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					                              Walmer Castle 6th Form College
                                 Prospectus 2010 - 2011
                                                                                       Contents
Contents...................................................................................................................................................................................................1
SECTION 1 – Level 3 Courses .................................................................................................................................................................2
Art and Design Fine Art A Level................................................................................................................................................................3
Business Level 3 National Certificate........................................................................................................................................................4
Business Level 3 National Diploma ..........................................................................................................................................................5
Design Technology - Product Design A Level ...........................................................................................................................................6
English Literature A Level .........................................................................................................................................................................7
Geography A Level ...................................................................................................................................................................................8
Government and Politics A Level ..............................................................................................................................................................9
Health, Social Care and Early Years Level 3 National Certificate............................................................................................................ 10
Health, Social Care and Early Years Level 3 National Diploma............................................................................................................... 11
History A Level ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Home Economics A Level....................................................................................................................................................................... 13
Information and Communication Technology Applied AS/A Level ........................................................................................................... 14
Information and Communication Technology National Certificate ........................................................................................................... 15
Law A Level............................................................................................................................................................................................ 16
Mathematics A Level .............................................................................................................................................................................. 17
Media Studies A Level ............................................................................................................................................................................ 18
Music Level 3 BTEC National Award ...................................................................................................................................................... 19
Performing Arts Level 3 BTEC National Award ....................................................................................................................................... 20
Performing Arts Level 3 BTEC National Certificate ................................................................................................................................. 21
Religious Studies A Level ....................................................................................................................................................................... 22
Science Applied Level 3 BTEC National Award, Certificate or Diploma .................................................................................................. 23
Sociology AS Level ................................................................................................................................................................................ 24
Sport Level 3 BTEC National Award ....................................................................................................................................................... 25
Uniformed Public Services Level 3 BTEC National Award ...................................................................................................................... 26
Uniformed Public Services Level 3 BTEC National Certificate ................................................................................................................ 27
SECTION 2 – Level 3 FULL TIME Courses ............................................................................................................................................ 28
Performing Arts Level 3 BTEC National Diploma .................................................................................................................................... 29
SECTION 3 – Advanced Diplomas ......................................................................................................................................................... 30
Advanced Diplomas – General Information............................................................................................................................................. 31
Information and Communication Technology Advanced Diploma ........................................................................................................... 32
Sport and Active Leisure Diploma........................................................................................................................................................... 33
SECTION 4 – Level 2 Courses ............................................................................................................................................................... 34
Engineering BTEC Level 2 First Diploma ................................................................................................................................................ 35
Health, Social Care and Early Years Level 2 National Certificate............................................................................................................ 36
Public Services Level 2 BTEC First Diploma .......................................................................................................................................... 37
SECTION 5 – Other Courses ................................................................................................................................................................. 38
Deal Town Football Academy .................................................................................................................................... 39




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Walmer Castle Sixth Form College

        Prospectus 2010 -2011

    SECTION 1 – Level 3 Courses




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              Walmer Castle Sixth Form College

                       Art and Design Fine Art A Level


Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: OCR

Course structure

This Art course is divided into AS in Year 12 and A2 in Year 13. Both courses need to be
successfully completed to achieve an A level pass, which range from A-E.
This course is suitable for students who have been successful in Art at GCSE and builds
upon the skills acquired during Years 10 and 11.
In Year 12, students produce a portfolio of work from starting points determined by the
centre and students undertake a controlled assignment.
In Year 13, students develop their portfolio and a further controlled assignment.
Art requires dedication; students will need to spend significant time working independently
to develop skills and style.

Course description

Students will study four units, two in Year 12 and two in Year 13.

Assessment

Art is assessed by a mixture of portfolio work and the results of controlled assignments.

Progression

Students are recommended to start with a foundation course and then branch out into
areas of specialist interest. These could include Jewellery Design, Model Making, Graphic
Design, Painter, Illustrator or Sculptor to name but a few.

Entry requirements

5 A* – C grades at GCSE including a C grade in Art.




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               Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                    Business Level 3 National Certificate

Duration of course: Two years

Examining board: OCR

Course structure

The course focuses on the world of work, researching and analysing its organisation and
environments. The course includes: visits to places of work; a period of work experience;
opportunities for practical research and external and internal visits from industry based
contacts. The course boasts excellent resources and provides extensive opportunities for
pupils to improve their ICT skills.

Assessment

Single Award: Level 3 National Certificate in Business
For the single award, students must complete the following six units:

      Investigating Business
      Customer service
      Business Communication
      Finance for Business
      Marketing for Business
      Training and Development


Progression

The qualification enables students to progress onto University. Many Business students have
achieved degrees and been successful in obtaining high levels of employment.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved 5 GCSEs at grade C or above.




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               Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                      Business Level 3 National Diploma

Duration of course: Two years

Examining board: OCR

Course structure

The course focuses on the world of work, researching and analysing its organisation and
environments. The course includes: visits to places of work; a period of work experience and
much practical research. Students are taught in small groups with excellent resources. This
can also be used as an opportunity to upgrade ICT skills.

Assessment

Double Award: Diploma
For the double award, students will follow twelve units to include:

      Investigating Business
      Customer service
      Business Communication
      Finance for Business
      Marketing for Business
      E-marketing
      Human Resource Management
      Training and Development
      Production
      Motivation at Work
      E-business
      Law in the Business World

Assessment is by twelve externally assessed portfolio units.


Progression

The qualification enables students to progress onto University. Many Business students have
achieved degrees and been successful in obtaining high levels of employment.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved 5 GCSEs at grade C or above.




