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					BIOLOGY AS AND A2
OCR
This is the science that studies LIFE. You will learn about the physiology of living things and the
behaviour of plants and animals. You will study the theory of evolution and learn about the
interaction and conservation of ecosystems on Earth.

Will biology fit in with my other subjects?
YES! Students who take Biology often study from a wide range of subjects, including Geography,
English, Chemistry, Physics, Physiology and Mathematics.

What careers can I choose if I study Biology?
Biology is a great choice for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as
medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy and nursing. It is also a crucial
subject if you wish to study zoology, marine biology and forensic science.

Why is studying biology at Notre Dame Catholic College special?
We have a strong team of Biology teachers. Your lessons will be interactive and you will be
challenged to demonstrate your learning using a variety of assessment techniques. You will have
the opportunity to enjoy learning this exciting subject in a safe environment where your progress
is closely monitored and individual support and advice is regularly provided so that you reach your
potential.

Biology fieldtrip for AS Students
For the past 2 years, our Biology students have had the exciting opportunity to visit the Isle of
Arran in Scotland for a 4 night / 5 day residential. Here they have studied ecology and learned
skills required to identify species and sample the numbers of organisms on land and in water.

Biology topics and assessment for AS Level
You will study 3 units:
     F211 – Cells, gas exchange and transport in plants and animals
       (1 hour written examination paper. 30% of the total AS GCE marks)
     F212 – Structure of biomolecules, enzymes, biodiversity and food and health
       (1 hour 45 minutes written examination paper, 50% of the total AS GCE marks)
     F213 – Practical skills in Biology 1
       (three internally assessed practical tasks set by OCR, 20% of the total AS GCE marks)

Biology topics and assessment at A2 Level
F211 will contribute to 15% of the total Advanced GCE marks, Unit F212 is 25% and F213 is 10% of
the Advanced GCE marks.

You will study 3 further units.
    F214 – the nervous system, excretion, glucose control, photosynthesis and respiration
       (1 hour written examination paper, 15% of the total Advanced GCE marks)
    F215 – Genes and genetic engineering, cloning, protein synthesis, animal and plant
       behaviour and conversation
       (1 hour 45 minutes written examination paper, 25% of the total Advanced GCE marks)
    F216 – Practical skills in Biology 2
       (three internally assessed practical tasks set by OCR, 10% of the total Advanced GCE marks)
Hairdressing
DIPLOMA (worth 4 GCSE’s A-C’s)
NVQ’s 2 and 3 (worth A-Levels)

Whatdoesthecourseinvolve?
The qualification has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the hairdressing industry. Within this course you will
develop practical skills that will benefit you all your life.

Practical hairdressing activities will cover 50% of the course at Key Stage 4
Practical hairdressing activities will cover 80% of the course at Key Stage 5

Theory
    Science for hair and scalp
    Health and Safety
    Colour and cutting techniques
    Setting and dressing techniques
    Assignment for each unit

Practical
    Shampoo and condition
    Setting and dressing
    Reception duties
    Colouring and cutting

What is the Assessment Process?
NVQ’s are assessed in a realistic working environment and in work placements. For each unit your
assessor observes you carrying out different services and checks your understanding of the
information. This will be recorded in your log book, which then provides formal evidence of your
learning.

Who will enjoy the course?
Students who enjoy practical learning
Students who are creative and enjoy learning new skills
Students who wish to go into a hairdressing career

Why choose Hairdressing?
Hairdressing has become a very popular industry which has expanded massively in the last decade.
Taking hairdressing in Key Stage 4 as an option gives you the opportunity to learn the basic skills in
hairdressing which will improve your own personal life skills. For those really interested in making
a career in the hairdressing industry it gives you a head start in perusing your career. Taking
Hairdressing in Key Stage 5 is for those who wish to pursue a career in this industry.
BEAUTY
DIPLOMA (worth 4 GCSE’s)
NVQ 2
What does the course involve?
This award is designed for anyone who would like to learn more about the industry of beauty and
for those who may be contemplating a career in beauty therapy. This course will help students
gain valuable insights into the industry, and will develop useful skills and relevant background
knowledge.

Practical beauty activities will cover 60% of the course programme.
    Salon reception
    Make-up
    Waxing techniques
    Facial treatments
    Lash and brow
    Manicure
    Pedicure
    Nail art

What is the assessment process?
You learn through practical sessions, group discussions or assignments. You’ll use professional
salon equipment to develop your skills. You’ll be assessed by your tutor using assignments,
practical task and online tests.

Who will enjoy the course?
Students who enjoy practical learning
Students who are creative and enjoy learning new skills
Students who intend going into the beauty industry

Why choose Beauty?
Beauty has become a very popular industry which has expanded massively in the last decade.
Taking Beauty in Key Stage 4 as an option gives you the opportunity to learn the basic skills in
beauty which will improve your own personal life skills. For those really interested in making a
career in the beauty industry it gives you a head start in pursuing a career in beauty. Taking
Beauty in Key Stage 5 is for those who wish to pursue a career in this industry.

