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									Course Information 2008/09
    Courses available at                                                  How will I choose my
    The Herschel Consortium                                               course?
                                                                          Your choice of subjects is an important decision - your future
                    A Levels (AS/A2)                                      career could depend on it. Think carefully about the advice
                                                                          from teachers, parents, friends and careers staff. To help you
    Art                                 ICT                               make informed decisions, you should read the subject
    Biology                             ICT (Applied)                     information in this guide very carefully. Ultimately though, you
    Business Studies                    Law                               must make the final decision if your Sixth Form study is to be
    Chemistry                           Mathematics                       enjoyable and successful.
    Design Technology                   Media Studies
    Economics                           Music
    English Language
    English Literature
                                        Performing Arts
                                        Philosophy
                                                                          Which subjects go best
    Food Technology                     Physical Education                together?
    French                              Physics
                                                                          Your main considerations should be what you will enjoy
    Geography                           Psychology
                                                                          studying in depth for two years and where your strengths lie.
    German                              Religious Studies
                                                                          Some university courses and careers have specific
    Government & Politics               Sociology                         requirements, for example medicine, and you should be aware
    History                             Theatre Studies                   of these. You may wish to think about combinations of
    Human Biology                                                         subjects carefully. This will give an impressive breadth to your
                                                                          programme of study and promote the development of a range
       Vocational Level 3 (Advanced)                                      of skills.


    Vocational A Level Business (Double Award)                            All these issues will be discussed at your Sixth Form
                                                                          interview.

                   Vocational Level 2
    BTEC First Diploma Business
    BTEC First Certificate Travel & Tourism


                               GCSE
    English Language
    Mathematics




    Baylis Court School                               Herschel Grammar School                          The Westgate School
    Gloucester Avenue, Slough,                        Northampton Avenue, Slough,                       Cippenham Lane, Slough,
    Berkshire SL1 3AH                                 Berkshire SL1 3BW                                 Berkshire SL1 5AH
    Tel: 01753 531760                                 Tel: 01753 520950                                 Tel: 01753 521320
    Fax: 01753 553719                                 Fax: 01753 530984                                 Fax: 01753 521200
    Email: office@bayliscourt.slough.sch.uk           Email: mail@herschel.slough.sch.uk                Email: secretary@westgate.slough.sch.uk
    Web: www.bayliscourt.slough.sch.uk                Web: herschel.slough.digitalbrain.com             Web: www.westgate.slough.sch.uk




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General Entry Requirements
Students applying for Sixth Form courses are expected to have the intention and willingness to study hard in school, and be
prepared to spend at least fifteen to twenty hours per week on private study at home.

Minimum Entry Qualifications
Level 3 (2 year course):
• AS and A2 Level courses:       5 GCSE passes at Grades A*-C (including at least a Grade C in English Language and
                                 Mathematics). All subjects chosen for AS level require a minimum of Grade B if taken at GCSE.

• Vocational:                    4 GCSE passes at Grades A*-C (including at least a Grade C in either English Language or
  Applied A Level courses:       Mathematics, or equivalent Level 2 qualification.

Level 2 (1 year course):
• BTEC First Diploma             5 GCSE passes (of which at least 2 must be Grade C).
• BTEC First Certificate

Students who have achieved a Grade D at GCSE in English Language and/or Mathematics will be required to continue studying these
subjects to enable them to re-take examinations as necessary to meet the basic requirements of Higher Education.



Proposed subjects/Courses available
As an AS student, you will need to choose FOUR subjects in total, but only ONE subject from an Option Block.
Applied A Level students may select ONE AS subject from Option Block 3.

                                                LEVEL 3 COURSES (2 years):
  Option Block 1             Option Block 2             Option Block 3             Option Block 4             Option Block 5
 AS Level:                   AS Level:                 AS Level:                  AS Level:                   AS Level:
 Business Studies            Biology                   English Language           Art                         Art
 English Literature          Chemistry                 English Literature         Business Studies            Biology
 Human Biology               Design & Technology       Geography                  Economics                   Chemistry
 Mathematics                 German                    Government & Politics      English Literature          Food Technology
 Media Studies               ICT (Applied)             ICT                        History                     French
 Psychology                  Philosophy                Psychology                 Human Biology               Music
                             Psychology                Religious Studies          Mathematics                 PE
                             Sociology                 Sociology                  Physics                     Performing Arts
                                                       Further Mathematics        Psychology                  Sociology
                                                       (by teacher                                            Theatre Studies
                                                       recommendation only)
 Applied A Level:            Applied A Level:          AS Level: Law              Applied A Level:            Applied A Level:
 • Business                  • Business                (for Applied A Level       • Business                  • Business
                                                       students only)

                                                LEVEL 2 COURSES (1 year):
 BTEC First Diploma:         BTEC First Diploma:                                  BTEC First Diploma:
 • Business                  • Business                                           • Business

                                                            Not Applicable                                        Not Applicable
 BTEC First Certificate:     BTEC First Certificate:                              BTEC First Certificate:
 • Travel & Tourism          • Travel & Tourism                                   • Travel & Tourism


Subjects will only be offered if there is sufficient demand and it may be that the Option Blocks will change according to students’
choices.



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    What do I do now?
    For students at Baylis Court, Herschel Grammar and The Westgate School:


    1   Look through the                            2   Check your predicted      3   Complete your
        prospectus to become                            grades to see if the          application form and
        familiar with the                               courses/subjects you          ask your teachers to
        subjects that you are                           wish to do are                complete your
        interested in.                                  suitable. Talk with           recommendation
                                                        your subject teachers         sheet.
                                                        about this.




    4   Discuss your                                5   If your application has   6   Sit your examinations
        course/subject                                  been successful, you          and await the results.
        interests in your                               will receive a letter         If you don't achieve
        individual interview in                         offering you a                the grades you
        the Spring Term.                                conditional place.            require, don't panic!
                                                                                      We will meet with you
                                                                                      to discuss what
                                                                                      choices you now
                                                                                      have.


    For students at all other schools:


    1   Look through the                            2   Check your predicted      3   Complete your
        prospectus to become                            grades to see if the          application form and
        familiar with the                               courses/subjects you          send it to Herschel
        subjects that you are                           wish to do are                Grammar School
        interested in.                                  suitable. Talk with           before the closing
                                                        your subject teachers         date.
                                                        about this.




    4   Following receipt of a                      5   If your application has   6   Sit your examinations
        reference, you may be                           been successful, you          and await the results.
        invited for interview.                          will receive a letter         If you don't achieve
                                                        offering you a                the grades you
                                                        conditional place.            require, don't panic!
                                                                                      We can discuss your
                                                                                      options on enrolment
                                                                                      day.




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AS/A2 Level


ART                                                              ART
(in Option Block 4)                                              (in Option Block 5)

Qualifications to start the course:                              Qualifications to start the course:
Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the              Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
Herschel Consortium. These must include at least Grade C         Herschel Consortium. These must include at least a Grade
in Art at GCSE level.                                            B in Art at GCSE level.

Description of subject:                                          Description of subject:
You will follow a course of integrated practical, critical and   There are two courses on offer in Option Block 5.
theoretical study using a variety of media and processes.
The course will enable you to develop your own personal          The first aims to encourage you to develop:
responses to your experiences, environment and culture in        • intellectual, imaginative, and creative powers;
both your practical and theoretical activities.                  • investigative, analytical and experimental abilities;
                                                                 • practical, technical and expressive skills;
The aims of the course are to encourage you to develop:          • aesthetic understanding & critical judgement.
• Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers;
• Investigative, practical, experimental and expressive          You will also be expected to develop an understanding of
  skills;                                                        the interrelationships between Art, Craft & Design, and an
• An understanding of the interrelationships between art,        awareness of the contexts in which they operate.
  craft and design and the contexts in which they operate;
• Knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in        You will need to work in at least two of the following areas:
  contemporary society and in other times and cultures.          Fine Art, Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design, and 3-D
                                                                 Design
Your work will include practical and critical/contextual
work associated with two or more of the following media:         The course is suitable if you wish to further your
3D Design, Photography, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Textiles,      knowledge and understanding of Art and Design.
ICT.                                                             It is an essential qualification if you are considering a
                                                                 career in visually creative subjects and for a wider range of
You are required to participate actively in your course of       related occupations.
study, recognising and developing your own strengths in
the subject.                                                     At both AS and A Level there will be one unit of
                                                                 coursework and an examination.

