The Howard School | Sixth Form Prospectus

The Howard School Sixth Form Prospectus

Table of

Contents

Head of School’s Welcome

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Welcome from the Head of Sixth Form

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Application Process Timeline

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Application Process

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What are A-Level Qualifications?

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What are Applied General Qualifications?

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Enrichment Opportunities

Page 9

Sixth Form Entry Requirements – Academic Qualifications

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Sixth Form Entry Requirements – Applied General Qualifications

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Suggestions for Pathways

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STEM Pathway Subjects

Page 13

Social Science Pathway Subjects

Page 20

Creative Industries Pathway Subjects

Page 27

Services Pathway Subjects

Page 36

Performing Arts Pathway Subjects

Page 43

Sport Pathway Subjects

Page 51

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Welcome to

The Howard School It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to The Howard School Sixth Form. As you approach the end of Year 11 you arrive at a key point in your education, and need to plan carefully for your future. This document provides you with advice and information about what we can offer you in the next phase of your education at The Howard School. Our most recent Ofsted visit confirmed that we are a very good school and that the quality of education available to the sixth form is very good. Inspectors specifically noted that “sixth form students achieve well in academic and vocational courses, making good progress across a variety of subject areas by the end of Year 13”, and also that “leaders help post-16 students to develop their independence and play a greater role in the life of the school.” Our results in the Sixth Form, as at GCSE, have continued to improve year on year to ensure that the progress our students make is substantial. We offer excellent teaching across all subject areas to ensure this happens. In addition, our new £5million Science and Technology building (opening November 2021) is the first stage in ensuring our facilities better match the quality of teaching in the school. The Sixth Form represents a traditional stage that links education at school to the next phase of your life. Our aim is to provide the opportunities and environment which will enable every one of you to reach your academic potential and gain the skills which will enable you to proceed to higher education or employment and lead fulfilled, successful lives. In choosing to join our Sixth Form, you should be prepared to assume a greater responsibility for your own learning and provide a positive example for younger students. We will support you in doing this. Your choice of Sixth Form is an important one: the decision you make now isn’t just about the next few years, it’s about the rest of your life. In choosing The Howard School, you choose the things that are important for your future: committed teaching staff, good facilities, and a strong academic and personal development programme. We want to embody the virtues that The Howard School stands for: respect, pride, ambition, resilience and integrity.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Sixth Form community.

Mr J Johal Head of School

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Welcome From

The Head of Sixth Form

Welcome to The Howard School Sixth Form and thank you for considering us as your school for the next two years of your education.

We are a very ‘Good’ school, with a vast range of courses on offer at Level 3 to meet the needs and aspirations of all learners, and a specialism in Sports. We are able to offer 18 Academic courses and 9 Applied General courses at Level 3, providing an extensive offer that few other schools can match. At The Howard School we pride ourselves in all aspects of student’s education, not just academic outcomes but also through the extensive pastoral and enrichment programme that we offer. As a sixth form member you will receive a Progress Tutor, a comprehensive mentoring programme and have access to a vast range of enrichment opportunities. These opportunities include foreign visits, work experience, becoming a senior prefect and studying for the Extended Project Qualification, to name but a few. Ultimately, whether you are a student looking to go onto university, an apprenticeship or employ- ment, we have the expertise and experience to guide you every step of the way. Our on-site careers adviser will be able to guide you through the process of applying for apprenticeships, arranging work experience and supporting you with the job application process, whilst our experienced Sixth Form team and partnership links with local universities will guide you through the UCAS process for a smooth transition to university. We believe that The Howard School offers students the opportunity to create a timetable that meets their needs, interests and aspirations for the future, in an environment that nurtures, encourages and delivers.

In short, our main goals are: • To offer an extensive range of Level 3 academic and applied general courses

• To deliver outstanding pastoral support • To provide tailored careers guidance • To obtain a Grade 5 in English and Mathematics • To ensure all Sixth Form teaching is ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ • To offer an extensive range of enrichment activites

We are an inclusive sixth form, wishing to provide all students with the opportunity to study at The Howard School. Please make sure you contact us in the first instance on receiving your results, as we will make every effort to accommodate your needs for your future ambitions. We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you to our Sixth Form in September 2022.