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                Walmer Castle Sixth Form College

              Design Technology - Product Design A Level

Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: Edexcel

Course structure
The aims of the GCE qualifications in Product Design allow students to:

       Develop and sustain innovation, creativity and design and technology capability, to
        recognise constraints and to produce high quality products
       Develop critical understanding of the influences of the processed and products of design
        and technological activity from a historical perspective and in current practice
       Apply essential knowledge, understanding and skills of design production processes to a
        range of technological activities and develop an understanding of industrial practices
       Use information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance their design and
        technological capability
       Recognise the social, moral, spiritual and cultural values inherent in design and
        technological environmental, social and cultural contexts
       Develop as discerning consumers able to make informed choices
       Develop positive attitudes of co-operation and citizenship and work collaboratively

Course description
Learners will develop 2 units per year.
Unit 1: a coursework based portfolio with both 2D and 3D elements that are designed              and
manufactured.
Unit 2: learners produce a knowledge and understanding portfolio through analysing               and
redesigning products.
Unit 3: further development of knowledge and understanding through studying client               and
commercial requirements.
Unit 4: learners will develop a commercial product responding to client demands including 2D     and
3D elements.

Assessment
Each unit is based on a portfolio of work and is 25% of the total marks. Units 1 and 4 are internally
assessed and then externally moderated.
Units 2 and 3 are assessed through a 2 hour examination each.

Progression
Product Design offers an insight into the world of Design and Print, which has many different types
of employment or Further Education opportunities: Product Design, Print Design, Graphic Design
and Web Design.

Entry requirements
5 A* - C grades at GCSE, including a C grade in Graphic Products



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              Walmer Castle Sixth Form College

                           English Literature A Level


Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: AQA

Course structure

This exciting course is divided into four units, two studied in each year, with a greater
emphasis on modern prose. Students study a minimum of 12 texts, focusing in the first
year on aspects of narrative in poetry and prose, and tragedy in two plays. Coursework
consists of two 1500 word essays.

In the second year the emphasis is on studying genre across a range of texts.
Coursework consists of one 2000 word essay comparing two texts, and one 1500 word
essay applying criticism.

Students are also required to undertake personal reading to develop their understanding of
the links between genres and texts.

Course description

Four units are studied, two of which are examined and two are coursework.

Assessment

Students will be assessed by a mixture of examination and coursework.

Progression

English Literature can form the basis of many different courses in Higher Education,
including English, and is a good qualification for many careers including law, teaching,
writing and journalism.


Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades at GCSE including a C grade in English Language.




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              Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                                Geography A Level


Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: AQA

Course structure

The A Level Geography course is designed to develop students‟ understanding of Physical
Geography and the impact of humans through Human Geography.

In Year 12 Students will study aspects of rivers, flooding and management, and population
change. Students will also develop their Geographical skills, and a fieldwork element may
be included as part of this study.

In Year 13 Students will study contemporary geographical issues, focusing on areas such
as plate tectonics, development and globalisation and ecosystems. Students will also
complete a small scale geographical study based upon pre-released materials.

Course description

There are two units of study in Year 12 and two units of study in Year 13.

Assessment

All units are assessed by examination in both Year 12 and 13.

Progression

Geography is one of the most cross-curricular of subjects. It can be used in a variety of
jobs such as hotel management, environmental research, urban and rural planning, and
teaching. Geography can also be studied alone or as part of a programme of study at
university.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades at GCSE including a C grade pass in Geography at GCSE




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                 Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                             Government and Politics A Level

Duration of Course: Two years
Examination Board: AQA

Course Structure
A Level Government and Politics enables students to develop a wide range of skills including the ability
to comprehend, synthesise and interpret political information, analyse and evaluate political knowledge;
identify connections, similarities and differences between the areas studied; and select relevant
material and construct and communicate arguments clearly and coherently using appropriate political
vocabulary.

Government and Politics is an ideal course for students who are interested in how the country is run
and is a good subject to study in conjunction with other humanities subjects such as History,
Geography, Law or Sociology. It is ideal for students who wish to continue subjects at university that
require analysis and evaluation skills.

Course Description

At AS Level (Year 12), the specification concentrates on People, Politics and Participation, as well as
Governing Modern Britain. Students will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the political
system in the UK to include studying a selection from the following topics for each unit:

Unit 1: Participation in the political process and voting behaviour, the role of the political parties in a
democracy, the importance of pressure groups and protest movements in a democracy, and the
different types of electoral systems.

Unit 2: The Core Executive (the PM and Cabinet system), Multi-level Governance (elected local and
devolved government in the UK and EU), and the role of Parliament in the UK‟s political system.

At A2 Level (Year 13) possible options include US Politics, US Government and Ideologies, as well as
issues such as Politics and Power

Assessment

Each unit will be examined in either January or June via a written paper lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.
Each unit will contribute towards 50% AS Level (25% total A Level marks). Two questions consisting of
3 parts worth 5, 10 and 25 marks for each unit must be answered.

Progression

Government and Politics can be studied to a higher level at University. For students wishing to study
any analytical degree such as History, Law or English, it can be a very useful subject. It can be helpful
in any number of professions including managerial positions, the legal profession or teaching, to name
but a few.

Entry requirements

5 A* -C grades at GCSE


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                Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
         Health, Social Care and Early Years Level 3 National Certificate

Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: OCR

Course structure
The OCR Nationals have been designed to provide candidates with a high quality, industry-
recognised qualification geared to the specific requirements of key sectors.

This course has been developed to recognise candidates‟ skills, knowledge and understanding of
the health and social care sector, and the settings, job roles, principles and values involved. It
accredits candidates‟ abilities to carry out a range of tasks and has been designed to accredit
candidates‟ achievements in a modern, practical way that is relevant to the workplace.

The course structure is suitable for students who have demonstrated that they can work
consistently hard throughout the year. Students need to work in a self-disciplined manner because
this course is assessed on 100% coursework. Action planning and target setting will help students
to reach their goals. Students will be given the opportunity to discuss their progress with staff
throughout the course.

This qualification is broadly equivalent to one A Level.

Course description
Students will study six units; four of which are mandatory, over the course of two years.

