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Course types & entry requirements Welcome to Havant Campus A Level & Subsidiary Diploma Courses Welcome to South Downs Campus Vocational, T Level, Apprenticeships & GCSE Courses Everything else you need to know How to apply
“Leaders and managers have a clear rationale for the courses they offer. They have developed strong links with the local community that help them to understand local priorities.” OFSTED 2020
Hello and welcome to HSDC, the College for professional, technical and academic excellence. Havant and South Downs are two of the three campuses which make up the HSDC family. Whatever your education goals, we have a course to fit your career aspirations. Students choose to study at HSDC because of our reputation for excellence across all of our course offerings, including A Levels, Professional and Technical courses, Higher Education and Apprenticeships. We are constantly exceeding the national average in qualifications and provide excellent preparation for our students’ future ambitions. Our A Level Centre of Excellence is based at our Havant Campus, where we can offer you a range of A Levels to choose from. We give you more teaching per week through direct and blended learning experiences, meaning you will have even more invaluable time with your lecturers. Don’t forget to take a look at our Be Extraordinary programme, designed to give you lots of new opportunities and experiences – whether it’s to be part of our Oxbridge group, to join a society or to play a role in a sports team. Our South Downs Campus is our centre for Vocational and Technical courses, covering all levels. HSDC South Downs is leading the way with T Levels to provide new, unique ways to learn skills and prepare for your future. As the first-choice College locally for these courses, including
Apprenticeships, we pride ourselves on supporting students to develop the skills they need for future employment. We have fantastic relationships with hundreds of local employers and all universities across the region which enables us to offer experiences and opportunities that are truly excellent. Our Be Aspirational Programme for gifted and talented students has been designed to ensure students maximise their potential by helping with applications to competitive courses at university, including Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities. For those not wishing to take the university pathway, our students have plenty of opportunities to develop the skills to enter a wide range of exciting careers. We’ll help and support you to achieve your goals, whatever they might be. We look forward to meeting you and to welcoming you to the HSDC community in September 2023.
Mike Gaston Principal and CEO HSDC
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When picking a course you may want to think about: • What subjects do you enjoy? • What subjects are you good at? • Do you prefer hands- on or classroom-based learning? • Are you happier doing exams or coursework? • How much work experience do you want? • What’s your end goal?
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We want the best from our students, which is why we’ve adapted our A Level start time to fit with your body clock. START TIME
These are ideal if you want to study more than one subject. You can pick three different subjects that are taught alongside each other over a two-year period. A Levels are taught at our Havant Campus in a classroom environment. Lessons will build on what you learnt at GCSE, alongside teaching you valuable analytical and research skills that prepare you for further study at university level. General entry requirements for A Levels are five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics. However, certain subjects may have specific entry requirements. A full list of all A Levels can be found on page 13.
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T LEVELS We were excited to be one of the first colleges in the country to offer this innovative new course type in 2020. Developed with employability in mind, this brand new qualification helps you build skills businesses need. This helps ensure that you’ll be workplace ready after you’ve finished your two-year programme. T Levels split learning, with 80% in the classroom and 20% on placement. You’ll have 315 hours of industrial placement spread over the two years of your course. This gives you more time in a working environment than an A Level or Vocational course would, but more direct teaching time than you’d receive with an Apprenticeship. T Level qualifications are equivalent to three A Levels, so they have the same entry requirements: five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.
We are offering T Levels in the following pathways from September 2023: • Biomedical & Healthcare • Business & Management • Design Planning & Surveying for Construction • Digital : IT - Production, Design & Development • Digital : IT Support Services & Infrastructure • Education & Childcare • Engineering & Manufacturing – Design & Development • Engineering & Manufacturing – Processing & Control • Finance • Health & Nursing • Media Content Creation & Production • Medical & Laboratory Science • Maintenance, Installation & Repair (Light & Electric Vehicles) • T Level in Catering
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LEVEL 3 Level 3 Diplomas are equivalent to two A Levels, and Level 3 Extended Diplomas are equivalent to three A Levels. Entry requirements for our Level 3 Vocational courses are a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, or a Merit in a Level 2 Vocational qualification in a related subject alongside GCSEs at grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. LEVEL 2 A Merit at Level 2 is equivalent to four GCSEs at grade 4. In order to apply for one of our Level 2 Vocational courses you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 3 or above, or a pass in a related subject with a grade 3 in English Language and Mathematics. LEVEL 1 The Level 1 Vocational qualification is equivalent to GCSE grades 3-1. Entry requirements for a Level 1 Vocational course is a pass at Entry Level, or GCSE grades 2 or above. ENTRY LEVEL An Entry Level Vocational course has no formal entry requirements and is ideal for you if you want to learn Vocational skills whilst developing your English and Mathematics skills.
