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Chobham Academia Course Information Booklet Contents: 1. Art 2. Biology 3. Business 4. Chemistry 5. Computing 6. Economics 7. English Literature 8. Geography 9. History 10.Maths and Further Maths 11.Physical Education 12.Physics 13.Politics 14.Psychology 15.Religious Education 16.Sociology 17.Spanish Art Year 12 Content The first half of the Advanced GCE course may be completed as an AS Level and credited. Students may continue into year two and take the full Advanced GCE qualification. Year one is made up of two units. Unit 1. Art and Design coursework: In this unit, students will have opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources. They will experiment with media and processes, and develop and refine their ideas, presenting their outcomes. At the beginning of the unit there is a short induction course to introduce a range of working processes and good practice. Unit 2. Externally Set Assignment: The paper consists of one broad-based thematic starting point. Students will develop preparation over a period of time and sit an eight hour examination under controlled conditions. Year 13 Content The full Advanced GCE has four units. Two from year one; two from year two. Unit 3. Art and Design coursework: This unit incorporates two linked elements, each with separate final outcomes: Practical work and Personal study. Practical work provides the opportunity for students to pursue their own creative ideas. The personal study of 1000-3000 words is linked to the practical work and requires students to produce an illustrated dissertation on a selected aspect of others art. Unit 4. Externally Set Assignment: The paper consists of one broad-based thematic starting point. Students will develop preparation over a period of time and sit a twelve hour examination under controlled conditions. Assessment 60% of marks come from coursework units; 40% of marks come from externally set assignment units. All units are assessed at the centre. Entry Requirements Students require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent, including grade B or above in Art and Design or a merit at BTEC First Diploma/ Certificate or equivalent. Career Progression Progression to higher level courses in Art and Design is normally through application to a Foundation course at Art College before applying to a degree course in a specialist area. Studying Art and Design for its own sake develops transferable skills, which can take you into employment. Success at this level requires determination and dedication. Biology Year 12 Content This is a one-year course. It comprises 3 units and may be awarded as a discrete qualification or counts for 50% of the full A Level. The first unit, Cells, Exchange and Transport makes up 30% at AS and 15% at A2. The second unit is Molecules, Biodiversity and Human Interactions which makes up 50% at AS and 25% at A2. The final unit is entitled Practical skills in Biology 1, this is where students undertake a practical piece of coursework. These modules develop an understanding of topics as diverse as biological molecules through to Variation, adaptation and evolution. Year 13 content The full A level comprises all of the AS plus units 4, 5 and 6. The fourth unit, Communications, Homeostasis and Energy, develops an understanding of photosynthesis, respiration, excretion and homeostasis. The next unit explores Control, Genomes and Environment, which includes topics such as Biotechnology and Ecosystems and sustainability. The final unit of study is Practical skills in Biology 2, which involves various practically assessed tasks. Assessments The Year 12 units will be externally assessed except for the investigation which is teacher assessed and externally moderated. In year 13 there will be further external assessments but you will also have the opportunity to carry out ecological survey techniques and laboratory based experiments as part of a second internally assessed practical investigation. Entry Requirements Students require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent, including a grade B or above in Science. Career Progression A level Biology prepares students for a wide range of courses in higher education such as: - agriculture, biochemistry, biological sciences, dentistry, ecology, food technology, forestry, medicine, microbiology, molecular biology, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, sports science, veterinary science and many others. The practical skills, experience of data analysis and the ability to express oneself concisely and accurately are useful attributes and help to prepare a young person for a career in a wide variety of fields. Business Year 12 Content The first unit studied is Unit 1 - Planning and Financing a business. In this unit, candidates should examine the topic areas below in relation to the two core themes: Starting a business and Financial planning. The second unit is - Managing a business. This unit covers the key functional areas of a business: people; operations; marketing and finance and examines how the management of these functions can assist in improving the effectiveness of the business. Year 13 content The first unit at A2 is Unit 3 - Strategies for Success. This unit builds on the material covered at AS and examines the ways in which the internal functions of a Business can contribute to the success of the business, and how the performance of a business (and its success) might be measured. It considers the functional objectives that business set, the possible strategies they use to achieve these and how these might help the business to achieve its overall corporate objectives. Unit 4 is the unit based on The Business Environment and Managing Change. This unit is designed to be synoptic and draws upon all other units of the specification including the AS units. It considers the relationship between businesses and external factors. It examines how external factors can impact upon businesses and the