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					                                          CONTENTS
Welcome from the Sixth Form Team                                p2
Application Procedure for 2011 Entry                            p3
Choosing your courses, Entry Requirements & How to Apply        p4
Personal Tutoring & Sixth Form Learning Mentor                  p5
The Sixth Form Centre and Student Life                          p6
What are A levels and how are A levels assessed?                P7
Overview of what qualifications are needed for Sixth Form       p8
Educational Maintenance Allowance                               p8

Level 2 Programme BTEC First Diploma in Art & Design            p9
GCSE re-take opportunities GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics    p10

GCE A Levels [Level 3]
Art & Design [Fine Art]                                         p11
Art & Design [3D Design]                                        p12
Art & Design [Photography]                                      p13
Art & Design [Graphic Communication]                            p14
Biology                                                         p15
Business [Applied]                                              p16
Business Studies                                                p17
Chemistry                                                       p18
Child Care, Learning & Development [CCLD] BTEC National Award   p19
Design & Technology [Product Design – 3D Design]                p20
Economics                                                       p21
English Literature                                              p22
French                                                          p23
Geography                                                       p24
German                                                          p25
Health & Social Care: BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma          p26
Health & Social Care: BTEC National Diploma                     p27
History                                                         p38
ICT [Applied]                                                   p29
Mathematics                                                     p30
Further Mathematics                                             p31
Media Studies                                                   p32
Music                                                           p33
Music Technology & Production [BTEC]                            p34
Performing Arts [Applied]                                       p35
Physical Education                                              p36
Physics                                                         p37
Psychology                                                      p38
Religion Philosophy & Ethics                                    p39
Science [Applied]                                               p40
Sociology                                                       p31
Textiles [Design & Technology – Product Design]                 p42
Theatre Studies                                                 p43
Travel & Tourism [Applied]                                      p44

Extension Curriculum [Level 3]
General Studies                                                 p45
Critical Thinking AS                                            p46
World Development AS                                            p47
History of Art AS                                               p48
Extended Project Qualification AS                               P49
                                                  1
Welcome to the Sixth Form from the
Sixth Form Leadership Team
               Paul Nicholson, Assistant Headteacher, Head of Sixth Form Centre
               “Welcome to our Sixth Form courses booklet. I do hope that it helps guide you
               onto the right courses. If you get your choices right, then future academic
               success should be your reward. The booklet, though, is just one source of
               information. You must discuss the suitability of your ideas and career plans with
               the Post 16 subject specialists and your Year 11 tutors and teaching staff.

               If you require further guidance on what is the right pathway for you, then do
contact either me or another member of the Sixth Form Leadership Team. I look forward to
working with you and helping you to have an enjoyable, fulfilling stay in the Sixth Form.

By the way, good luck with your GCSEs! Make sure you get the best grades possible and fulfil
your potential.

Helen Stedman, Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Head of Year 12;
Welcome to year 12, and indeed to the Castle School Sixth Form! I am really
looking forward to meeting you and working with you over the coming two
years. The Sixth Form has a really positive learning environment and there will
be so many fantastic opportunities for you to engage in over your AS/A2 studies.
As your Head of Year, I have high expectations of your commitment and work
but I will ensure, alongside the Year 12 tutors and the great support team in the
Sixth Form, that you are provided with support and direction when you need it. I hope you will all
enjoy your learning journey at the Castle School Sixth Form Centre. See you in September 2011!

Jennie Wright, Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Head of Year 13;
            Welcome to a new exciting phase of your education. I do hope that you settle
            successfully into the Sixth Form and that you go on to really enjoy your courses.
            The Sixth Form Leadership Team‟s offices are based in the Sixth Form Reception
            area, so if you need anything then do come and see us.

              Good Luck!


Kathy Fawcett, Assistant Head of Sixth Form with responsibility for Enrichment and
Extension Curriculum.
Hello and welcome to the Sixth Form. I look forward to working with you over the
next two years in your Enrichment [Thurs. P1] and your extension curriculum
lessons. The Enrichment programme in particular is very interesting and stimulating
programme that will help broaden your thinking and understanding of today‟s world.
The extension curriculum achieves the same goal but also helps you to gain extra
AS/A2 qualifications. You will get much more information in due course. I look
forward to seeing you in September.




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    APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR SEPTEMBER 2011 ENTRY




Date                Details
Thursday 18         Post 16 Options Evening: 5.00pm-7.30pm
November 2010       Students and parents will be able to discuss AS courses with the subject
                    specialists.
Friday 14           Application Deadline
January 2011
January-March       Post 16 Options Interviews
2011                All students are interviewed to discuss the suitability of their plans.
                    Further details to follow.
Tuesday             Post 16 Induction Day
28 June 2011        Students complete their first lesson in their provisional Sixth Form
                    courses.
Thursday 25         GCSE Results Day
August 2011         Students will receive a letter either confirming their place on their initial
                    courses or inviting them into the Sixth Form Centre on Weds. 31 August
                    to discuss alternatives.
Wednesday 31        Year 12 Enrolment Day
August 2011         This is a day for only those students who either need to discuss
                    alternatives or want to change their options. All other students will be
                    sent their timetable enabling them to start their courses on 2 Sept. 2011.


                                 PLEASE NOTE
  (a) The prospectus and courses booklet indicate the courses we are intending to offer for
      September 2011 and the information is accurate at the time of publication. However,
      the running of any course is subject to sufficient uptake and the course being viable.
  (b) The „option boxes‟ for scheduling AS Level options are not constructed until after the
      end of January 2011, once initial student requests have been received. Option boxes
      will be scheduled to meet student requests as far as possible. However, no guarantee
      can be given that a particular combination of subjects will definitely be available.
  (c) Inevitably some courses always prove more popular than others. If, after having been
      accepted to study a certain combination of courses, you later wish to change courses,
      we will do our best to accommodate this change but we cannot guarantee it as many
      popular courses will be full.




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                                    Choosing your courses

                        Choosing the right courses is crucial for your future success! Ask yourself
                        “what subjects will I really enjoy and succeed in?” Choose courses that
                        fit your career plans or that you might need for a university degree.
                        Select courses that have an assessment method that will give you every
                        opportunity to succeed. For example, are you better at coursework or
                        exams? Theoretical or more applied vocational subjects? Think carefully
                        and make realistic choices that suit your intellectual ability and your
                        intended career route.




Entry requirements

Advanced level courses are academically demanding. You will need to have coped satisfactorily or
better with your GCSE courses. As a general entry requirement a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C
and above, including English and Maths, will be required to enter Advanced courses. However,
some Advanced levels have subject specific requirements and may require „B‟ grades at GCSE.
For full details, please refer to the subject details in this prospectus and our website:
www.thecastleschool.org.uk.

If your GCSE results were less than satisfactory, then do not despair. We have a one-year Art &
Design course, and English and Maths GCSE, that will give you every opportunity to improve your
academic profile. If you are successful in these courses then you may be able to enter relevant
Advanced level courses the following year. A 3 year stay in the Sixth Form is perfectly acceptable
if it helps you to gain the qualifications you need.


How to apply

You will need to complete a Castle School Sixth Form Centre application form which you can
download from the Castle School website. You will need to fill it in carefully. From the time of
your application to becoming a student with us, we will work together to create the most suitable
individual learning programme for you.

If we get this right, then you can look forward to a rewarding, positive
and successful stay in The Castle School Sixth Form Centre.




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Personal Tutoring

We recognise that all students have individual needs. So, as well as meeting your tutors in whole
tutor groups, you will meet with your Sixth Form tutor on a regular individual basis to have one-
to-one interviews. Your tutor will help you set and review
targets.

Look after your tutor! It is the tutor who predominantly
prepares your reference for Higher Education and
Employment. It is your tutor who will help monitor your
progress and act as a link with subject staff and student
support services such as Connexions, the Careers and
Personal Guidance Service.




                   Sixth Form Learning Mentor

                   Sarah MacIsaac, the Sixth Form Learning Mentor, supports all students who
                   may need additional help with life in the Sixth Form.

                   Students are mainly referred to the Learning Mentor by the Head of Year 12
                   and Head of Year 13 if they are having difficulties with aspects of their
                   courses, but students can also refer themselves if they just need someone to
                   talk to. Support is given with skills such as: Time management, Motivation,
                   Revision strategies, Essay writing, Managing stress and Exam techniques.

Help is very specifically tailored to each student, offering resources, time and an opportunity to
really discuss how to move forward and improve each situation.

The mentoring usually takes place over 3 sessions, but can vary depending on the student‟s
needs.

The Learning Mentor is available Wednesday to Friday each week.




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                                 Your Sixth Form Centre
You will quickly discover that The Castle School Sixth Form Centre is a dynamic, vibrant Post-16
educational institution that will do all it can to help you fulfil your personal and academic potential.

                                                  It will help you take responsibility for your
                                                  academic learning and your own development but
                                                  you will never be left to cope on your own. Our
                                                  monitoring and tracking systems and personal
                                                  tutoring programme will always be there to
                                                  support you. You will join a thriving student
                                                  community that has clear aims and high
                                                  expectations.




Student Life

As a student at our Sixth Form Centre you will quickly adapt to a more „adult‟ environment as you
enter a voluntary phase of education. You will be here because you want to be here! You will be
here to achieve further qualifications that will lead to university or quality employment.

