issues we face. This subject will help you to improve your understanding of the fragile relationship between people and planet. Here are some of the topic areas we cover: Rivers Coasts Population change Energy issues Economic development Globalisation Plate tectonics Weather and Climate You will also sharpen your skills of map reading and fieldwork. There are day trips to practise field work techniques and there is a residential to Iceland or Sicily in the second year. The teaching is good, I get a lot of help when I need it. The extra support is brilliant-clearly open to everyone and you can just drop in and ask a question and go. A Level Geography student To do this course you need the following: Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language [-]

History (Early Modern), A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Taunton

History is fascinating. You can develop your own ideas, examine historical issues and engage in debates. You will analyse sources critically, make comparative judgements and test your opinions. [+]

History (Early Modern) A Level Full-time Examining Board: AQA History is fascinating. You can develop your own ideas, examine historical issues and engage in debates. You will analyse sources critically, make comparative judgements and test your opinions. Here are some of the topic areas we cover: During the first year you will study Spain in the Age of Discovery, 1469–1598. In the second year you will complete a study of Religious Conflict and the Church in England, c1529-c1570. An important part of your second year is the study of c100 years of the history of the Portuguese Empire including the voyages of Henry the Navigator and Vasco Da Gama. This A Level course is only offered as a two year programme. The Tudors is really interesting and the teaching is fantastic. I enjoy the topics we are styudying and the teaching if fun and interactive. A Level History (Early Modern) student To do this course you need the following: Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language You do not need to have studied History at GCSE [-]

History (Late Modern), A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Taunton

History is fascinating. You can develop your own ideas, examine historical issues and engage in debates. You will analyse sources critically, make comparative judgements and test your opinions. [+]

History (Late Modern) A Level Full-time Examining Board: AQA History is fascinating. You can develop your own ideas, examine historical issues and engage in debates. You will analyse sources critically, make comparative judgements and test your opinions. This A Level course will be offered as a two year programme. Topics covered include America and the Vietnam war During the first year you will study Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964. In the upper sixth you will complete a study of British history between 1951 and 2007, with a focus on the domestic political situation and the economic and social context. An important part of your second year is the study of c100 years of the history of the British Empire which you will use as a basis for your coursework extended essay of c3500 words. Very good, informative and fun lessons. History is always a subject to be looked forward to. A Level History (Late Modern) student To do this course you need the following: Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language [-]

Mathematics (Further), A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Taunton

If Maths is your main subject you will be encouraged to do Further Maths which gives you greater depth and breadth. Put simply, you do the Maths A Level course complete in your first year (so you can take it away as an A Level in one year) and then you do further units. [+]

Mathematics (Further) A Level Full-time Examining Board: EDEXCEL If Maths is your main subject you will be encouraged to do Further Maths which gives you greater depth and breadth. Put simply, you do the Maths A Level course complete in your first year (so you can take it away as an A Level in one year) and then you do further units. At the end of the second year, having successfully completed the further units, you will attain two A Levels – Maths and Further Maths. You can even get a third A Level called Further Mathematics (Additional)! Here are some of the topic areas we cover in addition to Maths: Differential equations Polar co-ordinates Complex numbers More advanced statistics and mechanics calculus I enjoy Maths, which is imperative if you plan on taking this subject and I believe that it will give me a better chance of getting into a good university. The teachers are great as they help you get into the understanding of the subject rather than just knowing what the answer is. James, Further Maths student To do this course you need the following: Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language We would expect you to have achieved A or A* in GCSE Maths [-]

Mathematics, A Level

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom Taunton

Do you like Maths? Do you find it interesting? You can take it for its own sake or as part of a plan for the future. Most of us haven’t thought about it yet. Whatever your thoughts, if you enjoy Maths and are good at it, then it is worth taking. [+]

Mathematics A Level Full-time Examining Board: EDEXCEL Do you like Maths? Do you find it interesting? You can take it for its own sake or as part of a plan for the future. Most of us haven’t thought about it yet. Whatever your thoughts, if you enjoy Maths and are good at it, then it is worth taking. Maths will equip you with the skills of logical analysis, deduction, problem solving, data handling and modelling that are required in a wide range of careers. Here are some of the topic areas we cover: Pure Maths Statistics Mechanics Decision Maths The course is exciting and interesting and has helped me with my other A Levels, such as Chemistry, where Maths is a great help. Gabrielle, A Level Mathematics student To do this course you need the following: Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language We recommend that you attain at least a B grade in Higher Maths GCSE [-]

Music, A Level

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom Taunton

Music is a balanced study of the academic and practical aspects of Music. You will have the opportunity to compose your own music. Performance is central to the course both individually and in groups. This subject explores classical, popular, world and film music. [+]

Music A Level Full-time Examining Board: EDEXCEL Doing Music at Huish is “a challenging, varied and exciting experience”. Music is a balanced study of the academic and practical aspects of Music. You will have the opportunity to compose your own music. Performance is central to the course both individually and in groups. This subject explores classical, popular, world and film music. There is a range of practical and written exams. Your development will be assessed through performance, composition, listening and analytical skills. This is a highly regarded academic course that prepares you for higher education and professional music opportunities. I like the way we learn everything as we go along. So theory on Mondays, composition on Tuesdays etc... so you are not just learning things in a big chunk. The teaching is excellent and I feel completely prepared for the exam as far as teaching goes. A Level Music student To do this course you need the following: Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language [-]

Physics, A Level

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Taunton

You might be fascinated by the universe. You might want to understand how modern technology and engineering works. Physics is highly regarded as it shows your ability and intellect to the best. [+]

Physics A Level Full-time Examining Board: AQA (Specification A) You might be fascinated by the universe. You might want to understand how modern technology and engineering works. Physics is highly regarded as it shows your ability and intellect to the best. It is a highly regarded qualification and can take you in a number of career directions especially the more highly paid graduate careers. This A Level course is only offered as a two year programme. The new linear AQA specification A Level will be followed from September 2015. The course content is as follows: Mandatory units Measurements and their errors Particles and radiation Waves Mechanics and materials Electricity Further mechanics and thermal physics Fields and their consequences Nuclear physics. Optional units Astrophysics Medical physics Engineering physics Turning points in physics Electronics. You can also get involved in Talking Physics - an enrichment aimed at helping students to see where their study of Physics can lead them. Speakers have included: Dan Scott, a research scientist for the Advanced Technology Centre, BAE Systems. Melanie Osborne BSc (Hons) IEng MIET AMIRSE. Mel is an engineer and her job for ‘AMEY’ involves designing the systems and circuits that stop the trains from crashing into things and each other. This is alongside Physics trips that in 2014 were to: Airbus Supacat (multi-terrain vehicle manufacturer) CERN in Switzerland Rutherford Laboratory in Oxford for a Particle Physics Masterclass. Great teaching and fun, with a stimulating working environment. A Level Physics student To do this course you need the following: Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language You need core and additional science GCSE at grade C or above plus Maths GCSE (grade B or above preferred) [-]