Bury Grammar School Boys A Level courses starting September 2011

					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      registrar@bgsboys.co.uk; 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.

				
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