Bury Grammar School Boys A Level courses starting September 2011 Prospectus for boys currently in the Fifth Form at other schools Introduction and with staff in your current school. Among the questions you could usefully ask yourself are: a) What subjects do I enjoy? b) What subjects am I good at? c) What are my career aspirations? This booklet is designed to give you information about d) What subjects will keep my options open? the AS and A2 courses on offer at Bury Grammar School Boys. We hope you will find the information Depending on the AS subjects you choose you may sit helpful. Further details about our wide range of one or more AS modules in January 2012. Re-sits will academic courses, first class pre-university and careers be possible in June 2012 – as well as in January and guidance and rich extra-curricular programme – eg June 2013. You should, however, be aware of the Sport, Music, Drama, Debating (eg the Cambridge following: Union Debate and the Sir Rhys Davies Mock Law Trial Competition), Young Enterprise and Outdoor Pursuits a) Re-sits of AS modules, particularly in the U6th (eg the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and World when you will be preparing for A2 modules, will Challenge) – can be found on our website: distract from your A2 preparation. You are www.bgsboys.co.uk. therefore strongly urged to work hard to achieve your full potential at the first attempt. To enter the Sixth Form at BGSB, we require you to b) The cost of re-sits is borne by you and your parents. have, as a minimum, 5 GCSE passes at Grade B or c) No study leave will be granted for AS modules above. You should aim to get an A* or A in the taken in January 2012 – other than the morning subjects you wish to study at AS level – unless, of prior to an afternoon examination. course, you choose a subject which you are not d) Study leave in May 2012, prior to the main bulk of currently studying. the AS examinations, will be kept to a minimum so that teaching time can be maximised. In September 2011 those who enter the L6th will embark on 4 AS courses. You will be able to express In the L6th you will take AS General Studies – and will an unrestricted choice and we will endeavour to be able to choose to take A2 General Studies in the accommodate as many subject combinations as U6th. In both the L6th and the U6th you will do possible. Some courses will include students from both Games on Wednesday afternoons and Activities on BGSB (ie the Boys’ School) and BGSG (ie the Girls’ Friday afternoons. (Friday afternoon Activities are School), and some will be taught by staff from both shared with the Girls’ School and include a wide range schools. It may also be possible for a student from of options – academic, practical/creative and BGSB to join a course at BGSG if his combination of community service.) Your week will, therefore, be chosen subjects does not fit the timetable at BGSB. made up as follows: 34 periods of academic teaching (8 periods for each of your chosen AS subjects and 2 Each AS course will be examined in January and/or periods for AS General Studies); 3 periods of Games; 2 June 2012. Teaching in preparation for the A2 periods of Activities; and 5 private study periods. Each examinations to be taken in January and/or June 2013 period lasts for 35 minutes. will begin as soon as the AS examinations have finished in June 2012. All L6th Formers will be If you have any questions about the Sixth Form at expected to continue with all four of their AS subjects BGSB, or would like to come and visit the school until the end of the summer term 2012. Once the during the working week (Taster Days can be results of the AS examinations are published in August arranged), please do not hesitate to contact our 2012 decisions will need to be made. Those who pass Registrar, Mrs Stephanie Brierley (E in three or four subjects (excluding General Studies) at firstname.lastname@example.org; T 0161-797 2700). We Grade D or above will be able to enter the U6th and should be pleased to help in any way we can. continue with three, or all four, of their A2 subjects. (It may be possible for an U6th Former to reduce to three A2 subjects and to pick up a new AS subject from those subjects available to the L6th in the vacated column.) Those L6th Formers who fail to achieve at least three D grades at AS will be given advice and guidance about the way forward. Possibilities may include re-taking the L6th year, following an amended U6th programme or moving to a different institution. Headmaster As far as subject choices are concerned we advise you November 2010 to discuss your thoughts and plans with your parents AS and A2 course subjects There are 26 subjects from which to choose. Their descriptions appear in this booklet in the following order: } Art } Biology } Business Studies } Chemistry } Classical Civilisation } Computing } Economics } English Language } English Literature } French } Further Maths } Geography } Geology } German } Greek } History } Latin } Mathematics } Music } Physical Education } Physics } Politics } Psychology – available in BGSG } Religious Studies } Systems and Control Technology } Theatre Studies – available in BGSG Your Sixth Form career at BGSB 2011 Throughout your Sixth Form career: 6th September Term begins September Election of School Council and • You will be in a form group of between 10 and 15 Selection of Form Prefects studying similar subjects. October Interim Assessments sent home November Parents’ Evening • There is a strong possibility that your Form Tutor will either teach you or teach one of the subjects 2012 you are studying. January Some AS examinations taken February Interim Assessments sent home • The Careers staff are always available, by March Module results, Report appointment, for consultation. May Selection of Prefects, House Captains and Games Captains • Appointments may be made via Mr Lee with the Study Leave Careers Service. June AS examinations taken UCAS procedure initiated: first • Pastoral care in the Sixth Form is in the hands of the meeting and UCAS handbooks Head of Sixth Form, Mr Ferguson, his Assistant, issued. Mrs Gill, and the Form Tutors. Work Experience week July Form tutor drafts UCAS testimonials August AS results (Headmaster and Head of Careers, Mr Lee, available for consultation and advice) Choice of A2 subjects September First week of term – second UCAS meeting (arrange private UCAS appointments with a member of the Careers department) September/October Headmaster finalises UCAS references; applications sent off before half term October Interim Assessments sent home December Parents’ Evening 2013 January Some A2 examinations taken January onwards Decisions on which university offers to accept should only be made after consultation with Careers staff February Interim Assessments sent home March Module results Final end of term report May/June Study leave and A2 examinations August A-Level results (Headmaster and Head of Careers, Mr Lee, available for consultation and advice) Art AQA. Lead-in Period – no more than 8 weeks Supervised Time – 15 hours At the end of the lead-in period candidates must Head of Department: Miss K A Gore complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time, the first three hours of which should be consecutive. The work Board: AQA produced during the supervised time must be clearly identified. Teachers per set: Two All the work produced for this unit will be marked as a whole. GCSE required in this subject? Yes Further information regarding the course is provided in the course handbook which is provided AS modules to students at the start of the year. Unit 1: Portfolio. 80 marks. 50% of total AS Why choose this subject? marks/25% of total A Level marks The varied and exciting A' Level Art course allows the Set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA. students to express themselves in a imaginative way. Candidates choose one of the endorsements for study The course encourages students to takes risks and to be throughout AS. The contents of the Portfolio will be spontaneous, giving freedom to work within a project determined by the nature of the course of study. brief. They will explore processes, materials, new Candidates should produce a collection of materials media and refine skills previously leant at GCSE. There which exemplifies work carried out during the AS are several new gallery visits and trips which will allow course. the students to experience Art in different cultures. Any All the work produced for this unit will be marked as a student wishing to study Architecture must study Art at whole. A' Level. All universities welcome Art A' Level showing the student is capable of 'Imaginative Unit 2: Externally-Set Assignment. 80 marks. 50% of thinking'. A' Level Art contributes to the individual's total AS marks/25% of total A Level marks. intellectual, creative, emotional and physical Set by AQA, marked by the centre and moderated by understanding of the world around them. AQA. Lead-in Period – no more than 8 weeks Supervised Time – 5 hours At the end of the lead-in period candidates must complete 5 hours of unaided, supervised time, the first two hours of which should be consecutive. The work produced during the supervised time must be clearly Biology identified. All the work produced for this unit will be marked as a whole. Head of Department: Mr G A Ferguson Other AS requirements Board: AQA All coursework is of a practical nature using a variety of media and students will be encouraged to develop Teachers per set: Two their working vocabulary, skill and imagination to a high level. There will be visits to galleries and drawing GCSE required in this subject? Yes expeditions. A2 modules Unit 3: Personal Investigation. 80 marks. 