                                                                 The second option is designed for those who enjoy all
                                                                 aspects of Art & Design, both on a practical and theoretical
                                                                 level. Emphasis is very much on developing the individual
                                                                 artist, whether through painting, drawing, printmaking,
                                                                 digital imagery, textiles or sculpture, and it includes a
                                                                 critical study. No matter what your other subject choices
                                                                 are, if you have a big dose of creativity and you want to
                                                                 develop your artistic side further, this is for you!

                                                                 At AS Level there will be two units of coursework, and an
                                                                 external exam.

                                                                 At A2 Level there will be one unit of coursework, a log
                                                                 book or personal study, and an external exam.
Student comments:
“A-Level Art is a very enjoyable and relaxing subject which I
have chosen to do alongside ICT. My career path would be
something in Computer Multimedia, combining the two
subjects.”




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                                                                                                           AS/A2 Level


    BIOLOGY                                                        BUSINESS STUDIES

    Qualifications to start the course:                            Qualifications to start the course:
    Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the            Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
    Herschel Consortium. These must include at least Grade B       Herschel Consortium. These must include at least Grade C
    in Biology or Grade BB in Double Award Science. If you         in Maths and English Language. You do not need to have
    have a deep curiosity about the world in which we live and     studied Business Studies at GCSE although if you have, we
    want to know more, Biology can be rewarding.                   would expect at least a Grade B if based at Herschel
                                                                   Grammar School, and preferably a Grade B if based at The
    Description of subject:                                        Westgate School. However it is important that you have an
    Biology is the fascinating study of living organisms from      interest in the world about you.
    molecules to organisms in their environment. Students are
    taught by enthusiastic teachers who have a wide range of       Description of subject:
    specialist subject areas and industrial experiences. Classes   A Level Business Studies is a course that helps you to
    are in modern, spacious laboratories with practical            make sense of the real world of business. Business theory
    sessions and field work an integral part of the study          is explored and investigated using real examples and your
    programme. The Biology department has drawn in                 own experience.
    additional funding under the Technology College initiative
    and offers interactive computer-aided learning and internet    The teaching staff have many years of practical business
    access. The library has a specialist section of books chosen   experience which they use to help bring the subject to life.
    by the teachers to support your learning.                      They will expect you to have an enquiring mind and an
                                                                   interest in what makes the world go round. Lessons are
    Results on the AS & A2 courses are well above the national     varied and you will be asked to contribute your ideas and
    average and students gain higher grades than students          opinions on a regular basis as well as participate in
    with the same GCSE results do nationally. Biology staff        different group activities. This is a popular subject that
    provide support by offering one to one help during free        achieves top results.
    periods and private study.
                                                                   The new four Unit specification is designed to make the
    Biology offers numerous career opportunities and has a         subject even more practical giving students the skills that
    direct relevance to many employers.                            directly transfer to running a successful business. Every
                                                                   aspect of the course has relevance, making this a living,
    At AS Level you will study:                                    breathing subject.
    Unit 1: Cells, Exchange and Transport
    Unit 2: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health               At AS Level you will study:
    Unit 3: Practical Skills in Biology 1                          Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business
                                                                   Unit 2: Managing a Business
    At A2 Level you will study:
    Unit 4: Communications, Homeostasis and Energy                 At A2 Level you will study:
    Unit 5: Control, Genomes and Environment                       Unit 3: Strategies for Success
    Unit 6: Practical Skills in Biology 2                          Unit 4: The Business Environment and Change

                                                                   There is no coursework for this subject.




    Student comments:                                              Student comments:
    “Even though Biology is a science, it overcomes the natural    “Now when I listen to the news, I understand what is
    stereotypes some students have about it. I feel it furthers    happening in the world around me.”
    my existing knowledge.”
                                                                   “The lessons are challenging. They make you think about the
    “Biology is a subject which has a variety of real life         things around you in a different light.”
    applications. You can finally look at something and say “I
    know how and why that happens!”                                “This is going to help make me rich!”




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AS/A2 Level


CHEMISTRY                           (at Herschel)              CHEMISTRY                            (at Westgate)


Qualifications to start the course:                            Qualifications to start the course:
Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the            Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
Herschel Consortium. These must include at least Grade         Herschel Consortium. These must include at least a Grade
BB in Double Award Science or Grade B in Chemistry.            BB in Double Science or a Grade B in Chemistry, and at
                                                               least a grade B in Maths and English Language. If you
Description of subject:                                        enjoy the study of the properties and reactions of
Chemistry covers every aspect of our lives, from the fabric    substances and want to know more, Chemistry can be
of the clothes we wear to the foods we eat and the             rewarding.
medicines that we take in order to fight infections. Here
are some examples:                                             Description of subject:
• Did you know that salt is one of the most widely used        Chemistry is a science subject and as such practical
  chemicals throughout history? Its uses have varied from      activities and the process of scientific investigation are an
  preserving food in winter to payment of Roman soldiers'      important part of learning. Candidates will also gain an
  salaries.                                                    awareness of the ethical, environmental, technological and
• Paracetamol is a successful modern drug which was            economic aspects of the subject. A distinctive feature of
  designed by modifying a chemical extracted in the            the Salters Chemistry course is that its content relates to a
  middle ages from the bark of the willow tree.                wide range of “real world” contexts, many of which are
• When you chop an onion, the chances are that you will        taken from other sciences or related subjects such as
  shed a few tears! As the knife cuts through the onion        Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science or Chemical
  cells, chemicals such as 'Thiopropionaldehyde-S-oxide'       Engineering. This unique approach gives the subject
  are released and these molecules are lachrymators.           relevance and interest to everyday life. Other subjects that
• Oh! Those wonderful jeans which are known for their          go well with Chemistry are Biology, Geography,
  durability and varied shades of blue! The original dye       Mathematics, Sports Science and Physics.
  used in the manufacture of jeans was INDIGO, a
  compound originally extracted from plants. Nowadays          With a qualification in Chemistry you could go on to further
  most dyes are made synthetically in the laboratory - we      or higher education, study Chemistry or any of the other
  make a dye on the A2 course.                                 related subjects, such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary
                                                               Science or Chemical Engineering, or work in science-based
Chemistry is mainly a practical subject requiring              industry, the medical field or agriculture.
manipulation skills as well as logical intellectual thinking
skills.                                                        At AS Level you will study:
                                                               Unit 1:   Chemistry for Life
At AS Level you will study:                                    Unit 2:   Chemistry of Natural Resources
Unit 1:   Atoms, Bonds and Groups                              Unit 3:   Chemistry in Practice
Unit 2:   Chains, Energy and Resources
Unit 3:   Practical Skills in Chemistry 1 (internal            At A2 Level you will study:
          assessment)                                          Unit 4:   Chemistry of Natural Products
                                                               Unit 5:   Chemistry by Design
At A2 Level you will study:                                    Unit 6:   Chemistry – Individual investigation
Unit 4:   Rings, Polymers and Analysis
Unit 5:   Equilibrium, Energetics and Elements
Unit 6:   Practical Skills in Chemistry 2 (internal
          assessment)

Student comments:                                              Student comments:
“I like the colourful and explosive experiments!”              “It's really interesting to find out how real chemists work.”