Assessment
Six units are assessed through portfolios of evidence. Students can achieve Pass, Merit or
Distinction grade when they have completed all six units to the required standard.

Progression
Candidates achieving an OCR Level 3 National Certificate in Health, Social Care and Early Years
have the following progression opportunities:

      Enter employment at trainee level, e.g. as a care assistant, playgroup assistant, health care
       assistant
      Enter employment and undertake a related NVQ at a level appropriate to the job role, e.g.
       NVQ Care, NVQ Early Years Care and Education
      Undertake additional Level 3 qualifications
      Undertake higher level qualifications in further or higher education, e.g. HNC, HND, degree.

Entry requirements:
Level 2 Health and Social Care at grade C or above or 5 GCSEs at grade C or above




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                Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
        Health, Social Care and Early Years Level 3 National Diploma

Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: OCR

Course structure
The OCR Nationals have been designed to provide candidates with a high quality, industry-
recognised qualification geared to the specific requirements of key sectors.

The course has been developed to recognise candidates‟ skills, knowledge and understanding of
the health and social care sector and the settings, job roles, principles and values involved. It
accredits candidates‟ abilities to carry out a range of tasks and has been designed to accredit
candidates‟ achievements in a modern, practical way that is relevant to the workplace.

The course structure is suitable for students who have demonstrated that they can work
consistently hard throughout the year. Students need to work in a self-disciplined manner because
this course is assessed on 100% coursework. Action planning and target setting will help students
to reach their goals. Students will be given the opportunity to discuss their progress with staff
throughout the course.

This qualification is broadly equivalent to two A Levels.

Course description
Students will study twelve units; four of which are mandatory, over the course of two years.

Assessment
Twelve units assessed through portfolios of evidence. Students can achieve Pass, Merit or
Distinction grade when they have completed all twelve units to the required standard.

Progression
Candidates achieving an OCR Level 3 National Diploma in Health, Social Care and Early Years
have the following progression opportunities:

      Enter employment at trainee level, e.g. as a care assistant, playgroup assistant, health care
       assistant
      Enter employment and undertake a related NVQ at a level appropriate to the job role, e.g.
       NVQ Care, NVQ Early Years Care and Education
      Undertake additional Level 3 qualifications
      Undertake higher level qualifications in further or higher education, e.g. HNC, HND, degree.

Entry requirements

Level 2 Health and Social Care at grade C or above or 5 GCSEs at grade C or above




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              Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                                   History A Level

Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: Edexcel

Course structure

Edexcel History is designed to allow students an appreciation of historical change in
different societies at different times; it builds upon the skills of analysis of events and
evidence that have been explored at GCSE.

In Year 12 students will study Pursuing Life and Liberty – Civil rights in the USA 1945-
1968, and Stalin‟s Russia 1924-1953. Students will also study the changing position of
women and the suffragette question.

In Year 13 students will study From Kaiser to Fuhrer Germany 1900-1945 and will
complete an individual enquiry on an historical individual and event.

History requires a commitment to wide reading and is heavily essay based.

Course description

Two units of study in Year 12 and two units of study in Year 13.

Assessment

In Year 12 both units are assessed by examination.

In Year 13 Germany 1900-45 is assessed by examination. The personal investigation is
coursework.

Progression

History is an excellent academic subject to study at university. A Level History is
welcomed by universities for many courses of study and can lead to careers in law,
journalism, teaching, management and the civil service.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades including a grade C in History .




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                Walmer Castle Sixth Form College

                             Home Economics A Level


Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: OCR

Course structure

The Advanced GCE is made up of two mandatory units in Year 12 at AS Level and two further
units in Year 13 at A2 Level

In Year 12 you will study:

Society and Health. This is an externally assessed unit and includes health, social and
environmental issues, family and society and demography
Resource Management. This is an externally assessed unit and includes food safety and hygiene,
food provision and preparation, financial awareness and retailing

In Year 13 you will study:

Home Economics (Food, Nutrition and Health) Investigative Study. This is an internally
assessed unit and is of an investigative nature. Candidates select their own content and develop
their own task to include practical work
Nutrition and Food Production. This is an externally assessed unit and includes nutrients and
energy, properties of food, dietary needs and the development and production of food

Course description

There are two units of study in Year 12 and two units of study in Year 13.

Assessment

The two units of study in Year 12 are assessed by external examination. In Year 13, one unit is
assessed by coursework and one unit by external examination.

Progression

Students can use their study Home Economics to enter university to study a degree, or look to
careers in catering, commercial food production, or food retail to name but a few.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades at GCSE including a minimum C grade pass in Food Technology or Home
Economics at GCSE.

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                  Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
          Information and Communication Technology Applied AS/A Level

Examining Board: OCR

Duration of Course: AS - one year

The course is ideal for students who want to pursue a career in the ever expanding computing industry, or for
students who are unsure of their career choice, but want a broad knowledge of a particular branch of the industrial
world. Experience and study gained in this course will be of immense value in a wide range of industrial and
business fields.

The course structure is suitable for students who have demonstrated they can work consistently hard throughout
the year. Students need to work in a self-disciplined way because coursework assignments constitute the main
form of assessment. Action planning and target setting will help students to reach their goals. Students will be
given the opportunity to discuss their progress with staff throughout the course.

1.       Using ICT to communicate -coursework
This unit offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of some of the ways organisations present
and gather information. It will lead them to understand the need for standard layouts and standard ways of
working.

2.       How Organisations use ICT - externally tested
This unit gives students the opportunity to study the way that information technology is used in organisations.
They will learn how organisations are structured; understand how organisations use and exchange information;
evaluate how well ICT helps organisations; consider how ICT supports many different activities in organisations
and see how ICT offers new opportunities.

3.      ICT Solutions for individuals and Society - coursework
Students will produce a presentation of the results of an investigation, including the use of a spreadsheet to
analyse numeric data, along with a report on the sources and methods used to find information.