responses they may take. The unit also examines a number of themes which are important in the strategic management of businesses, for example, leadership and corporate culture. Candidates should consider how businesses can manage change successfully. Assessments Unit 1 is worth 20%, it is a 1 hour examination worth 60 marks. This exam involves Multiple choice questions plus one compulsory multi-part data response question. Unit 2 = 30%, it is a 1 hour 30 examination worth 80 marks. It involves 2 compulsory, multi part data response questions. Unit 3 is worth 25% of your overall mark. It is a 1 hour 30 examination involving 80 marks. There are Five questions in this exam based on a unseen case study. The final 25% is from Unit four which is 1 hour 30 long and worth 80 marks. This exam is based on a pre-release research tasks leading to the first section of a two section examination. Second section will consist of choice of essays. All questions will be essay style and synoptic therefore drawing upon knowledge from all four units. Entry Requirements Students require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent, and a grade B or above in English and Maths. Career Progression The majority of students at Harris have taken the A Level Business Studies course mainly to gain access to a place at university, normally taking a business related degree, another social science or information technology. A number have gone onto careers in industry, including banking and working for the Government. Chemistry Year 12 content The three Year 12 units aim to provide an extended foundation in the study of Chemistry. The first unit, Atoms, Bonds and Groups introduces the further study of inorganic chemistry, metals, non-metals and the bonding and structure of substances. The second unit deals with the chemistry of carbon compounds and energy changes associated with their use as a fuel. The effect of their use in this way on the environment is also studied. The third unit is a practical assessment derived from a variety of experimental tasks. Year 13 content This year one unit extends the studies of carbon compounds and includes industrial analytical techniques. Polymers and their synthesis is included here. The second unit considers reactions and the energy changes associated with them. The third unit is a series of practical assessments derived from a variety of experimental tasks. Assessment To be awarded AS Level you will be examined in all three units, two of these will be by written examinations, the third, practical assessment, undertaken within the Academy laboratories and assessed internally with external moderation. At A2 Level you will again be examined in three units, two in written papers and the practical assessment as for AS but with more advanced analysis of experiments. The practical components of the AS and A2 course comprise together 20% of the total marks. To be awarded A Level your AS and A2 results are combined. Entry requirements Students are required to obtain a minimum of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE or equivalent, including grade B or above in Chemistry/Additional Science, including a grade B in Mathematics. Career Progression An understanding of Chemistry is essential for medicine, dentistry, forensic science, pharmacy, geology and archaeology. Chemistry at A Level is the qualification most needed to join a Science based degree course. Computing Year 12 content The first unit studied covers all the basic theory and concepts that future programmers and designers need to know as a basis for further study. The unit is about acquiring knowledge and understanding of software, system development, data and applications. The second unit asks students to analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate a solution to a given problem requiring the production of original code (programming). Year 13 content The third unit studied (towards a full A level) is about acquiring additional knowledge and understanding of software, system development, data and applications, which are assessed by means of a three hour written examination. However, students will also draw upon this knowledge during their practical work for Unit 4. In the fourth unit students are required to analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate a solution to a substantial problem of their choice requiring the production of original code (programming). This is a substantial piece of work, undertaken over an extended period of time. Skills Students will understand how computer components theoretically work and how to go about writing your own computer programs. Assessments Unit 1: A three hour written examination. 32.5% Unit 2: Internal Assessment 17.5% Unit 3: A three hour written examination. 32.5% Unit 4: Internal Assessment 17.5% Entry Requirements 5 A-C Grades with a B grade Mathematics and a B grade in ICT (if studied). Career Progression University courses in Computing, Computation, Computer Science and Software Engineering. Careers in Computer Systems Research & Development, Computer Programming, Systems Analysis and Design, Computer Games Production, Software Engineering and Teaching. Economics Year 12 content The first unit studied is micro-economics unit called Markets in Action. It ensures candidates gain an appreciation of the allocation of resources, the market model and selected aspects of what makes markets efficient or sees them fail. The second unit, The National and International Economy, sees candidates introduced to how levels of macro- economic activity are determined and also investigates key national and international economic indicators, policies and problems. Year 13 content The principal focus in Economics of Work and Leisure is on understanding and analysing labour market concepts and issues or In Transport Economics the focus is on economic concepts and issues which are applied to a variety of transport contexts. Transport industries are considered in terms of models of market structure, particularly