Taught at our South Downs Campus, Vocational courses are not only great for hands-on learners, they’re also highly respected by employers. The courses concentrate on teaching you the workplace knowledge and practical skills you need to successfully move from education to full time employment or to a higher-level course. A Vocational course will allow you to specialise in one subject. If you already know what sector you’d like to work in, you can learn from our fantastic staff and use equipment and facilities that will prepare you for an amazing career. Vocational courses are available at a range of levels so you can be confident that you’ll find a course to suit your abilities.
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Apprenticeships Have the best of both worlds: earn money whilst gaining a qualification. Typically most apprentices spend four days in their place of work and one day a week at college.
We have Apprenticeships available in a range of subjects, at a number of different levels. Entry requirements for Apprenticeships vary depending on the type and level of the Apprenticeship. However, a GCSE in English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above is desirable. Find out more about Apprenticeships on page 216.
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GCSE English and Maths GCSE English and Mathematics are important qualifications. If you didn’t manage to get a grade 4 in either of these subjects at GCSE you’ll need to study these as part of your main study programme.
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Our A Level Centre of Excellence at Havant offers 40 different subjects, from Dance to Chemistry to Health and Social Care. This huge variety and choice enables successful progression to a wide range of careers. At Havant, we welcome motivated students from across Hampshire and West Sussex, each with their own unique background and level of experience. One thing they all have in common – they want to study at one of the best A Level colleges in the south of England. Our students achieve excellent results and go onto top universities, Apprenticeships and employment. They have found great success in a variety of careers including medicine, journalism, sport and the arts. Our Be Aspirational programme provides support to high achieving students who wish to progress
onto competitive, prestigious and specialist future opportunities.
At Havant, we are very proud of our students’ wide-ranging achievements. Over the past year, this has included a student achieving a gold award in the Chemistry Olympiad as well as a University of Law scholarship being granted to a student to help him achieve his dreams. Come and join us at Havant, where we will provide countless opportunities for you to succeed and explore your interests. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our Open Days for you to come and see why we are so proud of Havant!
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3D Design Accounting Ancient History Biology Business Studies Chemistry Classical Civilisation Computer Science Dance Drama and Theatre Studies Economics English Language English Language & Literature English Literature Environmental Science Film Studies Fine Art French Geography
Geology German Graphics
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History - British & American History - British & German Law Mathematics Mathematics (Further) Media Studies Music Philosophy Photography Physical Education
Physics Politics Psychology Religious Studies Sociology
Criminology Level 3 Diploma Health & Social Care Level 3 Diploma
Subsidiary Diplomas are two-year single subjects which can be studied alongside your other A Levels and are equivalent to one full A Level each. They cannot be taken as full time Vocational subjects, they are to make up your A Level portfolio.
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3D DESIGN A Level Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Structure – Component 1 Personal Investigation (60%)This component is a major, in-depth contextual and practical project that enables you to further develop your ideas and specific area of interest within 3D Design. Your practical work consisting of sketchbook work, samples, models, material tests and a final design, is supported by a minimum of 1000 words of extended writing. – Component 2 Externally Set Assignment (40%) This component requires you to choose and respond to a starting point set by the exam board. You will research and develop ideas during an in-depth project based on your choice which you will bring together in 15 hours of practical controlled test time, where the focus is on completing final outcome independently. Assessment This course is assessed through coursework, portfolio, and an externally set assignment. Progression Those who wish to pursue a career in design will progress to Higher Education, Apprenticeships, industry employment or self-employment. You will be able to develop a portfolio fit for direct entry to a design-related degree, HND, or pre-degree Foundation course. 3D Design A Level suits progression onto careers in architecture, interior design, product design, set and prop design, puppet design for animation, jewellery design, ceramic design, exhibition design and modelmaking. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics. You should have studied either an art or design- based GCSE and achieved a minimum of grade 4 in the related subject. It may be possible to gain entry to the course without a GCSE in an art or design-related subject by submitting a portfolio showcasing your practical work at interview.