“Chemistry offers a challenging yet exciting insight into      “I find the study of the properties and reactions of chemical
science.”                                                      substances very enjoyable and fascinating.”




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                                                                                                         AS/A2 Level


    DESIGN TECHNOLOGY                                              ECONOMICS
    Product Design
    Qualifications to start the course:                            Qualifications to start the course:
    Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the            Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
    Herschel Consortium. These must include at least a Grade       Herschel Consortium. These must include at least a Grade
    B in one of the following: Product Design. Resistant           C in Maths and English Language, and at least a Grade B
    Materials, Systems & Control, Graphic Products or Textiles.    for Economics or Business Studies if studied at GCSE. You
                                                                   must have a healthy interest in current affairs, and in the
    Description of subject:                                        way the world works.
    This subject considers the processes of designing,
    manufacturing and using a range of familiar products. Why      Description of subject:
    are products designed? How are they made? What                 At AS, you will investigate micro- and macroeconomics.
    materials and processes are involved, and how are they         Microeconomics addresses issues such as: ‘Why are house
    used? Moral, cultural and environmental factors arising        prices so high?’, ‘Can pollution effectively be controlled?’
    from making and using products are also considered. By         and ‘Should governments interfere with markets?’. The
    choosing this subject, you will:                               macroeconomics issues include: ‘Why does the
    • extend your understanding of Design & Technology with        Government have an inflation rate target and how does it
       a product design focus                                      affect us?’, ‘What happens to the economy if people decide
    • carry out extensive research and gather information from     to spend more?’ and ‘How are we affected by the Chinese
       a range of sources                                          and Indian economies?’
    • test a range of materials and match physical properties
       to applications                                             For A2 you will consider economic concepts and theories at
    • investigate design opportunities using computer aided        greater depth, and recognise the values and limitations of
       design programmes                                           economic models. You will explore two contemporary and
    • study modern manufacturing processes and possibly use        relevant contexts: the global context, which includes the
       computer numerically controlled machines to produce         impact of globalisation on UK economic performance; and
       design solutions                                            the European Union context, embracing the effect of EU
    • apply your knowledge of designing and making to              membership and economic policy on the UK economy.
       achieve high quality coursework
    • develop a greater awareness of the responsibilities that     At AS Level you will study:
       designers and manufacturers have to us, and to future       Unit 1:   Markets and Market Failure
       generations.                                                Unit 2:   The National Economy
    Coursework involves completing a number of practical           At A2 Level you will study:
    assignments which could lead to developing links with          Unit 3: Business Economics and the Distribution of
    industry and drawing upon the experience of professional                Wealth
    designers and manufacturers.                                   Unit 4: The National and International Economy
    At AS Level you will study:
    Unit 1:   Advanced Innovation Challenge
    Unit 2:   Product Study

    At A2 Level you will study:
    Unit 3:   Design, make and evaluate
    Unit 4:   Product Design



    Student comments:                                              Student comments:
    “I've really enjoyed putting my design ideas into practice.”   “Challenging and enjoyable at the same time. A very
                                                                   interesting subject!”
    “I've had to learn to work independently.”
                                                                   “I'd recommend it! It really helps teach you how the world
    “Conducting primary research outside of school, has given me   works, and there's always lots to debate and discuss.”
    greater confidence.”




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AS/A2 Level


ENGLISH LANGUAGE                                                 ENGLISH LITERATURE
                                                                 (in Option Blocks 1 & 3)

Qualifications to start the course:                              Qualifications to start the course:
Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the              Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
Herschel Consortium. These must include at least a Grade         Herschel Consortium. These must include at least Grade B
B in English Language and preferably also in English             in English Language and preferably also a Grade B or
Literature. If you enjoyed studying the language of your         above in English Literature. If you have enjoyed studying
novels, poetry and plays at GCSE and are interested in how       the set novels, plays and poetry at GCSE, then A Level
language works, then A Level English Language may be for         English Literature may be for you.
you.
                                                                 Description of subject:
Description of subject:                                          Over the centuries, the most accurate measure of the
What affects the way we speak and write today? The               country's changing views, obsessions and philosophies
history of language and how we acquire language as               can be seen in the texts written by its citizens. At A Level,
children have been subjects of debate for many years.            all the texts you study will provide you with the chance to
How we use language in different circumstances and               understand different ages' and writers' attitudes to love,
contexts tells us a great deal about society, written            death and religion - surely the most fundamental of human
communication and human nature. All of these aspects of          concerns.
language will be studied in A Level English Language.
                                                                 You will be expected to read widely and write essays of
                                                                 course, but more important is your willingness to debate
You will be expected to read widely and with greater
                                                                 ideas with others, and have opinions of your own.
attention to how a text means what it says, not simply
what it means. You will also write your own original work        If you have an enthusiasm for language and a love of
and recreate new texts for specific audiences and                reading, then this might be the course for you. We offer a
purposes.                                                        team of highly experienced A Level teachers, who will
                                                                 share with you their passion for Literature whilst helping
If you have a love of language and an investigative nature,      you to develop and express your own views effectively.
this course could be the one for you. The course provides
strong links with Sociology and Psychology and is taught         At AS Level you will study:
by experienced A Level teachers who have a passion for           Unit 1:   Drama & Poetry
language.                                                        Unit 2:   Pre-20thC. Prose
                                                                 Unit 3:   Shakespeare coursework
At AS Level you will study:
Unit 1:   Introduction to the Study of Language                  At A2 Level you will study:
Unit 2:   Language & Social Contexts                             Unit 4:   Modern Novel coursework
Unit 3:   Original Writing - coursework                          Unit 5:   Poetry & Drama
                                                                 Unit 6:   Comparative Prose & Unseen Poetry
At A2 Level you will study:
Unit 4:   Investigating Language - coursework
Unit 5:   Editorial Writing
Unit 6:   Language Development




Student comments:
“The creative aspect has allowed me to express myself in
numerous ways.”

“Enlightening and fun to do! I now think more carefully about
how I speak.”

“The course covers a range of exciting topics. It's definitely
enhanced my logical thinking.”




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                                                                                                         AS/A2 Level


     ENGLISH LITERATURE                                            FOOD TECHNOLOGY
     (in Option Block 4)

     Qualifications to start the course:                           Qualifications to start the course:
     Expected GCSE requirement for A Level study at the            Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
     Herschel Consortium. These must include at least a Grade      Herschel Consortium. These must include at least Grade B
     B in English Literature, and a genuine enjoyment of           in Food Technology.
     reading.
                                                                   Description of subject:
     Description of subject:                                       Food Technology is a broad subject, which brings together
     Details as for English Literature in Option Blocks 1 and 3.   elements of food science, product development designing,
                                                                   testing, evaluating and manufacturing skills.
     At AS Level you will study:
     Unit 1:   A modern novel                                      The units at AS and A2 Level cover the following areas of
     Unit 2:   Shakespeare coursework                              study; Materials and Components (Units 1 and 4), Design
     Unit 3:   Texts in context – a selection of poetry and a      and Market Influences (2 and 5) and Processes and
               play                                                Manufacturer (3 and 6).

     At A2 Level you will study:                                   Food Technology provides an excellent opportunity to
     A2 Level specification still to be confirmed.                 study a subject, which has creative, academic and practical
                                                                   applications in today's fast changing technological world
                                                                   offering many opportunities at University and beyond.

                                                                   For information on careers in a food related environment
                                                                   visit the website www.ifst.com and click on…“Careers in
                                                                   Food Science and Technology”.