with a consideration ofcontestability. For A2 you must study The Global Economy. This unit provides the conceptual framework for the understanding, analysis, and evaluation of macro-economic performance in national, regional and global contexts. The key topics are comparative economic performance indicators and policies, trade & integration, development & sustainability and the economics of globalisation. Skills Employers value economics students' understanding of decision-making, their research and analytical skills, and their experience of viewing problems in their national and international context. Assessments Markets in Action (F581) is mandatory and is 50% of AS or 25% of A-Level and is a1.5hr exam The National and International Economy (F582) is mandatory and is 50% of AS or 25% of A-Level and is a 1.5hr exam Economics of Work and Leisure (F583) and Transport Economics (F584) are 25% of the A-Level and are each a 2hr exam. For these units Section A in each case, is a compulsory data response question and section B is a choice of one out of three structured essay questions. The Global Economy (F585) is mandatory, is 25% of the A-Level and is a 2hr exam. Students receive pre-issue stimulus material issued six-eight weeks before exam. Entry Requirements Recommended students have GCSE English A, Maths B Career Progression Economics university graduates are employed in a range of posts which may, or may not, be related to the discipline they studied. They work in manufacturing, transport, communications, banking, insurance, investment and retailing industries, as well as in government agencies, consulting and charitable organisations. English Literature Year 12 Content In Year 12 students will develop independent reading skills, the ability to discuss how meaning is made and the relevance of social and literary context. They will study one poetry, one prose and one drama text which will be connected by a key theme, plus three texts for wider reading and contextual support. Unit 1: Texts in Context (2hrs written exam). In this unit students will answer questions on the poetry and wider reading studied. Unit 2: Creative Study (coursework). 2,000 words in total the first piece will be a personal informed response to the prose text studied, the second piece will be on the drama text. Year 13 content The two units studied in Year 13 broaden and deepen the knowledge and skills of the students. Students will be encouraged to think independently and reflect on different ways of reading and writing about texts. Unit 3: Reading for Meaning (2hrs written exam). Students will carry out wider reading on the theme of Love through the ages and answer a question involving both the texts studied and unseen extracts. Unit 4: Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study (coursework). A 3,000 word comparison of two texts of students own choice and a 1,000 word response that will focus on an extract from a Shakespeare play. Assessments There is a mixture of examination and coursework assessment. Essay writing skills are vitally important for the course. Texts in the examinations are both pre-release and unseen. In open text examinations students can consult a copy of the text. Entry Requirements Students require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including a grade B or above in English Language and English Literature. Career Progression English Literature A level is a widely recognised and popular A level choice and valuable for access to many degree courses. Many students take English degrees. Others find the skills of analytical reading, accurate and coherent writing, and insightful use of knowledge developed through the course useful in careers such as journalism, law, business, teaching and marketing. Geography Year 12 content The AS course consists of two units. Units studies are; ‘Global challenges’, which explores two compulsory topics that look at the ‘big issues’ that face us all: Topic 1: The world at risk and Topic 2: Going Global. The second unit is ‘Geographical investigations’, which brings together today’s rapid economic changes which are impacting unfairly on people across the globe. Students will study two topics ‘Rebranding Places’, which focuses on how we need to re- image and regenerate rural and urban areas, using appropriate strategies and ‘Crowded Coasts’ which reveals how increasing development is testing our ability to manage these valued environments. There will be a compulsory residential fieldtrip as part of this unit. Year 13 content During year 13 students study a further two units. Unit studies are ‘Contested Planet’, which explores one physical and one human issue. The physical options give students the opportunity to explore how we might best manage some of the challenges we face from the natural world. The human option explores the changing relationship between rural and urban environments. In the second unit ‘Geographical Research’, students select and study one topic from six to reflect their geographical interests. Options include Tectonic activity and hazards, Life on the margins: the food supply problems and Pollution and human health risk at risk. Assessment All units are assessed through examinations that can be taken in January and June for both years 12 and 13. Entry Requirements Students require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including grade B or above in Geography from the higher tier and grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Career Progression A Level Geography is a means of entry to both Science and Arts courses in colleges and universities. Many employers welcome the study of A Level Geography. Specific careers involving Geography include environmental consultancy, regeneration officer, government policy officer, journalism, tourism, teaching & surveying, cartography, banking, town planning and the armed forces. Concern for the environment has risen sharply in many walks of life. Geography provides a particular insight into work