A2 Level single award – taken over two years, the single award is equivalent to 1 A Level. This award allows
students the opportunity to gain greater depth of ICT knowledge and application. Students must complete the units
from the AS level course plus 3 further units.

Compulsory unit:
    Working to a Brief. This is an externally tested unit.

Optional units which are coursework based. Students to complete two from:
     Interactive multimedia products
     Publishing
     Developing and creating websites

Progression
The course prepares students for further training or employment as computer users or in providing technical
support for computer users. Examples of „computer user‟ occupations include computer-aided design and
manufacturing, publishing, multimedia presentations, data base marketing, administration, accountancy, project
management and business planning.
A vocational Certificate of Education in Information Technology provides a sound basis for higher level studies in
computing and information technology as well as other degree/HND level courses.

Entry requirements
5 A* – C grades at GCSE




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               Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
     Information and Communication Technology National Certificate

Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: OCR

Course Structure

This qualification is designed to provide students with the opportunity to improve their ICT skills
and demonstrate this through building a portfolio of coursework over the two years of the course.

It encourages students to develop responsibility for their own progress by showing commitment to
completing all coursework units to the highest standard.

In Year 12 students complete the following units:
Digital Business Communications
Collaborative Working
Problem Solving

In Year 13 students produce work for the following areas of study
Creating a digital showcase
Advanced spreadsheets
Desk top publishing

Course Description

Candidates study six units over two years. The award of a certificate is dependant on the
satisfactory completion of all six units. The National Award is graded Pass (E) Merit (C) or
Distinction (A).

Assessment

All units are centre-assessed and externally moderated.

Progression

The course prepares students to undertake higher level studies in Computing and IT as well as
other degree HND courses.

You could go straight into a job as the course will provide you with good knowledge and
understanding of IT that many employers across a wide range of industries are looking for.

With further training you could go into ICT related work areas such as web design, programming,
or as an IT technician.

Entry requirements:     5 A* - C GCSE grades including a minimum C grade in GCSE ICT.




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                 Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                                           Law A Level

Duration of course: Two Years (AS – Year 12, A2 – Year 13)

Examining Board:       WJEC

Course description and Structure

AS Law – Year 12
A wide-ranging introduction to this interesting and relevant topic. This course looks at many aspects of
the English Legal System. Topics include:

   1. Understanding legal structures and processes – considers where the law comes from and how
      it is enforced
   2. Understanding legal reasoning, methods and personnel – looks at the way the courts apply the
      law to solve problems, as well as the role of judges, barristers, solicitors and others who work
      within the legal system

There are two 1½ hour examinations in the summer term, each including a mixture of essay and
stimulus-response questions.

A2 Level Law – Year 13
Students must have studied the modules and taken the examination for AS level. This second year
involves a more specialised study of one aspect of the law chosen from:

        Contract and Consumer Law
        Criminal Law and Justice
        Freedom of the Individual
        Protection of Human Rights

There are two essay question examinations in the summer term, plus case studies.

In addition, studying Law allows for the development of various skills including: communication,
problem-solving, information technology, study and working with others. The course aims include:

   (a)   Developing a knowledge and understanding of the law
   (b)   Gaining a sound basis for further study
   (c)   Developing the ability to communicate legal argument
   (d)   Developing techniques for logical thinking
   (e)   Developing an awareness of the changing law

Progression
Out of an interest in, and to gain further knowledge of legal rights and obligations, Law combines well
with most subjects and provides a sound basis for further study at university.

Entry requirements:
5 or more grades A* - C at GCSE level.




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              Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                               Mathematics A Level

Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: Edexcel

Course structure

This course is designed to further develop your understanding of mathematical processes
in a way that promotes confidence and develops abilities of logical reasoning. It also
creates an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world
of work and to society in general, and encourages students to take an increasing
responsibility for their own learning, including their mathematical development.

The course comprises core and applied elements. Core elements develop the skills learnt
at higher GCSE and are focussed mainly around algebra and trigonometry. Applied
elements look at creating mathematical problems from real life situations.

Course description

This course consists of six units of study, three in Year 12 and three in Year 13.

Assessment

All units are assessed by external examination.

Progression

Maths can be further studied at university, or it can be the basis of science or engineering
degrees. Maths can form the basis of many careers including accounting, business,
teaching, science and engineering.

Entry requirements

5 A* to C grades at GCSE including a minimum B grade in Higher Mathematics.




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               Walmer Castle Sixth Form College

                                Media Studies A Level

Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: OCR

Course structure

Unit 1 – students will learn how to produce media texts and will produce a piece of film and
one other linked artefact. This unit includes both practical and theoretical aspects of film
making and Media Studies. This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 2 – students will explore how to analyse the media and discover how it works through
exploring a range of media texts from film, television, radio, internet and the press. This unit is
assessed through examinations which will be based on real media texts such as TV Drama.

Unit 3 – in this unit students will produce another piece of practical work but this time
accompanied by research and commentary in electronic format e.g. a short film with research
and commentary as “extras” on the DVD.

Unit 4 – this is an examination in two sections –

    a) An evaluation of the student‟s practical work with specific reference to the learning
       process and media ideas which are determined by the examination board e.g. gender
       representation.
    b) An exploration of the student‟s knowledge of Contemporary Media Issues and the
       questions which they raise.

Course description

There are two units of study in Year 12 and two units of study in Year 13.

Assessment

Assessment is a mixture of internally assessed practical work and examinations.

Progression

Students can gain further training in the Media industries at university and go on to work in
film, TV, radio or production.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades at GCSE.



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                Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                      Music Level 3 BTEC National Award

Duration of course: Two years
Examination board: Edexcel

Course Structure

As a music student you will attend classes to develop performance (solo and ensemble) and
listening skills in a variety of styles. You will use these skills in composing and arranging with the
aid of music notation software packages. You will develop an understanding of the sound and
music industry which will give you an insight into professional roles and careers available in the
industry. In conjunction with Deal Community Theatre Academy, You will research, plan, produce
and perform productions for the community throughout the two year course.