Being on its own site, the Sixth Form Centre will be a new environment for many students. It will
provide you with new experiences, new opportunities and new friends. The hope is that you will
work in a mature partnership with your teaching and support staff.

The student-elected Sixth Form Committee will represent you and your views.

You will have a wide range of extension and enrichment opportunities that will extend your
learning beyond the classroom. Here is a list of just some of the opportunities awaiting you:

AS CRITICAL THINKING                              AS GENERAL STUDIES
DRAMA                                             AS EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION
MENTORING/PEER COUNSELLING                        FOREIGN EXCHANGES
COMMUNITY SERVICE                                 SPORT
MUSIC
WORK SHADOWING                                    VITH FORM COMMITTEE
SCHOOL COUNCIL                                    DEPARTMENTAL FIELD TRIPS [RESIDENTIAL]


Last year over 100 Year 12 students volunteered to become „Inclusion
Mentors‟, helping Year 7/8 students with their reading skills. Whilst 15
students from Year 12, on a weekly basis, supported underachieving Year
11 students. Make the most of such opportunities and get involved with
all aspects of Sixth Form life.




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                                   What are ‘A’ Levels?


 „A‟ Level is short for Advanced Level examinations because they test a more advanced level of
  education than GCSEs, a Level 2 qualification.          Advanced level courses are Level 3
  qualifications on the National Qualification Framework.

 An „A‟-Level is normally achieved through a two-year course that is a progression from a GCSE
  or equivalent.

 AS [Advanced Subsidiary] is the first half of an A Level, as well as being a stand-alone
  qualification. A grade is awarded in the summer of Year 12 with the exception of CCLD which
  is a two-year course from the beginning. A few of our „extension‟ curriculum subjects are
  offered at AS level only.

 A2 is the second half of an „A‟ Level qualification.

 Some A Levels involve the study of a sector of industry
  and the development of work-related skills: these are
  described as „vocational A Levels‟ or „Applied‟ subjects,
  which may be offered as single or double award
  [equivalent of two „A‟ Levels] eg BTEC National
  Diploma in Health and Social Care.

 „A‟ Levels are the main route to higher education and may be required for some jobs.

 Most students start their Sixth Form career studying 4 AS subjects, although some may choose
  to only take 3.


                            How are ‘A’ Levels assessed?

 „A‟ Levels have areas of study called Units and most, but not all, have 4 units.

 The Units are assessed either by written exam or by coursework.

 For some subjects students may take unit exams in the January and June of both Year 12 and
  Year 13. Students of other subjects will sit the units only in the summer of Year 12 and Year
  13. January of Year 13 is a popular time for students to re-sit AS units from the previous
  summer.

 Each unit is graded A-E but it is the scores gained in each AS and A2 unit that are added
  together in the summer of Year 13. It is this calculation that then determines the „A‟ Level
  grade awarded by the Exam Board.




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 Overview of what qualifications are needed to study in the Sixth Form

GCSE or equivalent grades achieved               Post 16 courses             Future Opportunities

General entry criteria, 5 A*-C including
English and Maths
                                                Advanced Level             Employment or
See specific GCSE grade requirements of          [Level 3]                   University
„B‟ and above for entry into certain
Advanced level subjects

                                               *****

4 GCSEs at any level                            Level 2 BTEC First         Employment or
                                                 Art & Design plus           Apprenticeship or
                                                 English and Maths           Further Education or
                                                 GCSE resit, if grades are   2 yr Advanced Level
                                                 below a „C‟

Please note that individual circumstances will be taken into account, particularly if a student‟s
application to a course is supported by the Post 16 course leader.




                                               EMA

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is going to be replaced by an enhanced learner
support fund that will be administered by schools and colleges themselves. The aim of this fund
is to better target those young people who face a real financial barrier to participation.

Young people currently receiving the EMA will continue to receive it for the rest of the academic
year. They will not receive it next academic year.


The EMA scheme will close to new applicants from January 2011.




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  BTEC FIRST DIPLOMA IN ART & DESIGN: LEVEL 2
This is a one year course designed for students needing to improve their Level 2 qualifications.   A
BTEC First Diploma is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above.



EXAMINATION BOARD:                Edexcel


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:               GCSEs at grades D-E


CONTENT AND METHOD OF ASSESSMENT: If you enjoy learning through realistic workplace
situations, then this course could suit your needs. It is a practical, work-related course that
provides a good basis for going direct into related-employment areas.

The course is 100% coursework and consists of 6 units:

 Module No.                                      Title of Module
     1         2D & 3D Communication
     2         Historical and Vocational Context
     3         Explore & Develop Ideas
     4         Produce an Outcome
    11         Visual Arts Briefs
    12         3D Design Crafts



FURTHER INFORMATION: Students who obtain at least a MERIT at the end of this course may
want to stay another two years in the Sixth Form and enrol on related Art-based A levels.




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GCSE MATHEMATICS


EXAMINATION BOARD:               Edexcel Mathematics 2381 [modular]


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:              GCSE Maths Grades D-G


COURSE AIMS:

This GCSE re-sit course will provide another opportunity for students to gain this important
qualification at Grade C and above.

Students who have obtained a Grade D at the end of Year 11 can retake Edexcel 2381 in November.
All units can be retaken with unit 3, the terminal module, being compulsory.

Other students can take modules in November, March or June to try and improve their grade.



                    --------------------------------------------




GCSE ENGLISH

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:              Grades D-G at GCSE English


EXAMINATION BOARD:               WJEC Syllabus 150/01


COURSE AIMS:

This GCSE re-sit course will provide another opportunity for students to gain this important
qualification at Grade C and above.




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ART & DESIGN – FINE ART

EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA – 2200

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: GCSE Art or Art & Design at A*-C grade

COURSE AIMS: This course will encourage students to develop their interest of, and enjoyment
in, the study of Art & Design. Students will work from their strengths and interests within the
course requirements. Learning in lessons and independent research will help develop their
personal responses to a wide variety of ideas, observations, experiences, environments and
cultures. They will learn how to use a range of media, processes and techniques.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

  AS UNITS
    Unit 1        Coursework Portfolio     50% of AS               Set & marked by Art staff.
                                           [25% of A level]        Moderated by AQA
     Unit 2       Assignment set by AQA 50% of AS                  5 hour supervised examination
                  with the emphasis on the [25% of A level]        – marked by Art staff and
                  development of ideas.                            moderated by AQA
                  Students select one of
                  five starting points
  A2 UNITS
    Unit 3        Personal      Investigation 25% of A level       Set & marked by Art staff.
                  based on idea, issue,                            Moderated by AQA
                  concept or theme.
                  Investigation supported
                  by written element of
                  1000-3000 words
     Unit 4       Assignment set by AQA       25% of A level       15 hours of supervised
                  Students select one of                           examination. Marked by Art
                  eight starting points.                           staff and moderated by AQA.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Sketchbooks must be kept throughout the course. Students are
expected to participate in the annual visit to London Art Galleries. They are also expected to visit
local Art Galleries on their own initiative and the determination to use private study periods in the
Art & Design Studios.


PROGRESSION:               After    successful
completion of their A levels, students seeking
to go further in their study of Art usually
complete a one-year Art Foundation course at
a local Further Education institution before
applying to an arts-based university degree
course.




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ART & DESIGN – 3D DESIGN

EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA – 2200

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: GCSE Art or Art & Design at A*-C grade

COURSE AIMS: Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of
three-dimensional media, techniques and processes. The course will encourage students to
develop their interest of, and enjoyment in, the study of 3D Art & Design. Students will work from
their strengths and interests within the course requirements. Learning in lessons and independent
research will help develop their personal responses to a wide variety of ideas, observations,
experiences, environments and cultures.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

  AS UNITS
    Unit 1        Coursework Portfolio     50% of AS               Set & marked by Art staff.
                                           [25% of A level]        Moderated by AQA
     Unit 2       Assignment set by AQA 50% of AS                  5 hour supervised examination
                  with the emphasis on the [25% of A level]        – marked by Art staff and
                  development of ideas.                            moderated by AQA
                  Students select one of
                  five starting points
  A2 UNITS
    Unit 3        Personal      Investigation 25% of A level       Set & marked by Art staff.
                  based on idea, issue,                            Moderated by AQA
                  concept or theme.
                  Investigation supported
                  by written element of
                  1000-3000 words
     Unit 4       Assignment set by AQA       25% of A level       15 hours of supervised
                  Students select one of                           examination. Marked by Art
                  eight starting points.                           staff and moderated by AQA.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Sketchbooks must be kept throughout the course. Students are
expected to participate in the annual visit to London Art Galleries. They are also expected to visit
local Art Galleries on their own initiative and the determination to use
private study periods in the Art & Design Studios.

PROGRESSION: After successful completion of their A levels, students
seeking to go further in their study of Art usually complete a one-year Art
Foundation course at a local Further Education institution before applying
to an arts-based university degree course.




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ART & DESIGN – PHOTOGRAPHY:
lens-based and light-based media]

EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA – 2200

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: GCSE Art or Art & Design at A*-C grade
Preferable: (i) GCSE Photography; (ii) Practical camera and/or darkroom experience

COURSE AIMS: This course will introduce students to a variety of experiences exploring a range
of photographic media, techniques and processes. Students will be made aware of both
traditional and new technologies. Students will learn how to manipulate images in this course and
help them to develop their interest of, and enjoyment in, photography. Students will work from
their strengths and interests within the course requirements. Learning in lessons and independent
research will help develop their personal responses to a wide variety of ideas, observations,
experiences, environments and cultures.