25% of total AS modules A Level marks). Set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA. Unit 1 BIOL1 Biology and disease Candidates are required to develop a personal (taken in January)se investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by 1000-3000 words. Unit 2 BIOL2 The variety of living organisms All the work produced for this unit will be marked as a (taken in June) whole. Organisms Unit 4: Externally-Set Assignment. 80 marks. 25% of Unit 3 Investigative and practical skills in AS total A Level marks. Biology (submitted in May)ills Set by AQA, marked by the centre and moderated by A2 modules A2 modules Unit 4 BIOL4 Populations and environment Unit 3 Accounting (taken in January)Environment This unit looks in greater depth at topics such as ration analysis, absorption costing, accounting conventions Unit 5 BIOL5 Control in cells and in organisms budgeting, standard costing, business decision making (taken in June) and investment appraisal. in Organisms Unit 6 Investigative and practical skills in A2 Unit 4 Strategic Management Biology (submitted in May)kills This unit explores how business objectives and strategy are formulated and applied. You will be tested on your ability to use, explain, analyse and evaluate the Why choose this subject? material covered in units 1, 2 and 3. A range of external influences e.g. interest rates, exchange rates, Biology is an increasingly important component for taxation and the business cycle will be considered as medical, paramedical, dentistry, veterinary science, well as how organizations deal with change. biochemistry and food technology careers as well as work in genetics, physiotherapy, and the environment. All units are assessed through written examinations. There is no coursework. A level Biology provides entry into any biological/environmental science course. As an AS subject, Biology is complementary to a number of other Why choose this subject? subjects such as sciences, humanities or arts. Many students decide to take the subject further on one of the many Business Studies degree courses offered at a great range of further educational establishments. Some specialize within the subject, selecting courses where the emphasis may be on accounting, marketing Business Studies or law for example. Others take Business Studies with Science or Arts subjects: there are numerous possibilities e.g. combining it with a foreign language. For those seeking employment immediately after Head of Department: Mr N Parkinson school their knowledge would clearly be relevant for careers in marketing, management, finance, insurance Board: OCR etc. Teachers per set: Two Other relevant information GCSE required in this subject? No Most students find Business Studies an interesting and valuable subject. Its relevance can be appreciated every day as yet more business stories and events hit AS modules the news headlines, whilst Britain’s prosperity and success depend increasingly on the performance of our Unit 1 An Introduction to Business business enterprises. Boys will be encouraged to gain a This unit includes such topics as the recruitment, practical insight into the way businesses run by selection and training of labour, sources of business participating in the National Young Enterprise scheme finance, types of ownership, business objectives and the and the Angels and Dragon scheme at local level. role of stakeholders. Some external influences on businesses are examined e.g. markets, technological change, legal and moral restraints. Unit 2 Business Functions This unit examines the four main elements of Business Studies: Marketing, Accounting and Finance, People in Organisations and Operations Management. Chemistry Redox Equilibria Transition metals Reactions of Inorganic Compounds in aqueous solution Synoptic questions Head of Department: Miss J M Solomon Unit 6 (T): Investigative and Practical Skills Board: AQA The practical and investigative skills (Modules 3 and 6) will be centre assessed through two methods: Teachers per set: Two at AS (4/4 period split) Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) and Practical Skills Assessment (PSA). The ISA will require Two at A2 (4/4 period split) candidates to undertake practical work, collect and process data and use it to answer questions in a written GCSE required in this subject? Yes (either test (ISA test). The PSA will be assessed internally separate or core and additional science) throughout the AS course, providing a measure of the candidate’s ability to follow and undertake certain standard practical activities across the three areas of Chemistry; Inorganic, Organic and Physical. AS Modules How Science Works Unit 1: Foundation Chemistry (taken in January) How Science Works is an underpinning set of concepts Atomic structure and is the means whereby students come to understand Amount of substance how scientists investigate scientific phenomena in their Bonding attempts to explain the world about us. Moreover, it Periodicity recognises the contribution scientists have made to their Alkanes own disciplines and to the wider world. It can be used to promote students’ skills in solving scientific Unit 2: Chemistry In Action (taken in June) problems by developing an understanding of key ideas, Energetics procedures for valid testing and the role of the scientific Kinetics community in validating this evidence. It is integral to Equilibria the course. Redox reactions Group VII - the halogens Why choose this subject? Group II – The alkaline earth metals Firstly, you may be interested in the sciences - Extraction of metals chemistry is a fascinating subject which plays a crucial Haloalkanes role in our individual health and prosperity, dealing Alkenes with everything (natural and man-made) in the world Alcohols around us. Chemistry is the science behind medicine, Analytical Techniques and the chemical industry is the most successful of the UK manufacturing industries. Unit 3 (T): Investigative and Practical Skills Secondly, chemistry offers a host of career A2 modules opportunities as it provides excellent training for many jobs, both scientific and non-scientific. To be Unit 4: Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry successful in the subject you will need to be able to Energetics think logically and be creative, numerate and analytical. Kinetics You will be good at taking on new concepts and be Equilibria good at organising your practical work. These skills Acids & Bases are much sought after in many areas of life. Many Isomerism in Organic Chemistry chemists are employed in manufacturing industries Carbonyl chemistry such as oil, chemical, mining, fibres and ceramics; in Aromatic chemistry consumer industries such as food, paper, brewing; in Amines service industries such as transport, health, water Amino acids treatment, and other diverse areas such as finance, law, Polymers politics, purchasing and management. Chemists have Organic synthesis & analysis greatly improved the quality of life for the majority of Structure determination people and are innovators, designing solutions to the problems that affect modern life. It is fair to say that Unit 5: Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry undergraduates in Chemistry, or related Chemistry Thermodynamics degrees are highly desirable in the workplace! Periodicity Other relevant information Why choose this subject? Core and Additional Science (which is what most Classical Civilisation A-level can lead to a degree in pupils in the country take) is adequate preparation for Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or Archaeology. A-level Chemistry. This A level could also support an English degree (some universities run Classical Civilisation courses to In January of your AS year you will have a 75 minute support English Literature). Other popular career written paper on Unit 1 (33% of your AS year marks) choices following Classical Civilisation degrees are and in Summer a 105 minute paper on Unit 2 (47% of marketing, management, journalism, teaching. (See your AS year marks). The remaining 20% of your Latin and Greek for career opportunities for marks for the year are awarded for the Unit 3 practical Classics graduates.) work. In the second year you’ll have a 105 minute paper on Unit 4 (40% of you’re A2 year marks) and a Other relevant information 105 minute paper on Unit 2 (40% of your A2 year Classical Civilisation is a lively and varied course. Its marks). The remaining 20% of your marks for the year popularity as a subject is proved by the growing are awarded for the Unit 6 practical work. number studying it at university. U6th form leavers who studied Chemistry at A-level have gone on to the following destinations: Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biomedical Computing Sciences, Biological Sciences, Dentistry, Accountancy/ Finance, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Food Science, Actuarial Science, Materials Science, Natural Science, Equine Science, Business Studies, Physics, Veterinary Head of Department: Mr P Meakin Medicine, Optometry, Law, Genetics, Architecture, Physiotherapy, Surveying/Land Management, Sports Studies, Accountancy. Board: AQA Teachers per set: Usually Two Classical Civilisation GCSE required in this subject? No Head of Department: Mr G D Feely AS modules 1. COMP1: Problem Solving, Programming, Data Board: OCR Representation and Practical Exercise (60% of AS, 30% of A Level) 2. COMP2: Computer Components, The Stored Teachers per set: Two Program Concept and The Internet (40% of AS, 20% of A Level) GCSE required in this subject? No COMP1 is assessed by a two hour online examination in June of the Lower Sixth. The COMP1 examination is based on a practical exercise which students will be AS modules given details of in April. They will then be expected to write parts of a program and answer questions on it Module 1: Greek Epic during the exam. COMP2 