This qualification is equivalent to 1 A Level.

Course description

As a music student you will be expected to attend lessons in composing, listening and performing.
You will need to study at least one instrument of your choice and develop your technique and
performance skills on this instrument.

You will work closely with Dance and Drama students supplying music for:
    Pantomime
    Musical Theatre
    Theatre in Education

You will be given the opportunity to take part in:
    Arts Festivals
    Music workshops
    Visits to concerts and theatre productions
    Additional music qualifications
    To perform in venues throughout Kent

Assessment

A mixture of internal and externally assessed work, much of which is based around practical work
via public performances.

Progression

This course will prepare you for University, a career in music, public sector work and much more.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above and a strong interest in music.




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               Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
             Performing Arts Level 3 BTEC National Award


Duration of course: Two years
Examination board: Edexcel

Course Structure

This course will be held at our Community Arts Centre at the Landmark, Deal. It is a part
time course run during term time (students need to choose at least two other level 3
courses to study). This Performing Arts course allows students to study Dance or Drama.
It is equivalent to 1 A Level and can earn up to 120 UCAS points.

Course description

As a Dancer you will be expected to attend classes and workshops in a variety of dance
styles and you will be given the opportunity to take part in performances throughout the
course.

As a Drama student you will learn a variety of acting techniques and perform in plays,
pantomimes and touring performances.


You will be given the opportunity to take part in:
    Work-related learning projects
    Additional Arts qualifications in Dance and Drama
    Arts festivals
    Visits to theatre productions
    Workshops with respected companies
    Opportunities to perform in a variety of venues in Kent

Progression

This course will fully prepare you for University, a career in Performing Arts, Public Sector
work, Health and Fitness work, Teaching, Holistic Therapy work and much, much more.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C.




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                 Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
            Performing Arts Level 3 BTEC National Certificate
Duration of course: Two years
Examination board: Edexcel

Course Structure
This course will be held at our new Community Arts Centre at the Landmark, Deal. It is a part time course
run during term time (students need to choose at least one other level 3 courses to study). This Performing
Arts course allows students to study Dance or Drama or combine the two disciplines and follow a
Dance/Drama pathway. It is equivalent to 2 A Levels and can earn up to 240 UCAS points.

Course description
As a Dancer you will be expected to attend classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary Dance along with
Choreography and Dance Appreciation.

As a Drama student you will explore Acting Techniques, Devising, Improvisation, Voice and Mime work.

Performances for Dance and Drama students will include:
     Pantomime
     Musical Theatre
     Theatre in Education
     Site specific Theatre and Masked Performance

You will also be expected to perform work in your specialist study area i.e. Dance Performance and/or
Contemporary Theatre etc.

You will be given the opportunity to take part in:
    Work-related learning projects
    Additional Arts qualifications in Dance and Drama
    Arts festivals
    Visits to theatre productions
    Workshops with respected companies
    Opportunities to perform in a variety of venues in Kent

Progression
This course will fully prepare you for University, a career in Performing Arts, Public Sector work, Health and
Fitness work, Teaching, Holistic Therapy work and much, much more.

Entry requirements
5 GCSEs at grade C or above and/or other performing arts qualifications.




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                 Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                                 Religious Studies A Level
Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: WJEC

Course structure

In Year 12 students will study a range of issues in an introduction to religion in contemporary societies
including:

       Medical and environmental issues
       Religion and TV
       Religion and community
       Religion and the individual

Students will also study an introduction to Hinduism and Islam

In Year 13 students will study two units:

       Hinduism
       Religion and the human experience.

Course description

This course consists of two units in Year 12 and two units in Year 13.

Assessment

All units are assessed by public examination.

Progression

Students can choose to study Religious Studies at university level. Religious Studies is ideal for many other
courses including teaching and sociology.

Entry requirements

       5 A* - C grades at GCSE




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               Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
  Science Applied Level 3 BTEC National Award, Certificate or Diploma

Duration of Course: Two years

Examination Board: Edexcel

Course Structure

Scientists work in industry, the health service, government establishments and educational
institutions. Fields of work include research and development and scientific analysis, and there are
job opportunities in almost every industry, from food and drink to pharmaceuticals.

The Level 3 BTEC National Award, Certificate and Diploma in Applied Science involve different
amounts of study time. They are totally assessed by coursework. They can provide the knowledge,
understanding and skills for learners wishing to enter a career in the areas of laboratory and
industrial science, medical science or forensic science. They can also provide progression to
higher education vocational qualifications such as BTEC Higher National Diploma in Applied
Sciences or a full-time degree in Science. This qualification programme provides access to more
specialist units and therefore broadens and deepens the learners‟ experience in preparation for the
world of work.

The National Award is equivalent to one A level and counts as one choice.
The National Certificate is equivalent to two A levels and counts as two choices.
The National Diploma is equivalent to three A levels and counts as three choices
.
Course Description

The Level 3 BTEC National Award, Certificate and Diploma in Applied Science involve different
amounts of study time. They are totally assessed by coursework.

Assessment

Assessed via the completion of portfolio tasks across the two years of study.

Progression

This course provides support for anyone who would like to progress to a more specific area of
science.

Entry requirements

Students undertaking this course will have obtained a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE
including English, Mathematics and Science. They must be very hard working and prepared to
produce high quality homework




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               Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                                Sociology AS Level

Duration of course: One year

Examination board: AQA

Course structure

This course offers an insight into Sociology – the social structures and processes that are
incorporated into society. The course provides an in-depth investigation into „Families &
Households‟ and „Education‟ as social structures and the social processes that are the causes
and consequences of inequalities within society. Students will also undertake a unit of study
„Sociological Research Methods‟ – how and why Sociologists use particular methods and the
impact this has upon their findings.