geared to the protection and appreciation of both rural and urban environments. History Year 12 Content There will be a range of topics offered and you will complete 2 units. Unit 1 will include 2 of the following topics: Russia in Revolution Civil Rights in the USA The USA in Asia Unit 2 will include 1 of the following topics: Henry VIII British Political History 1945-90 Mass Media, Popular Culture and Social Change in Britain since 1945. Year 13 content In Year 13, you will take two units. Again a variety of topics will be offered. Unit 3 is assessed by examination Unit 4 is assessed by coursework. Assessments Both AS units will be assessed through written examinations. One unit in Year 13 is assessed through a written examination while the other one is assessed through coursework. Entry Requirements Students require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including a grade B or above in History. Career Progression A Level History is recognised as a highly academic subject. The skills you will develop prepare you for further education and employment. You will have learned how to evaluate and analyse information how to weigh up evidence and communicate complex ideas effectively. Maths & Further Maths AS – Year 12: Consists of studying 3 modules over one year. A2 – Year 13: Consists of studying 6 modules over 2 years. Further AS – Consists of studying 9 modules over 2 years. Further Mathematics – consists of studying 12 modules over 2 years. Subjects studied within AS/A2 and Further Mathematics: In Core Mathematics students will extend their knowledge of GCSE topics such as Algebra and Trigonometry as well as learning new topics such as calculus. In Mechanics students will learn how to describe mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them. In Statistics students will learn a range of methods aimed at sampling, representing and interpreting sets of data. Students will also study Probability and Hypothesis Testing. In Decision Mathematics students will learn how to solve a range of problems involving networks. A range of algorithms will enable such problems to be solved. Year 12 Content In Year 12 all students will study AS Mathematics. This consists of 3 modules: Core 1, Core 2 and students’ choice between Mechanics 1 and Statistics 1. If students intend studying AS Physics in Year 12 they should choose Mechanics 1. Further Mathematics is only for students who have achieved an A* at GCSE. Students will study a further 3 modules: Core 3, Decision 1 and either Statistics 1 or Mechanics 1 depending on options chosen. Year 13 Content Those students who pass the AS course (with an A-D AS grade) will study A2 Mathematics: This consists of 3 modules: Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1. The Further AS Mathematics students will also study Further Mathematics 1, Statistics 2 or Mechanics 2 and Decision 1. Assessment All of the units are examined by 1 hour 30 minute examination papers in the January and Summer Examinations period. All students are expected to purchase a graphics calculator, we recommend [Casio PLUS.] Throughout the academic year students are formally assessed 6 times. These ALIS Assessment Tasks will be based on mock and actual examination results. Entry Requirements Students require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent and also: For AS Mathematics: A high grade B or above on the Higher Tier Paper in GCSE Mathematics. For Further Mathematics: A GCSE grade A* in Mathematics. Career Progression A Level Mathematics is a much sought after and highly respected qualification, which can open doors to a wide range of higher education courses and rewarding careers. Higher education courses that require A Level Mathematics include Economics, Teaching, Medicine, Psychology, Architecture, Engineering, Science and Accountancy. Physical Education (PE) Year 12 Content In the AS year of this course you will complete 2 units. The first is the application of physiological and psychological knowledge to improve performance as well as developing knowledge on Contemporary Issues surrounding physical activity. This unit helps to build a greater understanding of the structure of the Human Body and how it responds during the performance of a variety of physical activities. The second unit is performance and its improvement through critical analysis. This unit focuses on the acquisition and development of physical skills and then how skills need to be practiced in order to be performed as specific movements or activities, which are then repeated consistently with precision. Year 13 Content The A2 consists of the two further units. The first is sports psychology, exercise physiology and comparative studies. In comparative studies we build upon the contemporary studies unit and study various types of culture to establish relationships between physical education and culture in the U.S.A, Australia and the U.K. In sports psychology we investigate the important role that the human mind has prior to, during, and after the performance. This exercise physiology unit looks at how the structure and function of the body changes as a result of exercise. The final unit is the improvement of effective performance and critical evaluation of practical activities with synoptic assessment. In this unit, student skills are developed and then assessed in performance situations which require a wide range of acquired, and developed skills to be performed with unconscious fluency, and adapted easily to varying conditions and circumstances. The synoptic element requires students to draw upon all theoretical disciplines studies across the two years to form relevant links. Assessments Assessment is by a mixture of written examinations and practical and oral coursework. During the AS course you will complete two written examinations, submit one piece of orally based coursework and undertake two practical activities. For the A2 course, two further examinations will be completed, two practical activities will be