                                                                   At AS Level you will study:
                                                                   Unit 1:   Materials & Components
                                                                   Unit 2:   Design & Make Project - coursework
                                                                   Unit 3:   Design & Market Influences (written paper)

                                                                   At A2 Level you will study:
                                                                   Unit 4:   Product Study - coursework
                                                                   Unit 5:   Design & Make Project - coursework
                                                                   Unit 6:   Written Paper




     Student comments:
     “We have had some memorable lessons, most involving
     either fierce arguments or riotous laughter!”

     “I'm sure doing English has benefited my other subjects.”




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AS/A2 Level


FRENCH                                                        GEOGRAPHY

Qualifications to start the course:                           Qualifications to start the course:
Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the           Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
Herschel Consortium. These must include at least Grade B      Herschel Consortium which must include at least a Grade B
in French, but preferably a Grade A.                          in Geography if taken. Strong candidates who have not
                                                              studied GCSE Geography may be considered for the
Description of subject:                                       course.
You will build on the basic communication skills learnt at
GCSE to cover a much broader and more exciting range of       Description of subject:
topics such as relationships, problems and young people,      You will need:
leisure, tourism, hobbies and entertainment. Education        • a lively and enquiring mind, together with an interest in
and careers, transport, gender issues, drugs and AIDS           the environment and current affairs
might also be covered. In addition to your French lessons,    • a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to
you will have individual time with a teaching assistant who     communicate your thoughts effectively
is a native speaker. Students may also undertake work
experience in France.                                         You will learn:
                                                              • How globalisation affects our lives
In Year 13, you will study topics such as Media, including    • how and why cities and the countryside are changing
newspapers, radio, TV and advertising. Environmental          • an appreciation of current events and world problems
issues such as energy, conservation and pollution might         such as natural hazards and the plight of refugees
also be covered, along with current affairs in contemporary   • what forces drive the world economy and how they are
France, the EU and immigration. The exact topics to be          changing
studied are yet to be published.                              • what forces influence our natural environment -
                                                                landscapes, plants, weather and climate
A qualification at AS or A Level will improve your
employment prospects, in particular with companies who        Future careers for Geographers include Information
have international branches. Whatever you study, a            Technology, Management, Financial Sector, Marketing,
language is a skill that will give you the edge over other    Global Information Systems, Travel Consultant,
applicants for the same job.                                  Government Statistician, Banking and Business
                                                              Management, Town & Transport Planning, and
At AS and A2 Level you will have exams in listening,          Environmental Consultant.
speaking, reading and writing. At A2 Level you might also
have the opportunity for independent research through         At AS Level you will study:
an assessed coursework assignment.                            Unit 1:   Extreme Weather OR Crowded Coasts
                                                              Unit 2:   Unequal Spaces OR Rebranding Places

                                                              At A2 Level you will study:
                                                              Unit 3:   Contested Planet – energy security, water
                                                                        conflicts, biodiversity under threat, superpower
                                                                        geographies, development, and technology
                                                              Unit 4:   Geographical Research




Student comments:                                             Student comments:
“I want to study French at A Level because I want to          “Geography helps me make sense of everyday news
become more fluent and familiar with the language, and        items.”
learn more about French culture.”
                                                              “The Research Report has been challenging but fun. It has
                                                              taught me research skills and how to manage my own
                                                              time.”




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                                                                                                        AS/A2 Level


     GERMAN                                                       GOVERNMENT &
                                                                  POLITICS
     Qualifications to start the course:                          Qualifications to start the course:
     Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the          Expected GCSE requirement for A Level study at the
     Herschel Consortium which must include at least a Grade B    Herschel Consortium. If based at Herschel Grammar
     in German, but preferably a Grade A. If you are interested   School, these must include at least a Grade B in English
     in mastering another language and learning more about        Language and preferably a Grade B or above in
     German-speaking countries, then A Level German would be      History/Humanities/Social Sciences. If based at The
     an excellent choice.                                         Westgate School, these should preferably include at least
                                                                  a Grade B in these subjects. If you have a lively and
     Description of subject:                                      enquiring mind, and a desire to explore new ideas, this is
     By the end of the course you will be able to communicate     the option for you.
     with confidence in German and will have reading, writing,
     listening and speaking skills of a very high standard. You   Description of subject:
     will study the culture and way of life in German-speaking    The course involves investigating the political institutions
     countries and study the topics covered in GCSE in much       of Britain and Europe. We will look at the major parties
     more detail. A wide range of contemporary issues is          and how they think, the Houses of Parliament, elections,
     covered, such as young people in society, music, film,       the Civil Service and the laws that rule us: all will be
     literature, history, technology, and regions of Germany,     examined in depth. If you enjoy reading about
     Austria and Switzerland. Students may also undertake         controversial issues such as law and order, Northern
     work experience in Germany. The exact topics to be studied   Ireland and anti-terror laws, this AS should be one of your
     are yet to be published.                                     choices. You will be expected to read widely and write
                                                                  essays of course, but more important is your willingness to
     Having a language at AS or A Level will improve your         debate ideas with others, and have opinions of your own.
     employment prospects, in particular with companies who       A love of current affairs, newspapers and debating is
     have international branches. Whatever you study, a           essential.
     language is a skill that will give you the edge over other
     applicants for the same job.                                 Government & Politics is an excellent qualification for
                                                                  those of you thinking of a career in Law, the Media and of
     At AS and A2 Level you will have exams in listening,         course Government itself. We visit the Houses of
     speaking, reading and writing. At A2 Level, you might also   Parliament, attend study seminars in London and meet the
     have the opportunity for independent research through an     politicians themselves. You will be taught by experienced
     assessed coursework assignment.                              teachers who are Edexcel examiners and moderators.
                                                                  Government & Politics has excellent pass rates and pupils
                                                                  often achieve the highest grades.

                                                                  If based at Herschel Grammar School

                                                                  At AS Level you will study:
                                                                  Unit 1:   People & Politics
                                                                  Unit 2:   Governing the UK

                                                                  At A2 Level you will study:
                                                                  Unit 3:   Key Themes in Political Analysis
                                                                  Unit 4:   Extended Themes in Political Analysis

                                                                  If based at The Westgate School
     Student comments:
     “I like the different way of thinking needed to study a
                                                                  At AS Level you will study:
     language: it adds variety to my learning.”
                                                                  Unit 1:   People, Politics & Participation
                                                                  Unit 2:   Governing Modern Britain

                                                                  At A2 Level you will study:
                                                                  Unit 3:   Ideologies
                                                                  Unit 4:   Ideologies in Action




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AS/A2 Level


HISTORY                                                        HUMAN BIOLOGY
                                                               (in Option Block 4)