COURSE STRUCTURE: Term 1 will begin with a short introductory project - „About Me‟ for the
first 3 weeks.

  AS UNITS
    Unit 1        Coursework Portfolio     50% of AS              Set & marked by Art staff.
                                           [25% of A level]       Moderated by AQA
     Unit 2       Assignment set by AQA 50% of AS                 5 hour supervised examination
                  with the emphasis on the [25% of A level]       – marked by Art staff and
                  development of ideas.                           moderated by AQA
                  Students select one of
                  five starting points
  A2 UNITS
    Unit 3        Personal      Investigation 25% of A level      Set & marked by Art staff.
                  based on idea, issue,                           Moderated by AQA
                  concept or theme.
                  Investigation supported
                  by written element of
                  1000-3000 words
     Unit 4       Assignment set by AQA       25% of A level      15 hours of supervised
                  Students select one of                          examination. Marked by Art
                  eight starting points.                          staff and moderated by AQA.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Sketchbooks must be kept throughout
the course. Students are expected to participate in the annual visit to
London Art Galleries. They are also expected to visit local Art
Galleries on their own initiative and the determination to use private
study periods in the Art & Design Studios. Owning your own 35mm
SLR or digital camera would be an advantage.

PROGRESSION: After successful completion of their A levels,
students seeking to go further in their study of Art usually complete a
one-year Art Foundation course at a local Further Education institution
before applying to an arts-based university degree course.

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ART & DESIGN – GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION

EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA – 2200

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: GCSE Art or Art & Design at A*-C grade

COURSE AIMS: Students will be introduced to a variety of
experiences exploring a range of graphic media, techniques and
processes.     Students will learn how to communicate visually,
manipulating images in CS3, a professional software application. There will be an option to use
Flash to create animation.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

  AS UNITS
    Unit 1        Coursework Portfolio     50% of AS               Set & marked by Art staff.
                                           [25% of A level]        Moderated by AQA
     Unit 2       Assignment set by AQA 50% of AS                  5 hour supervised examination
                  with the emphasis on the [25% of A level]        – marked by Art staff and
                  development of ideas.                            moderated by AQA
                  Students select one of
                  five starting points
  A2 UNITS
    Unit 3        Personal      Investigation 25% of A level       Set & marked by Art staff.
                  based on idea, issue,                            Moderated by AQA
                  concept or theme.
                  Investigation supported
                  by written element of
                  1000-3000 words
     Unit 4       Assignment set by AQA       25% of A level       15 hours of supervised
                  Students select one of                           examination. Marked by Art
                  eight starting points.                           staff and moderated by AQA.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Sketchbooks must be kept throughout the course. Students are
expected to participate in the annual visit to London Art Galleries. They are also expected to visit
local Art Galleries on their own initiative and the determination to use private study periods in the
Art & Design Studios.

PROGRESSION: After successful completion of their A levels, students seeking to go further in
their study of Art usually complete a one-year Art Foundation course at a local Further Education
institution before applying to an arts-based university degree course




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BIOLOGY

EXAMINATION BOARD: WJEC

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: GCSE Additional Science A*A*-BB or Triple Science A*-B in all three
of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Prospective candidates must also hold GCSE Mathematics A*-B

COURSE AIMS: Biology is a hugely popular course that is taught by a team of experienced staff.
Students will find the course fascinating, challenging, and fun to study and it will give them a solid
grounding for any Bioscience-related degree they might chose at university. We aim to include as
much laboratory-based practical work as possible to cover both the traditional areas of hands-on
Biology and some of the newer gene technologies. There are also fieldwork opportunities during
Year 12 and attendance on a Year 13 residential field course at a Field Studies Council centre in
West Wales for an ecological investigation of marine habitats is highly desirable [and enormous
fun!]. Principally, this is used for the module 6 coursework component.

COURSE STRUCTURE:
  AS UNITS
    Unit 1  Basic biochemistry           and 1½ hr exam            Marked by WJEC
            organisation                     40% of AS
                                             [20% of A level]
     Unit 2       Biodiversity and           40% of AS             Marked by WJEC
                  physiology of body         [20% of A level]
                  systems
     Unit 3       Practical assessment [lab-   20% of AS           Marked by WJEC
                  based]                       [10% of A level]
  A2 UNITS
    Unit 4        Metabolism, Microbiology     1¾ hrs              Marked by WJEC
                  and Homeostasis              20% of A level
     Unit 5       Environment, Genetics        1¾ hrs              Marked by WJEC
                  and Evolution                20% of A level
     Unit 6       Practical assessment         10% of A level      Marked by WJEC
                  [fieldwork at Dale Fort]

FURTHER INFORMATION:
The course is fully supported with a student handbook,
a very comprehensive textbook, extensive electronic
resources, past papers, biological periodicals and a fully
stocked Biology section in the Resource Centre. Biology
remains a key subject for those students wishing to
pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary or
sports science and is highly recommended for many
other health-related fields such as Physiotherapy or
Nursing.




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BUSINESS [APPLIED]

EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA: 8616

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: 5 GCSEs grades A*-C, including Maths and English

COURSE AIMS:

The aims of this course are:
 to encourage students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the business sector.
 to understand the practices and techniques used within marketing, finance, operations
   managements, human resource management and the links between them.
 to understand the processes, attractions and risks of setting up an enterprise
 to understand the relationship between the business and the changing external environment
 to understand social and ethical issues in business.


COURSE STRUCTURE:

  AS UNITS
    Unit 1         Investigating Business -       33⅓ of AS            Marked by staff. Moderated by
                   Portfolio                      [16⅔ of A level]     AQA
     Unit 2        People in Business -           33⅓ of AS            Marked by staff. Moderated by
                   Portfolio                      [16⅔ of A level]     AQA
     Unit 3        Financial planning and         33⅓ of AS            1 hr written exam. Marked by
                   monitoring                     [16⅔ of A level]     AQA
  A2 UNITS
    Unit 4         Business   Planning         - 16⅔ of A level        Marked by staff. Moderated by
                   Portfolio                                           AQA
     Unit 5        Managing People                16⅔ of A level       1 hr written exam. Marked by
                                                                       AQA
     Unit 6        Financial Accounting for 16⅔ of A level             1½ hr written exam. Marked
                   Managers                                            by AQA

FURTHER INFORMATION:

It will be essential that students are very good at time-managing their assessments and submitting
portfolio coursework by the deadline. This vocational course will involve much active assignment work.
The course content for both specifications is very similar & teaching staff deliver both courses. One
difference between the two courses is the number of modules.
Business Studies 4 modules - 2 at AS Level & 2 at A2 level.
Applied Business has 3 modules at AS and 3 at A2.

I suppose the main difference is the way each course is assessed. Business studies is assessed externally -
all modules require sitting an exam - either in the January of the year or in the June. Applied Business at
AS only has one externally assessed module, the other two are coursework based and internally assessed -
providing continual assessment, feedback and opportunities to improve work. At A2 level, two units are
externally assessed and the third (a mandatory unit) is coursework. It has to be noted though that a
sample of internally assessed work has to be sampled to ensure we are meeting national standards.



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BUSINESS STUDIES

EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA: 2130

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: 5 GCSEs grades A*-C, including Maths and English

COURSE AIMS: Students who want a genuine insight into the world of business should consider
this course. It will examine critically the aims, objectives and practices of business organisations
from their economic environmental and social aspects. These issues will be considered from the
point of view of the nation, local community, industry, proprietors, management and employees of
industry and consumers.


COURSE STRUCTURE:

  AS UNITS
    Unit 1        Planning and Financing a 1¼ hr         written 40% of AS
                  Business                 exam                  [20% of A level]
     Unit 2       Managing a Business      1½ hr         written 60% of AS
                                           exam                  [30% of A level]
  A2 UNITS
    Unit 4        Strategies for Success      1¾ hr written       25% of A level
                                              exam
     Unit 5       The Business                1¾ hr written       25% of A level
                  Environment and Change      exam
                  + pre-research task

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Keeping up with current affairs through TV, radio and newspapers is an essential part of the course.
Essay and other assignments will be required weekly and in addition students must be prepared to
read around the subject. Business Studies at `A' level provides a very good basis for a variety of
careers in commerce and industry. It also lays the foundation for higher education courses in
accountancy, economics, management, administration etc.