is assessed by a traditional Module 2: Greek Tragedy one hour exam paper consisting of short answer questions, taken in January of the Lower Sixth. These modules can be changed according to the interests of particular groups. A2 modules A2 modules 3. COMP3: Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking Similar to AS: two modules with a wide choice of (30% of A Level) topics from Greek and Roman civilisation and 4. COMP4: The Computing Practical Project (20% literature. of A Level) Economics COMP3 is assessed by a two and a half hour written exam in June of the A2 year. COMP4 is a practical project for which students must write a program to solve a problem of their choice and document it. The project is internally assessed and externally moderated. Head of Department: Mr N Parkinson It must be completed before the Easter Holiday of the A2 year. Board: OCR Why choose this subject? Teachers per set: Two Studying A Level Computing leads directly to a wide GCSE required in this subject? No range of interesting careers such as systems analysis, computer programming, web site design and management, network management, games development or management consultancy. There is AS modules currently considerable demand for graduates with computing-related degrees as the number of graduates Unit 1 - Markets in Action (Micro-economics) is falling. This unit examines the reasons for individuals, organisations and societies having to make choices and Computing develops logical problem solving skills how competitive markets work to allocate resources. It which are useful in other subjects. Students interested also considers why markets can fail and the ways in taking courses such as engineering, mathematics or governments intervene to correct this failure. scientists at university may find that they need to write computer programs as part of their courses. Computing Unit 2 - The National and International Economy and Business Studies/Economics is also a popular (Macro-economics) combination as many aspects of management Causes and consequences of inflation and consultancy relate to using computer systems to unemployment; economic growth; exchange rates; the improve the performance of a business. Many students balance of payments are some of the topics considered following other subjects find the practical elements of in this unit along with government policy instruments the course are a contrast to their other A Level courses. to influence all the above. Other relevant information A2 modules A Level Computing is a very different course to GCSE Unit 3 - Transport Economics Information and Communication Technology. Whilst This unit looks at the ownership and funding of the GCSE focuses on the use of application packages transport in the UK. Transport trends and the various such as spreadsheets, students following the A Level causes of changes in demand for transport modes are course learn how to write new computer software using studied alongside a detailed analysis of the various a programming language and study how computer transport markets and behavior of firms within them. systems work. Further to this transport policy issues in the UK are discussed such as road pricing schemes and Most students who take this subject have never sustainability. There is also a detailed study of Cost programmed before. We use the Pascal language for Benefit Analysis and its use in transport policy teaching. It is however possible for students to work in decisions. a different language if they wish to. Self motivation is very important when learning to program. Students Unit 4 - The Global Economy need to show persistence and determination to improve The macro-economic performance of the UK is looked their understanding of programming languages and to at in this unit including the fiscal, monetary and supply debug programs. side policies used by government to achieve its aims. The benefits and costs of international trade are If you are considering a career in computing it is worth examined including the role of the European Union and looking at the entrance requirements for university the Euro. Problems faced by developing economies courses before choosing your A level options as some and the economics of globalization are studied of the more prestigious universities require students including the work of the IMF and the World Bank. taking Computing courses to have studied Mathematics at A Level. Why choose this subject? Unit 1 - Categorising Texts This unit introduces you to the techniques and Economics will combine well with AS/A2 subjects terminology that we use to analyse language use, using from both the arts and science sides. It requires a a series of seven frameworks. In the exam, you have to reasonable level of numeracy but is not mathematical. group a set of texts according to their similarities and As the two subjects complement each other, an differences in terms of language use. You also have to increasing number of students combine it with Business write a detailed analysis of two texts, examining how Studies. they use language for effect. Skills: Develops your ability to analyse and synthesise Economics creates career opportunities in both the information and evidence and put forward an private and public sector in the U.K. and abroad. A effective written argument. high proportion of economists go into financial work for industrial firms, banks, central and local Language and Social Contexts - This is often one of the government, accountants, research organisations and most popular units of the course. The aim of it is to professional bodies. A qualified economist can expect introduce you to the connection between language and to earn pay above the average for a graduate. different social contexts. The three topic areas for examination in 2008 are: Language and Power; Other relevant information Language and Gender; Language and Occupational groups. The exam asks you to examine a range of texts Anyone hoping for a career in e.g. banking, and write a commentary about what they demonstrate accountancy, business management, the civil service with regards to language and social contexts. and politics would be expected to have some Skills: Develops your analytical ability and your understanding of the economic environment which ability to apply concepts and theories about language shapes everyone’s daily life in some way or other. to given data. Even if it doesn’t lead to a lucrative career students will enjoy learning how the real world works enabling them Unit 2 – Coursework: Original Writing to analyse events such as the recent problems This is the unit where you get to use your writing skills. associated with the global banking industry, and make You have to submit two pieces of writing, more rational decisions as adults. Boys on this course demonstrating that you can write for different have had the opportunity to participate in Young audiences and purposes. An important part of the Enterprise and Angels and Dragons competitions in AS coursework is the submission of a commentary, year and the Bank of England target 2.0 Competition in examining your own work and analysing how you have A2 year. used language for effect. Skills: Develops ability to write effectively for a range of different purposes. Vital for written communication in most careers. English Language A2 modules At A-Level this course develops further your knowledge of and ability to apply a range of linguistic frameworks to a wide variety of texts from both the Head of Department: Mrs H M Brandon past and the present. You should increasingly be able to select and use the frameworks most appropriate for Board: AQA your investigation and research, and express yourself with fluency and competence in speech and writing. Teachers per set: Two Unit 3 – Language Development and Language Change GCSE required in this subject? No This is a synoptic unit with questions on two topics: Language Change and Child Language Acquisition. Language Change examines how the English language has developed from 1700 to the present day AS modules e.g. Has the development of emailing, MSN and texting The AS course introduces you to the concepts and changed the way we write? How has the language of frameworks for the study of language and enables you advertising changed over time? to apply these to investigate your own and others’ use Child Language Acquisition is the study of how babies of speech and writing. The AS course develops your and young children learn to speak and write e.g. Why skills in writing for different purposes and audiences, as do all babies learn the same sounds, in the same order, well as your ability to respond perceptively to the no matter where in the world they come from? Both different varieties of English that you hear and read. units rely heavily on the analysis of data and the ability to relate it to concepts and theories. Skills: This unit requires you to develop your skills of during the GCSE course. To be successful at AS interpretation and expression in accurate and well- requires a greater level of independent study. We will argued responses. encourage you to develop your own reading tastes and undertake research projects that will give you skills in Unit 4 – Language Investigation managing your workload effectively. This is a coursework module where students research and write a scientific investigation into an area of Unit 1 – Aspects of Narrative language that interests them. Current investigations in This unit introduces you to the central position of Year 13 include: narrative in the ways in which literary texts work. • How the language of the ghetto is represented in Ali There will be a focus on how narratives are constructed G and Catherine Tate by authors, and the different ways in which they can be • The language of lonely hearts