Qualifications to start the course:                            Qualifications to start the course:
Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the            Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
Herschel Consortium which must include at least a Grade B      Herschel Consortium. These must include at least a Grade
in History.                                                    B in Biology or Grade BB in Double Award Science and at
                                                               least a Grade C in Maths. If you have a deep curiosity
Description of subject:                                        about the world in which you live and want to know more,
History gives you the chance to study a broad and exciting     Human Biology can be rewarding.
range of topics from the modern age. You will look at how
civil rights campaigners like Martin Luther King and           Description of subject:
Malcolm X used startling tactics to try to improve the lives   Human Biology would be of interest to those candidates
of America's black population in the 1960s. Another group      who would like to continue to study Biology and who wish
of campaigners is investigated in your AS course: the          to specialise in those aspects of Biology that relate
suffragettes of the early 20th century. Whether you think      particularly to the human animal.
that women should have the vote or not, you are bound to
have something to say on this issue! For your coursework       The new specification follows a thematic approach and
you will get to grips with the intricate and fascinating       focuses on principles related to contemporary issues,
diplomacy of the early 20th Century and the causes of the      emphasising factors that may affect people’s health and
Great War. In Year 13, you will carry out an in depth and      how they interact with and affect their own environment.
fascinating study of Hitler and Nazi Germany. Did you          The course builds on the knowledge and skills gained after
know, for example, that Hitler was not the workaholic          studying GCSE Science.
dictator of popular myth, and in fact never got up before
lunch! Did you know that some people believe that Hitler       The emphasis of the course is on UK and urban
was taken by surprise when war erupted in 1939, and            perspectives and “real-life” contents. This unique
Germany was far from prepared?                                 approach gives the subject relevance and interest to every
                                                               day life. Human Biology will provide an excellent
If these and similar issues interest you, and you enjoy        springboard for further studies within the field of science
debate, discussion, analysing videos and ICT-based work        and be a solid grounding for entry into the caring and
(as well as writing mini-essays and essays, of course), then   biomedical professions: it also complements Sport
AS History is for you! Remember: A Level History is an         Science and Chemistry.
excellent passport to degrees in Law, Business,
Management, Finance, and lots of others!                       At AS Level you will study:
                                                               Unit 1:   The body and its diseases
At AS Level you will study:                                    Unit 2:   Humans – their origins and adaptations
Unit 1:   Black Civil rights                                   Unit 3:   Investigative and practical skills
Unit 2:   Votes for Women
                                                               At A2 Level you will study:
At A2 Level you will study:                                    Unit 4:   Bodies and cells in and out of control
Unit 3:   Germany 1900-1945                                    Unit 5:   The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food
Unit 4:   Coursework (subject yet to be decided)                         we eat
                                                               Unit 6:   Investigative and practical skills




Student comments:                                              Student comments:
“Studying History lets me express my own opinions              “It's really interesting to find out in detail how our bodies
through group work and debate.”                                work.”

“I wonder if people realise that History can actually lead     “I find the human body and it's workings fascinating.”
into all sorts of degrees and careers?”




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                                                                                                         AS/A2 Level


     HUMAN BIOLOGY                                                 ICT
     (in Option Block 1)

     Qualifications to start the course:                           Qualifications to start the course:
     Similar to those required for the course in Option Block 4,   Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
     but Grade B or above is required in Maths and English         Herschel Consortium. Although there is no need to have
     Language.                                                     studied IT at GCSE level, it is important that you are keen
                                                                   to learn about this subject and willing to work hard at all
     Description of subject:                                       times. Ideally you will have a reasonable level of software
     Again this course would be of interest to those candidates    skills.
     who would like to continue to study Biology, particularly
     those aspects that relate to the human animal.                Description of subject:
                                                                   Information Communications Technology is a course that
     A distinctive feature of the course is the way in which the   offers an opportunity to study the factors involved in
     content is presented through the use of work-related          developing and managing effective and efficient computing
     contexts, many of which are taken from the caring and         systems that provide quality information for the users.
     biomedical professions. This unique approach gives the
     subject relevance and interest to every day life.             The course aims to develop problem-solving skills through
     Human Biology will provide an excellent springboard for       the practical application of ICT. You will need to:
     further studies within the field of science and be a solid    • Know the difference between data information and
     grounding for entry into the caring and biomedical              knowledge
     professions, it also complements Sports Science and           • Appreciate the features and functions of computer
     Chemistry.                                                      software, hardware and communications technology.
                                                                     What can and what can't be achieved using ICT systems
     At AS Level you will study:                                     in a variety of applications?
     Unit 1:   Molecules, Blood and Gas Exchange                   • Acquire skills in collecting and analysing facts, and
     Unit 2:   Growth, Development & Disease                         selecting the appropriate software package to develop
     Unit 3:   Practical Skills in Human Biology                     the solution to the problem.

     At A2 Level you will study:                                   Wherever possible, ICT concepts are reinforced by practical
     Unit 4:   Energy, Reproduction and Population                 tasks.
     Unit 5:   Genetics, Control and Ageing
     Unit 6:   Extended Investigation in Human Biology             At AS Level you will study:
                                                                   Unit 1:   Practical Problem-solving in the Digital World
                                                                   Unit 2:   Living in the Digital World

                                                                   At A2 Level you will study:
                                                                   Unit 3:   The Use of ICT in the Digital World
                                                                   Unit 4:   Coursework – Practical Issues involved in the
                                                                             use of ICT in the Digital World




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AS/A2 Level


ICT (Applied)                                                 LAW
                                                              (for Applied A Level students only)

Qualifications to start the course:                           Qualifications to start the course:
Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the           The minimum entry requirement is 4 GCSEs at A*-C grade,
Herschel Consortium. Although there is no need to have        including at least Grade C in either Maths or English
studied IT at GCSE level, it is important that you are keen   Language. You do not need to have a GCSE in Business but
to learn about this subject and willing to work hard at all   it is important to have an interest in the world about you.
times. Ideally you will have a reasonable level of software
skills.                                                       Description of subject:
                                                              AS Law is specifically designed for students studying a
This GCE in Applied ICT aims to produce effective             limited number of A Levels. The AS course is run over two
discerning ICT users who:                                     years and is worth a maximum of 60 UCAS points for an A
• Can select and use appropriate ICT tools and techniques     Grade.
• Are aware of the benefits and drawbacks of ICT
• Can plan and manage projects and work effectively with      Law is an interesting and well-respected course that shows
  others.                                                     employers and universities you have the power to think
                                                              and analyse as well as write in a precise, clear and concise
The qualification has a broad appeal and develops             way. The English legal system goes back to 1066 and some
students' communication and decision-making skills.           legal principles founded in 1100 are still applied today. A
These are harnessed to build and maintain an e-portfolio      keen and sharp mind is needed as students have to learn
as a showcase for their achievements.                         the three main areas of law and well over 100 Cases and 50
                                                              Acts of Parliament. During the two years, visits to
You will study 6 Units in the 2 year course, all equally      Parliament as well as the Royal Courts of Justice are an
weighted.                                                     essential part of learning.

At AS Level you will study:                                   During Year 12 you will study:
Unit 1:   The Information Age                                 Unit 1:   Law making
Unit 2:   The Digital Economy
Unit 3:   The Knowledge Worker                                During Year 13 you will study:
                                                              Unit 2:   Dispute Solving
At A2 Level you will study:                                   Unit 3:   The Concept of Liability
Unit 4:   Using Database Software
Unit 5:   Managing ICT Project
Unit 6:   Using Spreadsheet Software




Student comments:                                             Student comments:
“Applied ICT gives the opportunity to gain insight into the   “Law has been very enjoyable: you learn something new
world of Information Technology and is a worthwhile           every time and it's never boring. You learn things that can
industry to get involved in.”                                 happen in everyday situations and you come across some
                                                              strange and interesting cases.”
“The teachers give you immense support and the practical
side is invaluable.”




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                                                                                                             AS/A2 Level


     MATHEMATICS                                                       MATHEMATICS
     (in Option Block 1)                                               (in Option Block 4)

     Qualifications to start the course:                               Qualifications to start the course:
     Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the               Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
     Herschel Consortium. These must include at least a Grade          Herschel Consortium. These must include at least a Grade
     B in GCSE Maths (Higher Level).                                   B in GCSE Maths (Higher Level).

