Sixth Form Curriculum

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AS / A2 Level

Course Title

Art and Design – Fine Art

Qualification

A Level

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

For students who intend to pursue a creative career, an A Level qualification in Fine Art leads to two pathways:

  1. Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma
  2. Degree in any of the art disciplines such as fine art, visual art, sculpture, photography etc.

An A Level qualification in Fine Art helps students gain access to an extensive range of University and College placements regardless of the subjects intended to be studied.

What you will study…

The broadest of all the individual specialisms, Fine Art covers a wide variety of media and techniques. These include traditional drawing, painting and sculpture alongside the more contemporary illustration art, animation, film, photography, printmaking, performance and digital imagery.

All students participate in practical and theoretical workshops and are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of media in order to express their ideas. All practical work is underpinned by contextual sources and students are encouraged to visit galleries to engage with artwork first hand.

You will be exploring themes that are designed to make it easy for you to create exciting visual artworks. You will need to link your personal work to historical & cultural references, studying a variety of relevant artists, photographers & artworks.

Year 1

Block 1 Foundation: Photography/composition/workshops
Block 2 Exploration of personal theme for Component 1.

This could include, Weird and wonderful/Relationships/ Possessions and Obsessions/ Natural Forms.

Block 3 Development of personal theme for Component 1.
Block 4 Conclusion of personal theme for Component 1.
Block 5 Exploration, development and conclusion of component 2.
Block 6 Curating and exhibition. Introduction to component 1 A level.

Year 2

Block 1 Exploration of personal theme for Component 1.
Block 2 Introduction of written element.
Block 3 Development of personal theme for Component 1.
Block 4 Conclusion of personal theme for Component 1.
Block 5 Exploration, development and conclusion of component 2.
Block 6 Curating and exhibition.

Assessment

At A Level you will be introduced to a variety of experiences that employ a range of traditional and new media processes and techniques appropriate to your level of study.

Year 1

Component 1: Portfolio (60%)

A practical investigation, supported by annotation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or related outcomes.

Component 2: Externally set assignment (40%)

A choice of five questions to be used as starting points with one being selected. Supported by preparatory work presented in sketch books, journals, models, mounted sheets along with 10 hours of examination time.

Year 2

A Level

Component 1: Personal investigation (60%)

A practical investigation, supported by written material, into an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or related outcomes.

A 2,000 word personal study (written element) as part of component 1.

Component 2: Externally set assignment (40%)

A choice of eight questions to be used as starting points with one being selected. Supported by preparatory work presented in sketch books, journals, models, mounted sheets along with 15 hours of examination time. This is a practical exam, where you complete a planned final outcome independently in exam conditions.

Your work will be assessed internally by your art teachers and then moderated by a representative from the exam board.

Key assessment dates:

Completion of Component 1 Externally set Exam Completion  of Component 2
Deadline 29th January 2016 w/c 23rd April 2016 29th April 2016

Prepares you for…

Students develop a wide range of transferable skills through studying Fine Art which are sought by employers and universities courses and careers eg. Art, Design, Fashion, Advertising and Marketing. Some of these skills include creativity, problem solving, organisation and communication skills.

Developing employability skills is also encouraged through students participating in external exhibitions, competitions, through workshops with visiting artists and designers.

Fine art students progress onto the Art Foundation Diploma and/or then access Higher Education. Students can gain places on courses such as Illustration, Animation, Fine Art, Interactive Arts and Architecture.

Home Learning Requirements

The course is entirely portfolio driven. Students are required to redraft, refine and annotate work. Approx. 4-8 hours is therefore suggested as a minimum requirement per week, however students often spend considerably longer.

Grade Requirements

Any Art & Design GCSE Grade C or above or BTEC Art and Design at Merit or above, alongside enthusiasm and a determination to work hard and succeed.

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

Books available in the LRC:

  1. Experimental Drawing Techniques – 30th Anniversary edition by Robert Kaupelis.
  2. Drawing for Designers: Drawing skills, Concept sketches, Computer systems, Illustration, Tools and materials, Presentations, Production techniques by Alan Pipes.
  3. Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers by Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur.
  4. Art & Fear, and The Art Spirit both by Robert Henri.
  5. How Pictures Work By Molly Bang.
  6. Imaginative Realism By James Gurney.
  7. Hawthorne on Painting By Richard Schmid.
  8. The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed.
  9. Figure Drawing for All it’s Worth By Andrew Loomis.
  10. 20/20 Vision
  11. Painting with Light – lighting and photoshop Techniques for Photographers By Eric Curry.

Useful Resources

Studentartguide – Helping art students excel.

ArtDaily – ArtDaily is an online newspaper that covers art events around the world.

Colossal – Daily creative new and platform for contemporary artists.

Saatchi – Saatchi is a worldwide online art gallery. The site was created for art students who want to meet others around the globe, display work, and get critiques.

Link to further study and careers

u-xplore  – inspiring careers education. U-Explore strive to make careers information, advice and guidance the best it can be.

CCskills.org.uk  – Help and advice for your creative career.

THE-DOTS.co.uk  – Inspiration/contacts/freelance/companies/jobs/workspaces/courses

ARTSCOUNCIL.ORG  – championing, developing and investing in the arts and culture in England.

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Course Title

Biology

Qualification

A Level

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

If you have ever asked the question ‘How?’ living things work. Biology deals with the fundamentals of life, how both animals and plants are made and how they interact with each other to make up our environment.

Biology is considered the complimentary science as it combines well with many other subjects including chemistry and geography.

What you will study…

AS Level

These all directly build upon what has been learnt from GCSE Core and Additional Science or GCSE Biology.

Biological molecules
Cells
Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
A2 Level

Following successful performance in AS Biology.

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

Assessment

AS Level Biology has 2 examinations that will take place in May/June. Six Practical assessment tasks will be carried out throughout the year and will be assessed within the 2 examinations.