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CHEMISTRY

EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA 2420

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: GCSE Additional Science A*A*-BB or Triple Science A*-B in all three
of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Prospective candidates must also hold GCSE Mathematics A*-B

COURSE AIMS:

If you are enthusiastic about science and enjoy practical and theoretical approaches to learning,
then Chemistry may be the course for you. This course helps students to develop an awareness
of the behaviour of chemicals in the light of modern chemical theory and the way in which
chemicals can be benefit society in everyday life. It provides a good scientific basis for students
wishing to take Chemistry or other scientific-related courses to a higher level at university or as a
career. It develops practical skills with analytical and logical reasoning.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

  AS UNITS
    Unit 1        Foundation Chemistry          1¼ hrs written exam          33⅓% of AS
                                                                             [16⅔% of A level]
     Unit 2       Chemistry in Action           1¾ hrs written exam          46⅔% of AS
                                                                             [23⅓% of A level]
     Unit 3       Investigative and practical Lab-based practical            20% of AS
                  skills in AS Chemistry      investigation                  [10% of A level]
  A2 UNITS
    Unit 4        Kinetics, Equilibria, and     1¾ hrs written exam          20% of A level
                  Organic Chemistry
     Unit 5       Energetics, Redox and         1¾ hrs written exam          20% of A level
                  Inorganic Chemistry
     Unit 6       Investigative and Practical   Lab-based practical          10% of A level
                  Skills in A2 Chemistry        investigation

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Chemistry A-level can lead to many university courses including Chemistry, Chemical Engineering,
Biochemistry, Medicine, Veterinary and Environmental Studies. If you decide to finish studying at
18, there is a large range of careers in all types of industry, including health care, commerce and
catering for which Chemistry is a useful or essential qualification. Students are expected to attend
annual visit to lecture and presentation at University of Bristol.




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CHILD CARE, LEARNING AND                                             DEVELOPMENT
[CCLD]: BTEC NATIONAL AWARD

EXAMINATION BOARD: Edexcel AC907


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: 5 GCSE Grades A*-C including Maths and English
Other Level 2 qualifications such as a BTEC First Diploma in Caring; Child Care related work
experience


COURSE AIMS: Seriously thinking of entering a branch of the „child caring‟ profession? If so,
then this is a course for you. Emphasis is placed on realistic work-related assignments where you
will develop a comprehensive, practical understanding of the issues involved with young children.
You will develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge.

  Unit                     Title of Module
 Number
   1         Positive Relationships for Children‟s Care, Marked by staff and moderated by
             Learning and Development                       Edexcel
    2        Positive Environments for Children‟s Care, Marked by staff and moderated by
             Learning and Development                       Edexcel
    3        Promoting Children‟s Development               Marked by staff and moderated by
                                                            Edexcel
    5        Protecting Children                            Marked by staff and moderated by
                                                            Edexcel
   38        Reflecting on Practice in the Children‟s Care, Marked by staff and moderated by
             Learning and Development                       Edexcel
 And this course requires 60 hours of work experience to
                      be completed


FURTHER INFORMATION:

All 6 units have to be successfully completed to gain the National
Award which is equivalent to one A Level.

BTEC National Awards are valued by employers and higher education.




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DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY [PRODUCT DESIGN – 3D
DESIGN]

EXAM BOARD:                       AQA 2550

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:               GCSE DT Grade A*-C plus Maths at GCSE grade „C‟ or above

COURSE AIMS: This is a course for students who particularly
enjoy practical problem solving. It will give students a real
opportunity to gain personal satisfaction and a positive experience
from working with a variety of materials. From design to
production, the course will encourage independent learning,
creativity and innovation.

Assignments will include product analysis and disassembly
exercises, as well as focussed practical tasks to develop practical
skills and design awareness. There will be taught elements to
cover theory and written/graphical exercises to develop
communication skills. Use of ICT will be encouraged and students
will be introduced to CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM
(Computer Aided Manufacture). „Design and Make‟ coursework
assignments will be undertaken in both Year 12 & Year 13.

COURSE STRUCTURE:
 AS UNITS
   Unit 1  Materials, Components &                 2 hr written exam      Marked by AQA
           Application                             50% of AS
                                                   [25% of A level]
    Unit 2      Learning through Designing &       Coursework [50 hrs]    Marked by DT staff &
                Making                             50% of AS              moderated by AQA
                                                   [25% of A level]
 A2 UNITS
   Unit 3       Design & Manufacture               2 hr written exam      Marked by AQA
                                                   25% of A level
    Unit 4      Design & Making Practice           Coursework [50 hrs]    Marked by DT staff &
                                                   25% of A level         moderated by AQA

FURTHER INFORMATION:

The coursework projects in both of the AS and A2 courses require good time-management skills,
genuine commitment and a willingness to complete independent research effectively. Studying
this course successfully will bring good understanding of industrial and commercial practices
within the area of design and manufacture.

This course is taught in a specialist technology classroom on the Park Road site.



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ECONOMICS

EXAMINATION BOARD:                 AQA 2140

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:                5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics at
                                   Grade B

COURSE AIMS: The course includes the operation of markets, economic growth, employment, the
balance of payments, inflation and how governments use various policies to influence the economy.
Economic issues are taught within contexts that are national, European and global. Students will
gain an understanding of economic principals and theories. They will develop the capacity for critical
assessment of economic phenomena.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

 AS UNITS
   Unit 1       Markets and Market Failure        1¼ written exam           50% of AS
                                                                            [25% of A level]
    Unit 2      The National Economy              1¼ written exam           50% of AS
                                                                            [25% of A level]
 A2 UNITS
   Unit 3       Business      Economics   and 2 hr written exam             25% of A level
                Distribution of Income
    Unit 4      The National and International 2 hr written exam            25% of A level
                Economy


FURTHER INFORMATION:
Keeping up with current affairs through the internet,
TV, radio and newspapers, is an essential part of the
course. Also, essays or data response assignments
will be required weekly. The study of Economics
gives an excellent grounding for well-paid financial
careers in the City of London and for posts working
for the European Union as well as other large
organisations. Most `A' level students will be going
on after school to either Higher Education or to
employment in which a strong training element is
usual. Economics forms part of professional courses
studied by bankers, financial advisors, accountants,
insurance underwriters, central and local government
employees, and many more.




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ENGLISH LITERATURE

EXAMINATION BOARD:                   AQA Specification A 2740


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:                  GCSE English/English Literature/Media Studies grade A*-C.


COURSE AIMS AND STRUCTURE: The A level Literature specification is designed to reward
students who have a genuine love of literature and who are keen to read widely. Made up of four
units, it is intended that students will explore a topic in detail, reading widely from prose, poetry and
drama. The course will help students to express their views effectively and to consider and discuss
other students‟ interpretations of texts. Students will aim to develop a mature and assured essay
writing style that allows them to explore language, form and structure confidently.




COURSE STRUCTURE:

  AS UNITS
    Unit 1        Texts in Context          2 hr written exam              Marked by AQA
                                            60% of AS
                                            [30% of A level]
    Unit 2        Creative Study [linked to Coursework                     Marked by English staff &
                  Unit 1]                   40% of AS                      moderated by AQA
                                            [20% of A level]
  A2 UNITS
    Unit 3        Reading for Meaning –         2½ hr written exam         Marked by AQA
                  Love Through the Ages         30% of A level
    Unit 4        Extended    Essay    and      Coursework                 Marked by English staff &
                  Shakespeare Study             20% of A level             moderated by AQA



FURTHER INFORMATION:

Students can enjoy a variety of teaching and
learning styles on the course: class discussion,
group work, presentations and drama activities.
Class work is supplemented by trips to the theatre
and to literary conferences as often as possible.
This is an A level qualification that is well respected
by universities and employers. Many students gain
academic satisfaction and enjoyment from the
course and continue their study at undergraduate
level.


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FRENCH

EXAMINATION BOARD:           AQA 2650


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: GCSE French A*-B grade & English/English Literature A*-C grade.


COURSE AIMS: This is a course that not only develops linguistic skills and techniques but explores
aspects of contemporary France. This course will enable the student of the language to use modern
French for the purpose of communication in a variety of contexts – social and formal. It will
encourage a strong interest in contemporary French society, its institutions, way of life and culture.


COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
  Unit 1     Listening, reading and writing       2 hr written exam      70% of AS
                                                                         [35% of A level]
  Unit 2     Speaking test                        35 min. test including 30% of AS
                                                  20 mins preparation    [15% of A level]
A2 UNITS
  Unit 3     Listening, reading and writing       2½ hr written exam     35% of A level
  Unit 4     Speaking test                        35 min. test including 15% of A level
                                                  20 mins preparation



FURTHER INFORMATION:

This modern French course is designed to lead easily into many of the new, exciting languages
courses in higher education. Additional oral work will be with the French Assistant and students
are encouraged to take part in the school‟s French Exchange, the approximate cost being £200.




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GEOGRAPHY

EXAMINATION BOARD:            WJEC 220


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: 5 A*-C grades at GCSE


COURSE AIMS: This is an exciting and relevant course that will contribute to your knowledge and
understanding of the world we live in. The course addresses the geography that is relevant to the
understanding of contemporary problems and issues. It is based on an investigative approach to the
study of places, themes and the issues that arise from the interaction between people and their
environment. Topics covered throughout the two years include: tectonic activity, hydrology, climate
change and hazards, population, settlement and change, emerging Asia, globalisation, extreme
environments, resource management.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
  Unit 1     Changing Physical Environments       1½ hr exam               50% of AS
                                                                           [25% of A level]
  Unit 2     Changing Human Environments          1½ hr exam               50% of AS
                                                                           [25% of A level]
A2 UNITS
  Unit 3     Contemporary       Themes      and 2½ hr exam                 30% of A level
             Research
  Unit 4     Sustainability                       1¾ hr exam               20% of A level


FURTHER INFORMATION:

Work done outside the classroom includes a great deal of research and reading, whether with
geographical journals, quality newspapers or through the use of the internet. Students should also
be keen to develop their awareness of the subject through the many fieldwork opportunities that we
offer. Students should be aware that fieldwork is an important part of the course. Fieldwork
includes:

    A week in Pembrokeshire in Year 12 [£150 approx]
    A week in Dorset in Year 13 [£140 approx]
    Lecture/conference sessions held in collaboration with local universities




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GERMAN

EXAMINATION BOARD:           AQA 2650


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: GCSE German A*-B grade & English/English Literature A*-C grade.