     Description of subject:                                           Description of subject:
     A Level Maths involves developing skills in algebra,              To encourage students to:
     geometry, probability and statistics which are then applied       • Develop their understanding of mathematics and
     to a wide variety of abstract and real-life situations.             mathematical processes in a way that promotes
                                                                         confidence and fosters enjoyment.
     • In the Core Units, you will extend your knowledge of            • Develop abilities to reason logically and recognise
       algebra to cover topics such as series, in which you will         incorrect reasoning to generalise and to construct
       learn how to add up an infinite number of numbers! You            mathematical proofs.
       will also learn to apply integration to work out the areas      • Extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques
       of some most peculiar shapes.                                     and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems.
     • In the Statistics Units you will learn the skills that enable   • Take increasing responsibility for their own learning and
       doctors and scientists to decide whether a particular             the evaluation of their own mathematical development.
       treatment really does work.
     • In the Mechanics Unit, you will learn how to calculate the      Further information
       speed and angle a football needs to be struck in order          • Core 1 is examined in January, Core 2 and Statistics 1 are
       for a 30 yard free kick to fly into the top corner of the         examined at the end of the AS course.
       net.                                                            • Core 3 and Decision Mathematics 1 is examined in
                                                                         January, Core 4 is examined at the end of the A2 course.
     Further Maths                                                     • All units are equally weighted.
     The most able students will have the opportunity to study
     extra modules with a view to obtaining an AS or full A Level      All examination papers are of 1 hour 30 minutes duration.
     in Further Mathematics.
     • If you are on this course, you might learn why a satellite      At AS Level you will study:
        dish is the shape that it is.                                  Unit 1:   Core 1
                                                                       Unit 2:   Core 2
     At AS Level you will study:                                       Unit 3:   Statistics 1
     Core Units C1 and C2, and Statistics Unit S1.
                                                                       At A2 Level you will study:
     At A2 Level you will study:                                       Unit 4:   Core 3
     Core Units C3 and C4, and either Statistics Unit S2 or            Unit 5:   Core 4
     Mechanics Unit M1.                                                Unit 6:   Decision Maths 1




     Student comments:                                                 Student comments:
     “It's challenging - and there's a lot of algebra involved.”       “The Maths Department obtains the best results from us by
                                                                       making the work challenging and imaginative.”
     “It's amazing that when you get to A Level you can see how
     all the Maths fits together.”                                     “The teaching is excellent and teachers are always there
                                                                       when you need help.”

                                                                       “We are expected to work very hard, but the results make
                                                                       the effort worthwhile.”




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AS/A2 Level


MEDIA STUDIES                                                MUSIC

Qualifications to start the course:                          Qualifications to start the course:
Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the          Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
Herschel Consortium. These must include at least Grade C     Herschel Consortium. You should preferably have gained a
in GCSE English Language, and you should have an interest    Grade C in GCSE Music: if not however, auditions are
in the media and an awareness of current social and          available.
political issues. You should also have the ability to work
constructively as a member of a team.                        Description of subject:
                                                             This course is suitable for anyone who has a keen interest
Description of subject:                                      in creating and listening to different styles of music and
This exciting and popular academic subject offers you a      who wishes to broaden their experience and deepen their
chance to study in detail the way the media communicates     understanding of both live and recorded music.
with its audiences, and to be involved in a number of
production projects where you can put your knowledge to      According to which Areas of Study and options you choose,
practical effect. The focus will be on the major media       you could follow a route which focuses mainly on classical
forms: radio, television, print (magazines) and film         music or popular music.
(documentaries) as well as the new media technologies
such as the Internet.                                        There are Areas of Study in 'Keyboard Music', 'Popular
                                                             Music & Jazz', 'Music for Film and Television', 'World
In Year 12 you will                                          Music', 'Secular Vocal Music', 'Music for Large Ensembles',
• produce your own advertising campaign or other media       'Music for Small Ensembles' and '20th & 21st Century Art
   practical form (Coursework module)                        Music'.
• study in detail film genre as well as undertake a
   comparative study of several major advertising            At AS Level you will study:
   campaigns.                                                Unit 1:   Performing
• study the key concepts of audience, medial language,       Unit 2:   Listening & Understanding
   how people are represented in the media, the powerful     Unit 3:   Developing Musical Ideas
   institutions of the media, such as Disney and Warner
   Brothers, and you will gain a wide understanding of the   At A2 Level you will study:
   language that is used in different media types.           Unit 4:   Specialist Options
                                                             Unit 5:   Performing & Composing
In Year 13 you will be working on an extended coursework     Unit 6:   Analysing Music
essay and studying the wider debates of how media is
affecting our lives and society as a whole.

At AS Level you will study:
Unit 1:   Investigating Media texts (exam)
Unit 2:   Creating Media (practical)

At A2 Level you will study:
Unit 3:   Critical perspectives
Unit 4:   Research & production (practical)




                                                             Student comments:
                                                             “Studying Music shows not only the enjoyable practical
                                                             side, but also emphasises performance and analysing
                                                             music.”

                                                             “I find Music a worthwhile subject, and the teachers are
                                                             extremely encouraging which in turn contributes to a great
                                                             atmosphere.”




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                                                                                                          AS/A2 Level


     PERFORMING ARTS                                                PHILOSOPHY

     Qualifications to start the course:                            Qualifications to start the course:
     Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the            Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
     Herschel Consortium. A Grade C in GCSE Drama is                Herschel Consortium. These must include at least Grade B
     preferable but not essential. Students will need to have a     in GCSE RS and English Language.
     high level of enthusiasm, commitment and a desire to
     learn more about the theatre as a business.                    Description of subject:
                                                                    We will study the ancient Greek Philosophers Socrates,
     Description of subject:                                        Plato and Aristotle: arguably the greatest thinkers of all
     This exciting and popular vocational Level 3 qualification     time. We will explore the philosophical arguments of
     offers you a chance to study in detail, the way in which       Aquinas, Descartes, and Kant alongside the wit and
     various Performing Arts Venues work within our society.        sarcasm of sceptic thinkers such as Nietzsche and Hume.
     You will be involved in practical research to find out about   We will attempt to answer questions that have been
     the Performing Arts as a business, which will include a live   debated in all cultures, throughout history: How do I know
     performance in which you will work as a team to produce,       I’m not dreaming? Are my mind and soul the same thing?
     direct, light, stage manage and publicise the show.            Do our laws reflect a moral code? Is there such a thing as a
                                                                    truly selfless act? Do the ends justify the means?
     In Year 12 you will:
     • Investigate what jobs are available in the Performing        Furthermore, we will study Meta–ethics and explore the
        Arts Sector                                                 ways in which different scholars have understood how
     • Practically explore at least one aspect of a Performing      terms such as ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ are used.
        Arts Organisation which could include Acting, Directing,    Normative and Moral Ethics will be investigated and these
        Stage Management, or Publicity.                             will be directly related to Medicine and medical research.
     • Be involved with the production of a live performance.
                                                                    This course is for you if:
     In Year 13 you will                                            • you enjoy asking questions and debating
     • Explore different routes into the Performing Arts Sector     • you enjoy reflecting on issues raised and forming your
     • Investigate different genres and perform in various styles     own opinions
     • Put together a showcase of work combining all the skills     • you have an open mind and want to develop your critical
        you have learnt over the course                               thinking skills

     Whether you prefer to be on stage or behind the stage, this    At AS Level you will study:
     course is perfect for those who wish to make their living in   Unit 1:   The Theory of Knowledge
     the Performing Arts sector!                                    Unit 2:   Moral Philosophy
                                                                    Unit 3:   Chosen text: Plato or Descartes
     At AS Level you will study:
     Unit 1:   Investigating Performing Arts Organisations          At A2 Level you will study:
     Unit 2:   Professional Practice: Skills Development            Unit 4:   Philosophy of Mind
     Unit 3:   Professional Practice: Production or                 Unit 5:   Chosen text: Hume or Nietzsche
               Performance                                          Unit 6:   Synoptic paper

     At A2 Level you will study:
     Unit 4:   Getting Work
     Unit 5:   Exploring Repertoire
     Unit 6:   Production of showcase/production
               demonstrations




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AS/A2 Level


PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                                PHYSICS