Overview This practical and creative course is perfect if you have taken either Art & Design or Design & Technology (Product Design) for GCSE and if you have an interest in architecture, interior architecture, product and furniture design, set, prop and puppet design for theatre, film and television, jewellery design or ceramics. 3D Design is taught in a studio-based environment within the art department. You will be encouraged to create functional but attractive design solutions to challenging and stimulating briefs. The first year is workshop-based, you will develop skills in using metal, plastics, clay, and other materials commonly used by designers to create small batches, one-offs, and prototype designs. You will gain knowledge of the design industry, skills in working through the design cycle and be introduced to methods for communicating your ideas through drawing (traditional and digital) and model making. You will examine the importance of ergonomics, aesthetics, and ethical approaches to design through hands- on making. The second year will give you the opportunity to use your practical skills in your own project for ‘Component 1 Personal Investigation’, followed by the requirement to respond to an externally set brief for ‘Component 2’. By the end of the course, you will have produced a strong portfolio of work. Visits to museums and art galleries will enhance your knowledge giving you first- hand visual references. We have close links with universities offering a broad range of design pathways and you will have the access to talks by guest speakers from the industry.
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ACCOUNTING A Level
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
– More complex analysis and evaluation of financial information with communication to relevant stakeholders – Professional ethics and the regulatory framework – Further aspects of budgeting to include cash, sales, production, purchases and labour budgets – Absorption and activity-based costing – Standard costing and variance analysis – Capital investment appraisal techniques such as payback period and net present value Assessment You will be required to complete regular pieces of work throughout the two years for tutor assessment by your lecturer, though this does not form part of the final grading. Your final grade will be determined by examinations in your second year, you will be required to sit two three-hour exams which will cover all the topics taught on the course. Each exam is worth 50% of the overall mark. Progression This qualification is particularly useful to those who wish to proceed to Higher Education or who wish to undertake professional qualifications in the accounting field (particularly AAT, ACCA and CIMA courses). Possession of an accounting qualification may also be advantageous to those wishing to pursue more general business courses or business career opportunities. Many of our students go on to study accountancy or actuarial science at university either on its own, or in combination with other subjects such as: finance, business, economics or management. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs grade 4 and above to include Grade 5 in English and Mathematics.
Overview This is a thought-provoking and challenging course. It will provide you with valuable insight into how a business records its financial transactions and how this information can be used to understand its performance and efficiency. If you enjoy working with numbers and solving problems, Accounting could be for you. You will develop a thorough knowledge of all aspects of financial and management accounting, as well as broadening your understanding of the financial sector. Structure In Year One you will study: – The role of the accountant in business – Types of business organisations and sources of finance – The double entry system of recording financial transactions – Verification of accounting records, including preparing and correcting the trial balance, bank reconciliation statements and ledger control accounts – Application of accounting concepts and calculation of accounting adjustments including depreciation, irrecoverable debts and accruals and prepayments – Preparing financial statements for sole traders and companies – Analysis and evaluation of financial information – Budgeted financial statements – Marginal costing, break-even and decision- making situations In Year Two you will study: – Problem-solving skills such as coping with incomplete records – Preparing more complex financial statements for companies, including the schedule of non- current assets and statement of cash flows – Preparing partnership accounts
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ANCIENT HISTORY A Level
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Structure On this course, you will study: Year One:
– Greece: Relations between Greek states and non Greek states 492–404 BC. You will learn about Athens and Sparta and their relationship with Persia. You will study both the Persian Wars with the famous battles of Marathon and Thermopylae and the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. – Rome: The Breakdown of the Republic 80-31 BC. Learn about the actions of politicians such as Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar, and how their actions led to the end of four centuries of democracy in Rome, leading to the rule of the first emperor, Augustus. Year Two: – Greece: The Politics and Society of Sparta 478–404 BC. You will study the key features of this most unusual society where men prepared for war and women were among the freest in the ancient world. – Rome: The Julio-Claudians. This paper deals with the first imperial family of Rome and the way in which they governed and developed the city of Rome and an empire. The emperors studied are Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. Assessment There are two examinations – one on Greece and one on Rome. Examination techniques will be taught throughout the course. Progression You can progress to Higher Education and study for a degree in ancient history, archaeology or classical studies. Ancient History also provides an excellent background for any other subject that involves assessing and evaluating evidence such as law, politics, history and critical thinking. Employment is often directly related to history and the ancient world, such as museum and gallery work. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics. You do not need to have studied GCSE History to take this course.