COURSE AIMS:

Strong linguistic skills, good techniques and a deep understanding of contemporary Germany are
outcomes of this course. It enables the student of the language to use modern German for the
purpose of communication in a variety of contexts – social and formal; It will encourage a strong
interest in German contemporary society, its institutions, way of life and culture.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
  Unit 1     Listening, reading and writing     2 hr written exam      70% of AS
                                                                       [35% of A level]
  Unit 2     Speaking test                      35 min. test including 30% of AS
                                                20 mins preparation    [15% of A level]
A2 UNITS
  Unit 3     Listening, reading and writing     2½ hr written exam     35% of A level
  Unit 4     Speaking test                      35 min. test including 15% of A level
                                                20 mins preparation



FURTHER INFORMATION:

This modern German course is designed to lead easily into many of the new, exciting languages
courses in higher education. Students are encouraged to take part in the school‟s very successful
work experience programme in Bockenem and to visit the Goethe Institute in London. The
approximate cost of the Bockenem residential is £200. Additional oral work        will be with the
German Assistant.




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HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE:
BTEC NATIONAL SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA
EXAMINATION BOARD: Edexcel

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:              5 GCSE grades A*-C, including Mathematics and English
      Other Level 2 qualifications such as a BTEC First Diploma in Health & Social Care

COURSE AIMS: Thinking of working with people or children? Then gaining a broad
understanding of the Health and Social Care industry may be the right choice for you. It is a
course that enables students to explore a range of care environments together with social issues
related to health and life style choices. The emphasis is placed on realistic contexts therefore
students develop a strong understanding of how the health and social care sector operates.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

   3 CORE UNITS
       Unit 1           Developing Effective Communication
       Unit 2           Equality, Diversity & Rights
       Unit 3           Health, Safety & Security
  3 OPTION UNITS        [All students take these Option Units]
       Unit 48          Exploring Personal and Professional Development
       Unit 4           Development through the Life Stages
    AND 1 FROM:
       Unit 10          Caring for Children and Young People
       Unit 20          Health Education
       Unit 21          Nutrition for Health and Social Care
       Unit 23          Complementary Therapies



FURTHER INFORMATION:

Coursework is made up of several practical tasks to be completed by the learner and submitted on
published deadline dates. Students have to complete 50 hours of relevant work experience. All
coursework is internally assessed and subject to National Standards Sampling by EDEXCEL. All 6
units have to be successfully completed to gain the National Award which is equivalent to one A
level. There is an AS equivalent option where students have to successfully complete 3 units.

BTEC National Awards are valued by employers and higher education.




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HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE:
BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA
EXAMINATION BOARD:               Edexcel

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:                5 GCSE grades A*-C, including Mathematics and English
Other Level 2 qualifications such as a BTEC First Diploma in Health & Social Care

COURSE AIMS: Thinking of working with people or children? Then gaining a broad
understanding of the Health and Social Care industry may be the right choice for you. It is a
course that enables students to explore a range of care environments together with social issues
related to health and life style choices. The emphasis is placed on realistic contexts therefore
students develop a strong understanding of how the health and social care sector operates.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

8 CORE UNITS
Unit 1    Developing Effective Communication in Health & Social Care
Unit 2    Equality, Diversity & Rights in Health & Social Care
Unit 3    Health, Safety & Security in Health & Social Care
Unit 4    Development through the Life Stages
Unit 5    Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
Unit 6    [studied with Unit 49 in the Award] Personal and Professional Development

              in Health & Social Care
Unit 7        Sociological Perspectives for Health & Social Care
Unit 8        Psychological Perspectives for Health & Social Care
All students take 4 option Units: 1 completed from the Award in Year 1 plus:
Three from any not studied for the BTEC National Award:
Unit 10                        Caring for Children and Young People
Unit 12                        Public Health
Unit 14                        Physiological Disorders
Unit 20                        Health Education
Unit 21                        Nutrition for Health and Social Care
Unit 22                        Research Methodology for Health & Social Care
Unit 23                        Complementary Therapies for Health & Social Care
Unit 26                        Caring for Individuals with Additional Needs
Unit 28                        Caring for Older People
Unit 38                        Environmental Health
Coursework is made up of several practical tasks to be completed by the learner and submitted on
published deadline dates. Students have to complete 100 hours of relevant work experience.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
All coursework is internally assessed and subject to National Standards Sampling by EDEXCEL.
This is a Double Award and all 12 units have to be successfully completed to gain the National
Certificate which is equivalent to two A Levels. BTEC Nationals are valued by employers and
higher education [universities and colleges].


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HISTORY


EXAMINATION BOARD:            OCR [AS – H106; A2 – H506]


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: 5 A*-C grades at GCSE, with a minimum „C‟ grade in History


COURSE AIMS: If you have a real enthusiasm for understanding our past and the impact it
continues to have on our present world, then History A Level is for you. This course will enable
students to enjoy and develop their enthusiasm for the subject and to develop their understanding
of European and British History in the Early Modern Period, with its rich political, religious, cultural,
and social and economic diversity. It will help students to understand how the past has been
interpreted and represented and to develop key skills, such as analytical and communication skills
Students will carry out independent historical research using a wide range of evidence such as
archaeological finds, primary documents, use of museums, records offices, reference libraries and
information technology.


COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
  Unit 1      Italian Renaissance     1½ hr written exam
                                      50% of AS level
                                      [25% of A level]
  Unit 2      Mid-Tudor Crises        1½ hr written exam
                                      50% of AS level
                                      [25% of A level]
A2 UNITS
  Unit 3      Oliver Cromwell         Coursework                Marked by History           staff   &
                                      20% of A level            moderated by OCR
  Unit 4      Tudor Foreign Policy    2 hr written exam
                                      30% of A level



FURTHER INFORMATION:

                         Students will need to spend considerable time doing background reading,
                         and in class, should be keen to take a full part in group discussion and in
                         fieldwork where necessary. Typically, lessons will take the form of
                         presentations, lectures, group work, role-play and seminars. A residential
                         field trip to Italy is offered to students that helps deepen a student‟s
                         understanding of Renaissance Italy. The approximate cost is £450.




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ICT [APPLIED]

EXAMINATION BOARD: WJEC 3241

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:               5 GCSE Grades A*-C – Maths and English preferred

COURSE AIMS: Ever dreamt of being an ICT wizard? If so, then this course may well help you
fulfil those dreams. This new course develops the knowledge and skills students need to be
competent and informed ICT users and practitioners.


COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
  Unit 1    Information Systems            60% of AS              Marked by WJEC
                                           [30% of A level]
  Unit 2    Presenting Information Task    Coursework Portfolio   Marked by IT staff and
                                           40% of AS              moderated by WJEC
                                           [20% of A level]

A2 UNITS
  Unit 3    Use and Impact of ICT          2½ hr exam           Marked by WJEC
                                           30% of A level
  Unit 4    Relational Database Project    Coursework Portfolio Marked by IT staff and
                                           [1244]               moderated by WJEC
                                           30% of A level

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Units 1 & 2 are theory units which cover the application and use of Information Communication
Technology.

Units 2 & 4 are coursework units. You will work on these over the year and will need to be able
to review and improve the portfolio as required. You will need to be a good time-manager of
coursework assignments.

Students‟ progress will be assessed frequently and recommendations made for the most
appropriate learning path.




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MATHEMATICS


EXAMINATION BOARD:           OCR 3890


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: GCSE pass with at least a Grade B at Higher Level Maths GCSE


COURSE AIMS: Mathematics provides an opportunity for students to view and make sense of the
world in a particularly distinctive manner. It allows students to analyse and communicate
information and ideas and to create, explore and explain new ideas. An 'A' level Mathematics course
aims to develop mathematical knowledge, concepts, processes and skills in a variety of contexts so
that students appreciate the relationships between the various areas of Mathematics and can apply
them using models of physical situations (eg in statistics and mechanics). The course intends that
students gain confidence, satisfaction and enjoyment from studying Mathematics and provide
themselves with a foundation for further study at a tertiary level of education.


COURSE STRUCTURE:

  AS UNITS
    Unit 1      C1 [Pure Mathematics]                1½ hr written exam
                                                     33½ of AS
                                                     [16⅔% of A level]
    Unit 2      C2 [Pure Mathematics]                1½ hr written exam
                                                     33½ of AS
                                                     [16⅔% of A level]
    Unit 3      S1 [Statistics]                      1½ hr written exam
                                                     33½ of AS
                                                     [16⅔% of A level]
  A2 UNITS
    Unit 4      C3 [Pure Mathematics]                1½ hr written exam
                                                     16⅔% of A level
    Unit 5      C4 [Pure Mathematics]                1½ hr written exam
                                                     16⅔% of A level
    Unit 6      M1 [Mechanics]                       1½ hr written exam
                                                     16⅔% of A level


FURTHER INFORMATION:
Students must be aware of the need to learn and remember many basic facts for successful
application to other areas of the course.