City and Guilds qualification is proof that you have the right skills to do your job well – this is why
so many employers look for people who have one. You can be confident your qualification is well
respected within your industry.
BEAUTY
DIPLOMA & NVQ2
What does the course involve?
This award is designed for anyone who would like to learn more about the industry of beauty and
for those who may be contemplating a career in beauty therapy. This course will help students
gain valuable insights into the industry, and will develop useful skills and relevant background
knowledge.

Practical beauty activities will cover 60% of the course programme.
    Salon reception
    Make-up
    Waxing techniques
    Facial treatments
    Lash and brow
    Manicure
    Pedicure
    Nail art

What is the assessment process?
You learn through practical sessions, group discussions or assignments. You’ll use professional
salon equipment to develop your skills. You’ll be assessed by your tutor using assignments,
practical task and online tests.

Who will enjoy the course?
Students who enjoy practical learning
Students who are creative and enjoy learning new skills
Students who intend going into the beauty industry

Why choose Beauty?
Beauty has become a very popular industry which has expanded massively in the last decade.
Taking Beauty in Key Stage 5 is for those who wish to pursue a career in this industry or gain the
basic skills of beauty.

City and Guilds qualification is proof that you have the right skills to do your job well – this is why
so many employers look for people who have one. You can be confident your qualification is well
respected within your industry.
FRENCH
AS/A2 AQA
Benefits
Students are encouraged to:
    Develop the knowledge and skills acquired to GCSE level and use French in a wide range of
       contexts
    Gain a useful insight into another culture and reflect on various aspects of contemporary
       society
    Enhance their employment prospects, facilitate foreign travel and experience the
       enjoyment and motivation of improving their linguistic level.

AS Outline
Content:
The course enables students to study an interesting and appealing range of topics. The AS course
will cover:
Media: Television, Advertising, Communication Technology
Popular Culture: Cinema, Music, Fashion / Trends
Healthy Living / Lifestyles: Sport / Exercise, Health and Well-Being, Holidays
Family / Relationships: Relationships within the family, Friendships, Marriage / Partnerships

Assessment
The AS course has 2 units.

Unit1: Listening, Reading and Writing
Externally examined
Written Paper: 2 hours (70% of total AS)

Unit 2: Speaking
Speaking Test: 35 minutes (30% of total AS)

A2 Outline
Content:
The A2 course will cover:
Environment: pollution, energy and protecting the environment
The multi-cultural society: immigration, integration and racism
Contemporary social issues: wealth and poverty, law and order and the impact of scientific and
technological progress
Cultural topic: the study of a French-speaking region / period of 20th century history / artist,
dramatist or poet

Assessment
The A2 course has 2 units

Unit1: Listening, Reading and Writing
Externally examined
Written Paper: 2 hours 30 minutes (35% of A Level)

Unit 2: Speaking
Speaking Test: 35 minutes (15% of A Level)

Why choose French?
The ability to speak another language fluently can give you an advantage when applying for jobs in
the future and open the door to many exciting opportunities in a huge variety of industries.
Language skills can prove essential in all kinds of careers, including jobs in accountancy, education,
engineering, finance, marketing, the media, government, technology and travel and tourism.
Learning a foreign language will also help you develop additional skills such as communication,
presentation and problem solving. Languages will, of course, open up opportunities to travel and
meet new people abroad.

In April 2008, the CBI revealed that employers highly value language skills with 75% seeing
conversational ability in languages as desirable in applicants.*
Therefore, choosing to study French could prove to be one of the best decisions you have ever
made.

*CBI Educational Skills Survey 2008 of 735 firms employing 1.7 million people.
PERFORMING ARTS (ACTING)
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Diploma Level 3

What does the course involve?
A PERFORMANCE BASED QUALIFICATION
This qualification is a two year course in which candidates will explore 11 units of work over two
years. Students are assessed on marking criteria of pass, merit and distinction. Those students
who obtain a Distinction over both years will have gained the equivalent of two A’s at A-Level.

Students taking the course should be highly practical, enthusiastic and creative thinkers and take
enjoyment in Performing Arts.

Over the two years students will cover modules in:
    Performance Workshop
    Performing Arts Business
    Rehearsing for Performance
    Performing to an Audience
    Devising Plays
    Theatre in Education
    Contemporary Theatre Performance
    Principles of Acting
    Developing Voice
    Drama Improvisation
    Classical Theatre
    Theatre for Children

What is the assessment process?
The work is assessed through each unit. The assessments are practical based and this is supported
by written portfolio through VIVA evaluations. Theoretical underpinning is vital and is taught
within a workshop setting. Two of the units are assessed externally. All other units are teacher
assessed.