adverts. responded to by readers. • How text messaging is used by 16 – 60 year olds You will read the following novels: • The language of religion in different branches of • ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-time’ Christianity by Mark Haddon • How managers use language to control their • ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khalid Hosseni employees You will read works by the following poems: • How ability and gender affects the development of • Christina Rossetti children’s writing • Robert Browning • Biased language in local and national football radio Skills: Develops your ability to analyse / synthesise commentary information and evidence to put forward an effective written argument that considers contextual factors Why choose this subject? using critical terminology. Do you want to learn about how men and women use language differently, how people can use language to Unit 2 – Coursework – Dramatic Genres assert their power over others and how children can This is the unit where you get to use your writing skills. learn English in 3 years while adults find it so difficult You have to submit two pieces of writing 1500 words to learn a foreign language? These are just some of the each. One of the pieces could be ‘re-creative’ – you things that A Level English Language covers. will produce original writing based on the texts you English language A Level encourages you to develop study and a commentary examining your own work and your interest in and enjoyment of English, through analysing how you have used language for effect. learning about its structures and its functions, its These are: development and its variations. It also allows you to • Othello by William Shakespeare develop your ability to express yourself with increasing • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams competence and sophistication, to encounter a varied Skills: Develops ability to write effectively for a range range of texts and to develop your skills of critical of different purposes. Vital for written communication analysis. in most careers. A2 modules At A-Level this course develops further your English Literature knowledge of and ability to apply a range of literary terminology to a wide variety of texts from both the past and the present. You should increasingly be able to select and use appropriate terminology and identify the Head of Department: Mrs H M Brandon most influential contextual factors of texts that you study. You should be able express yourself with Board: AQA fluency and competence in speech and writing. Teachers per set: Two Unit 3 - Texts and Genres The aim of this unit is to develop ideas on the signifi GCSE required in this subject? No cance of genre which have been established during the AS Course. Individual texts will be explored and evaluated against some of the commonly accepted AS modules principles of the chosen genre,: Elements of the This new, innovative AS Literature course introduces Gothic. These may include work by the following you to a number of exciting and interesting texts from a writers: range of time periods. You will build on the reading for • 1300–1800; Shakespeare, Marlowe, Webster, meaning skills, knowledge of critical terminology and Milton experiments with creative writing you developed • Post 1800 – Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, Bram by one of the candidate’s teachers and lasting, Stoker, Angela Carter including preparation time, 35 minutes. Among the Skills: Develops your ability to analyse / synthesise topics covered during the year will be media, popular information and evidence to put forward an effective culture, healthy living, lifestyles and family and written argument that considers contextual factors relationships. using critical terminology. A2 modules Unit 4 – Further and Independent Reading You will study three texts of your own choice and a As at AS candidates will prepare 2 modules: Unit 3 critical anthology. You will pursue your own line of lasts 2 hours 30 minutes and tests the same skills as interest. The aim is to help candidates to make Unit 1, and Unit 4 is the speaking test which again lasts connections across texts, and to see that the study of 35 minutes in total and is conducted by one of the Literature is underpinned by certain methods and ideas. candidate’s teachers. Topics studied during the year The coursework portfolio will consist of: will include the environment, the multi-cultural society, • A comparative study of an aspect of two texts of the contemporary social issues and a cultural topic. The candidate’s choice. 1500-2000 words. cultural topic could be the study of a French-speaking • The application of critical ideas taken from the pre- region, of a period of 20th Century history or a work of released anthology to a text or texts of the literature. candidate’s own choice. 1200-1500 words. Skills: Develops your ability to think and work Why choose this subject? independently and provides you with an opportunity to engage with critical writing. Perfect training for most To learn about another society and culture and have the undergraduate courses. pleasure and satisfaction of communicating with the people of another country in their own language. Why choose this subject? At university French can be studied as a single subject Do you want to explore the rich and varied ways in or in combination with a large number of other which stories can be told and how they reflect the time subjects. Many students study two languages, one of in which they were written? Do you want to read a which they may have started from scratch, but French range of exciting modern novels and classic poetry that can equally well be combined with another Arts will provoke debate and provide the basis for exploring subject, Law, Business Studies or a science. Some moral, social and philosophical issues? Do you want to graduates will take up careers such as teaching or study texts of your own choice? These are just some of interpreting and translating, where their language skills the things that A Level English Literature covers. are used daily, but many will have careers in business English Literature A Level encourages you to develop and commerce and other fields where the ability to your interest in and enjoyment of English. It also speak a language, combined with other skills, could be allows you to develop your ability to express yourself a valuable asset. with increasing competence and sophistication, to encounter a varied range of texts and to develop your Other relevant information skills in critical analysis. The AS and A2 courses are practical courses whose main aim is to ensure that candidates who complete them successfully are capable of understanding French French at a fairly high level and of communicating effectively in the language. We, together with the Girls’ School, operate an exchange with a lycée in Dijon, and boys will have the Head of Department: Mr M R Boyd opportunity to spend a week in Dijon at least once in the two year A-level course. Board: AQA Teachers per set: Two GCSE required in this subject? Yes AS modules Candidates have to prepare 2 modules: Unit 1 is a written paper of 2 hours which tests reading, listening and writing skills; Unit 2 is a speaking test conducted Further Maths Other relevant information To make time for the extra work covered in Further Maths compared with just Mathematics, you are taught Head of Department: Mr T J Nicholson for 12 periods a week compared with the 8 for other subjects – but this is rewarded with 2 A-levels from this Board: Edexcel one choice – Maths at the end of the 6th Year, and Further Maths at the end of the 7th Year. Teachers per set: Three There is no coursework with this syllabus. GCSE required in this subject? Yes Lower Sixth Year We will study modules C1, C2, C3, C4, M1 and M2, whose descriptions are given on the page for Geography Mathematics. (This will lead to an A-level in Mathematics). Head of Department: Mr A S Cawtherley Upper Sixth Year We will study modules Further Pure 1, Further Pure 2, Board: AQA Further Pure 3, Mechanics 3, Statistics 1 and either Statistics 2 or Mechanics 4. (This will lead to an A- Teachers per set: Two level in Further Mathematics). GCSE required in this subject? No FP1 Complex numbers; numerical solution of equations; coordinate systems; matrix algebra; AS modules series; proof. Unit 1 GEOG 1 – Physical and Human Geography FP2 Inequalities; series; further complex numbers; Unit 2 GEOG 2 – Geographical Skills first order differential equations; second order differential equations; Maclaurin and Taylor Other AS requirements series; polar coordinates. Parts of the course will involve fieldwork: local river FP3 Hyperbolic functions; further coordinate (the Bollin) and a visit to Coniston for glaciation. systems; differentiation; integration; vectors; further matrix algebra. A2 modules M3 Further kinematics; elastic strings and springs; Unit 3 GEOG 3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues further dynamics; motion in a circle; statics of Unit 4A GEO4A – Geography Fieldwork Investigation rigid bodies. S1 See Single Maths for S1 topics. Other A2 requirements A2 level Geography involves a residential field course. EITHER This is currently held in Le Bettex (in the French Alps) S2 Binomial and Poisson distributions; continuous or Weymouth and involves a study of physical and random variables; continuous distributions, human geography for one week. Urban regeneration samples, hypothesis tests will also be studied in Manchester for a day. OR Why choose this subject? M4 Relative motion; elastic collisions in two Geography has transformed as a school and university dimensions; further motion of particles in one subject over the last decade. Students will study a dimension; stability. variety of topics