Overview You will study the civilisations of both Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome learning about their history, political systems, culture and the conflicts that they were involved in. You will develop your analytical, research and communication skills in your investigation of contemporary sources, as well as your ability to evaluate and assess evidence. Ancient History complements other evidence-based subjects, such as History, Politics and Law. It is also possible to combine Ancient History with Classical Civilisation.
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BIOLOGY A Level Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Progression This subject will prepare you for entry into Higher Education. It gives you the opportunity to study a number of university courses. These include biomedical sciences, nursing, physiotherapy, conservation, medicine, sports science and veterinary medicine. Entry Requirements It is essential that you have gained at least grade 6 in Biology and grade 6 in another science or 6-6 in double Science. Part of the course will include Chemistry and 10% of the course is Mathematics. You do not need to follow these subjects at A Level, although a grade 6 in GCSE Maths is required. As there is an essay component to the assessments and lots of new terminology to learn, it is important that you have good English skills.
Overview Biology has led to major developments in areas such as food production, diagnosis and treatment of disease, enhancing sports performance, conservation and forensics. If you are fascinated by the way plants, animals, micro-organisms and humans work then this is the ideal course for you. A Level Biology will help you make sense of the living world around you. You will study the biology of plants and animals, human health and the wider natural environment. You will gain insights into how living organisms work and understand wider environmental issues in more detail. Structure On this course, you will study: – Biological molecules – Cells – Organisms exchanging substances with their environment – Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms – Energy transfers in and between organisms – Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments – Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems – The control of gene expression Assessment The course is assessed through 100% exams. 10% of the assessment will contain mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above. At least 15% will assess knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to practical work. In addition, you will carry out 12 required practicals to pass the Practical Endorsement.
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BUSINESS STUDIES A Level
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Structure: On this course, you will study: Year One: – What is business? – Managers, leadership & decision making – Decision making to improve – Marketing performance – Operational performance – Financial performance – Human resource performance Year Two: – Analysing the strategic position of a business – Choosing strategic direction – Strategic methods – Managing strategic change Topics include the following key theories: – Competitive advantage – Digital marketing and e-commerce – Extended marketing mix – Marketing mapping, confidence intervals and interpretation of income elasticity of demand – Planned versus emergent strategy – Shareholders and share prices – Stakeholder identification and power mapping – Strategic drift and corporate governance Assessment: There is no coursework in Business. All modules are assessed by written exams at the end of your second year. You will sit three exams, which will cover all of the 10 taught topics. Each exam is worth 33% of the overall mark and lasts for two hours. Progression: Students from this course successfully progress into employment, on to degree courses such as business studies, business management, marketing, human resources, accounting, business enterprise and management studies as well as a range of combined degree courses. Many students successfully apply for Apprenticeships in business-related areas. Entry Requirements: Five GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics.
Overview In an ever-increasingly competitive world, the efficiency and effectiveness of the business community is vital for the success and growth of our economy. This course focuses on how decision making is undertaken at a strategic and operational level. This versatile A Level will equip you with expert knowledge of key business concepts and theories and the ability to apply them to practical, real-life situations. Whether you aspire to be the next Mark Zuckerberg, or you are interested in an integral, behind-the- scenes position covering a wide range of potential specialisms, Business A Level will provide you with a critical understanding of organisations, markets and the process of adding value, along with a picture of the internal workings of successful organisations.