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FURTHER MATHEMATICS


EXAMINATION BOARD:           OCR 7892


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: GCSE Grade A*-A Maths


COURSE AIMS: To satisfy the needs of such students and provide a course which challenges and
stimulates students as they gain a deeper and broader knowledge of Mathematics. This course
would be ideal for those students who particularly wish to study Mathematics and/or Engineering-
related courses at university.


COURSE STRUCTURE:

6 UNITS WILL BE STUDIED:
             Mechanics [M2]                                   1½ hr written exam
             Further Pure Maths [FP1, FP2, FP3]               1½ hr written exam
TWO UNITS FROM:
             Decision Maths [D1]                              1½ hr written exam
             Statistics [S2, S3]                              1½ hr written exam
             Mechanics [M3]                                   1½ hr written exam



FURTHER INFORMATION:

The same demands as for A level Maths are required. If students do not want to continue with
Further Maths in Year 13, but want AS Further Maths, then they will be able to complete the course
by the end of Term two in year 13.

However, students looking to study Maths or Engineering or similar university degree course may
want to seriously consider this A level. Choosing this option means that students will complete Maths
A level in Year 12 and then Further Maths in Year 13.




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MEDIA STUDIES

EXAMINATION BOARD:                      OCR [AS - H140; A2 – H540]

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:                     GCSE Media Studies and/or English Grade A*-C

COURSE AIMS: : the aims of the Media Studies course are to:
   enhance students‟ enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives
   develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and
    concepts and through the creative application of practical skills.
   explore production processes, technologies and contexts
   become independent in research skills and their application

COURSE STRUCTURE:
AS UNITS
  Unit 1 G321 Foundation Portfolio                              Production          Marked by Media St.
               This is a coursework unit where students, in     Coursework          staff & moderated by
               groups of up to 4, produce two linked video      50% of AS           OCR
               artefacts. This process involves progression
               from a pre-production, preliminary exercise
                                                                [25% of A level]
               to a more fully realised piece, namely the
               titles and opening of a new fiction film, to
               last a maximum of two minutes. This unit is
               internally assessed and externally
               moderated.
   Unit 2      G322 Key Media Concepts                          2 hr written exam
               The paper covers the two areas of Textual        50% of AS
               Analysis and Representation [examined            [25% of A level]
               through analysis of an unseen TV drama
               excerpt] alongside an essay question on
               Institutions and Audiences [currently
               focussed on the music business].
A2 UNITS
  Unit 3       G324 Advanced Portfolio                       Coursework             Marked by Media St.
               This unit is a development of the skills from 25% of A level         staff & moderated by
               Unit 1 and is also internally assessed and                           OCR
               externally moderated. Three media texts
               [covering at least two different media] are
               produced by students, currently a web page,
               a poster and a pop video.
   Unit 4      G325 Critical Perspectives                       Written exam
               This paper covers the two areas of               25% of A level
               Theoretical     Evaluation    of   Production
               [applying concepts to whatever texts a
               student has produced] alongside a study of
               Contemporary Media Issues [currently
               representations of teenagers in film and TV].
               This unit is externally examined.

FURTHER INFORMATION:                Media Studies is highly compatible with most subjects in the post-16
curriculum as well as with the concerns and interests of citizens in contemporary society. It provides an
opportunity to look at the role the media play in your own life on a daily basis as a source of entertainment
and provider of information which shapes our view of the world. It is, of course, excellent preparation for any
of the very many media-relation courses in HE/FE.


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MUSIC

EXAMINATION BOARD:                Edexcel AS – 8MU01; A2 – 9MU01

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:           GCSE Music A*-C grade, although it is possible to follow the
course without having done GCSE Music, if you have achieved grade 4/5 standard on a musical
instrument.

COURSE AIMS: This course is academic in nature, whilst still encompassing the practical skills
developed at GCSE level, including Performance and Composition. The course is holistic in nature; it
helps develop aural awareness and a detailed understanding of musical styles, and encourages
students to apply this knowledge to performance and composition tasks. Set musical tasks are taken
from a broad range of styles, including Western Art Music, World Music, Popular Music and Jazz.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
  Unit 1     Performing Music        Practical               Marked by Music staff and
                                     30% of AS               moderated by Edexcel
                                     [15% of A level]

  Unit 2     Composing               Written exam
                                     30% of AS
                                     [15% of A level]
  Unit 3     Developing Music        2 hr written exam
             Understanding           40% of AS
                                     [20% of A level]
A2 UNITS
  Unit 4     Extended                Practical               Marked by Music staff and
             Performance             15% of A level          moderated by Edexcel

  Unit 5     Composition      and Written exam
             Technical Study       15% of A level
  Unit 6     Further       Musical 20% of A level
             Understanding

FURTHER INFORMATION:

All Music AS/A2 students make major contributions
to the school‟s orchestra, choir, ensembles etc. It
is a rewarding, challenging course from which
many go on to study music at higher education.




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MUSIC TECHNOLOGY &
PRODUCTION (BTec)

EXAMINATION BOARD :           Edexcel

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:                   Students with an interest in and a practical experience of music
                                      making. It is not essential to have studied GCSE Music or Access to
                                      Music in order to take this course.

COURSE AIMS : This exciting new course offers opportunities to develop both practical and theoretical
skills to gain a knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in modern music production. The
units combine the practical aspects of music technology (recording, computer sequencing, mixing and post
production) alongside theoretical studies of relevant areas of the music industry practice (research,
marketing and promotion).


COURSE STRUCTURE : CREDIT VALUE: 60 (equivalent to 1 A level) 6 Units to be studied over a two-
year period (years 12 & 13)

Unit   SEQUENCING             This unit requires you to use sequencing        Portfolio   10
1      SYSTEMS &              software (Logic) to create of a portfolio of                credits
       TECHNIQUES             music. You will gain experience of both MIDI
                              and audio based sequencing. Developing a
                              range of techniques that can be utilised in
                              the production of modern music.
Unit   MUSIC                  You will gain an awareness of the equipment     Portfolio   10
2      PRODUCTION             and techniques used in recording studios                    credits
       TECHNIQUES             culminating in the production of a complete
                              studio recording.
Unit   MARKETING &            You will develop knowledge of the types of      Portfolio   10
3      PROMOTION IN           marketing strategies used by music                          credits
       THE MUSIC              organisations and use this understanding to
       INDUSTRY               produce and market either a recorded
                              package (CD) or performance event.
Unit   DELIVERING A           You will create and deliver a music product     Portfolio   10
4      MUSIC PRODUCT          (CD) within the guidelines typical within the               credits
                              music industry.
Unit   LISTENING              You will learn and develop listening skills     Portfolio   10
5      SKILLLS FOR            focusing on the sonic and musical                           credits
       MUSIC                  components essential to modern music
       TECHNOLOGISTS          production.
Unit   SPECIALIST             You will exploit the opportunity to carry out   Portfolio   10
6      SUBJECT                an investigation into a chosen area of music                credits
       INVESTIGATION          production interest. This could be a
                              particular musical style, composer, musician,
                              a development in music or the social and
                              cultural influences on modern music.

FURTHER INFORMATION : The course provides students with a „hands on‟ learning experience of
music making and all work is wholly portfolio based – there is no final exam.

For further details speak to either Mr Fitzgerald or Mrs Screen.

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PERFORMING ARTS [APPLIED]

EXAMINATION BOARD:                Edexcel 8781

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:               5 GCSEs Grades A*-C

COURSE AIMS: This course focuses on „Dance‟ and is ideal for students wanting to understand the
practical needs and concerns of the performing arts industry. It explores all aspects and combines it
with the opportunity to specialise in either performance or production support. The course
encourages talent by offering a genuinely practical approach.

COURSE STRUCTURE:           All units at AS and A2 are marked by Performing Arts staff and
moderated by Edexcel

  AS UNITS
    Unit 1        Exploring Skills for Performance
    Unit 2        Planning for an event
    Unit 3        Performing to a Commission
  A2 UNITS
    Unit 4        Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts
    Unit 5        Advanced Performance/Production Practice
    Unit 6        Production Delivery

FURTHER INFORMATION:

The qualification has an AS/A2 structure. Students will be able to gain either an AS [3 units] or a
Single Award A Level [6 units] in this course.




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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

EXAMINATION BOARD:                 AQA 2580

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:             GCSE Maths, English and Core Science at Grades A*-C
Grade B in GCSE PE Theory Module: GCSE PE qualification is highly preferable

COURSE AIMS: Students will develop the knowledge and skills to help understand the opportunities
for, and effects of, leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Students will be given the opportunity to
build on their experience and improve their personal skills/techniques across a variety of roles in
sports of their choice to improve performance. The A2 course enables students to further develop
their understanding of physiological, psychological and biomechanical aspects that optimise
performance. Students will be given the opportunity to utilise the knowledge and understanding
developed during the course to improve their own personal performance, as a practical performer,
coach/leader or official.


COURSE STRUCTURE:

  AS
 UNITS
 Unit 1    Opportunities for, and          2 hr written examination
           effects of, leading a healthy   60% of AS
           and active lifestyle            [30% of A level]
 Unit 2    Analysis and evaluation of      Internal practical assessment     Assessed by PE staff,
           physical activity as a           40% of AS                        moderated by AQA
           performer and in adopted        [20% of A level]
           roles
  A2
 UNITS
 Unit 3    Optimising performance and      2 hr written examination
           evaluating contemporary         30% of A level
           issues within a sport
 Unit 4    Optimising practical            Coursework & practical            Marked by PE staff
           performance in a                20% of A level                    and moderated by
           competitive situation                                             AQA

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Please note that A level PE has a much greater emphasis on written theoretical work than the GCSE
– that is why it is very important that students have a minimum of a „B‟ grade or higher in their GCSE
theory module. PE staff recommendations as to the suitability of students for the A level will be a
key factor in advising students.