from population policies, glaciation, the balance between population and resources, the Why choose this subject? distribution of HIV and much more. The breadth of The same reasons as for Mathematics, though the study through the human and physical topics is as breadth and depth of your Mathematics knowledge and diverse as ever and allows students to acquire a large experience will be significantly greater, and will give skills base. you a significant advantage when tackling various A level Geography is a suitable background for a great degree courses, such as Engineering, and of course variety of degree courses and careers: for example Mathematics itself. Furthermore, you encounter some Geography itself, the environment, business and of the more fascinating aspects of the subject when you commerce. study Further Maths. Geology Other relevant information No prior learning in Geology is required. The AS specification is designed to provide a course ideally suited to broaden an AS programme by Head of Department: Mr D A Bishop complementing a science course or providing a contrasting course within the Humanities. Unit GL3 Board: Welsh (WJEC) identifies the importance of geology to society, and includes enquiry-based investigation of issues and the Teachers per set: Two presentation of written reports, which can enrich a Humanities programme. GCSE required in this subject? No AS modules Unit GL1 Foundation Geology: introduction unit to geology, covering basic aspects of rocks, German minerals, fossils and the earth’s internal structure. Unit GL2 Investigative Geology: this is a skills unit Head of Department: Mr D R Lee which will be taught, reinforced and developed continuously. Board: AQA Unit GL3 Geology and the Human Environment – geologically related hazards such as Teachers per set: Two earthquakes and volcanoes. Fieldwork: 3 day residential course in South GCSE required in this subject? Yes Shropshire. 3 half-day field trips to local sites. 1 day field trip to Derbyshire. AS modules There are two modules: Unit 1 (70% of total AS/35% Other AS requirements of total A2 marks) is assessed by Listening, Reading There is an option to take assessed fieldwork or to do a and Writing. Unit 2 (30% of the total AS/15% of the practical exam. The specifications recommend three total A2 marks) is the Speaking Test. days minimum of geological work in the field. Any We shall build on the skills acquired at GCSE and learn investigative work is assessed within GL2 where there about topics relevant to the culture and civilization of is a problem-solving exercise, including a geology map the German-speaking countries, such as the media, to interpret. popular culture, healthy living and the family and relationships. A2 modules Unit GL4 Interpreting the Geological Record: an A2 modules extension unit to develop the ideas of GL1. Again there are two modules which mirror those taken Unit GL5 Thematic Geology: a choice of 2 at AS. geological themes We will examine such issues as racism, the (Quaternary Geology and Geology of Natural environment and contemporary social issues which Resources). affect us all. In addition we will read together some Unit GL6 Geological Investigations: 2 internally works of modern German literature and watch German assessed pieces of coursework based on films which you will then be able to write and speak field and lab work. (15% of the marks). about with confidence. Fieldwork: 3 day residential course in the Lake District, 1 day at Alderley Edge. Why choose this subject? Those who can communicate effectively in German Why choose this subject? will find it a most useful skill for business, work and Geology A level would be relevant to students wishing leisure. It combines well with other subjects, including to take a geological science or an environmental course sciences, and students have been led in many at University, whilst an AS in Geology could be useful directions: careers in management, the City, merchant to students studying Civil Engineering. Also Geology banking, accountancy, the Law, media and advertising is suitable at AS or A2 to go with Biology or to name a few are all open to those who speak the Geography. language along with the more obvious professions of teaching and translating. Other relevant information This list is impressive, but it is by no means exhaustive. There will be regular conversation classes with our There are many other career options open to students: Assistent(in) in which oral fluency can be developed. at least one Classics graduate from Oxford became a There is also the opportunity of visiting Germany fighter pilot in the R.A.F., and there are the obvious through our well-established link with our partner related careers such as teaching and Archaeology. school in Cologne. A Classics degree not only leads to many career options, but is also a highly respected degree, which is Greek likely to impress most potential employers. Furthermore studying Classics at AS or A Level also produces a very respectable qualification for any UCAS form. Head of Department: Mr G D Feely Board: OCR Teachers per set: Two History GCSE required in this subject? Yes Head of Department: Mr M J Hone Board: AQA AS modules Module 1 Greek Language Teachers per set: Two Module 2 Greek Verse and Prose Literature GCSE required in this subject? Preferred, but A2 modules Module 3 Greek Prose Literature and Composition not essential Module 4 Greek Verse Literature and Unseen Why choose this subject? AS modules Latin, Greek, Classical Civilisation and Ancient Unit 1 The Crusades 1095-1204 History can be studied at university in various Unit 2 Britain 1902-1918 combinations; any one of the four subjects can be studied alone or in joint honours courses. All lead to Other AS requirements highly respected and marketable degrees. Each AS Unit is assessed in a written paper each lasting 1½ hours and worth 50% of the marks for AS (25% of Over recent years graduates from the Classics the total A-level marks). Department at Manchester University have moved on to many different careers: A2 modules Unit 3 The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007 or 1. Law. All Arts graduates have to do a conversion The Kings of England 1154-1216 (Henry II, Richard course to study Law. the Lionheart and John). 2. Management consultancy. In this field graduates are trained on the job, while receiving a full salary. Unit 4 Historical Enquiry (Coursework). On a topic 3. Journalism. Classics cultivates excellent linguistic connected with Britain and Ireland, 1798-1921 or The skills which are vital for journalists. Changing Nature of Warfare 1792-1945 4. Advertising. 5. Computer world. The analytical skills cultivated by Other A2 Requirements the study of inflected languages are desirable for the Unit 3 is assessed in a written paper lasting 1 ½ hours complicated field of computer technology. and worth 60% of the marks for A2 (30% of the total 6. Art. One graduate was employed by Sotheby’s A-Level marks). Unit 4 requires the production of a while studying for a post-graduate degree in Fine piece of coursework approximately 3,500 words long Art. on an aspect of a 100-year period of study. The exact 7. Business. Some students have set up their own topic will be chosen by the candidates in discussion businesses following Classics degrees. Others with their teachers. The coursework is worth 40% of have embarked on a six-month special course to the marks for A2 (20% of the total A-Level marks) enhance their business acumen. Why choose this subject? the study of inflected languages are desirable for the The skills acquired in the study of History are relevant complicated field of computer technology. to a wide variety of degree courses and careers. These 6. Art. One graduate was employed by Sotheby’s skills include the use of evidence to argue a case, the while studying for a post-graduate degree in Fine identification of the most important reasons for a Art. particular decision or event and the ability to write 7. Business. Some students have set up their own reports which are concise, relevant, highlight the key businesses following Classics degrees. Others points and are lucidly and logically argued. For this have embarked on a six-month special course to reason, History is one of the main A levels studied by enhance their business acumen. people aiming to do a Law degree and provides crucial preparation for a wide variety of professions including This list is impressive, but it is by no means exhaustive. journalism, the Civil Service, accountancy, insurance, There are many other career options open to students: the armed forces, advertising and marketing amongst at least one Classics graduate from Oxford became a many others. Indeed the skills acquired are relevant to fighter pilot in the R.A.F., and there are the obvious any managerial post. related careers such as teaching and Archaeology. A Classics degree not only leads to many career options, but is also a highly respected degree, which is likely to impress most potential employers. Latin Furthermore studying Classics at AS or A Level also produces a very respectable qualification for any UCAS form. Head of Department: Mr G D Feely Other relevant information In the current 6th and 7th years, Latin is taught jointly Board: OCR with the Girls’ School. Teachers per set: Two jointly with BGSG GCSE required in this subject? Yes Mathematics Head of Department: Mr T J Nicholson AS modules Module 1: Latin Language Board: Edexcel Module 2: Latin Prose and Verse Literature Teachers per set: Two A2 modules Module 3: Latin Verse Literature and Unseen GCSE required in this subject? Yes Module 4: Latin Prose Literature and Composition Why choose this subject? Latin, Greek, Classical Civilisation and Ancient AS modules History can be studied at university in various We study modules Core 1, Core 2 and either Mechanics combinations; any one of the four subjects can be 1 or Statistics 1. (This will lead to an AS level in studied alone or in joint honours courses. All lead to Mathematics). highly respected and marketable degrees. C1 Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the Over the last few years graduates from the Classics (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; Department at Manchester University have moved on integration. to many different careers: C2 Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; 1. Law. All Arts graduates have to do a conversion exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; course to study Law. integration. 