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CHEMISTRY A Level Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
– Core organic Basic concepts such as bonding and systematic naming are covered. The chemistry of alcohols and haloalkanes introduces a systematic study of functional groups. Organic synthesis and instrumental techniques for analysis complete the First Year study. Year Two: – Physical chemistry and transition elements This includes a mathematical treatment of reaction rates and chemical energetics. – The study of redox reactions includes more complex mole calculations, an introduction to electrode potentials and the construction of fuel cells. A study of the chemistry of the transition Covers the chemistry of benzene and organic nitrogen compounds, the structure and function of polymers and further organic synthesis. Analytical techniques include chromatography and NMR. Practical skills are developed throughout the two years. You will be able to synthesise and analyse organic products such as aspirin. Assessment The course is assessed through three examinations at the end of the second year. Experimental work forms a vital component of the course and your practical skills will be evaluated for the Practical Endorsement. You will keep a lab book throughout the two years to provide evidence for this. Progression Chemistry is an A Level subject accepted by universities for a whole range of degrees. In the past, our students have progressed to degrees within the health sciences such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, radiography, optometry, paramedic science, biomedical sciences, forensic science, neuroscience, pharmacy and pharmacology. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language. You must also have GCSEs at grade 6 or above in Mathematics and two Science subjects. metals completes this module. – Organic chemistry and analysis
Overview From the moment you are born, and throughout your life, you are surrounded by chemistry; the air you breathe, the food you eat and the clothes you wear – they’re all chemistry. It’s the scientific study of substances: what they are made of, how they interact with each other and their role in the world. This is a challenging A Level, very highly regarded by universities and employers alike. Chemistry is a practical subject where you’ll develop key transferable skills through carrying out experiments, recording your discoveries and solving problems, often applying mathematics. You’ll learn about:
– The fundamentals of chemistry – The Periodic Table and energy – Organic chemistry and analysis
– Physical chemistry and transition elements Chemistry is taught in well-equipped, modern science labs. Structure On this course you will study: Year One: – Foundations of chemistry This module builds on GCSE Science and includes basic ideas about the structure of atoms and molecules. There is significant focus on developing your numerical skills and confidence in tackling mole calculations. You will also develop your understanding of electronic structure and the three-dimensional shapes of molecules. – Periodic Table and energy You will study the chemistry of the halogens and group 2 metals in depth, alongside an overview of trends in chemical behaviour across the Periodic Table. You will learn how to identify substances through simple qualitative tests. Fundamental ideas in Physical Chemistry such as enthalpy change and chemical equilibria are introduced.
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CLASSICAL CIVILISATION A Level
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Assessment Examination at the end of year two. Progression
Classical Civilisation requires a variety of skills and is, therefore, very highly regarded by university admission tutors. The majority of our students go on to study at degree level in a wide variety of subject areas. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language is recommended.
Overview This course will introduce you to the worlds of the Ancient Greeks and Romans through epic literature, ancient sources in translation and the art and architecture they produced. You will explore the exciting worlds of religion and philosophy and their impact on society, as well as the ways in which public opinion was manipulated. If you are interested in the ancient world and enjoy reading and discussion then you will love studying Classical Civilisation. Structure You will study three units: – The World of the Hero Epics by Homer and Virgil on the subject of the Trojan War. In the First Year you will study the Iliad alongside the social, religious and cultural context in which it was written. In the Second Year you will study the Aeneid and explore the ways in which the heroic world was viewed by the Romans. – Imperial Image The first Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar was, through careful management of public opinion, able to convince a society that was fundamentally anti-monarchical to turn away from its republican values and to accept one- man rule. Study texts and visual culture to find out how. – Greek Religion Study Greek belief systems, and the impact religion had on society, politics and the development of philosophy. You will learn about all aspects of Greek Religion and the way that it worked in society, including the nature of Gods and how their personalities were defined, mystery cults and oracles.
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COMPUTER SCIENCE A Level
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Assessment You will be assessed at the end of the course by exams and a practical submission. Progression A good A Level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to Higher Education or appropriate employment. The majority of our A Level Computer Science students go to university to study courses, including computer science, cyber security, robotics, mathematics, physics, electronics or engineering, whilst others have elected to go directly into industry, gaining advanced Apprenticeships with companies such as IBM, Xyratex and BAE Systems. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5 or above.
Overview Computer Science combines logical thought, problem solving and creative design to appeal to those with an interest in writing algorithms and programming code. There is a practical focus to this course as you’ll develop and test computer algorithms and applications using VB.Net as the main programming language. You’ll also develop critical analytical skills by learning about the internal workings of computers and the constructs behind program development. Using the modern programming language VB.Net, you’ll learn to program while acquiring knowledge and understanding
of software development, computer architecture, data representation and structures. Structure On this course, you will study: Year 1
The first year concentrates on acquiring the fundamentals of Computer Science. You will learn and understand software development, computer architecture, data representation and structures. Practical programming in VB.Net is used to solve problems and create algorithms. Year 2 The second year builds on the knowledge and understanding you acquire in Year 1. This is applied to a computerised solution to a problem, chosen by you as a non-examined assessment worth 20% of your overall qualification. The solution will be developed using VB.Net.
