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									Devonport High School for Boys

       Advanced Level
        Choices 2008
                               The Sixth Form – A New Beginning
At the end of Year 11 your world is one of choice. Compulsory schooling has finished and you are free to
choose the direction best fitted to your future aspirations. Higher education and future employers demand of
recruits that they should be fully rounded, competent, well qualified individuals capable of teamwork, self
management, leadership and sound communication skills. A good sixth form must be able to offer students
the opportunities to gain the key skills to meet all these demands.

At Devonport High School for Boys we offer you a history of outstanding academic success and excellent
opportunity to develop yourself through a wide range of extra curricular activities.

At advanced level you finally have the chance to focus your studies on those areas that really interest you.
All students at Devonport High School for Boys study four subjects in Year 12 as well as General Studies,
taking examinations in all five in the first year. It is vitally important that you seek help in making your
choices. Teaching Staff will be happy to offer you in depth advice about your suitability to follow particular
courses. You must, however, look further ahead and find out if your choices at 16 match your future life
aspirations. The onus for this research rests with you but there are good sources of advice around such as
the Careers Department at school, Connexions, the Sixth Form team and the year group above you.

It is crucial that you do not become narrowly academic in your post 16 life. At Devonport High School for
Boys all students follow an A level course in General Studies. This is an excellent course of discussion
seminars and visiting speakers which apart from giving you another competitive qualification, will broaden
your horizons and enhance your communication skills, perhaps through honing an argument!
Outside lesson time the school seeks to provide support for students in their studies. All departments have
areas which can be used for private study and staff are always willing to provide help when asked. We
encourage you to engage in one to one communication with teaching staff, to take responsibility for seeking
guidance and to pursue active independent study.

In addition to your chosen ‘A’ levels and General Studies we facilitate a wide range of non-academic
opportunities. Our sixth formers take part in Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Work
Experience, Higher Education Visits, Voluntary Community Work, various Services cadet forces, highly
successful sport teams, music, overseas expeditions and much more! All these are opportunities to be
grasped - remember, it’s the whole person we endeavour to develop.

The Sixth Form at Devonport High School for Boys is far more than the sum of its parts. We aim to develop
a real sense of community responsibility. Sixth form students play on a major part in the shape and
character of that community via their Sixth Form Centre committee which helps manage the Foulston Sixth
Form Centre as well as playing a leading role in the School Council. The prefect system allows sixth formers
to take a leading role in the day to day running of the school and a variety of extracurricular events.

The Sixth Form at Devonport High School for Boys really is what you make it. We offer the expertise; with
your commitment, we can work together to open the door to your future.

I look forward to seeing you in September.

Sharon Davidson
Head of Sixth Form

           Entry to the Sixth Form at Devonport High School for Boys
In order to follow a full Level 3 curriculum here at DHSB, you need to have achieved the appropriate Average
Points Score (APS) at Key Stage 4 of 46 points or more including at least a C grade in English and

You can calculate your APS by converting your GCSE Grades (predicted at this stage, actual in August) into
points as follows:

         GCSE Grade                               Points
             A*                                    58
             A                                     52
             B                                     46
             C                                     40
             D                                     34
             E                                     28
             F                                     22
             G                                     16

As an example, let us look at a student with the following grades (predicted or actual):

          Subject                Grade            Points
 English Language                  A               52
 English Literature                *               58
 Maths                             B               46
 Science (double) (two             **              116
 Geography                         C               40
 French                            C               40
 Textiles                          B               46
 Resistant Materials               C               40
 Business studies                  C               40
 APS                                              47.8

For English and Maths you must have pass grades at A* - C since these are vital to all areas of employment
and to enter Higher Education.

Add up the points and divide by the total, here 10, to calculate the APS. Remember, that if Science is one of
your best subjects it counts as 2 GCSEs as it is a double award.

  When you join our Sixth Form you
  will be accepted on to a full time
  programme of 4 AS levels plus
  General Studies.    This will be
  negotiated with you by Ms
  Davidson or a member of the Sixth
  Form Interview team on 4

  Following your GCSE results in
  August you should calculate your
  APS, check whether you still have
  the entry grades for the subjects
  you wish to study, check that you
  have one subject in each option
  block.     If you wish to change
  subjects this can be arranged at
  the interview.
                                              Advanced Level Choice

The advanced level subjects consist of two parts:

         i          the AS level or first part of A level which is seen as the transition from GCSE to A level
                    studies and is studied in Year 12.

         ii         the A2 or final part of A level which is dependant on examination success at the AS level and
                    is studied in Year 13.