A2 Level Biology has three examinations that will take place in May/ June at the end of year 13. Twelve practical assessments will be carried out throughout AS and A2.

A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

Prepares you for…

Biology links well with most advanced subjects and opens the doors to many university courses and a wide range of careers including: medicine, nursing, veterinary science, physiotherapy, speech therapy, pharmacy, sports, paramedics and teaching.

Home Learning Requirements

Home Learning is an essential requirement of the course. Regular home Learning will be set on a weekly basis. Outside of Home Learning tasks it is an expectation students will be researching and reading around the subject between lessons.

Grade Requirements

Minimum Grade BB or above in GCSE Core & Additional Science (Triple science would be an advantage). Alongside a keen interest in Biology and the living world around you.

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

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Course Title

Business Studies

Qualification

A Level

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

  • Develop an enthusiasm for studying business
  • Gain an holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts, develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants
  • Understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
  • Generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues
  • Be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals
  • Acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision-making, problem-solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis
  • Apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts

What you will study…

You will study 3 different units:

Year 12 AS

  • Component 1: Business Opportunities and Functions

Year 13 A2

  • Component 2: Business Analysis and Strategy

Component 3: Business in a Changing World

Assessment

Year 12 AS

  • Component 1: Written examination 33%

Year 13 A2

  • Component 2: Written examination 33%
  • Component 3: Written examination 33%

Prepares you for…

It is excellent preparation for students looking to study at degree level, or for anyone considering an apprenticeship or thinking of entering the world of work.

Home Learning Requirements

As this is an A Level you will be expected to read around the topics that are discussed in class. In addition you will receive at least 1 home learning exercise per week based usually an exam question based on the topics discussed.

Grade Requirements

  • A strong interest in Business and its effects on society, businesses and the wider world
  • A minimum of 9 GCSE’S at Grade C or above.
  • It is recommended that you have at least a B in an English Level 2 qualification and a B in Maths

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

A Level Business Studies: Student’s Book – Barrett and Mottershead

Business Studies – Hall, Jones, Raffo and Anderton

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Course Title

Computer Science

Qualification

A Level

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

This modern qualification gives you a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems, the principles of programming and problem-solving.  Computer Science is a practical subject where you can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement.

You can develop:

  • An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  • Mathematical skills.

What you will study…

You will study 3 different units.

Year 12 AS – Unit H446

  • Component 1: Computer Systems
  • Component 2: Algorithms and Programming

 

Year 13 A2

Component 3 or 4: Programming Project

Assessment

Year 12 AS

  • Unit H446/01: Exam – 40%
  • Unit H446/02: Exam – 40%

 

Year 13 A2

Unit H446/03 or 04: Coursework – 20%

Prepares you for…

It is excellent preparation for students looking to take computing studies at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in computing.

Home Learning Requirements

As this is an A Level you will be expected to read around the topics that are discussed in class. There is a coursework element to this course which means that you will need to spend time outside of lesson gathering evidence for this. You will receive at least 1 home learning exercise per week.

Grade Requirements

  • A strong interest in ICT technology and its effects on society, businesses and the wider world

 

  • A minimum of 9 GCSE’S at Grade C or above

 

  • It is recommended that you have at least a B in an English Level 2 qualification and a B in Maths

 

  • A good grade at a Computer Science Level 2 qualification preferably the GCSE

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

OCR Computer for A Level, Milosevic. A, Williams. D.

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Course Title

Chemistry

Qualification

A Level

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

If you have ever asked the question ‘Why?’ then Chemistry is probably for you. Chemistry deals with the building blocks of everything in the Universe and looks at how they interact with each other to make up everything that you can see and all of the things that you can’t.

Chemistry is considered the gateway science as it combines well with many other subjects from sciences to arts.

What you will study…

AS Modules:

These all directly build upon what has been learnt from GCSE Core and Additional Science or GCSE Chemistry.

Physical chemistry

Atomic structure
Amount of substance
Bonding
Energetics
Kinetics
Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
Inorganic chemistry

Periodicity
Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
Group 7(17), the halogens
Organic chemistry

Introduction to organic chemistry
Alkanes
Halogenoalkanes
Alkenes
Alcohols
Organic analysis
Following successful performance in AS Chemistry.

A2 Modules:

Physical chemistry

Thermodynamics
Rate equations
Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
Acids and bases
Inorganic chemistry

Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
Transition metals
Reactions of ions in aqueous solution
Organic chemistry

Optical isomerism
Aldehydes and ketones
Carboxylic acids and derivatives Aromatic chemistry
Amines
Polymers
Amino acids, proteins and DNA
Organic synthesis
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
Chromatography

Assessment

AS Level Chemistry has 2 examinations that will take place in May/June. Six Practical assessment tasks will be carried out throughout the year and will be assessed within the 2 examinations.

A2 Level Chemistry has three examinations that will take place in May/ June at the end of year 13. Twelve practical assessments will be carried out throughout AS and A2. A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

Prepares you for…

Chemistry is the foundation science for a variety of university courses and interesting careers, such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, forensics, veterinary science, biochemistry and industrial chemistry.

Home Learning Requirements

Home Learning is an essential requirement of the course. Regular home Learning will be set on a weekly basis. Outside of Home Learning tasks it is an expectation students will be researching and reading around the subject between lessons.

Grade Requirements

Minimum Grade BB or above in GCSE Core & Additional Science (Triple science would be an advantage) and Grade B or above in GCSE Maths. Alongside a keen interest in Chemistry and the world around you.

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

Collins, Chemistry – Chris Connely & Philip Hills
Heinmann, Advanced Science – Chemistry – Ann & Patrick Fullick
Advanced Chemistry for You – Lawrie Ryan
New Scientist Magazine

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Course Title

Economics

Qualification

A Level

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

This course is for anyone who is interested in the actions of governments and society, and how these actions impact upon their lives both today and in the future. This course would suit anyone who possesses good mathematical skills and the ability to write compelling points of view.