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CRIMINOLOGY Level 3 Diploma
SubsidIary DIploma This is an A Level equivalent Subsidiary Diploma. It can be taken alongside other A Level choices.
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Overview You will gain an understanding of crime and deviance and in particular, biological and sociological explanations of criminality. You will consider the evidence to help identify criminals using DNA, forensic investigate the criminal trial processes and the strict rules governing these. You will investigate organisations of social control and their effectiveness in preventing and protecting us from criminality. Structure information, offender profiling and eyewitness testimonies. You will also The first mandatory unit will enable the learner to demonstrate understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported. The second mandatory unit will allow learners to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what they have learned in Unit 1. The third mandatory unit will provide an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict. Learners will develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases. In the final mandatory unit, learners will apply their understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy. Assessment You will be assessed through assignments, essays, reports, assessed practical work and two external exams.
Progression It is perfect if you want to pursue a career in the field of social and probation work, sociology, law and psychology. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs grade 4 or above or a BTEC in a relevant subject but must include English Language and Mathematics. Please note this is a subsidiary diploma.
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DANCE A Level
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Progression Many of our dancers go on to further their training at specialist conservatoires for dance such as Laines, Bird College, Trinity Laban or university. We have many ex-students performing on cruise ships, teaching in schools, performing on the West End and running independent dance schools. Entry Requirements Grade 4 or above in GCSE Dance or dance experience at private dance school. Four further GCSEs at grade 4 or above and an audition.
Overview This creative and challenging course specialises in British Contemporary Dance and American Jazz and combines the practical and theoretical study of dance. Through technique classes, choreography workshops, rehearsals and theory sessions, you will develop your passion for dance as both a choreographer and performer, in addition to developing your critical skills through dance theory. Structure The focus of the course is both contemporary and jazz dance. You will take part in regular technique classes to improve your strength, stamina and flexibility in both genres. You will also explore choreography by developing and structuring movement material in response to a variety of stimuli. You will also have opportunities to perform to the public over the two years. Theoretically, you will study Rambert Dance Company (and related choreographers), Christopher Bruce’s iconic masterpiece ‘Rooster’ and Gene Kelly’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, in addition to Bob Fosse’s ‘Sweet Charity’ and Jerome Robbins’ ‘West Side Story’. Assessment In the second year, you will be required to choreograph a group dance, perform as part of a quartet and perform a solo dance. This will be assessed by a visiting AQA examiner. In addition, there is a written exam on compulsory and optional set work. Assessment is 50% practical and 50% written exam.
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DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES A Level
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Structure – Theatre Workshop
You will participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text. You will produce for assessment a final performance and a creative log. – Text in Action You will participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre, one of which is devised. – Text in Performance You will sit a timed exam, based on three different texts studied in class over the two years. Assessment Practical performance assessments, reflective and evaluative creative project log, timed final written exam. Progression Students can progress on to Higher Education courses in drama and theatre, performing, English and humanities. Alternatively you may wish to move on to drama school. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics. An audition is required.
Overview This is an exciting course offering a practical, challenging programme of study which is intended to ensure that you gain a comprehensive appreciation of the nature of drama and theatre. You will develop an understanding of how the social, cultural and historic contexts of a theatrical text have influenced the development of drama and theatre. You will also be given the opportunity to develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers through acting and/ or theatre design. You will experience a range of opportunities to create theatre in both text-based and devised work. You will also be encouraged to understand the collaborative relationship between various roles within theatre and participate both as theatre-makers and as audience members of live theatre. This course should enable you to develop a thorough and expert appreciation of drama and theatre. The content is stimulating, relevant and accessible to a wide range of learners, ensuring both breadth and depth to the study of drama and theatre. The structure allows you to work practically as theatre- makers and demonstrate your ability to draw together different areas of knowledge and understanding from across the full course of study.
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ECONOMICS A Level
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Assessment Assessment will be at the end of the course. There are three exam papers, each of which are two hours long. The exams will consist of case study data, structured essays, data response and multiple choice questions. Progression Students have progressed to Higher Education to complete degrees in economics, actuarial science, business, mathematics and law. Options for progression also include Apprenticeships or employment in a relevant industry. Statistics show that the majority of Economics students obtain employment within six months of graduating. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs grade 4 and above to include Grade 5 in English and Mathematics.