The A2 component is more demanding than the AS component.

There are major changes to A level courses starting in September 2008. At the time of publication some
departments have yet to have detailed information regarding their subject. Consequently general subject
information will be published in this booklet and more detail will follow as and when this is available to Head
of Department.

             A                       B                       C                    D                     E
         Biology                    Art                  Biology                  Art               Activities
     Business Studies            Chemistry              Classical            Chemistry           French (FLAW)
    English Literature          Computing              Civilisation           History               +Further
         German                 Drama and              Economics                 ICT              Mathematics
          History             Theatre Studies            French                 Latin            General Studies
       Mathematics           English Literature        Geography            Mathematics           Greek GCSE
    +Mathematics and            Geography             Mathematics          Media Studies        Tutor Programme
         Further                  History                Physics               Music
       Mathematics             Mathematics            Psychology            Psychology
         Physics               Media Studies        Religious Studies      Sports Studies
          Politics            Product Design          Sports Study          Systems and
                             Religious Studies                                Control
             Engineering Advanced Diploma

Students will choose 4 subjects in Year 12 for study to AS level standard.

All students will study General Studies to full A level standard.

+        Mathematics and Further Mathematics are 2 A levels and will occur during Option Block A time and
         Block E (Sixth Form Activities and General Studies).

In Blocks A, B, C and D more subjects may be available through the TLP (the link partnership) Consortium.
Please contact the Sixth Form staff or Dr Rintoul for further details.

Consortium subjects taught at schools other than Devonport High School for Boys may have only limited
places available.

You must study all your A levels at Devonport High School for Boys if the option block structure so allows.
Otherwise you may choose only one off-site subject.

Level 3 diplomas will be introduced in Plymouth from September 2008 and run alongside A levels. These
diplomas will be equivalent to 3 A levels. The engineering diploma is most likely to be of interest to our
students. The diploma will span Option Blocks A and B. The third A level component of the diploma may be
taken from any one of the remaining Blocks C or D. As more information is made available it will be passed
on to students.

Transfer of a student from AS level to A2 will be dependent on their demonstrating success at AS level in
Year 12 as the potential for examination success. Most students will study 4 A2 subjects including General

There are 5 option columns. Boys must choose one subject from each of the first four columns and put them
into a priority sequence. Column E is compulsory and although there is some choice within the subjects
these decisions will be made in September when the student has joined the sixth form. Students doing
Further Mathematics in Option Column A will then study Further Mathematics here in Column E.

Option Columns A, B, C and D form part of a consortium arrangement with other TLP schools. Details of
these subjects are found on individual schools’ websites:

and prospective TLP students are invited to attend the sixth form evenings later this month.

   9 January – Devonport High School for Boys (B) – 7.45 p.m. for TLP
   24 January – Notre Dame Roman Catholic School (N) – 7.00 p.m. for TLP
   17 January – Eggbuckland Community College (E) – 6.00 p.m. for TLP
   22 January – Devonport High School for Girls (G) – 7.00 p.m. for TLP
   18 February – St Boniface’s Roman Catholic College (S) – 7.00 p.m. for TLP

We also work with City College Plymouth (C) and Plymouth High School for Girls (P) on a subject by subject
basis to extend opportunity.

All Post 16 opportunities in Plymouth can be found on the website,

Consortium subjects taught at schools other than Devonport High School for Boys may have only limited
places available.

You must study all your A levels at Devonport High School for Boys if the option block structure so allows.
Otherwise you may choose only one off-site subject.

Having made your application a place will be held for you in the sixth form for an A level course of study.
Your place will be conditional upon you gaining good GCSE grades (a minimum average of 46 QCA/GCSE
points) and at least a C grade in both GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Candidates with lower
GCSE grades will be considered on an individual basis for entry to a one year AS level course in the first
instance. Many of the A levels on offer will have specific entry requirements and it is essential that you
familiarise yourself with these entry requirements.