Course description

You will study three units in one year – Family and Households in terms 1 and 2, Education in
terms 3 and 4 and Sociological Research Methods in terms 5 and 6.

Assessment

The work is assessed through three external examinations, one in January and the rest in the
summer. A variety of types of examination question.

AS students study these units:
Unit 1 Families and Households (40% AS Level). I hour exam, 60 marks. This looks at the
       links between family and society, changes within family relationships, demographic
       changes since 1900 and the changing status of children in society.

Unit 2 Education and Sociological methods (60% AS Level) 2 hour exam, 90 marks. This
       paper examines the role and purpose of the education system, explanations for
       differential educational achievement. Application of Sociological research methods to
       the study of the topic of education. Sociological methods investigates the difference
       between quantitative and qualitative research; the theoretical, practical and ethical
       consideration of research and the nature of 'social facts'.

Progression

Sociology AS Level complements the study of other Sixth Form subjects on offer. Sociology is
a good basis for many careers from health care, social work, teaching to working in the police
service. Studying Sociology will support any career involving an understanding and
appreciation of people and society.

Entry requirements     5 A* – C grades at GCSE.


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                Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                      Sport Level 3 BTEC National Award

Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: Edexcel


Course structure
A BTEC National Award is a practical, work related course. You learn by completing projects and
assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You focus on
a particular subject area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge.
It is equivalent to one A Level so when you have finished the course you can use it to gain
employment alongside other qualifications to go into further or higher education.

Course description
The course is made up of seven units – four core units and three specialist units.

Core Units
       Unit 1 - Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
       Unit 2 - Physiology of Fitness
       Unit 3 - Assessing Risk in Sport
       Unit 4 - Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
Specialist Units:
       Unit 4 - Fitness Training and Programming
       Unit 13 - Leadership in Sport
       Unit 7/8 - Practical Sport

Assessment
All units are assessed and graded, and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

Progression
If you want to get a job straight away you could work in:
      Sports Centres
      Leisure Centres
      Outdoor Activities Centres

If you decide to go to university or college and you have other qualifications, you could take a
degree or a BTEC Higher National in subjects such as:
      Sports Studies
      Leisure Management
      Recreation Management
      Teacher Training

Entry requirements
You must have achieved both of the following:
    5 A* - C grades at GCSE
    Grade C at GCSE PE or a Merit at BTEC First Certificate or Diploma in Sport
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               Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
     Uniformed Public Services Level 3 BTEC National Award


Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: Edexcel

Course Structure

This course is equivalent to one A Level. The aim of this course is to give students an
extended insight into the work of the uniformed public services e.g. police and army. The
course will be assessed by portfolio and can be certificated at Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Students will undertake a mixture of class based and practical activities; they will work in
realistic work based scenarios and be able to meet those in the Public Services via trips
and visits.

Course description

Students will study six units;
    Government, policies and the Public Services
    Team Leadership in the Uniformed Public Services
    Citizenship, Contemporary Society and the Public Services
    Diversity and Public Services
    Physical Preparation and Fitness for the Uniformed Services
    Understand the Criminal Justice System and Police Powers

Assessment

Assessment is based upon the successful completion of tasks throughout the course.
These are added to a portfolio that is assessed.

Progression

Upon completion students can use this qualification to apply for higher education or to
enter work. It is especially useful for any student considering a career in a uniformed
Public Service.

Entry requirements

5 A* – C grades at GCSE




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              Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
  Uniformed Public Services Level 3 BTEC National Certificate


Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: Edexcel

Course Structure

This course is equivalent to two A Levels. The aim of this course is to give students an
extended insight into the work of the uniformed public services e.g. police and army. The
course will be assessed by portfolio and can be certificated at Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Students will undertake a mixture of class based and practical activities; they will work in
realistic work based scenarios and be able to meet those in the Public Services via trips
and visits.

Course description

Students will study twelve units over two years. There are five core units:

      Government, policies and the Public Services
      Team Leadership in the Uniformed Public Services
      Citizenship, Contemporary Society and the Public Services
      Team Development in the Public Services
      Understanding Discipline within the Uniformed Public Services

In addition, a further seven options will be covered

Assessment

Assessment is based upon the successful completion of tasks throughout the course.
These are added to a portfolio that is assessed.

Progression

Upon completion students can use this qualification to apply for higher education or to
enter work. It is especially useful for any student considering a career in a uniformed
Public Service.

Entry requirements

5 A* – C grades at GCSE



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Walmer Castle Sixth Form College

         Prospectus 2010 -2011

SECTION 2 – Level 3 FULL TIME Courses




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               Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
           Performing Arts Level 3 BTEC National Diploma

Duration of course: Two years
Examination board: Edexcel

Course Structure
This course will be held at our new Community Arts Centre at the Landmark, Deal. It is a
full time course run during term time. This Performing Arts course allows students to study
Dance or Drama or combine the two disciplines and follow a Dance/Drama pathway. It is
equivalent to 3 A Levels and can earn up to 360 UCAS points.

Course description
As a Dancer you will be expected to attend classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary
Dance along with Choreography and Dance Appreciation.

As a Drama student you will explore Acting Techniques, Devising, Improvisation, Voice
and Mime work.

Performances for Dance and Drama students will include:
     Pantomime
     Musical Theatre
     Theatre in Education
     Site specific Theatre and Masked Performance

You will also be expected to perform work in your specialist study area i.e. Dance
Performance and/or Contemporary Theatre etc.

You will be given the opportunity to take part in:
    Work-related learning projects
    Additional Arts qualifications in Dance and Drama
    Arts festivals
    Visits to theatre productions
    Workshops with respected companies
    Opportunities to perform in a variety of venues in Kent

Progression
This course will fully prepare you for University, a career in Performing Arts, Public Sector
work, Health and Fitness work, Teaching, Holistic Therapy work and much, much more.

