Sixth Form Curriculum 2018

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AS / A2 Level

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.

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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

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

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Course Title

History

Qualification

A Level

Level

3

Why should I study this course?

Our A-level History qualification have been designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. Our qualifications will help them to gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. The engaging topics available to them throughout the course will provide them with the knowledge and skills they require to succeed an A-level historian.

What you will study…

You will study 2 different units and have to produce one historical enquiry.

1C – The Tudors 1485 – 1603

2N – Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia 1917 – 1953

Non Exam Assessment – Independent Historical Enquiry

Assessment

2x 2 hour 30 minutes exams (40% each) and a historical enquiry (20%)

1C The Tudors 1485 – 1603 – 2 hours and 30 minutes.

2N Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia 1917 – 1953 – 2 hours and 30 minutes.

NEA 20% – will be produced from one lesson every two weeks throughout Year 13. The purpose of the historical investigation is to enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and historical understanding acquired through the study of the examined components of the specification. Students will be required to submit an investigation based on a development or issue which has been subject to different historical interpretations. The topic will be determined by the subject teacher but differing questions may be discussed.

The historical investigation must:

  • be independently researched and written by the student
  • be presented in the form of a piece of extended writing of at least 3500 words in length
  • draw upon the student’s investigation of sources (both primary and secondary) which relate to the development or issue chosen and the differing interpretations that have been placed on this
  • place the issue to be investigated within a context of approximately 100 years
  • be an issue which does not duplicate the content of Components 1 and 2.

Prepares you for…

It is excellent preparation for students looking History at degree level, or for anyone considering a career in Law. History teaches us to ask two very important questions: why and how. This is key to sharpening your critical thinking abilities, which combine analysis, research, essay writing and communication skills to help you to solve problems and form arguments for debate.

Home Learning Requirements

History is a subject at A Level where you will be expected to undertake a large amount of independent reading and home learning. You will receive at least one piece per week.

Grade Requirements

  • A strong interest in History and its effects on society and the wider world.
  • A minimum of 9 GCSE’S at Grade 5 or above
  • It is recommended that you have at least a Grade 5 in English Literature and Language.
  • At least a grade 5 at History GCSE is also recommended.

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

The Tudors

The Tudors England 1485 – 1603. AQA A Level History book. (Recommended text)

The Tudors, John Guy.

Guy J. The Tudor Monarchy.

Heard N. Edward VI and Mary: A Mid-Tudor Crisis?

Hunt J. & Towle C. The Mid-Tudor Years.

Rex R. The Tudors.

D Murphy, A Keen, M Tillbrook and P Walsh-Atkins, England, 1485-1603

A Anderson and T Imperato, Access to History: An Introduction to Tudor England, 1485-1603

S Chrimes, Henry VII

D Starkey The reign of Henry VIII: Personalities and Politics

B Mervyn The Reign of Elizabeth: England, 1558-1603

Loades D. M. Elizabeth I. The Golden Reign of Gloriana.

 

Russia

Revolution and Dictatorship Russia 1917 – 1953. (Recommended text)

A/AS Level History for AQA Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia, 1917–1953 Student Book by Robert Francis (Author),‎ Hannah Dalton (Author),‎ Michael Fordham(Editor),‎ David Smith (Editor)

My Revision Notes: AQA AS/A-level History: Revolution and dictatorship: Russia, 1917–1953 Paperback – 27 Jan 2017by Neil Owen and Robin Bunce.

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A Level History

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

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.

Recommended Texts
(available on LRC)

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

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A Level History

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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