This course can lead to a wide range of Higher Education courses, particularly if a student also
successfully studies a Science A level, and is a key subject for sports-related degree courses.




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PHYSICS

EXAMINATION BOARD:                 AQA 2450

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:              GCSE Additional Science A*A*-BB or Triple Science A*-B in all
three of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Prospective candidates must also hold GCSE Mathematics
A*-B

COURSE AIMS: This is a course which is placed in a range of contexts of the known physical
universe. The course provides opportunities to develop How Science Works, linking the general
criteria of the nature of Physics to the contextual topics. It is expected that this will provide
students with a clear continuity from GCSE and progression to university level.


COURSE STRUCTURE: There will be 2 theoretical units and a third unit which is an investigative
practical skills assessment

 AS
UNITS
Unit 1    Particles, Quantum Phenomena & 1¼ hr written exam             40% of AS
          Electricity                                                   [20% of A level]
 Unit 2   Mechanics, Materials and Waves 1¼ hr written exam             40% of AS
                                                                        [20% of A level]
 Unit 3   Investigative and Practical skills   Lab-based practical      20% of AS
                                               investigation            [10% of A level]
 A2
UNITS
Unit 4    Fields & Further Mechanics           1¾ hr written exam       20% of A level
Unit 5    Nuclear & Thermal & Optional         1¾ hr written exam       20% of A level
          Topics
 Unit 6   Investigative & Practical Skills     Lab-based       practical 10% of A level
          Assessment                           investigation

FURTHER INFORMATION:

A Level Physics provides an essential base for many careers such as the numerous divisions of
Engineering. It is also a desirable background for many other careers which encompass areas such
as Computer Science and Medicine. Students are expected to attend the annual lecture and
presentation at the University of Cardiff.




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PSYCHOLOGY

EXAMINATION BOARD:           AQA 2180

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: GCSE Grades A*-B in English, Maths and Science

COURSE AIMS: Interested in trying to understand human behaviour and the individual? This
course will explore the social and cultural variations of individual behaviour. It will study
psychological theories, research, terminology, concepts and methods. It will help develop skills of
analysis, interpretation and evaluation and application. Students will develop a strong understanding
of different psychological perspectives. Themes, issues and debates of the real world will be
assessed from a psychological viewpoint. To develop an understanding of ethical issues and
Research Methods in psychological investigation. The emphasis will be on Psychology as a science
throughout the course.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
  Unit 1     Cognitive Psychology, Developmental             1½ hr written      50% of AS
             Psychology, Research Method                     exam               [25% of A level]
  Unit 2     Biological Psychology, Social Psychology,       1½ hr written      50% of AS
             Individual Differences                          exam               [25% of A level]
A2 UNITS
  Unit 3     Biological Rhythms and Sleep, Gender,           1½ hr written      25% of A level
             Aggression                                      exam
  Unit 4     Psychopathology,   Addictive behaviour,         1½ hr written      25% of A level
             Research Methods                                exam

FURTHER INFORMATION:

There is more science in this course than you might expect. Therefore, a minimum of „B‟ grades are
needed at GCSE Science, plus Maths and English, to ensure that you have every chance of coping
with the scientific concepts that you will encounter. Many students go on to study Psychology at
university after thoroughly enjoying this demanding, but stimulating, course.




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RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS

EXAMINATION BOARD:                   Edexcel [AS – 8RS01; A2 – 9RS01]

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:                  GCSE English Language/Literature A*-C grades

COURSE AIMS: If you enjoy deep philosophical debate and exploring issues of morality and
ethics and the relationship with religion, then this is the course for you. Some of the topics
students will cover are philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God, The problem
of evil and suffering, debates about miracles, life after death, religious experience, the relationship
between religion and morality, sexual ethics, issues of war and peace and justice, law and
punishment.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
  Unit 1      Foundations: [Philosophy of Religion and Ethics]       1¾ hr written 50% of AS
                                                                     exam          [25% of A level]
  Unit 2      Investigations: [an enquiry-based area of study].      1¼hr written 50% of AS
              Includes teacher led lessons and the opportunity for   exam          [25% of A level]
              students to undertake individual research into a
              topic based on issues surrounding medical ethics.
A2 UNITS
  Unit 3      Developments: [Philosophy of Religion and Ethics].  1¾ hr written 25% of A level
                                                                  exam
  Unit 4      Implications: [synoptic unit]. This unit focuses on 1¼hr written 25% of A level
              the implications of beliefs and values for religion exam
              and human experience, through the study of texts
              in a published anthology.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

So what is in it for me?

    The opportunity to discuss and debate issues that you have never even considered before.
    You can ask the „Big‟ questions about life and maybe even find an answer.
    To consider why different communities/cultures/societies deal with moral issues in different
     ways.




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SCIENCE (APPLIED)
EXAMINATION BOARD :                  OCR

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS :             Ideally A*-B in Core and Additional
                                 Science GCSE, or in Triple Science

COURSE AIMS : This broad-based qualification provides a more
vocational perspective than the other Science A-levels, and also has less emphasis on examination
performance, with a greater amount of marks awarded for portfolio work. The vocational nature
of the course offers students more opportunities to actively experience the ways in which Science
is applied in many areas of employment. Therefore, the units studied will combine aspects of
biological, chemical and physical science. The main themes include Health, Manufacturing,
Communications, The Environment and Analysis and Detection.

COURSE STRUCTURE :

AS

Unit   SCIENCE AT      Where does Science fit into               Portfolio 33% of
1      WORK            organizations? How are organizations                AS
                       affected by health & safety regulations?
Unit   ANALYSIS AT     How do scientists analyse substances      Portfolio 33% of
2      WORK            chemically and physically? What effect              AS
                       does efficiency have on the way tests are
                       done?
Unit   MONITORING      Uses and methods of physiological         Exam      33% of
3      THE ACTIVITY OF measurements. Ethical issues                        AS
       THE HUMAN       surrounding monitoring, diagnosis and
       BODY            treatment of patients

A2

Unit INVESTIGATING  Carry out the same sort of work as a               Portfolio 33% of
8    SCIENTISTS‟    research scientist. Builds on AS                             A2
     WORK           knowledge to complete an extended
                    investigation
Unit MIND AND BRAIN Explore the differences between a                  Portfolio 33% of
13                  healthy and damaged brain. Begin to                          A2
                    understand the methods and ethical
                    issues involved in brain research.
Unit WORKING WAVES How do mobile phones send messages                  Exam     33% of
16                  and make calls? How is infrared                             A2
                    technology used to help industries?

FURTHER INFORMATION : The course prepares students to enter a variety of science or
science-related degree level courses and provides a good starting platform to progress on to
Foundation degrees which are needed to become, for example, technicians in the health service.
This qualification may also be used to complement other vocational courses such as Nursing or
Paramedic.

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SOCIOLOGY

EXAMINATION BOARD:                 AQA 2190

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:              GCSE English Language/Literature A*-C grade and if Sociology is
taken at GCSE a grade A*-C is required.

COURSE AIMS: This GCE Sociology specification has been designed so that students will acquire
essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods,
together with the application of a range of skills. It has also been designed to allow the integration
of sociological themes, such as socialisation, culture and identity, social differentiation, power and
stratification.


COURSE STRUCTURE:
AS UNITS
  Unit 1 Family and Households                        1 hr written exam    40% of AS
                                                                           [20% of A level]
  Unit 2     Education and Sociological Research      2 hr written exam    60% of AS
             Methods                                                       [30% of A level]
A2 UNITS
  Unit 3     Beliefs in Society                  1½     hr     written 20% of A level
                                                 exam
  Unit 4     Crime and Deviance and Sociological 2 hr written exam     30% of A level
             Theory and Methods

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Why study Sociology at A Level?
   It is interesting and students enjoy it
   Low drop out rate
   Deals with important issues that affect us all
   A broad education
   It keeps a wide range of careers and higher education options open
   Gives a good background for jobs that include working with the public
   Gives you experience of using a wide range of skills that are transferable to many other
      subject areas.




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TEXTILES [DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY – PRODUCT
DESIGN]

EXAMINATION BOARD:                AQA 2560

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:               GCSE DT grade A*-C

COURSE AIMS: This course provides students with the opportunity to specialise in Textiles as a
progression from Design & Technology at GCSE. Students are encouraged to take a broad view of
technology and design, and to develop their capacity to design and make products whilst
appreciating the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.
The use of ICT in the presentation of coursework is expected and encouraged, along with skills such
as CAD/CAM.


COURSE STRUCTURE:

  AS
 UNITS
 Unit 1    Materials,              Written examination                Marked by AQA
           Components and          50% of AS
           Application             [25% of A level]
 Unit 2    Learning through        Coursework portfolio               Marked by DT staff and
           Designing and Making    50% of AS                          moderated by AQA
                                   [25% of A level]
  A2
 UNITS
 Unit 3    Design           and Synoptic written examination          Marked by AQA
           Manufacture           25% of A level
 Unit 4    Design and     Making Major coursework project             Marked by DT staff and
           Practice              25% of A level                       moderated by AQA

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Textiles provides wide opportunities ranging from fashion and aesthetics to industrial uses of
textiles.

