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Course Information Booklet
  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




  15.Religious Education


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.


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.
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.

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

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.
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.

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

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.
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.

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.
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.

Students will understand how computer components theoretically work and how to go about writing your own
computer programs.


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.
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

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.

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.


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.

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

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.
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.

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
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.

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

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
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.


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

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 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).

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.

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
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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

Unit 4 requires students to demonstrate skills in advanced- level Spanish writing and translation from English to

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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