Qualifications to start the course:                               Qualifications to start the course:
Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the               Expected GCSE requirements for A level study at the
Herschel Consortium. If based at Herschel Grammar                 Herschel Consortium. These must include at least a Grade
School, these must include at least a Grade B in GCSE PE if       B in Maths and at least a Grade BB/B in Double
taken, and preferably a Grade B if based at The Westgate          Science/Physics.
School. You should have a lively and enquiring mind, an
interest in PE, a willingness to explore new ideas and an         Description of subject:
ability to communicate your ideas effectively.                    How old is the Universe? Can we use electrodes as
                                                                  painkillers? How do X rays work? Can we survive global
Description of subject:                                           warming? These are some of the questions that Physicists
The two units for AS Level will cover the application of          tackle every day.
opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and        Physics is the truly universal science. It is the rational
active lifestyle and an analysis and evaluation of physical       development of experiments, observations and theories to
activity as a performer and/or coach and/or referee.              explain the fundamental structure of all we perceive, from
                                                                  the smallest subatomic particle to the entire Universe.
During Year 13, students will complete two modules on             Physics deals with fundamentals - the nature of space and
optimising performance and evaluating contemporary                time, matter and energy, simplicity and complexity. Physics
issues within sport and philosophical problems.                   underpins all sciences. Many major developments in
                                                                  chemistry, biology, geology and medicine have been made
It is of paramount importance that you participate in a           by physicists. Physics is also the foundation of much
sporting activity at club level or above in at least one sport,   modern technology; mobile phones, flat screen televisions
and that you have interpersonal skills to be able to coach        and the internet to name but a few!
and/or referee.
                                                                  Albert Einstein said “Imagination is more important than
                                                                  knowledge” Good Physicists are curious about how the
                                                                  world works, they have imagination and are persistent in
                                                                  their pursuit of an answer! Physics is an immensely
                                                                  satisfying intellectual pursuit but it is not a 'spectator
                                                                  sport'. Success in AS and A2 Physics is achieved by getting
                                                                  involved with the business of asking questions and solving
                                                                  problems, many of them mathematical! The challenge of
                                                                  studying Physics without confidence in Maths should not
                                                                  be underestimated, and the study of AS/A2 Level Maths
                                                                  should be seriously considered.

                                                                  At AS Level you will study:
                                                                  Unit 1:   Mechanics
                                                                  Unit 2:   Electrons, Waves and Photons
                                                                  Unit 3:   Practical exam
                                                                  At A2 Level you will study:
                                                                  Unit 4:   Newtonian World
                                                                  Unit 5:   Field, Particles and Frontiers of Physics
                                                                  Unit 6:   Practical exam

Student comments:                                                 Student comments:
“I've especially enjoyed the practical side of this course,       “A good challenge.”
but have been surprised by the amount of time and energy
I've had to put into the written side of the subject!”            “Very interesting and enjoyable.”

                                                                  “It tells us how stuff works!”




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                                                                                                               AS/A2 Level


     PSYCHOLOGY                                                      PSYCHOLOGY
     (in Option Blocks 2 & 4)                                        (in Option Blocks 1 & 3)

     Qualifications to start the course:                             Details as for Psychology in Option Blocks 2 & 4.
     Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
     Herschel Consortium. You must have achieved at least a          At AS Level you will study:
     Grade B in English Language and either Maths or English         Unit 1:   Cognitive & Developmental Psychology, and
     Literature, as Psychology is a subject which requires the                 research methods
     ability to express yourself accurately and fluently on paper    Unit 2:   Biological & Social Psychology, and individual
     and to understand numbers at a basic level.                               differences

     Description of subject:                                         At A2 Level you will study:
     Psychology can best be described as the science of human        Unit 3:   Topics in Psychology
     mind and behaviour, and psychologists carry out                 Unit 4:   Psychopathology in action, and research method
     experiments relating to a number of everyday experiences:
     • Why do people obey?
     • What happens when we get stressed and can we stop it
       happening?
     • Are people intelligent because of what they were born
       with or what their environment has given them?
     • Does watching violent television programmes make you
       a violent person?

     If you can write accurately and fluently; think logically and
     make judgements on what you see; listen to and work well
     with other students, then you should do well in
     Psychology.

     Psychology gives you a good grounding in the skills of
     writing and arguing which you will need at university, and
     insights into a range of areas that could prove useful to
     you in the future.

     At AS Level you will study:
     Unit 1:   Attachments & Memory
     Unit 2:   Stress & Abnormality
     Unit 3:   Social Influence & Research Methods

     At A2 Level you will study:
     Unit 4:   Social & Physiological Psychology
     Unit 5:   Individual Differences & Perspectives
     Unit 6:   Coursework




                                                                     Student comments:
                                                                     “Before I started, I wish I'd known....

                                                                     “....how interesting Psychology is and that it can be related
                                                                     to everyday life so easily.”

                                                                     “....that learning about memory actually helps you to pass
                                                                     exams.”

                                                                     “....that Psychology is so hard, but it is honestly great fun
                                                                     and very informative!”




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AS/A2 Level


RELIGIOUS STUDIES                                                SOCIOLOGY
                                                                 (in Option Blocks 2 & 3)

Qualifications to start the course:                              Qualifications to start the course:
Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the              Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
Herschel Consortium. These must include at least a Grade         Herschel Consortium. These should include at least a
C at GCSE Level in English Language.                             Grade B in English Language, and you must also have a
                                                                 liking for high levels of discussion and debate which take
Description of subject:                                          place in Sociology lessons and homework.
The aim of the course is to offer a balanced programme of
study which is informative, challenging, relevant and            Description of subject:
appropriate. You will be given the opportunity to reflect        If you want to explore and understand the task of living in
seriously upon key issues such as the philosophical              today's complicated society, Sociology is for you. In
arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil          discussing serious issues, we aim to keep improving the
and suffering, and debates about miracles. In addition,          accuracy in what we say about social life.
there will be a study of ethical theories, the relationship
between religion and morality, and applied ethics.               Lesson by lesson, you will study a wide range of theories
                                                                 which will help you shed light on certain aspects of social
You will be introduced to new aspects of religion in a           life. You will understand why there are so many ways of
contemporary, cultural context and develop the ability to        seeing the world. You will study the wide variety of
explore world religions and ethical interests. This is crucial   cultures put together by human beings. You will evaluate
as it gives you an understanding of major faiths and             the ways in which societies set up opportunities for people
cultures in contemporary Britain. You will develop an            according to the technology available.
inquiring mind, along with the ability to analyse a point of
view, reason through an argument, and reach a logical and        To help you decide which approaches are most useful, you
justifiable conclusion.                                          will learn to observe:
                                                                 • individuals' unique views of the world
It is an essential qualification for those considering a         • acquired and negotiated cultural patterns
career working with people from different cultural               • societal and global structures all of which pattern our
backgrounds.                                                       lives with opportunities.

At AS Level you will study:                                      At AS Level you will study:
Unit 1:   Foundations (Philosophy of religion and ethics)        Unit 1:   Exploring socialisation, culture and identity
Unit 2:   Investigations (Internally assessed essay)             Unit 2:   Family and household/religion/youth culture

At A2 Level you will study:                                      At A2 Level you will study:
Unit 3:   Developments (Philosophy of religion & ethics)         Unit 3:   Power and Control
Unit 4:   Implications (Synoptic paper)                          Unit 4:   Exploring social inequality and difference.




                                                                 Student comments:
                                                                 “Having studied research methods in Year 12, we were
                                                                 ready by June to observe and interview girls going into
                                                                 boys' sports, our peers about their outlook on friendship
                                                                 and marriage, and stressed teachers! …. all for our Personal
                                                                 Studies.”