What you will study…

AS level content

For the AS level exams, students will study the following topics.

The operation of markets and market failure:

economic methodology and the economic problem
price determination in a competitive market
production, costs and revenue
competitive and concentrated markets
the market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets.
The national economy:

the measurement of macroeconomic performance
how the macro economy works: the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis, and related concepts
economic performance & Macroeconomic policy.
A-level content

For the A-level, students will study all of the topics shown for the AS, plus the following:

Individuals, firms, markets and market failure:

individual economic decision making
perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly
the labour market
the distribution of income and wealth: Poverty and inequality.
The national and international economy:

financial markets and monetary policy
fiscal policy and supply-side policies
The international economy.

Assessment

Year 1 – AS Level

The AS has two one-and-a-half hour written exams, taken at the end of the course.

Paper 1: Operation of markets and market failure:
Section A – multiple choice;
Section B- students choose one context from a choice of two and answer short answer questions and extended writing questions.

Paper 2: The National Economy:
Section A – multiple choice;
Section B – students choose one context from a choice of two and answer short answer questions and extended writing questions

Year 2 – A Level

The A-level has three, two hour written exams.

Paper 1: Markets and market failure: students answer two questions,
Section A – students choose one context from a choice of two;
Section B – students choose one context from a choice of three.

Paper 2: National and international economy: students answer two questions,
Section A – students choose one context from a choice of two;
Section B – students choose one context from a choice of three.

Paper 3: Economic principles and issues:
Section A – multiple choice;
Section B – extended writing questions.

Prepares you for…

All prestigious universities have a high respect for this subject and will accept it when applying to their institution. Opens the pathway to work at many prestigious firms. Could suit anyone who wants to work in the Financial Sector as well as those interested in careers in Government and Politics.

Home Learning Requirements

Students will be required to read texts, revise thoroughly and answer exam questions at regular intervals. Reading around the subject is also highly recommended.

Grade Requirements

You will need to have a grade C GCSE or equivalent Level in English and Mathematics.

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

AQA Advanced Economics Textbook – Ray Powell
AQA AS & A2 Economics: Unit 1,2,3,4 – Ray Powell
Economics – John Sloman
Economic Development – Prof. Michael Todaro
Managing the National Economy – George Higson
Markets & Market Failure – George Higson
‘The Economist’ magazine.

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Course Title

English Language

Qualification

A Level

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

English Language offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by exploring key language concepts and engaging with a range of texts and discourses.

You will explore the study of English language both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right, with an emphasis on the ability of students to pursue lines of enquiry, analyse texts produced by others and debate different views.

You can develop:

  • A sound understanding of the terminology associated with English Language
  • The ability to analyse texts, exploring how writers create meanings and representations
  • Evaluative skills when discussing and applying theories surrounding how and why different groups of people use language
  • The ability to understand how our language is constantly changing
  • Both journalistic and creative writing skills

What you will study…

Year 12 AS – all examination

  • Language and the Individual
  • Language Varieties

Year 13 A2

  • Language, the Individual and Society
  • Language Diversity and Change
  • Language in Action (coursework – 20% of overall A2)

Assessment

Year 12 AS

  • Paper 1 – Language and the Individual – 70 marks (50%)
  • Paper 2 – Language Varieties – 70 marks (50%)
  • 140 in total (100%)

Year 13 A2

  • Paper 1: Language, the individual and society – 100 marks) (40%)
  • Paper 2: Language diversity and change – 100 marks (40%)
  • Non-exam assessment: Language in action – 100 marks (20% of A Level)

Prepares you for…

It is excellent preparation for students looking to take English studies at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in journalism or teaching.

Home Learning Requirements

As this is an A Level you will be expected to read around the topics that are discussed in class. There is a coursework element to this course which means that you will need to spend time outside of lesson gathering evidence for this. You will receive at least 1 home learning exercise per week.

Grade Requirements

  • A strong interest in English Language
  • A minimum of 9 GCSEs at Grade C or above
  • It is recommended that you have at least a B in an English Language
  • A grade C or above in English Literature

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

English Language A/AS Level for AQA Student Book (Giovanelli, Ives, Keen, Rana and Rudman, 2015)

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Course Title

English Literature

Qualification

A Level

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

Students can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways in order for students to arrive at their own interpretations and become confident autonomous readers.

Students are then not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for exams, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English literature that provides an excellent basis for further study in the subject.

The specification encourages the exploration of texts in a number of different ways.

What you will study…

  • Literature within a specific genre
  • Various texts, chosen from a set text list
  • Writing about texts in a number of different ways.

Assessment

Year 12 AS – Aspects of Tragedy

2 hour 30 minutes exam

  • Section A – Othello extract based question (25 marks)
  • Section B – Othello traditional statement question (25 marks)
  • Section C – Death of a Salesman and Keats (25 marks)

 

Year 13 A2 – Elements of Crime

3 hour exam

  • Section A – Unseen crime text (25 marks)
  • Section B – Discussion of crime text (25 marks)
  • Section C – Discussion of other two crime texts (25 marks)

Non exam based assessment

  • Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical anthology
  • Two essays of 1,250 – 1,500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical anthology
  • One essay can be re-creative.

The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary.

Prepares you for…

It is excellent preparation for students looking to take English studies at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in teaching or journalism.

Home Learning Requirements

As this is an A Level you will be expected to read around the topics that are discussed in class. There is a coursework element to this course which means that you will need to spend time outside of lesson gathering evidence for this. You will receive at least 1 home learning exercise per week.