assessed and the spoken response to the observation of a live performance of one of their two practical activities will be assessed. Entry Requirements Students require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE. A grade B or above at Physical Education would be highly desirable, and a grade C or above in English and Biology. Career Progression An Advanced level qualification is becoming an essential prerequisite for specialist study in Physical Education and Sports Studies in higher education. The qualification provides an excellent foundation for students intending to pursue careers in teaching and coaching, sports development, physiotherapy, the leisure industry, recreational management, the health and fitness industry and professional sport. Physics Year 12 content This is a one year course comprising of 3 units and may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count 50% to the full ‘A’ level. The first unit is ‘Physics in Action’. Topics covered will include the Physics behind modern communication systems and the use of designer materials for a variety of applications. This is an examined unit contributing 30% to the final AS grade. The second unit is ‘Understanding Processes’ and it focuses on different ways of understanding processes of change: motion in space and time, wave motion and quantum behaviour. This is also an examined unit contributing 50% to the final AS grade. This paper will include an Advance Notice article on measurement, provided before the exam, but with no questions. This will give you opportunity to analyse the data with your teacher’s help using the relevant skills learned throughout the course. To fulfill the third unit, ‘Physics in Practice’, you will be asked to carry out 2 short, individual coursework tasks: one on the ‘Quality of Measurement’, a practical and analytical task; and the second on ‘Physics in Use’, a presentation on the use, properties and structure of a material. These assessed tasks will contribute 20% to your AS grade. Year 13 content Upon completing the AS year, you may begin the more challenging A2 course. This consists of a further 3 units. The AS Physics knowledge is assumed in all the following units. The first is ‘The Rise and Fall of the Clockwork Universe’. Using simple computer models, you will show how mathematical rules can be used to predict the future. This is an examined unit contributing 15% to the final ‘A’ level. The second unit is ‘Field and Particle Pictures and Advances in Physics’. You will study magnetic and electric fields and use this knowledge to understand how we see inside atoms and molecules. This is also an examined unit and it will include an Advance Notice article providing a comprehension /data analysis drawn from any section of the course. It will contribute 25% to the final ‘A’ level. The final unit is ‘Researching Physics’ which will include 2 tasks, an extended practical investigation in an area of Physics that interests you and a written and verbal report on a topic of Physics of your choosing. This will contribute 10% to your final ‘A’ level. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to read and discuss articles from scientific journals and to carry out independent research tasks including use of the internet to visit relevant web sites. In addition, we encourage students to attend lectures for young people at many of the scientific institutions and university colleges in London. Assessments Assessment is a combination of written examinations and coursework. During the AS course, you will complete 2 written examinations and submit 2 short coursework tasks. For the A2 course, there will be 2 further modular examinations, a practical investigation and a written and verbal research task. Entry requirements Students require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent, including grade B or above in Science, and a grade B or above in Mathematics. Students also need to study AS Mathematics. Students should note that the mathematical content of Physics AS and A2 is demanding. Career Progression Physics is a very useful qualification and is recognised as important for a wide variety of careers. Physicists have gone on to work in medicine, computing, telecommunications, electronics, engineering, research and any disciplines requiring a high degree of numeracy and/or problem solving e.g. accountancy. A-level Physics is an excellent preparation for further study in higher education and physicists are in demand for many types of careers. Politics Year 12 Content You will need to complete two units. Both units relate to British Government and Politics. The first explores People, Politics and Participation. While the second unit focuses on Governing Modern Britain. Year 13 content Within Year 13, you will take two units relating to comparative American government and Politics. Unit Three looks at the Government of the USA. Unit four follows the politics of the USA. Assessments All four units will be assessed through written examinations, two in Year 12 and two in Year 13. Entry Requirements Students require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE preferably including a grade B or above in a Humanities subject. Career Progression A Level Politics is recognised as a highly academic subject. The skills you will develop prepare you for further education and employment. You will have learned how to evaluate and analyse information how to weigh up evidence and communicate complex ideas effectively. Furthermore, you will have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of political ideas, theories, concepts and practices. Psychology Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. The AS aims to give an overview of the main areas of the subject, while the A2 allows for some of these areas to be studied in greater depth. (The specification followed is AQA B). AS Level There are two units: Unit 1: Approaches in Psychology, Research Methods and Gender Development. Unit 2: Social Psychology (Obedience and