Entry requirements
5 GCSEs at grade C or above and other performing arts qualifications and a strong
interest in performing arts.




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Walmer Castle Sixth Form College

        Prospectus 2010 -2011
   SECTION 3 – Advanced Diplomas




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                    Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                         Advanced Diplomas – General Information
The Advanced diploma is equivalent to 3.5 A Levels. Diplomas have been developed to provide new and innovative
qualifications for 14 to 19 year old learners. Diplomas are designed to support progression to further study, training or
employment. Learners will have the opportunity to develop and practise work-related skills within a chosen employment sector.

What do Diplomas include?
Diplomas consist of three components:

     • Principal Learning                   • Generic Learning                      • Additional and/or specialist learning.

Principal Learning
Principal Learning is a freestanding qualification that is subject related – such as IT, Sport etc focusing on developing
knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to the chosen subject and applying these to work-based situations. It
emphasises learning through the practical application of knowledge, understanding and skills to relevant work experience and
work-related tasks, problems and contexts.

Generic Learning
Generic learning consists of:

   Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
   A project
   Work experience
   Functional skills
   All learners must achieve level 2 functional skills in Maths, English and ICT

Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills are necessary for work and for general learning and consist of the following six skills:
• independent enquiry
• creative thinking
• reflective learning
• team working
• self-management
• effective participation.

Project
Learners will complete the extended project as part of the Advanced Diploma.
The projects aim to enable learners to:
• develop as inquisitive and independent learners
• be inspired and enthused by new areas or methods of study
• extend their planning, research, analysis and presentation skills
• apply their Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
• use their learning experiences to support their personal aspirations for further and higher education and career development.

Work experience
Each Diploma has a requirement for a minimum of 10 days‟ work experience, related to work based activities, to support the
programme of study.

Work experience will:

• support the development and recognition of work-related learning
• build on previous work experience
• develop sector skills when in relevant settings
• develop general employability skills
• enhance the overall learning experience
• allow flexibility around how evidence of attainment is achieved.

It allows learners to draw together, apply and add to their knowledge and to develop confidence and expertise.

Additional and Specialist Learning (ASL)

Additional learning is intended to broaden the learning experience by including qualifications from other A Level subjects.

Specialist learning is intended to allow learners to specialise further in the subject by undertaking qualifications from the same
subject as the Diploma.


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                   Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
      Information and Communication Technology Advanced Diploma

Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: Edexcel

This is a Level 3 course and is equivalent to 3.5 A Levels. It is a full time course – you will be able to choose one other
course to supplement your studies in negotiation with your course tutor. The course consists of 7 compulsory units in
Information Technology, completed over 2 years. The units are as follows:

1. The Potential of Technology: In this unit you will look at the relationship between business and technology and
consider how technology has impacted on organisations. You will learn more about emerging technologies and
investigate how technology can help an organisation achieve its objectives. Assessment of this unit is by assignment.

2. Understanding Organisations: This unit is about understanding organisations and their organisation structures and
employee roles and responsibilities - all with an ICT focus. The impact of ICT systems on organisational performance
can increase the efficiency and profitability of an organisation. Assessment of this unit is by examination.

3. Professional Development: This unit will equip you with the knowledge and some of the skills needed to operate
effectively in a business environment. You will study the media used to communicate within a business environment, and
the legal and ethical protocols that organisations have to practice. Assessment is by assignment.

4. Creating Technology Solutions: You will learn about the role and interaction of key components of technology systems
and how to apply industry-standard approaches to design, develop and test small scale technology enabled solutions.
You will extend your understanding of database software and learn how to create database systems with a three tier
architecture. Assessment is by assignment.

5. Managing Technology Systems: This unit looks at understanding the core techniques for managing the availability and
security of technology systems. You will learn how to manage small scale live technology system operations, how to
ensure systems availability, and troubleshoot system problems involving viruses and user errors. Assessment is by
assignment.

6. Multimedia and Digital Projects: In this unit you will develop an informational website for a particular audience after
researching the types of multimedia components in use. Assessment is by assignment.

7. Making Projects Successful: This unit will equip you with some of the skills needed to become an effective project
manager. Assessment is by examination.

Generic Learning
Work Experience (minimum of 10 days)
Functional skills Level 2
Extended Project
Person, learning and thinking skills

Progression
This course could prepare you for higher education such as degree courses, BTEC Higher Nationals, or NVQ levels 3&4
in areas of Information and Communication Technology, or more general higher level courses.

You could go straight into a job as the course will provide you with good knowledge and understanding of IT that many
employers across a wide range of industries are looking for.

With further training you could go into ICT related work areas such as web design, programming, or as an IT technician.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C GCSE grades including a minimum C grade in GCSE ICT.




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              Walmer Castle Sixth Form College

                     Sport and Active Leisure Diploma

Duration of course: Two years

Examination board: Edexcel

Course structure

This is a Level 3 course with students choosing either the Advanced Diploma or
Progression Diploma, which are equivalent to 3.5 A levels and 2.5 A levels respectively.

1. Principal Learning
     8 compulsory units in Sport & Active Leisure

2. Generic Learning
    Work experience (minimum of 10 days)
    Functional skills level 2
    Extended project
    Person, learning and thinking skills

3. Additional and/or Specialist Learning (Advanced Diploma only)
     One additional Level 3 qualification

Assessment
A combination of internal and external assessments

Progression
You could go straight into a job as the course will provide you with good knowledge and
understanding of Sport & Leisure that many employers across lots of industries are looking
for such as employment in a Sports Centre or as a Sports Coach.

This course could prepare you for higher education such as degree courses, BTEC higher
nationals or NVQ levels 3 and 4 in areas of Information and Communication Technology or
more general higher education courses.