2. Management consultancy. In this field graduates are M1 Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in trained on the job, while receiving a full salary. mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a 3. Journalism. Classics cultivates excellent linguistic straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a skills which are vital for journalists. straight line or plane; statics of a particle; 4. Advertising. moments. 5. Computer world. The analytical skills cultivated by OR S1 Mathematical models in probability and statistics; architecture, and the laboratory and social sciences, do representation and summary of data; probability; have a certain amount of mathematical content - and correlation and regression; discrete random these subjects will be much easier for those with an A variables; discrete distributions; the Normal level in maths. Many degree courses do not require distribution. specific A level subjects, but, of those that do, maths is by far the subject most commonly required. In fact, A2 modules there are very few degree subjects for which an A level We study modules Core 3, Core 4 and either Mechanics in maths would not be useful! 2 or Statistics 2. Thinking of a maths degree? C3 Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical The employment prospects for graduates with maths methods. degrees could not be better. Statistics suggest that while C4 Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the the supply of mathematicians in the UK has been static (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; over the last few years, the demand for them increases integration; vectors. by 4% a year. Obviously, this is partly due to the M2 Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line unstoppable progress of technology, which requires or plane; centres of mass; work and energy; maths and science for development and research. But collisions; statics of rigid bodies. there is another cause: in our modern world, companies OR and government increasingly base their strategies on S2 Binomial and Poisson distributions; continuous "evidence": statistical data and hard scientific facts random variables; continuous distributions, which indicate the best way forward. Mathematics is samples, hypothesis tests the key to finding and designing the experiments and surveys that generate the data, and to turn the results * There is no coursework with this syllabus. into information and knowledge. Many graduates will apply their numerical and logical Why choose this subject? skills to accountancy, the actuarial profession, or other technical areas of the business or financial sector, while At this stage in your education, you will already have others will look further afield - IT, personnel had to make many decisions about your future career management, journalism, marketing. and for most of you, your choice of subjects is based upon where you intend to go, and what you intend to Maths graduates earn more! do, after leaving school. For those intending to continue on to university, there A wide range of career options also means a chance to are very few degree subjects for which a maths A Level earn more money: a recent study, conducted by would not be useful. Many degree courses do not economists at the University of Swansea, showed that require specific A level subjects, but, of those that do, maths and computing degrees make the biggest maths is by far the subject most commonly required. difference to lifetime earnings. On average, a graduate If you enjoy doing maths, it's well worth of any degree can expect to earn £149,760 more in his considering taking Further Maths at A/S or A or her lifetime than a person leaving education with two level. Degree courses usually do not require this, but it A levels. For maths and computing graduates, this will give you an excellent grounding and above all can figure rises to over £220,000! be fun. And those that are really committed can achieve salaries far above the average: a look at job adverts Thinking of going straight into employment? from the finance sector shows figures between 40K and 150K offered to people with a maths background and a A maths A Level will have taught you to think few years experience. logically, to process information accurately, and to understand and manipulate numbers and mathematical Teaching processes. These are all skills which will benefit you greatly in whatever profession you choose and it is One career that is particularly worth considering is these skills which, more and more, employers are teaching. With a lack of maths teachers at present, the looking for in prospective employees. government is offering excellent incentives for maths graduates to train as teachers and a recent report on the Thinking of university? teaching of 11-16 year olds suggested that maths teachers be paid more than those in other subjects. You will probably find that degrees in maths, statistics, physics, astronomy, engineering, computer science and possibly economics all require maths at A Level. However, many other subjects, including medicine, Music candidates. Essay writing, analysis, aural discrimination, performance, composition and assimilation are all assessed. The course allows great flexibility and all styles are covered, but it cannot be a Head of Department: Mr C N J Hyde course of study in the candidate’s own preferred musical style. The course offers great freedom to Board: OCR choose one’s own areas of study, but requires self- discipline and critical self-appraisal in the coursework Teachers per set: Two elements. GCSE required in this subject? Yes A new A-Level syllabus will replace this current example from September 2008. Much of the content will be the same or similar, but as of yet I have only seen a draft proposal for the new syllabus. AS modules Unit 1- Performing (40% AS, 20% A level). Physical Education a) Solo Recital (max. 8 minutes). b) Viva Voce (based on recital). c) One of : Performing on a second instrument. Ensemble performance. Own composition performance. Head of Department: Mr G R Lövgreen Improvisation. Board: OCR Unit 2 - Compositing (30% AS, 15% A level) a) 7 Harmony exercises Teachers per set: Three b) Instrumental Composition (max.3 minutes). GCSE required in this subject? Not essential, Unit 3 - Historical Study (30% AS, 15% A2) but preferable. a) 2 Prescribed Works. b) 1 Aural Extract. c) 1 Contextual Study. AS modules A2 modules Unit 1 - An Introduction to Physical Education Unit 4 - Performing (40% A2). Candidates will acquire an appreciation of topic areas a) Solo Recital (max. 15 minutes). including anatomy and physiology, acquiring b) Viva Voce movement skills and socio-cultural studies relating to participation in physical activity. Unit 5 - Composing (30% A2). a) Stylistic Exercises (max. 8) Unit 2 - Acquiring, developing and evaluating b) Composition-vocal setting of text practical skills in Physical Education Candidates will experience activities from across Unit 6 - Historical and Analytical Studies. different activity and work towards responding to a live a) 2 questions on one of six modern music topics. performance of their own assessed activities. Why choose this subject? A2 Modules Music is required if one is seeking a degree in the Unit 3 - Principles and concepts across different subject or joint honours with another subject. areas of Physical Education However, as an academic qualification in its own right This Unit has two sections; Section A: Socio-Cultural it is an excellent support for any humanities course and and Section B: Scientific options. gives breadth to otherwise science-based courses. The diversity of the course allows candidates to express Candidates study three of the five possible options, at themselves in a way few other courses can match. least one option must be from Section A. Other relevant information Section A: Socio-Cultural options Music tests so many diverse skills that it allows very Option A1 – Historical Studies able candidates to shine but often exposes weaker Candidates will acquire an appreciation of the historical factors that impacted upon participation and • Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the competence in physical activity. factors which influence the quality of performance. Option A2 – Comparative Studies • Apply the knowledge, skills and understanding to a Candidates will acquire an appreciation of the factors range of activities to improve performance. that impact upon participation and competence in physical activity in each of the United Kingdom (UK), • Evaluate performance and plan for its improvement. the United States of America (USA) and Australia. • Develop an understanding of the socio-cultural, Section B: Scientific options moral, global and contemporary factors in physical education which affect participation in and Option B1 – Sports Psychology provision for sport and physical activity. Candidates will acquire an appreciation of the sports psychology factors that impact upon participation and Other relevant information competence in physical activity. All boys who would like to