Why choose Performing Arts (Acting)?
Students taking the course will gain a full understanding of the Performing Arts and develop
performance skills. This course gives students the opportunity to learn all aspects of the
Performing Arts Industry. Students will gain insights in to the historical contexts and the
innovations in Contemporary Theatre Practices. Students who are interested in further education
in this are can move on to courses at University.
PRODUCTION ARTS
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Diploma Level 3

What does the course involve?
This course is a unit based course and can be taken as a single or double option. Students
choosing the double option will cover eleven units and students choosing the single option will
cover six units.

Over the two years students will cover modules in:
    Arts in the Community
    Assistant Stage Management
    Deputy Stage Management
    Stage Management
    Stage Lighting Operations
    Production for Theatre Performances
    Theatre Front-of-House Operations
    Performing Arts Production Workshop
    Performing Arts Production Planning
    Automated Stage Lighting
    Stage Sound Operations
    Live Sound for the Stage

Students taking the course should have an interest in Production Arts and enjoyment of
supporting the artistic process with enthusiasm.

What is the assessment process?
The course is assessed at the end of each unit. The assessments are practical based and this is
supported by written portfolio and a theoretical underpinning. Two of the units are assessed
externally. All other units are teacher assessed.

Why choose Production Arts?
Students taking the course will gain a full understanding of the Performing Arts and Technical
Theatre. This course gives students the opportunity to learn all aspects of the Supporting roles
and the demands of the technical theatre. Students will gain insights in to the historical contexts
and the innovations in technical theatre. Students who are interested in further education in this
are can move on to courses at University.
MEDIA OCR
OCR Certificate / OCR Diploma
Why study Media at GCE?
The OCR level 3 National Certificate, National Diploma and National Extended Diploma in Media
have been developed to recognise candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding of media
operations, technologies and environments. They accredit candidates’ abilities to carry out a
range of tasks and have been designed to recognise candidates’ achievements in a modern,
practical way that is relevant to the workplace.

You will study:

UNIT CONTENT
Mandatory units
Unit 1      Introduction to media and textual analysis
Unit 2      Pre-production and planning
Unit 3      Production
Unit 4      Marketing media and audience feedback

Optional units

Non-specialist units
Unit 5         Ideas generation for media products
Unit 6         Production management in media organisations
Unit 7         Presentations and exhibitions
Unit 8         Drawing and illustration for the media industry
Unit 9         Interview and presentation techniques
Unit 10        Career planning in the media industry
Unit 11        Developing skills through work experience in the media industry

Writing and publishing specialist pathway
Unit 12       Factual writing for print products
Unit 13       Fictional writing for print products
Unit 14       Publishing
Unit 15       Photography and digital imaging
Unit 16       Design and layout

TV and film specialist pathway
Unit 17       Video production and editing
Unit 18       Audio for the moving image
Unit 19       UK film studios
Unit 20       Television production
Unit 21       Writing for the screen
Unit 22       Film and television production and editing
Unit 23       Cartooning and animation

Audio specialist pathway
Unit 24        Music technology
Unit 25        Music recording and production
Unit 26        Talk radio production
Unit 27        Music radio production
Unit 28        Writing for radio

Games design specialist pathway
Unit 29      Design for games
Unit 30      Art and animation for computer games
Unit 31      Programming for computer games
Unit 32      Computer games production
Unit 33      Computer games technologies

You will learn:
These qualifications specifically aim to:
   1. develop candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the media sector and chosen
       specialist pathway (if selected)
   2. develop candidates’ ability to generate and apply their ideas, using the technology
       available to them as a tool to advance those creative ideas
   3. develop candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding in contexts that are directly
       relevant to employment situations, thereby enhancing employability within the media
       sector
   4. develop candidates’ ability to work autonomously and effectively in a media context
   5. enable candidates to develop knowledge and understanding in specialist areas of the
       media, and demonstrate the skills need to participate in the operation and development of
       real media organisations
   6. encourage progression by assisting in the development of skills, knowledge and
       understanding that candidates will need to access further or higher education programmes
       or occupational training on a full-time or part-time basis
   7. encourage progression by assisting in the development of skills, knowledge and
       understanding that candidates will need to enter employment, or enhance their current
       employment status
   8. promote interaction between employers, centre and candidates by relating teaching and
       assessment to real organisations.

Assessment
Form of Assessment
All units are centre-assessed and externally moderated by an OCR Visiting Moderator. All units are
graded: Fail, Pass, Merit, Distinction.

Full award certificates will be graded: Pass, Merit, Distinction.

Assessment
All AS coursework units are submitted by the end of Year 12, allowing candidates to make
decisions about A2 studies. Candidates receive frequent feedback from tutors supporting them in
meeting their full potential.

				
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