With further training you could go into Sport & Leisure related job such as Leisure &
Recreation Management, Sports Development or even Teacher Training.

Entry requirements
You must have achieved 5 x A* - C grades, including English and Maths




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Walmer Castle Sixth Form College

        Prospectus 2010 -2011

    SECTION 4 – Level 2 Courses




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               Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                  Engineering BTEC Level 2 First Diploma

Duration of course: One year

Examination board: Edexcel

Course structure

The Edexcel Level 2 BTEC First in Engineering has been designed to develop the
knowledge, skills and understanding required in the engineering sector and to focus on:

          Providing opportunities for engineering employees to achieve a nationally
           recognised, level 2 vocationally - specific qualification
          Giving learners opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques,
           personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working
           life
          Providing education and training in the areas of electronics, maintenance and
           manufacturing which is directly relevant to the changing needs of employees,
           employers and the professions
          Providing learners with the necessary knowledge and skills concerning health
           and safety, the environment, legislation and customer care in the engineering
           sector
          This course is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at A* - C Grades



Course description

This course consists of six units of study.

Assessment

Assessment is through portfolio work. Students must provide evidence that they have met
the requirements through the tasks that they undertake.

Progression

Learners will have opportunities to enter employment in the engineering sector or to
progress to further education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC
Nationals in Engineering.

Entry requirements

5 D – G grades at GCSE



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                Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
         Health, Social Care and Early Years Level 2 National Certificate

Duration of course: One year

Examination board: OCR

Course structure

The OCR Nationals have been designed to provide candidates with a high quality, industry-
recognised qualification geared to the specific requirements of key sectors.

This course has been developed to recognise candidates‟ skills, knowledge and understanding of
the health and social care sector and the settings, job roles, principles and values involved. It
accredits candidates‟ abilities to carry out a range of tasks and has been designed to accredit
candidates‟ achievements in a modern, practical way that is relevant to the workplace.

The course structure is suitable for students who have demonstrated that they can work
consistently hard throughout the year. Students need to work in a self-disciplined manner because
this course is assessed on 100% coursework. Action planning and target setting will help students
reach their goals. Students will be given the opportunity to discuss their progress with staff
throughout the course.

This qualification is broadly equivalent to four GCSEs at grades A-C.

Course description

Students will study six units; four of which are mandatory, over the course of two years.

Assessment

Six units are assessed through portfolios of evidence. Students can achieve Pass, Merit or
Distinction grade when they have completed all six units to the required standard.

Progression

This qualification is designed to enable candidates to enter employment at operative or trainee
level within a wide range of health and social care environments

The qualification has also been designed to aid progression to the OCR Level 3 Nationals in
Health, Social Care and Early Years. It also provides progression to other qualifications at Level 3
of the National Qualifications Framework.

Entry requirements:

An interest in the subject and a good standard of written English
5 D-G Grades or equivalent at GCSE



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              Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
              Public Services Level 2 BTEC First Diploma


Duration of course: One year

Examination board: Edexcel

Course Structure

BTEC First Diploma in Public Services is designed to give students an awareness of the
different uniformed public services. The course has three compulsory units which are
uniformed public service employment, public service skills and uniformed public service
fitness. The course is a mixture of class based activities and more practical fitness and
team building work. During the course guest speakers will visit the group from the
uniformed public services and visits to uniformed public services will take place for fitness
and team building.

This course is portfolio based which suits students who can work hard throughout the year
and complete assignments on a regular basis. Students are assessed on their portfolio
work which can gain a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

This Level 2 qualification is equivalent to 4 A*-C grades at GCSE.

Course description

Students will study six units; each will take 60 guided learning hours.

Assessment

Assessment is based upon the successful completion of tasks throughout the course.
These are added to a portfolio that is assessed.

Progression

Students can choose to progress to a Level 3 Public Services course which would prepare
them for work in the uniformed public services, or study other courses at Level 3.

Entry requirements

5 D – G grades at GCSE




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Walmer Castle Sixth Form College

        Prospectus 2010 -2011

     SECTION 5 – Other Courses




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              Walmer Castle Sixth Form College
                              Deal Town Football Academy

The Deal Town Football Academy is an opportunity for talented footballers to continue
their development in the sport whilst studying for academic qualifications at Walmer Castle
 th
6 Form College.

The Academy places a high importance upon education, and players get the best of both
worlds by gaining qualifications which can enable them to keep their options open for a
possible career in football, employment or to pursue further or higher education. Players
will receive 12 hours of football coaching each week; this will be at the discretion of the
Head Coach and will take place at the college.

Pupils must choose an academic course(s) alongside the Football Academy; this can be a
Level 2 or 3 qualification(s) and can be sport or non-sport related. There are also
opportunities available for students to gain coaching qualifications which includes First Aid
and Child Protection accreditation.

Paul Murray is the Head Coach for the Academy and apart from his background as a
former professional player is a UEFA B licensed coach with a wealth of coaching
experience at all levels. Paul‟s assistant at the Academy is Spencer Creedon, who apart
from holding the UEFA B license is also a FA Level 3 Goalkeeping coach.

The Academy play in the Under 19 Nationwide Conference Youth League on Wednesday
afternoons and this is the Premier National competition for non-league clubs. There will
also be matches in the Kent Youth League on Sunday mornings for those players able to
play football at Under 18 level.

At the end of each season, the Head Coach will decide whether players will be offered a
place at the Academy for the next academic year unless they have already been awarded
a contract for Deal Town FC or a professional club. Trials for the Academy will take place
in May 2010 and pupils must gain the academic qualifications needed for their chosen
courses as well as passing the trial.

There is an annual subscription which includes all registration costs, league and cup fees
and a full training kit. For the 2009-10 season this fee will £250, but scholarships are
available for those players who meet all the entry criteria but due to financial restraints
cannot raise the subscription fee.

For more details please contact Mr Smith or Mr Murray at Castle Community College.




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