study this subject are Option B2 – Biomechanics expected to make themselves available for school Candidates will acquire an appreciation of the sports fixtures, if deemed to have the ability, as stated biomechanical factors that affect participation and in the Code of Conduct. Any boy who is unwilling to improve competence in physical activity. represent the school at sport will not be given permission to study the course. Option B3 – Exercise and Sport Physiology Candidates will acquire an appreciation of how the body changes as a result of physical activity. Unit 4 - The Improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physics Physical Education Candidates will build upon the skills acquired and developed in Unit 2 in one of their chosen activities and Head of Department: Mr C A R Davidson work towards responding to a live performance in their own assessed activity. Board: AQA Syllabus A How is this qualification assessed? Teachers per set: Two Unit 1 is externally set and externally assessed by GCSE required in this subject? Yes (either means of a written paper (2 hours). Unit 2 is externally Physics or Core and Additional science). set, internally assessed and externally moderated. Candidates are assessed in two chosen activities from two different activity profiles and in a response to a live performance. Unit 3 is externally set and AS Modules:- externally assessed by means of a written paper (2 hours 30 minutes). Unit 4 is externally set, internally Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and assessed and externally moderated. Candidates are Electricity - 40% of AS marks, 20% of A2. assessed in one chosen activity and in a response to a Normally taken in January live performance. Particles and Radiation Assessment in Units 1 and 3 is available every January Constituents of the atom and June. Units 2 and 4 are assessed in June only. Stable and unstable nuclei Particles, antiparticles and photons Why choose this subject? Particle interactions Classification of particles For pupils with an interest in sport, AS/A level Physical Quarks and antiquarks Education provides a greater understanding of the Electromagnetic Radiation and Quantum cultural, historical, psychological, scientific and Phenomena sociological basis for physical education. The photoelectric effect Collisions of electrons with atoms The aims of the course are that by learning about and Energy levels and photon emission through a range of physical activities pupils will be able Wave particle duality to: Current Electricity Charge, current and potential difference Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics - 20% of A2 Current/voltage characteristics marks. Resistivity Normally taken in January. Circuits Potential divider Further Mechanics Electromotive force and internal resistance Momentum concepts Alternating currents Circular motion Oscilloscope Simple harmonic motion Simple harmonic systems Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves - 40% of Forced vibration and resonance AS marks, 20% of A2. Gravitation Normally taken in June Newton’s law Gravitational field strength Mechanics Gravitational potential Scalars and vectors Orbits of planets and satellites Moments Electric Fields Motion along a straight line Coulomb’s Law Projectile motion Electric field strength Newton’s laws of motion Electric potential Work, energy and power Comparison of electric and gravitational fields Conservation of energy Capacitance Materials Capacitance Bulk properties of solids Energy stored by a capacitor The Young modulus Capacitor discharge Waves Magnetic fields Progressive waves Magnetic flux density Longitudinal and transverse waves Moving charges in a magnetic field Refraction at a plane surface Magnetic flux and flux linkage Superposition of waves, stationary waves Electromagnetic induction Interference Diffraction Unit 5: Nuclear Physics, Thermal Physics, and an Optional Topic - 20% of A2 marks. Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Normally taken in June Physics - 20% of AS marks, 10% of A2. This module consists of two sections. The first part of Section A looks at the characteristics of the nucleus, the Candidates will carry out experimental and properties of unstable nuclei and how energy is investigative activities in order to develop their obtained from the nucleus. In the second part of the practical skills. section, the thermal properties of materials and the Experimental and investigative activities will be set in properties and nature of gases are studied in depth. contexts appropriate to, and reflect the demand of,the Section B offers an opportunity to study one of the AS content. These activities allow candidates to use following optional topics to gain deeper understanding their knowledge and understanding of Physics in and awareness of a selected branch of physics; planning, carrying out, analysing and evaluating their work. A: Astronomy and Cosmology The investigative and practical skills will be internally B: Medical Physics assessed through Route T – Investigative and Practical or skills (Teacher assessed) D: Turning Points in Physics The assessment in this route is through two methods; Nuclear Physics • Practical Skills Assessment (PSA) Radioactivity • Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA). Evidence for the nucleus The PSA will be based around a centre assessment α, β and γ radiation throughout the AS course of the candidate’s ability to Radioactive decay follow and undertake certain standard practical Nuclear instability activities. Nuclear radius The ISA will require candidates to undertake practical Nuclear Energy work, collect and process data and use it to answer Mass and energy questions in a written test (ISA test). Induced fission Safety aspects Thermal Physics Thermal energy If you want an enjoyable and rewarding career where Ideal gases you can use your imagination, your practical abilities Molecular kinetic theory model and your creative flair, then Physics could be for you. If you are fascinated by the world about you and would Option A: Astrophysics and Cosmology like to understand more about it or if you are thinking Lenses and optical telescopes about engineering, electronics, medicine or technology, Non-optical telescopes then Physics is for you. Classification of stars For someone who finds the idea of a job in industry Cosmology attractive, there are openings based, for instance, on materials, computers, energy and food science. There is Option B: Medical Physics exciting work, too, in electronics, telecommunications, Physics of the Eye aerospace, chemical engineering, medical engineering, Physics of the Ear civil engineering, scientific journalism and Biological Measurement meteorology. If after studying physics, you move away Non-Ionising Imaging completely from a physics based career, the intriguing X-ray Imaging use of physics around you will always remain of interest. The ideas, techniques and ways of thinking Option D: Turning Points in Physics will always help you understand scientific and The discovery of the electron technological information. Wave particle duality Special relativity Physics gives an insight into the way that the Universe works as well as the various ways that Man has tried to Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 see patterns behind the workings. Physics - 10% of A2 marks. As well as being interesting in its own right the qualification is a requirement for many Science and Route T – Investigative and Practical skills (Teacher Engineering degrees. assessed) The investigative and practical skills will be centre Other relevant information assessed through two methods: • Practical Skills Assessment (PSA) All AS students have the opportunity to visit the CERN • Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) facility outside Geneva during the first term of the course to assist the appreciation of the history, Experimental and investigative activities will be set in development and applications of particle physics. contexts appropriate to the A2 content. These activities The department is currently trying to organize a will allow candidates to use their knowledge and residential visit to an amateur observatory in the understanding of Physics in planning, carrying out, Algarve region of Portugal for those students who analysing and evaluating their work. follow the Astrophysics option of the A2 course. It is The ISA will require candidates to undertake practical anticipated that this visit will take place near the Easter work, collect and process data and use it to answer break. questions in a written test (ISA test). Neither of these two visits are compulsory but are It is expected that candidates will be able to use and be offered as extracurricular activities. familiar with more ‘complex’ laboratory equipment or techniques which is deemed suitable at A2 level. All of the modules of the A level course contain a fair Reference made to more complex degree of mathematics and a satisfactory appreciation equipment/techniques might include: of mathematics is necessary if students are to do well. Oscilloscope, travelling microscope, other vernier Physics may be studied without AS/A2 Maths. but scales, spectrometer, data logger, variety of sensors, students may need to attend a support maths lesson if it light gates for timing, ratemeter or scaler with GM is felt that their progress through the topics is being tube, avoiding parallax errors, timing techniques hindered by lack of numeracy. Mathematics support is (multiple oscillations). delivered by a member of the Physics department during a lunchtime session. Why choose this subject? Physics is a key part of science. It deals how and why things behave as they do. Physics is used to solve problems (Health, Social, Scientific) and also deals with practical