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                                                                                                            AS/A2 Level


     SOCIOLOGY                                                       THEATRE STUDIES
     (in Option Block 5)

     Qualifications to start the course:                             Qualifications to start the course:
     Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the             Expected GCSE requirements for A Level study at the
     Herschel Consortium. These must include at least Grade C        Herschel Consortium. These must include at least a Grade
     in GCSE English Language or other related humanities            B in English Language and English Literature, and
     subjects.                                                       preferably a Grade B in Drama. If you enjoyed the novels,
                                                                     plays and poetry in GCSE English and/or the text and
     Description of subject:                                         practical components of GCSE Drama, then A Level Theatre
     This course offers students the opportunity to acquire          Studies might be a course you would enjoy. Applications
     knowledge and understanding of key aspects of                   from students who did not study GCSE Drama may be
     sociological thought, a sound introduction to sociological      considered.
     research methods and the opportunity to study a number
     of different areas of social life in depth.                     Description of subject:
                                                                     Through every age, country and culture, theatre has been
     The AS course is both a sound introduction to the study of      used to entertain and educate audiences. At A Level, the
     Sociology leading to a qualification in its own right, and      texts studied and the plays performed will provide
     also an essential grounding for those wishing to continue       opportunities to explore social, cultural and historical
     for a further year of A Level study.                            influences on theatre practice, both past and present, and
                                                                     from different cultures.
     Currently all modules are assessed through examinations
                                                                     You will be expected to take a variety of plays from “page
     in January and June.
                                                                     to stage” as a director, performer and/or designer, sharing
                                                                     and justifying interpretations of the texts through practical
     Students who opt for Sociology are encouraged to keep
                                                                     exploration and performances. There will be many
     abreast of world developments and current affairs through
                                                                     opportunities to develop your imagination and express
     reading widely and watching current affairs programmes
                                                                     your creativity. During the two years, you will also be
     on a regular basis.
                                                                     expected to attend compulsory theatre visits to analyse
                                                                     live theatre.
     At AS Level you will study:
     Unit 1:   The Individual and Society, and research              If you enjoy Drama & Theatre as a participant and an
               methods                                               audience member, this may be the course for you. You will
     Unit 2:   Culture and Socialisation                             be encouraged to work as a member of a theatre
                                                                     production team to develop your design or performance
     At A2 Level you will study:                                     skills and directorial skills to create contemporary theatre
     Unit 3:   Power and Control                                     productions for a variety of audiences.
     Unit 4:   Synoptic paper – Social Inequality and
               Difference, and research methods                      At AS Level you will study:
                                                                     Unit 1:   Practical workshops and written coursework
                                                                               exploring two play texts
                                                                     Unit 2:   Perform in or design for a published play.
                                                                               Perform a monologue and communicate the
                                                                               process in a document.

                                                                     At A2 Level you will study:
                                                                     Unit 3:   Devise an original piece of theatre and evaluate
                                                                               its success in coursework
                                                                     Unit 4:   Written exam exploring theatre history and the
     Student comments:                                                         role of the director
     “Sociology has enabled me to broaden my knowledge
     about the society we live in today.”                            Student comments:
                                                                     “If you are determined and outgoing, Theatre Studies will
     “I've learnt so much about the world I live in and the part I   stimulate you and help you move through school.”
     play in it.”
                                                                     “The thrill of creation, the exhilaration of performance, and
                                                                     the sweet sound of applause. What could be better?!”
                                                                     “Theatre Studies is more than a lesson: it’s a cross topic
                                                                     subject that is still fun.”




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Vocational Level 3


APPLIED A LEVEL:                                                  APPLIED A LEVEL:
BUSINESS (at Herschel)                                            BUSINESS (at Baylis)
Qualifications to start the course:                               Details as for the course at Herschel, but:
The minimum entry requirement is 4 GCSEs at A*-C grade,
including C in either Maths or English Language, OR               In Year 12 you will study:
equivalent Level 2 qualification. You will also be expected       • How Businesses Work          • Meeting Customer Needs
to provide a good reference from your school. You do not          • People in Business           • Business Communication
need to have a GCSE in Business but it is important to            • Finance                        & Information System
have an interest in the world about you.                                                         • Career Planning

Description of subject:                                           In Year 13 you will study:
This student-centred qualification is worth two A Levels.         • Marketing Environment        • Managing Information
Two AS Levels are achieved at the end of Year 12 with the         • Managing People              • Business Planning
results going forward to the final two A Level qualification      • Promotional Activities       • Marketing Strategy
at the end of Year 13. The course consists of 12 different
business-related subjects studied over the two years. Eight
of these will be assessed through coursework, and four
through external exams. The course is more practical than
traditional A Levels and will involve giving professional
presentations, visits to industry, independent research,
role plays, guest speakers and lots of group work.

You will need to be self-motivated and have a genuine
interest in the world of business. In return we offer a
committed, highly experienced and supportive team of
teachers - all with relevant industry experience.

The course is an excellent preparation for University with
the majority of students going on to study subjects such as
business management, law, accountancy and ICT.

In Year 12 you will study:
• How Businesses Work
• People in Business
• Finance
• Meeting Customer Needs
• Product Development
• Career Planning
This results in two AS Levels

In Year 13 you will study:
• Marketing
• Managing People
• Promotion & Advertising
• Managing Information
• Business Planning
• Managing Resources - Production
Units combine with Year 12 results to produce the two A
Level qualification


Student comments:
“My success at university is definitely related to the skills I
learnt on the Applied Business course."

"I found the course very challenging and enjoyed the
variety of activities we all had to get involved in."




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                                                                                               Vocational Level 2


     BTEC FIRST DIPLOMA                                            BTEC FIRST
     IN BUSINESS                                                   CERTIFICATE IN
                                                                   TRAVEL & TOURISM
     Qualifications to start the course:                           Qualifications to start the course:
     At least four GCSE passes at Grade D or above (preferably     Expected GCSE requirements for BTEC First Certificate level
     including a Grade C in English Language).                     of study at the Herschel Consortium. These must include a
                                                                   minimum of 5 passes at GCSE, at least two of which must
     Description of subject:                                       be A-C's.
     This one-year course is the equivalent of four GCSE passes
     at A-C. It comprises three core and three specialist units    Description of subject:
     which cover aspects of knowledge, understanding and           This one year course is designed for those who would like
     competency necessary for employment within the business       to pursue a career in Travel and Tourism, and business
     sector.                                                       generally.

     This qualification enables you to extend your programme       You will gain an industry-recognised qualification that will
     of study and provides a vocational emphasis to your           help you either enter the profession or go on to build
     course.                                                       further skills with an NQF 3.

     The course provides opportunities for you to:                 This course is ideal for those who prefer coursework to
     • acquire technical and employability skills, knowledge       exams, as it is 100% coursework based.
       and understanding which are transferable, and which
       will enable you to meet changing circumstances              You will study:
     • gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification to    Unit 1:    Exploring Travel & Tourism
       enter employment or progress to other vocational            Unit 2:    Dealing with Customers
       qualifications such as BTEC National Award in Business.     Unit 3:    Investigating Tourist Destinations
                                                                   Unit 4:    Promoting Travel & Tourism
     You will study:                                               Unit 5:    Using technology and the internet for Travel &
     Core Units:                                                              Tourism
     Unit 1:    Exploring Business Purposes                        Unit 6:    Work Experience in Travel & Tourism
     Unit 2:    Developing Customer Relations
     Unit 3:    Investigating Financial Control

     Specialist Units:
     Unit 5:    People in Organisations
     Unit 7:    Personal Selling
     Unit 9:    Exploring Business




     Student comments:                                             Student comments:
     “This course has thoroughly prepared me for a career in the   “I have learnt so much from this course. I didn't realise how
     sports industry.”                                             interesting it was.”

                                                                   “I have really enjoyed learning about the travel and tourism
                                                                   industry.”




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     Form. See Page 3 for entry qualifications required. Think about your
     predicted grades - and be realistic!

     Level 3 Courses (2 year):
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     Option Block 1.

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