Conformity), Cognitive Psychology (Memory) and Individual Differences (Anxiety Disorders). Assessments Each unit is assessed by a one and a half hour exam. Unit 1 is sat in January, and Unit 2 is sat in May. A2 Level There are two more units: Unit 3: Child Development (Social), Psychopathology (Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders), Cognition and Law. Unit 4: Approaches, Debates and Methods. Assessments Unit 3 is assessed by an exam in January. Unit 4 is assessed by an exam in June. Entry Requirements Students require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent, including grade C or above at GCSE in English and Mathematics. Career Progression A Level Psychology is accepted by Universities as an excellent foundation for a wide range of degree courses. It is also an asset in health/welfare, law, teaching, marketing, human resources, general management, the police and media. Religious Studies Entry Requirements There are no specific entry requirements, but some study of R.E./R.S. at Key Stage 4 will be helpful. This course is an academic study of religious, philosophical and ethical issues and, thus, religious belief is neither presumed nor required. A GCSE grade of at least B in English will be a good indication of ability to succeed in the written demands of the course. Year 12 AS Outline The two modules studied in Year 12 will develop skills of analytical and critical enquiry. In ‘Philosophy of Religion’ students will study philosophical arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering and philosophical debates about miracles. In ‘Religious Ethics’ students will study the relationship between religion and morality, ethical theories and applied ethics. Year 13 A2 Outline The three modules studied in Year 13 will build upon and deepen the knowledge and skills developed in Year 12. In ‘Philosophy of Religion’ students will continue to study arguments for the existence of God alongside studies of beliefs about life after death and the use of religious language. In ‘Religious Ethics’ students will continue to study the relationship between religion and morality and ethical theories alongside studies of ethical language and concepts in moral discourse and applied ethics. The third module will draw together skills and knowledge from the other two modules in order to consider the relationship between philosophical views and ethical judgements. Assessment In both years the course is assessed through 2 exams, the first focuses on the 5 ethical and philosophical units of the course, the second is an investigation that students carry out throughout the year. Essay writing and discussion skills are important and will be developed throughout the course. The Future Religious Studies A Level is a very popular course among students from many different backgrounds. As well as being a truly enjoyable subject, it is recognised by employers, colleges and universities as a course that enables students to think and argue critically at an extremely high level. These skills are transferable to a huge variety of careers and degree courses. Sociology AS Level This course comprises of 4 modules. In year 12 students will complete the unit Exploring socialisation, culture and society which includes learning the different theories of looking at societies and the methods of practical research based on these theories. The second AS unit is entitled Topics in socialisation, culture and identity, where one topic will be studied in more depth. A2 Level Two more units are studied 1. Power and control 2. Exploring social inequality and difference. Assessment This is a modular course, however the AS will be taken as a terminal examination at the end of the first year and A2 at the end of the second. All four of the AS and A2 modules are given equal weighting. Entry Requirements Students require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE, including a B grade or above in English and Mathematics. Career Progression It is an asset to careers in health/welfare, medicine, law, teaching, the police and the media. Spanish AS In unit 1, Students will be rewarded for their ability to converse in Spanish in a general topic area that they have chosen in advance. Students will be expected to give relevant and appropriate information, convey opinions, interact and respond to a range of questions. They must choose one of the following general topic areas: -Youth culture and concerns -Lifestyle: Health and fitness -The world around us: Travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Spanish- speaking world -Education and employment. In Unit 2, Students will be required to understand and convey their understanding of Spanish- language texts and recordings. In addition, They will need to produce an essay to demonstrate an ability to manipulate the Spanish language in continuous writing. The unit draws upon the four general topic areas mentioned in Unit 1. A2 Unit 3 requires students to demonstrate the effectiveness of their Spanish- language skills by presenting and taking a clear stance on any issue of their choice. They will be expected to interact effectively, defend their views and sustain discussion. Unit 4 requires students to demonstrate skills in advanced- level Spanish writing and translation from English to Spanish. Assessment The AS units 1 and 2 represent 50% of Advanced GCE. The A2 units 3 and 4 represent 50% of Advanced GCE. Entry Requirements Students require a minimum of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE or equivalent, including a B grade or above in Spanish. Career Progression AS/A2 Spanish will give you a good foundation for further study in higher education, and can often be used in conjunction with an additional subject e.g. Business, Law, Spanish language and culture. The knowledge of a foreign language offers wider opportunities to work or travel abroad and will enhance the opportunity to access a wide variety of jobs and careers.
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