Overview Economics is a fascinating subject because it explores current economic news as well as assessing the impact of high profile events that have shaken the world economy over the last decade. It is the interaction of theory and real-world application that makes Economics a vibrant subject. Of course, Economics can also lead to an exciting career. Economics is integral to day-to-day life, from the affordability of homes, the availability of employment and the structures created by governments to manage markets and provide essential services. This course will not only equip you with a detailed understanding of economic terms but will allow you to improve your existing mathematical, critical thinking and problem- solving skills. We will be applying theories to existing social, economic and political scenarios, so an interest in keeping up to date with current affairs is essential. Structure In the first year you will be introduced to microeconomics, looking at how markets work, how they can fail and what government can do to correct the failure. You will also study macroeconomics, which assesses the operation of an economy and indicators of economic performance. In the second year you will be building on your existing knowledge. You will analyse market structures, the impact of competition and the operation of labour markets. You will also further develop your macroeconomics knowledge, by focusing on international trade, globalisation and economic development.
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE A Level
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Assessment There are two exams at the end of the second year. There are also two pieces of non-examined assessment (coursework) which are embedded within the two-year course. Progression This course can lead on to a wide range of career pathways including copywriting, advertising, public relations, publishing, journalism, speech therapy, curating and law. This course is accepted by all university institutions for entry onto undergraduate courses. English Language combines well with any subject but is particularly complementary to Sociology, Psychology, Politics, Law, Creative Writing, English Literature, Media and any Modern Foreign Language. The majority of our students progress on to Higher Education, studying a wide variety of subjects. Related degrees our students have gone on to study include law, international business, economics, speech & language therapy, English literature, linguistics and creative writing. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include a grade 5 for GCSE English Language and English Literature.
Overview Have you ever wondered how babies acquire speech and how children learn to write? Think men and women talk differently? Bemused by “gay” meaning something different now to a hundred years ago? Want to test whether “teens” and technology really are ruining the language? On this course, you will find out the answers to these and many other questions! You will study the language of speech, writing and social media. You’ll discover how gender, occupation, class and where you come from impacts on English. You’ll look at the language of different social groups and how English has evolved over 500 years. You will develop excellent reading and writing abilities; sharpening your analytical, expressive and evaluative skills. You will write creatively and critically about language and develop the independent investigation and research skills that universities will love. This course is VERY different from what you’ve been doing for GCSE English. Apply for this course if you love the sheer variety of English, like to read a lot and have an enquiring mind. Structure On this course, you will study: – Exam Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society – A. Textual Variations & Representations – B. Children’s Language Development – Exam Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change – A. Diversity & Change – B. Language Discourses – Non-Examined Assessment: Language In Action – A. Original Writing and Commentary – B. Language Investigation
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE A Level
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Structure The course is taught over two years and comprises the following units: – Component One: ‘Voices’ Anthology and ‘Top Girls’ (40% exam) – Component Two: ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘The Whitsun Weddings’ (40% exam) – Component Three: Creative writing coursework (20% non-examined assessment) Assessment By examination (80%) at the end of the course and submission of coursework in second year (20%). Progression English Language and Literature is excellent preparation for any degree course that involves extensive analysis, essay writing and independent research, and will particularly prepare you for any English or linguistic degree. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include a grade 5 for GCSE English Language and English Literature.
Overview If you’re interested in exploring language widely, in traditional literary texts and modern communication including blogs and television, this course will suit you perfectly. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in the analysis of language, literary concepts and your own creative writing in a variety of forms. This course involves reading and analysing a range of texts, including F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel ‘The Great Gatsby’, Philip Larkin’s ‘The Whitsun Weddings’ poetry collection and Caryl Churchill’s ‘Top Girls’. You will also explore a range of non-fiction texts in a ‘Voices’ Anthology, developing your linguistic skills. This A Level also includes a creative writing element for the non-examined assessment unit where you produce fiction and non-fiction texts with an accompanying commentary.