Grade Requirements

  • A strong interest in English Literature
  • A love and passion for reading
  • A minimum of 9 GCSEs at Grade C or above
  • It is recommended that you have at least a B in an English Literature
  • A grade C or above in English Language

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

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Course Title

Film Studies

Qualification

A Level

Lessons per week

6

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

Film Studies A-level is a lively and academic subject that allows you to develop your enjoyment of films through learning about and applying some of the key critical and academic approaches to studying films. You will develop your skills in reading and analysing films, study how contemporary film industries operate and consider how film can be used as a medium for the communication of messages and to generate meanings for audiences. There is no requirement for you to have studied film at GCSE but this course is most suitable for those who enjoy analysing texts in English Literature and in Media Studies.

What you will study…

Year 12
Block 1 Induction to the course: film language and key concepts
Block 2 Micro analysis (coursework); British Horror (exam)
Block 3 Creative project – storyboard (coursework); British Horror (exam)
Block 4 Producers and Audiences (exam)
Block 5 American Film (exam)

Year 13
Block 1 World Cinema: Urban stories – power, poverty and conflict (exam); Creative project – short film (coursework)
Block 2 Spectatorship and Documentary (exam); Creative project – short film (coursework)
Block 3 Spectatorship and Documentary (exam); Small research project (coursework)
Block 4 Single Critical Study (exam); Small research project (coursework)
Block 5 Single Critical Study (exam); revision of World Cinema and Documentary

Assessment

End of year 12
At AS you will complete a coursework module(40%) and a two and a half hour examination.

End of year 13
In A2 you will complete a coursework module (40%) and a two and three quarter hour long examination.

During the course
Regular practice essays and mock papers.

Prepares you for…

Film Studies allows progression to a variety of general university courses, as well as film theory, media studies and film criticism. The analytical, communication and IT skills you will develop can lead to careers in journalism, advertising, media relations, personnel and marketing. There is a strong emphasis on analysis and research in this course which would benefit you on any future degree course.

Home Learning Requirements

All students are required to work at home researching and completing and redrafting work.

Grade Requirements

5 GCSEs at A* to C with Grade C or above in GCSE English (grade B preferable), an interest in films and a willingness to carry out research and screenings in your own time.

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

Websites

WJEC.co.uk

Revise Film Studies app (Google Play store and iTunes app store)

Texts

Sarah Casey Benyahia, Freddie Gaffney and John White

AS Film Studies: The Essential Introduction

A2 Film Studies: The Essential Introduction, Routledge (2008 & 2009) reflects the current specification.

Ed Jill Nelmes, Introduction to Film Studies, Routledge (5th edition, 2011)

Useful general books include:

Nick Lacey, Introduction to Film, Palgrave Macmillan (2005) is a more general book on Film Studies.

Roy Stafford, The Global Film Book, Routledge (2014)

Michele Aaron, Spectatorship: The Power of Looking On,

Wallflower Press (2007)

Books on individual films, film topics and skills:

Danny Powell, Studying British Cinema: The 1960s

Eddie Dyja, Studying British Cinema: The 1990s

John Fitzgerald, Studying British Cinema: 1999-2009

Freddie Gaffney, On Screenwriting

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Course Title

Mathematics

Qualification

A Level

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

Maths is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research and problem solving skills. Not only will studying maths help give you the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, it will also help you develop logic to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets and even debating effectively.

What you will study…

100% core content

  • Pure mathematics (broadly same as C1 to C4)
  • Mechanics (mainly from M1 and M2)

Statistics (mainly from S1 and S2)

Assessment

Linear exam at the end of year 13

Prepares you for…

Maths A-level is a must have for degrees in: Physics, Engineering, Actuarial Science, Economics and, of course, Maths, although you may need to study a Further Maths course as well to do this.

Maths is recommended or sometimes required for: Computer Science, Accounting, Chemistry, Biology and Life Sciences, Medicine / Nursing, Dentistry, Business Studies, Management Studies, Finance, Architecture, Geology, Psychology, Surveying and even Philosophy.

Some subjects, like Medicine, require two out of this common gang of four subjects: Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. So although you might not need to study a Maths degree to progress, you must take at least two of the other subjects instead.

Maths is also crucial for studying advanced apprenticeships in Accountancy and Technology and Engineering subjects

Home Learning Requirements

As this is an A Level you will be expected to complete a number of home learning tasks to ensure that all key skills are embedded.

Grade Requirements

  • A strong interest in Maths
  • A minimum of 9 GCSE’S at Grade C or above
  • It is recommended that you have at least a 7 in Maths GCSE
  • You will be required to sit and pass a prior knowledge assessment in the first couple of weeks

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

  • Collins: Collins’ A-level Maths resources. Master the new linear A-level with Collins’ brand new Student Books, providing full and flexible course coverage for AS and A Level.

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Course Title

Media Studies

Qualification

A Level

Lessons per week

6

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

Media Studies is the systematic examination of both the traditional media (such as radio, newspapers and television) and the newer media (such as the Internet and electronic games). As a discipline it seeks to develop an informed and critical understanding of the ways in which the media influence social, political and economic areas of life, as well as the way they shape our perceptions, attitudes, desires and behaviour.

What you will study…

Year 12
Block 1: Introduction to the course: Key Concepts and Media Language.
Block 2: Practical Production (Coursework); Cinematography & Editing.
Block 3: Mise-en-Scene, Sound, Iconography and Codes.
Block 4: Semiotics, Genre, Narrative (exam)
Block 5: Representations, Audience, Institutions (exam)

Year 13
Block 1: Feminism & Queer Theory, Sport & the Media (Section A exam)
Block 2: News Values, Globalisation (Section A exam)
Block 3: Censorship, Regulation, Violence Debate, Post-Modernism.
Block 4: Advertising & Marketing (Section A exam) New Digital Media (Section B exam)
Block 5: Identities in the Media (Section B exam)

Assessment

AS Level Media Studies has two assessed aspects: one 2 hour written examination and one practical unit.

A2 Level Media Studies also has two assessed aspects: one 2 hour written examination and one practical unit.