Many students who want to study fashion design at university
combine this Textiles course with an Art & Design A level.
Textiles A level provides a real opportunity to demonstrate a
student‟s creativity and flair and work with a wide range of
fabrics in both two and three dimensional form. The course is
taught in a small, specialist room on the Park Road site.




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THEATRE STUDIES

EXAMINATION BOARD:                 AQA 2240

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:                GCSE English at Grade A*-C. If Drama has been studied at
                                   GCSE then a grade B is also expected.

COURSE AIMS: Always wanted to know how the theatre works? How plays are produced and
staged? Do you enjoy performing or designing? If the answer to these questions is „yes‟ then this
course is a „must do‟ for you. It gives students an awareness and understanding of the nature of
Drama and Theatre from Shakespeare to television. It encourages the development of appropriate
theatre skills and the integral discipline of Theatre work. It will extend the knowledge and
understanding of theatre and will encourage a critical and sensitive response to the complexities of
the theatre.

In the AS course students will gain a knowledge and understanding of theatre practice through their
own engagement with the medium as both participant and informed audience member. Students
will develop performance and/or production skills appropriate to the creation and realisation of drama
and theatre. At A2 students will have the opportunity to develop skills and extend and apply
knowledge gained at AS level. Students will demonstrate a more advanced level of performance
and/or production skills alongside the ability to think independently, make judgements and refine
their work in the light of research. They will also demonstrate the ability to analyse the ways in
which different performance and production elements are brought together to create theatre.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
  Unit 1     Response to live theatre and study of one set       1½ hr           60% of AS
             play                                                written         [30% of A level]
                                                                 exam
  Unit 2     Performance of a published play focus on            Practical       40% of AS
             performance, design or directorial specialism       performance     [20% of A level]
A2 UNITS
  Unit 3     Study of 2 further set plays and responses to 2 hr written 30% of A level
             brief play extract in terms of its stage realisation exam
  Unit 4     Performance of a self-devised piece of drama         Practical   20% of A level
                                                                  performance

FURTHER INFORMATION:

All students will be expected to get involved in practical work to extend their knowledge of texts
and theatre practitioners. A number of trips to live performances will be organised as well as a
range of professional workshops. Involvement with the school production is encouraged. The
course is a relaxed, friendly and supportive one, building a wider interest in theatre and
developing self confidence and maturity. Written essays are set regularly but discussion, play
reading and a practical approach form the bulk of the course which is taught in a well-equipped
drama studio.




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TRAVEL & TOURISM [APPLIED]

EXAMINATION BOARD:                Edexcel 9791

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:              5 GCSE grades A*-C which could include level 2 qualifications
such as BTEC First Diploma in Business or OCR Nationals in ICT

COURSE AIMS: The qualification has an AS/A2 structure. You can take the AS on its own, if you
and your teacher agree that this is best for you. You can also decide at the end of the AS course
to continue with the course and take the A2 units for the full Advanced GCE qualification.
Interested in how the travel industry works? Or the implications of the future growth of tourism?
Then this is a course you should consider. It will provide a broad understanding of the Travel and
Tourism industry. Students will develop a deep knowledge of the travel and tourism world and
enjoy the practical vocational approach to assignments.


COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
  Unit 1     The Travel and Tourism Industry           1½ hr examination   Marked by Edexcel
  Unit 2     The Travel and Tourism Customer           Coursework          Marked by staff &
                                                       portfolio           moderated by Edexcel
  Unit 3     Destination Europe                        Coursework          Marked by staff &
                                                       portfolio           moderated by Edexcel
A2 UNITS
  Unit 7     Responsible Tourism                       1½ hr examination   Marked by Edexcel
  Unit 8     Current Issues in Travel & Tourism        Coursework          Marked by staff &
                                                       portfolio           moderated by Edexcel
  Unit 9     Working in Travel & Tourism               Coursework          Marked by staff &
                                                       portfolio           moderated by Edexcel

FURTHER INFORMATION:

You will enjoy this course if you would like to develop:
    an appreciation for the diversity and complexity of the travel and tourism industry
    practical and technical skills relevant to the travel and tourism industry
    an understanding of the issues that are affecting the travel and tourism industry.




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                       EXTENSION CURRICULUM


GENERAL STUDIES AS/A2

EXAMINATION BOARD:               AQA 2760

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:              For students on Advanced Level courses

COURSE AIMS:

General Studies is a core programme for Advanced Level students. It is a multi-disciplinary
subject that underpins all others and aims to develop a greater understanding and awareness of
the modern world through an examination of stimulating and controversial topics. Students are
encouraged to express their views with confidence and develop a respect for and understanding
of the views of others.

Students follow a carousel of lessons taught by specialist teachers covering a range of topics
across the two units of Culture and Society and Science and Society. These are complemented by
weekly lessons with their Sixth Form tutor as well as talks, presentations and debates. Year 13
students are offered A2 General Studies as one of the extension curriculum options.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
Unit 1         Culture and Society              1½ hr written exam        50% of AS
                                                                          [25% of A level]
Unit 2         Science and Society              1½ hr written exam        50% of AS
                                                                          [25% of A level]
A2 UNITS
Unit 3         Culture and Society              2 hr written exam         25% of A level
Unit 4         Science and Society              2 hr written exam         25% of A level




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CRITICAL THINKING: AS only


EXAMINATION BOARD:                 OCR H052

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:                  Critical Thinking is relevant to any A level student. The skills of
thinking critically are explicitly mentioned by most top universities as key attributes in successful
applicants, and are also very helpful in most A level courses.

COURSE AIMS:

We offer Critical Thinking as an AS only, in a course that lasts one year and could be done in Year
12 or Year 13. There is no coursework, and no particular body of knowledge to learn. It is all
about developing the skills to construct logical argument – in writing or speech – and to recognise
strengths or weaknesses in others‟ arguments. In lessons you will analyse newspaper articles,
watch TV discussions, hold debates, discuss the credibility of witnesses or write arguments on any
issues that are topical and interesting.

The AS is examined by 2 separate modular exams [each 90mins].


COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
Unit 1          Introduction to Critical Thinking 1½ hr written exam           50% of AS
                - the language of reasoning
                - credibility
Unit 2          Assessing     and     Developing 1½ hr written exam            50% of AS
                Argument
                - analysis of argument
                - evaluating argument
                - developing        your     own
                    reasoned arguments




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WORLD DEVELOPMENT: AS only


EXAMINATION BOARD:                WJEC

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:               For Year 13 students on Advanced Level courses

COURSE AIMS:

The World Development specification is a response to growing concerns that people in our society
in the twenty first century should have an understanding of their role as global citizens and their
responsibilities towards global development and sustainability.


COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
  Unit 1     Introduction to World              2 hr examination                      70% of AS
             Development Issues                 Four compulsory structured
             Theme 1 – Development,             questions. 2 questions from each
             Resources and Global               of 2 themes:
             Citizenship
             Theme 2 – Poverty and
             Inequality

  Unit 2     Portfolio Analysis of World        Coursework portfolio – marked by 30% of AS
             Development Issues                 staff & moderated by WJEC
             A. An analysis of 3 articles on
             Theme 1 – 500 words in length
             B. A comparative essay of up to
             1000 words on Theme 2


FURTHER INFORMATION:

This course is part of the Sixth Form „Extension‟ curriculum to enable non-Geographers to also
gain this valuable qualification. Some students may be able to go on and gain the full A level.




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HISTORY OF ART: AS only

EXAMINATION BOARD:                AQA 1251

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:               For Year 13 students on Advanced level courses

COURSE AIMS: The History of Art course explores many aspects of Western Art and
Architecture. The course is suitable for a diverse range of students who wish to develop an
interest in, and enjoyment of the History of Art.

Students will learn about art historical movements, practitioners and works through looking at
architecture, painting and sculpture and the way these have evolved through time. Students will
gain confidence in expressing and communicating about Art as well as having an awareness of
historical themes, concepts and issues. The course allows students to make critical judgements
through active and independent learning.

Students are taught a range of topics across the two units Visual Analysis and Interpretation and
Themes in History of Art. These are delivered in weekly lessons through talks, presentations and
debates.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

AS UNITS
  Unit 1     Visual Analysis and Interpretation        1 hr written exam     40% of AS
  Unit 2     Themes in History of Art                  1½     hr     written 60% of AS
                                                       exam

FURTHER INFORMATION:

This course is part of the „extension‟ programme for Year 13 students.




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EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION: AS only

EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA


COURSE STRUCTURE:

For the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) students undertake a piece of research and academic
writing in an area of particular interest to them and of their own choosing. The chosen topic can
relate to an A-level subject or explore an area of personal interest. Beginning after AS
examinations in June of Year 12, they are individually supported and mentored throughout by a
supervisor and in addition receive formal teaching of research skills. The EPQ encourages and
develops independent learning, along with valuable time-management, analytical and presentation
skills. The final project consists of a production log, a product (a design, report, dissertation,
artefact or performance), a written report and a presentation.

Universities support and value the EPQ as evidence of a student‟s ability to use a range of skills
that are vital for successful study in higher education, and it is graded on an A*–E scale with a
maximum 60 UCAS points.




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