things. Ideas about the origins of the universe and about the tiniest building blocks of matter are also studied. Politics Religious Studies Head of Department: Mr M J Hone Head of Department: Mr A L Stacey Board: AQA Board: Edexcel Teachers per set: Two Teachers per set: Two GCSE required in this subject? No GCSE required in this subject? No AS modules Note that in this subject, the whole A-level course consists of four equally-weighted units. Module 1 People, Politics and Participation AS units Module 2 Governing Modern Britain The AS consists of two units, each worth half of the Other AS requirements marks for the year: Each AS module is assessed in a written paper lasting Unit 1: Foundations 1½ hours worth 50% of the total AS marks (25% of the Exploring the foundations of the Philosophy of total A-Level). Religion and Buddhism, assessed by one written examination lasting 1hr 45mins (June only) A2 requirements Philosophy of Religion Module 3 Political Ideologies A study of the philosophical arguments for the existence of God. Module 4 The Government of the USA A study of selected problems in the philosophy of religion: Other A2 requirements • Problems of evil and suffering, different types of problems and solutions Each A2 module is assessed in a written paper lasting • A study of philosophical debates about miracles: 1½ hours worth 25% of the total A-Level mark. concepts of miracle; • reasons to believe in miracles; philosophical Why choose this subject? problems with reference to Hume The study of politics is of relevance to a wide variety of Buddhism degree courses and careers. The skills that you learn The life and work of the Buddha. will be useful for many areas of employment. You will Key emphases in teaching and practice: develop analytical and research skills and the ability to • The three refuges, meaning and significance effectively debate a point of view. A level politics can • Types and purposes of meditation, their context and help if you are considering a career in the following application areas; law, broadcasting, journalism, teaching, civil service, the media, local and national government to Unit 2: Investigations name just a few. Exploring an area of personal interest This unit is assessed by an external examination of 1hr Other relevant information 15mins (June only) Wherever possible the Department organizes A2 units attendance at appropriate revision courses and student conferences. From time to time we invite outside The A2 consists of a further two units, each worth half speakers such as academics and politicians (e.g. Ivan of the marks for the year: Lewis MP, the late Sir Cyril Smith or Lord Douglas Hurd) to address the students. In the AS Year Politics Unit 3: Developments students pay a visit to London to tour the Houses of Extending the knowledge, understanding and skills Parliament and meet the local MP. developed in Unit 1 Systems and Assessed by one written examination lasting 1hr 45mins (June only) Philosophy of Religion A study of further philosophical arguments for the Control Technology existence of God A study of selected problems in the philosophy of religion: Head of Department: Mr D Hailwood • Beliefs about life after death: reincarnation; rebirth; resurrection; immortality of the soul Board: AQA • A study of religious language: analogy; language games; myth and symbol; verification and Teachers per set: Two falsification debates GCSE required in this subject? Not essential, Buddhism The life and work of Ashoka. but preferable Selected concepts: dukkha; anatta; anicca; nirvana; bodhisattvas A study of selected texts from Buddhist Scriptures Electronics and Engineering are an integral part of our everyday lives, but they remain a mystery to many people. This AS/A2 level course gives students a Unit 4: Implications substantial insight into these wide ranging subject Responding to a written passage relating to Philosophy areas. For those students wishing to take the subject or Buddhism further, the course provides an excellent foundation for Assessed by one written examination lasting 1hr a degree course. 15mins (June only) Systems and Control Technology offers candidates an opportunity to gain personal satisfaction and a positive Why choose this subject? experience from working with a variety of systems. The practical problem solving process in this subject will Religions make some big claims. For example, ‘God encourage independent learning, creativity and exists and is both all-powerful and all-good’. Can this innovation. be true? What arguments could be used to prove it? IF God is good then why would such an all-powerful AS outline being create a world full of suffering? On the other At AS, candidates will have the opportunity to work hand, around 2500 years ago, a man called Siddhartha with and study a variety of materials, components and Gautama (the Buddha) claimed to have discovered the systems and production methods to develop an way to overcome all mental suffering and achieve understanding of the working characteristics, permanent happiness here and now. Investigating these properties, cost and availability which influence their remarkable claims about God and the Buddha forms a use in design situations. The specification will expand key part of Religious Studies at A-level. knowledge and understanding of the basic elements of design, and how these can be effectively applied within Religious Studies provides the opportunity to develop a the area of systems and control technology. Candidates range of transferable skills, e.g. collecting, synthesizing will gain an understanding of market influences and and interpreting information from a range of sources, industrial and commercial practices. communicating the findings of your research and identifying links between the different parts of the The AS specification has 2 units: subjects studied. These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers and universities as being Unit 1 of great value. Topic list Religious Studies combines well with almost all other • A variety of materials, components, mechanics and Humanities AS and A-Level subjects such as History, systems to introduce their working characteristics, Geography and English. If taken with subjects like properties, cost and availability which influence Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, their use in design situations Religious Studies will supply a broad based curriculum and some welcome variety. Past students have used • Basic elements of design, and how these can be their RS A-Level to help them gain entry to a wide effectively applied within the area of systems and range of courses, including medicine, the law, teaching control technology and broadcasting. • The concept of input-process-output and its role within systems and control • Modelling methods appropriate to systems and The A2 specification has 2 units: control and their role in the design process • The manufacturing methods available for the Unit 3 production of prototypes, systems and products • Commercial manufacturing methods, scales of Topic list production and industrial practices and their • Processing systems, composite and 'new' materials influence on design decisions and components • Industrial and commercial practices within the • Computer simulation and its use to emulate an appraisal of products and systems environment, product, or system • The application of appropriate criteria in the • The use of ICT, with emphasis on its integrated use appraisal of products and systems. for such things as stock control, ordering, production analysis Assessment • Range of information gathering techniques used to Written Exam: 2 hours identify a possible market or product success Weighting: 50% of total AS level marks • The role of the designer in relation to the different 25% of total A level marks parties involved in the design and manufacture of a This paper is based primarily on Materials and product from its inception to its final use Components. • Ergonomics and anthropometrics; the relationship Consisting of three sections: between people products and the environment • Section 1 contains compulsory limited response • Methods of harnessing alternative energy sources, questions energy transmission and storage. • Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two • Section 3 contains one compulsory question. Assessment Written Exam: 2 hours Unit 2: Coursework Weighting: 25% of total A level marks This paper is based primarily on Design and Assessment Manufacture. It is the Synoptic paper. Coursework: Approx 50 hours Consisting of two sections ("Design and Market Weighting: 50% or total AS level marks Influences" and "Processes and Manufacture") with a 25% of total A level marks choice of three questions from six. Written (or electronic) design portfolio and Candidates are required to answer one question from manufactured outcome(s). Coursework may take a each section and also a final question from either number of forms; a single design-and-make project, section. two smaller projects and/or a portfolio of work. This written paper will include sufficient synoptic assessment to test the candidates' understanding of the A2 outline connections between the different elements of the At A2, the specification offers candidates the subject and their holistic understanding of the subject. opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS. Candidates will continue to Unit 4: Coursework develop a body of design work alongside an understanding of the materials, processes and design Assessment within contemporary, commercial product manufacture. Coursework: Approx 60 hours Weighting: 25% of total A level marks Written (or electronic) design folder and manufactured outcome(s) Candidates submit evidence of a single, substantial designing and manufacturing activity.