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ENGLISH LITERATURE A Level
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Structure The two-year course will enhance your ability to both appreciate and analyse a wide variety of literature and develop the skills needed to be able to write critically and creatively about plays, novels and poems. Literary Genres: Tragedy - You will study three texts: ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare, ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy, ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Arthur Miller. Texts and Genres: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood, ‘Harvest’ by Jim Crace and ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ by William Blake. Theory and Independence: AQA Critical Anthology covering a range of critical perspectives used to produce two non- examined assessments (coursework), one on poetry and one on prose. Assessment By exam at the end of the course and submission of a portfolio of coursework. Progression Many students proceed to English degree courses, with career choices including journalism, teaching, public relations, law and the media, and other areas where confidence and competence in communication are valuable skills. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include a grade 5 for GCSE English Language and English Literature.
Overview English Literature allows you to study a range of texts from different literary and cultural genres enhanced by the study of critical theory in the non-exam assessment. This means you gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways. You will then be not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for both exams and non-exam assessment but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach that provides an excellent basis for studying at university. You will be studying the ways that authors shape meaning in their texts within the genres of tragedy and political and social protest writing. It also involves thinking about a wide range of relevant contexts, some of them to do with the production of the text at the time of its writing, some (where possible) to do with how the text has been received over time and, most of all in this specification, contexts to do with how the text can be interpreted by readers now. This means that we can open up texts in an exciting and insightful way - looking at the ways in which interpretation is not fixed and that multiple meanings are possible.
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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE A Level
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Assessment This A Level consists of two written papers examined at the end of two years of study: – Paper one (50% of A Level, 3 hours, 120 marks): Topics to include the physical environment, energy resources, pollution and research methods. – Paper two (50% of A Level, 3 hours, 120 marks) Topics to include the living environment, biological resources, sustainability and research methods. Both paper one and paper two are assessed via a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. During both examinations, you will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper comprehension of the interconnections between topics. Progression Your interest in environmental issues could take you along several paths beyond college. For example, ecology and wildlife conservation, geography, geology or climatology. Maybe you would like to work for a charity, teach, enter politics, or use your A Level in Environmental Science as the stepping stone to study Environmental Science at university. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and grade 5 in two of the following GCSE subjects: Science, Mathematics or Geography.
Overview On this course, you will investigate local and international environmental issues, topical and current issues. Learn to evaluate and assess data and information from several different sources, separating fact from fiction. You will examine how the planet works, the soil and rocks, the oceans, the atmosphere and the complex living world that depends upon these systems. How man is upsetting and damaging the environment is contrasted with sustainable management of the planet. You will also see how environmental scientists are actively tackling a range of issues facing the world, such as climate change, pollution, desertification and GM technology. Structure The course is broken down into the following
major subject areas: – The living environment – The physical environment – Energy resources, pollution – Biological resources – Sustainability – Research methods
Lessons are a mixture of whole-class teaching, group work and independent research that will lead to you presenting your findings to the class. You will also learn through lab work, discussions and field trips. During your studies, you will become more confident in kick sampling, microclimate analysis, and ecological sampling in grassland and woodland habitats. Finally, you will use apps from satellite telemetry to ocean buoy monitoring to examine how environmental monitoring data is collected and analysed.
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FILM STUDIES A Level
Venue: Havant Campus Duration: 2 years
Structure – Year One: An introduction to the critical frameworks that underpin study of film, including both silent and non-English language texts set by the exam board. – Year Two: In-depth exam preparation including revision of all set texts. Completion of non- examined assessment. Assessment There will be a combination of non-examined assessment (30%) and exams (70%). Progression This course is an invaluable stepping stone to degree courses in film, TV, scriptwriting, production and a career in the media and creative industries. Many of our Film Studies students have found work in the media and film industries. Entry Requirements Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics
Overview On this course you’ll analyse features, documentaries and experimental films from Britain, Hollywood and around the world, explore issues like censorship and research a film or filmmaker of your choice. Writing screenplays, producing storyboards and shooting and editing your own films will help you develop creative and technical skills that will be invaluable for degree courses in film, TV, scriptwriting, production and a career in the media and creative industries. You will engage critically with a range of films from Hollywood’s silent era to the present day, including documentary, shorts and experimental film. The relationship between theory and practice is explored through your own creative work such as the production of your own short film or screenplay with supporting photographic storyboard. Through the study of concepts such as narrative, genre, representations and spectatorship you will develop your critical analysis skills and understand more about how meaning is created in film.
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