Prepares you for…

Media Studies students find that the skills they have developed suit a variety of career roles making them sought after in marketing and events management related industries as well as the media sector. Studying this course can lead directly to university where students discover that Media degrees tend to be quite flexible and can be studied alongside subjects such as psychology, sociology, languages, and economics to add more breadth to their skills. Students usually develop a flexible and creative approach to tasks, excellent communication and presentation skills, and a greater critical awareness of media roles in society.

Home Learning Requirements

Independent study is vitally important in the completion of case study research. Students will be expected to complete aspects of coursework, research and mock exam questions at home.

Grade Requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE English (Higher tier) as well as a keen interest in topical issues and the world around you.
There is no prerequisite to have studied Media previously at GCSE.

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

Texts:
AQA Media Studies Student Book, 2008, Julia Burton
The Media Students Book, 2010, Gill Branston
Studying the Media, 2003, Tim O’Sullivan

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Course Title

Physics

Qualification

A Level

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

Physics is an exciting intellectual adventure that inspires young people and expands the frontiers of our knowledge about nature. The subject generates fundamental knowledge needed for the future technological advances that will continue to drive the economic engines of the world, providing answers to our sustainable energy problems. In the future it will be physics which improves our quality of life by providing the basic understanding necessary for developing new instrumentation and techniques for medical applications, such as computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, ultrasonic imaging, and laser surgery.

What you will study…

AS Level
These all directly build upon what has been learnt from GCSE Core and Additional Science or GCSE Physics.

Measurements and their errors
Particles and radiation
Waves
Mechanics and materials

Following successful performance in AS Physics.

A2 Level
Further mechanics and thermal physics
Fields and their consequences
Nuclear physics

As well as further optional content from below:

Astrophysics
Medical physics
Engineering physics
Turning points in physics
Electronics

Assessment

AS Level Physics has 2 examinations that will take place in May/June. Six Practical assessment tasks will be carried out throughout the year and will be assessed within the 2 examinations.

A2 Level Physics has three examinations that will take place in May/ June at the end of year 13. Twelve practical assessments will be carried out throughout AS and A2. A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in
written exams.

Prepares you for…

It is a compulsory subject for those wanting to pursue a career in Physics or engineering. The subject will open many doors for both university courses and employment alike, including research posts.

Home Learning Requirements

TBC

Grade Requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Science and Maths alongside a keen interest in Physics and how the world works.

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Course Title

Psychology

Qualification

A Level

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

A Level Psychology provides students with a broad introduction to Psychology as a Science.  The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding and developing the skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

At A2 a range of topic-based options bring together explanations from different approaches.  Popular topics for Unit 3 include cognition and development, biological rhythms and sleep and relationships.

The Psychology specification provides students with the opportunity to develop analytical skills, write essays and psychological reports. They will also develop their mathematical knowledge and research skills. These skills are all relevant and transferable to higher education courses of study or to the workplace.

What you will study…

Year 12 –  A Level Year 1

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods

Year 13 – A Level Year 1

  • Issues and debates in Psychology
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic Psychology

Assessment

Year 12 – A Level Year 1

  • Paper 1 – Introductory topics, 50%, 90 minutes.
  • Paper 2 – Psychology in context, 50%, 90 minutes.

 

Year 13 – A Level Year 2

  • Paper 1 – Introductory topics, 33.3%, 120 minutes.
  • Paper 2 – Psychology in Context, 33.3%, 120 minutes.
  • Paper 3 – Issues and Options, 33.3%, 120 minutes.

Prepares you for…

This will appeal to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied the subject before. It builds on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enables progression into a wide range of other subjects.

Home Learning Requirements

Students are given past exam questions as home learning assignments. This is to allow them to practice and perfect exam technique. This is an essential and non-negotiable part of the course.

Grade Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE’S at Grade C or above including English and Mathematics.

It is recommended that you have at least a B in an English and a B in Maths

A good grade in GCSE Science an advantage.

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(available on LRC)

AQA Psychology for A Level Year 1 – Flanagan, Berry, Jarvis and Liddle

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BTEC

Course Title

Business Studies

Qualification

BTEC

Level

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business (1 A-Level Equivalent)

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business (2 A-Level Equivalent)

Why should I study this course?

The program gives you a good understanding of business and its key functions, which include Marketing, Finance and Human Resources. The course is designed for you to get an overview of key business sectors which will support you in preparing for a career in business. Whilst studding Business Studies you will develop skills in;

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology.
  • Interpersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation.
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

What you will study…

The courses are modular and consist of a number of different units some of these are mandatory and have to be covered.

Mandatory Units will include:

  • Business environments
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Marketing
  • Managing an Event
  • International Business
  • Principles of Management

The optional units have been designed to support choices in progression to business courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas:

Optional units will include:

  • Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Business Decision Making

Assessment

The course is designed to include externally assessed units through an exam and controlled assessment. Other units will be assessed through coursework for students to be able to demonstrate role plays, group work and presentations.

Externally assessed units include:

  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Marketing
  • Principles of Management
  • Business Decision Making

Prepares you for…

It is excellent preparation for students looking to take Business Studies at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in business, accounting, finance, marketing and human resources.

Home Learning Requirements

As this course is a mixture of examination, controlled assessment and coursework, there will be a requirement that you will be expected to read around the topics that are discussed in class.

The coursework element to this course which means that you will need to spend time outside of lesson gathering evidence for this.

Grade Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE’S at Grade C or above

It is recommended that you have at least a C in an English Level 2 qualification and a C in Maths

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

Pearson BTEC national business, student book 1, for the 2016 specification

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Course Title

BTEC Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity

Qualification

BTEC

Level

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Why should I study this course?

The course will provide you with the coaching, administrative, fitness and sporting knowledge required to be successful within this part of the industry. This is the National Diploma in Sport, Sport Development and Coaching & Fitness pathways. These qualifications are vocationally based with a combination of practical activities underpinned with theoretical study, giving you a good mix of learning environments and real life learning experiences.