The school reserves the right to alter the courses being offered; we may also need to limit the numbers doing
some subjects to avoid excessively large sets. We will inform all students affected by any change. You will
be asked to confirm your intention of taking up a place by Thursday 4 September 2008.

                                             SIXTH FORM ACTIVITIES

Most of the activities are practical in nature but they can vary from year to year depending on staffing and
availability of outside facilities. The activities offered this year include: Soccer, Basketball, Badminton*,
Swimming, Fitness Training, Squash and the Devonshire Health and Racket Club (for members only).

In addition, the school fields the following representative teams: 1 st XV Rugby, 1st and 2nd XI Soccer,
                  st                 st
Basketball, and 1 XI Cricket. The 1 XI will participate in weekly fixtures in the Devon Wednesday League.
Fixtures generally take place on Wednesday afternoons and lunchtime practices are available to all students.

Contact Mr Orkney for more information.


This course gives Year 12 students the opportunity to continue language studies beyond GCSE, covering
vocabulary, grammar and contexts relevant to business and commerce: the focus is communicative and
relevant to the world of work. The course involves 2 hours teaching per week and usually an additional
session with the foreign language assistant to give support in preparing the oral component which forms part
of the final assessment. There are no final examinations but the award is made on the basis of teacher
assessment monitored by Educational Development International. The qualification is recognised by the
British Chamber of Commerce. The course operates outside the normal option scheme and is offered to
main language students as well as to non-specialists. Students considering this course should have
obtained a grade ‘C’ in the relevant language at GCSE. Some of the materials which are used are online
and may be viewed by students interested:

Deutsch Plus – an online multi-media                   German      course    which    may     be    viewed     at

French for Work:
German for Work:

Contact Mrs Rowbury or Mr Gomez for more information.

                                                  GREEK GCSE

This course gives students the opportunity to learn Ancient Greek from scratch to GCSE standard in two
years. This should be of interest to anyone considering studying Classics, Philosophy or Theology at
University. The course will require considerable commitment and independent work, since it will operate in
addition to the normal options.

Contact Miss Holliday for further details.

                                  GENERAL STUDIES AQA Specification A
                                     Head of Subject – Ms S Davidson

This course will be studied by all boys for examination at AS level in 2009 and the final A2 units for the full A
level in 2010.

The sixth form General Studies course extends over two years. The course introduces pupils to the main
issues of the day, incorporating an appreciation of many of the 16+ core curriculum ideas and skills. The
rationale behind the course is based on the following criteria.

    a. The need for the individual pupil to have an understanding of the society in which he lives and the
       part he plays in it.

    b. The need to develop a critical approach to the appraisal of issues, and the need to evaluate the
       various solutions which have proposed to resolve them.

    c.   Many HE Institutions allow General Studies an identity of its own, enabling examination
         performances to be used as a means of entry. It is our experience that many more universities will
         accept General Studies as an entry qualification on results day.

    d. Tuition of this course allows us to increase the variety and quantity of AS and A2 subjects on offer.

An extension of the rationale relates particularly to both scale and space, which enables the individual to
realise that he is not isolated, and that events far away can have an important bearing on his actions. From
the intellectual point of view the course attempts also to cross the Science-Art Divide, and introduces cross-
curricular ideas which approach understanding from a different perspective.

General Studies Course Structure

The topics within this subject are introduced to the year group through visiting speakers and on a flexible rota
with delivery by subject specialists. Students are encouraged to visit the AS-Guru website to refresh their
mathematical skills, whilst skills in extended writing are covered by a specialist in the Sixth form enrichment
programme (either Tutorial or the General studies rotations). Topics typically include:-

         Law, Society and Ethics
         Political processes and goals
         Creativity and Innovation
         Classics, Ideologies and Values
         Moral responsibility of science
         The Arts, Aesthetic evaluation
         Media and Communication
         Politics and Current Affairs
         Mathematical reasoning and its application
         Environmental implications of discovery
         Human Behaviour


The two AS units are each 1 ½ hours. They are:

         UNIT 1 – Culture and Society -Objective test and Documentary source analysis questions
         UNIT 2 – Science and Society- Objective test and Source-based questions

The A2 units are each 2 hours. They are:

         UNIT 3 – Culture and Society- Source evaluation and 2 essays
         UNIT 4 – Science and Society with pre-release Case study and 1 essay


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