This course reflects the growth in higher education and job opportunities now emerging in sports development, coaching and fitness industries. This will continue to increase due to government programmes putting £2bn into sports development at grass roots level, the successful London Olympic bid, the emerging health agenda across the nation and the continued development of the fitness industry.

What you will study…

You will study 10 different units.

  • Body systems and the effects of physical activity
  • Sports coaching and activity leadership
  • Sports organisation and development
  • Working safely in sport, exercise, health and leisure
  • Physical activity for specific groups
  • Performance analysis in sport and exercise
  • Organisation of sports events
  • Health and fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation
  • Practical skills in sport and physical activities
  • Sport and exercise psychology

Assessment

You will be assessed in the following ways:

  • 1 Hour written Exam
  • Synoptic placement
  • Practical demonstration of skills (DVD).
  • Officiating sports matches.
  • Written reports.
  • Training programmes.
  • Presentation.

Prepares you for…

Progression to university to study a sports related degree and/or a career in the sport or fitness industry.

Home Learning Requirements

Home learning will be set weekly.

Home learning will be specific work booklets that relate directly to the unit of work and will support students when completing assignments.

Grade Requirements

Grade C or above in English GCSE Level 2 BTEC pass (or above) or GCSE PE C or above.

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Helen Bray, Scott Chapman, Alister Myatt, Annette Short, Suzanne Bointon, James Martin Cambridge (2016)  Technicals Level 3 Sport and Physical Activity

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Course Title

Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT

Qualification

BTEC

Level

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT

Why should I study this course?

The Cambridge Technicals in IT have been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector, and prepare students for the challenges they’ll face in Higher Education or employment.

Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Cambridge Technicals in IT focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand.

These qualifications aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. Your students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale and the importance of legal and security considerations.

Students will be following the “Application Developer” pathway of units.    This pathway focuses on the development of a range of applications across platforms and sectors.

Students will gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century, enabling them to demonstrate the skills of writing specifications, and the design, build, testing and implementation of applications.

What you will study…

You will study 11 different units in total over two years with three externally examined units.

Year 12

  • Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT
  • Unit 2: Global Information
  • Unit 3: Cyber Security
  • Unit 12: Mobile Technology
  • Unit 13: Social Media and Digital Marketing

Year 13

  • Unit 6: Application Design
  • Unit 8: Project Management
  • Unit 9: Product Development
  • Unit 17: Internet of Everything
  • Unit 21: Web Design and Prototyping

Unit 22: Big Data Analytics

Prepares you for…

Cambridge Technicals provide a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or work and are recognised for UCAS tariff points.

Home Learning Requirements

There is a coursework element to this course which means that you will need to spend time outside of lesson gathering evidence for this. You will receive at least 1 home learning exercise per week.

Grade Requirements

  • A strong interest in ICT technology and its effects on society, businesses and the wider world
  • A minimum of 9 GCSE’S at Grade C or above
  • It is recommended that you have at least a B in an English Level 2 qualification and a C in Maths

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Course Title

Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)

Qualification

BTEC

Lessons per week

12

Level

Level 3 National Diploma (2 A Levels)

Why should I study this course?

This is a great progression from BTEC Level 2 Child Development although it is not essential to have studied this before completing this level 3 course.

If working with children is your passion then this course is for you! As well as classroom learning, you will be able to put theory into practice with a fantastic opportunity to gain practical work experience with babies and young children from birth to 8 years in a range of child care settings.

What you will study…

Year 12

Unit 1 – Children’s Development (This unit examines the development of children from birth to 8 years of age)

Unit 3 – Play and Learning (This unit studies the benefits of play and learning activities for children)

Unit 9 – Observation, Assessment and Planning (This unit develops the skills of observing and assessing children to plan support for their development)

Unit 8 – Working with Parents and Others in Early Years (This unit studies the importance of developing professional relationships with parents)

Unit 2 – Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills (This unit helps to develop an understanding of how children develop literacy, numeracy and communication skills)

Unit 5 – Keeping Children Safe (This unit examines the responsibilities of professionals in promoting and maintaining the health and safety of children)

Year 13

Unit 10 – Reflective Practice (This unit explores reflecting on personal practice to plan for personal development)

Unit 6 – Children’s Physical Development, Care and Health Needs (This unit studies the physical care and health needs of children and how to support on-going conditions)

Unit 7- Children’s Personal, Social, and Emotional Development (This unit explores how to support children’s personal, social and emotional development)

Unit 11 – The Early Years Foundation Stage ( This unit studies the structure and purpose of the Early Years Foundation Stage)

Unit 1 – Children’s Development (This unit examines the development of children from birth to 8 years of age)

Assessment

End of year 12

Unit 1 is externally assessed by a written exam, Unit 2 is externally assessed by controlled assessment and Units 3,5,8 and 9 are internally assessed by course work assignments.

End of year 13

Unit 1 is externally assessed by a written exam, Units 6,7,10 and 11 are internally assessed by course work assignments.

During the course

Continual assessment through 750 hours of work placement in at least two different childcare settings. It is also assessed by a work placement portfolio.

Prepares you for…

This course prepares you for a rewarding career working with children. It enables you to access a wide range of University courses including Early Childhood Studies, Primary Teaching and Midwifery. This could also help you working with children in nursery settings.

This course will also give you Early Years Educator Status meaning that you will have a qualification to work with children in an Early Years setting.

Home Learning Requirements

There will be regular home learning tasks set that involve exam practice, further reading and assignment write ups. This is to further consolidate what you have learnt in the class room during lesson time.

Grade Requirements

In order to obtain a place on this course, you will need to have 4 GCSEs (or equivalent) in any subject. Although it is not essential it would be advantageous to have a minimum grade D in GCSE English due to the detailed written nature of the course.

It is not a necessary requirement to have studied Child Development in year 11.

You also need to have a keen interest in working with babies and young children and have a caring nature due to the amount of placement hours you will complete.

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Websites

www.qualifications.pearson.com

Texts

Pearson BTEC National Children’s Play Learning and Development Student book 1 and book 2

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Course Title

Engineering (NQF)

Qualification

BTEC

Level

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate 360 GLH (Two year course)

Why should I study this course?

The engineering sector continues to suffer from a skills gap and needs to keep up with rapidly developing technologies. These BTEC qualifications in Engineering have been designed to give new entrants to the engineering sector the underpinning knowledge and specific skills needed to meet the needs of modern mechanical engineering industries.

The qualification have also been designed so that learners can progress into Higher Education, for example to BTEC Higher Nationals and undergraduate engineering degree qualifications

What you will study…

Over the two years students will complete:

Unit Mandatory units:

Year 12/13 – Unit 1 Engineering Principles (externally assessed).

Year 12 – Unit 2 Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team (externally assessed).

Year 13 – Unit 3 Engineering Product Design and Manufacture including controlled assessment (externally assessed).

Optional Units:

Year 12- Unit 10 Computer Aided Design in Engineering (internally assessed).

Assessment

Students will complete 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are externally assessed.

Mandatory content (83%).

External assessment (67%).

Unit 1 is a single paper based terminal examination.

Unit 3 has a Synoptic assessment in the form of Controlled Assessment. This requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector as relevant to a key task. Synoptic units is externally assessed.

Internally assessed units contain assignments which have to be produced independently of the class teaching. These are assessed at PASS, MERIT and DISTINCTION.

Prepares you for…

Higher Level courses and Degrees in Engineering.

The BTEC Level 3 course offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. These learners may wish to extend their programme through the study of a general qualifications such as GCE A Levels, ideally an ‘A’ Level in Mathematics and additional specialist learning (for example through another BTEC qualification or A Level course such as Product Design) These learning programmes can be developed to allow learners to study related and complementary qualifications without duplication of content.

Future Careers in Engineering:
Electrical Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Design Engineer, Construction Engineer, Agricultural Engineer, Application Engineer, Automotive Engineer, Biological Engineer

Home Learning Requirements

Students will be required to work independently on Assignments.

Complete Extension tasks through ‘Show my Homework’ platform

Revision for terminal examinations.

Grade Requirements

Minimum requirements:

GCSE Mathematics Grade ‘6’ and above.

GCSE English Language  Grade ‘5’ and above.

Technology based BTEC Level 2 at MERIT or above:

(Ideally Level 2  BTEC Engineering)

Or any other GCSE Design &Technology subjects at ‘C’ Grade or above (including Product Design, Resistant Materials, Graphic Products.)

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

Pearson BTEC Engineering Level 3

Andrew Buckenham, Gareth Thomson, Natalie Griffiths, Steve Singleton, Alan Serplus, Mike Ryan

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Course Title

Health and Social Care

Qualification

BTEC

Lessons per week

12

Level

Level 3 National Diploma (2 A Levels)

Why should I study this course?

This is a great progression from GCSE Health and Social Care or BTEC Level 2 Health and Social Care although it is not essential to have studied these before completing this level 3 course. This course is ideal for anyone who has a keen interest in a health or social care related career or who wishes to progress on to higher education.

What you will study…

Year 12

Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development (This unit is about the human lifespan, the different stages of development and the effects of ageing)

Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care (This unit examines the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations in the Health and Social Care sector)

Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (This unit examines the practicalities of meeting an individual’s care and support needs within the Health and Social Care sector).

Unit 11 – Psychological Perspectives (This unit investigates psychological perspectives, their impact on development and how they can be applied to a range of Health and Social Care settings).

 

Year 13

Unit 4 – Enquiries in to Current Research in Health and Social Care (This unit investigates the effect of contemporary research and the effects it has on health care services)

Unit 7 – Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care (This unit examines the importance of safe working practices, safeguarding procedures and responding to emergency situations).

Unit 8 – Promoting Public Health (This unit examines public health policy and the approaches to promoting and protecting public health).

Unit 19 – Nutritional Health (This unit explores nutritional health and the influences on dietary intake).

Assessment

End of year 12

Unit 1 and 2 are exam modules and are externally assessed by a 1 and a half hour exam. A pass in both of these exam units is essential in order to gain a Pass in the course overall.

End of year 13

Unit 4 is an externally assessed task completed under controlled assessment conditions. A pass in this unit is essential in order to gain a pass in the course overall.

During the course

Unit 5, 7, 8, 11 and 19 are internally assessed pieces of coursework

Prepares you for…

This course is for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in the health or social care sector including: nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, teaching, social work, youth work, health promotion, paramedic, psychology and many more. Successful completion of the course will also enable progression on to numerous higher education courses as well as providing a wide range of employability skills.

Home Learning Requirements

There will be regular home learning tasks set that involve exam practice, further reading and assignment write ups. This is to further consolidate what you have learnt in the class room during lesson time.

Grade Requirements

In order to obtain a place on this course, you will need to have 4 GCSEs (or equivalent) in any subject. It is not a necessary requirement to have studied Health and Social Care in year 11 however if you have then a level 2 pass in the exam unit would be recommended due to the new examination requirements of this course.

It is advisable to have a GCSE grade C in English.

You also need to have a keen interest in working and interacting with people of all ages and have a caring nature.

In order to obtain a place on this course, you will need to have 4 GCSEs (or equivalent) in any subject. It is not a necessary requirement to have studied Health and Social Care in year 11 however if you have then a level 2 pass in the exam unit would be recommended due to the new examination requirements of this course.

It is advisable to have a GCSE grade C in English.

You also need to have a keen interest in working and interacting with people of all ages and have a caring nature.

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

Websites

www.nhs.uk

www.qualifications.pearson.com

Texts

Edexcel Health and Social Care Level 3 text book 1 and book 3

Collins BTEC National Health and Social Care Book 3

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Course Title

Performing Arts

Qualification

BTEC

Lessons per week

12

Level

National Level 3 Diploma (2 A Levels)

Why should I study this course?

This course is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in performing arts areas before entering employment. Learners will follow the pathway of developing both Dance and Drama skills to make sure that they are well rounded performers, choreographers and directors. This will open many doors to gain employment into the performing arts industry.

What you will study…

You will study 7 different units.

Year 12

Investigating Practitioners’ Work

Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Group Performance Workshop

Variety performance

Year 13

Performing Arts in the Community

Individual Performance Commission

Final Live Performance to an Audience

Optional unit to be decided by skill set of cohort

Assessment

720 GLH

Equivalent in size to two A Levels.

8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external.

Mandatory content (83%).

External assessment (46%).

Prepares you for…

Pearson has developed the content of the new BTEC Nationals in collaboration with employers and representatives from higher education and relevant professional bodies. This ensures that the course prepares you for work or further study in the industry and that learning is relevant to the 21st Century.  Content includes the knowledge, understanding, and practical skills and attributes required to be successful in the sector. Applied learning brings together knowledge and understanding (the cognitive domain) with practical and technical skills (the psychomotor domain). This is achieved through learners performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of appropriate vocational behaviours and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are valued in both higher education and the workplace. Our approach to this course provides rigour and balance, and promotes the ability to apply learning immediately in new contexts.

Home Learning Requirements

As this is a BTEC you will be expected to read around the topics that are discussed in class. There is a coursework element to this course which means that you will need to spend time outside of lesson gathering evidence for this. You will receive at least 3 home learning exercises per week. You will also be required to attend and host extra rehearsal sessions outside of school hours.

Grade Requirements

  • A strong interest in Performing Arts
  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’S at Grade C or above
  • It is recommended that you have at least a C in an English Level 2 qualification.
  • A good grade at a Performing Arts Level 2 qualification

Recommended Texts
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There are a range of book available in the LRC.  It is essential that you use these for private study and to gain information and knowledge for set assignments.

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Course Title

Public Services

Qualification

BTEC – Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Level

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Why should I study this course?

This specialist qualification focuses on the role of the public services including; police, armed forces, ambulance, prison service and coastguard.  It gives an insight into the roles and responsibilities of the public services as well as investigating the different career opportunities available in each.  You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to join the public services whist also developing your physical skill in a number of outdoor activities which you may not have tried before.

What you will study…

  • Unit 1 – Government policies and the uniformed public services. This unit allows you to understand the role of the government in developing the public services and the impact that is has on how they run.
  • Unit 2 – Leadership and teamwork in the uniformed public services. This unit allows you to look at the different careers available within the public services, the roles and responsibilities of these and the skills needed to fulfil them.  Here you will have the opportunity to work as a team to develop these skills and use role play to deal with different public service based situations.
  • Unit 3 – Citizenship, diversity and the public services. This unit allows you to look at the rights of citizens and the impact that this has on public services.  You will look at what diversity means to the public services and why it is so important.
  • Unit 10 – Skills for land based and adventure activities. Here you will develop skills in activities such as rock climbing and orienteering. You will learn valuable map skills and apply these to directing yourself and others around a course.  You will have the opportunity to evaluate your performance and set yourself goals for improvement.
  • Unit 11 – Skills for water based outdoor and adventure activities.  Here you will try new water based sports such as canoeing, kayaking and wake boarding, developing new skills and building your confidence in the water.

Assessment

The course is an enjoyable course assessed through course work as well as other mediums such as role plays, group work and presentations or the development of a physical skill with no exams.  Students are then graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.  Assessment is continuous throughout the course.  Each term students will be provided with an outline of all of the topics being studied, what form the assessment will take and clear deadlines for each.  After school support is available for those students who require help to complete assignments.

Prepares you for…

You will be able to gain a nationally recognised, vocationally specific qualification which will aid entry into a number of careers within public services. It will also allow access to higher education vocational qualifications such as Edexcel Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Public Services.

Home Learning Requirements

This will usually be research tasks or directed coursework based learning

Grade Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above.

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Textbooks

Axford B et al – Politics: An Introduction, 2nd Edition (Routledge, 2002) ISBN 0415226422/9780415226424

Peele G – Governing the UK, 4th Edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004) ISBN 0631226818/9780631226819

Stanley M – How to be a Civil Servant (Politico’s Publishing Ltd, 2004) ISBN 9781842750971

Journals

Hansard

Police Review

Prison News

Soldier

Magazines

The Economist

The Spectator

The Week

GCSE

Course Title

Mathematics Linear

Qualification

GCSE

Why should I study this course?

Mathematical problems are common in every-day life Mathematical proficiency is required for many jobs Mathematics is essential for science, engineering, and research a mathematically informed person will make better economic decisions.

Doing mathematics teaches patterns of problem-solving and insight that transfer to other knowledge domains

What you will study…

2 pathways:

Foundation (grades 1-5):

50% using & applying, 25% reasoning, interpreting & communicating, 25% problem solving.

Of which:

20% algebra, 15% ratio & proportion, 25% number, 25% geometry, 15% statistics & probability

Higher (grades 4-9):

40% using & applying, 30% reasoning, interpreting & communicating, 30% problem solving.

Of which:

30% algebra, 20% ratio & proportion, 15% number, 20% geometry, 15% statistics & probability

Assessment

Linear exam of 3 papers 1.5 hours each (1 non-calculator & 2 calculator) in June.

Home Learning Requirements

Home learning will be set once per week in line with school policy to consolidate classroom knowledge.

Expectation is ALL homework will be completed to the best of the pupils’ ability

Grade Requirements

All students will sit their GCSE mathematics exam

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