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Application Process Timeline

Month / Year

Event

November 2021

Sixth Form Promotional Event goes live.

Friday 28th January – Deadline for the submission of application forms to The Howard School.

January 2022

The Howard School requests internal and external references for applications received. Letters to interview are sent to applicants.

January/February 2022

Interview process commences. Applicants will be advised in writing of the date and time.

February 2022

Conditional offer letters are sent to successful applicants.

March 2022

Sixth Form Induction: Dates TBC

July 2022

August 2022

Thursday 25th August – GCSE Results Day.

Monday 5th September - Year 12 commence studies at The Howard School Sixth Form.

September 2022

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The Application Process

How many subjects do I select?

You will select 3 subjects. Depending on the pathway that you take, this may be 3 applied general subjects, 3 academic subjects or a mixture of both. As A-Levels are now linear, examinations occur at the end of Year 13. At The Howard School, departments have the ability to enter students for an AS examination at the end of Year 12 or internally assess student’s progress. Should students sit a formal AS examination, this will be a stand-alone qualification and not form any part of the final A-Level grade.

How do I apply?

Both internal and external students need to apply by completing the ‘sixth form application form’ found on our website. This can be returned directly to The Howard School.

Applications being returned directly to The Howard School should be addressed to Head of Sixth Form, via the post box in main reception.

When is the application deadline?

Applications should be received by Friday 28th January 2022. After this date you will still have an opportunity to make changes to your application during the interview process in February 2022. Applications received after the deadline date will be held on a waiting list until an interview can be arranged.

When will the interviews be held?

Interviews will take place during the week commencing 21st February 2022 for external students and week commencing 28th February 2022 for internal students. Appointments can be made via email to loftuss@thehowardschool.co.uk. Written confirmation of the date and time of the interview will be received in the post. On the Interview day, both internal and external students will need to bring evidence of their current predicted grades for the GCSE subjects that they are studying and a parent/carer will need to be in attendance with you.

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What are A-Level Qualifications?

A-Levels (short for Advanced Level) are the traditional qualifications that are offered by schools and colleges for students aged between 16 and 19. They follow GCSEs and generally focus on academic subjects. There are many different A-Level subjects that you can take – some will be subjects that you studied at GCSE and others may be new.

A-Levels are very highly valued by employers and universities, so they can open up lots of doors to further study and careers.

Which careers require A-Levels?

Working backwards, some careers require you to have a degree, and you need to have certain A-Levels to get a place on that degree.

Some common ones are: • Veterinary Science – Biology and one or two subjects from Chemistry, Maths or Physics. • Medicine – Chemistry, Biology and either Maths or Physics.

• English – English Literature. • Computer Science – Maths. • Dentistry – Chemistry, Biology and either Maths or Physics.

If you have a certain degree or career in mind, it’s really important that you have a look at the entry requirements to those courses when choosing your A-Levels so you don’t find yourself in a dilemma when applying. If you have no idea what you want to do next, then you’re better off choosing a more general subject. There are some A-Levels that help you to keep your options open. These are known as facilitating subjects and are: • English Literature • History • Mathematics

• Physics • Biology

• Chemistry • Geography

The more of these you choose, the more university courses you will find are open to you when you start applying, and if you don’t have a certain degree or career in mind, then it’s definitely worth considering these.

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What are Applied

General Qualifications?

Applied General Qualifications are a new way to categorise a range of existing Level 3 (advanced) vocational qualifications, such as BTEC and OCR Cambridge.

These qualifications have been recognised by many Higher Education Institutions (Universities) as fulfilling entry requirements to a range of HE courses, either in their own right or alongside other Level 3 qualifications.

Some employers and professional or trade bodies have also pledged support for Applied General qualifications.

Who are they for?

Applied General qualifications are for Post 16 students wishing to undertake a broad study of a specific vocational area.

What Applied General qualifications are available?

Applied General qualifications include BTECs and OCR Cambridge qualifications as well as a range of other vocational courses.

Applied General qualifications are available in a variety of areas including: • Performing Arts • Science • Sport • Applied Law • Financial Studies • Psychology

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Enrichment

Opportunities The following enrichment opportunities are available: Sports ambassador, charity committee, work experience, links with major UK banks, Life Skills Company, Senior Prefect, Head Boy/Girl, 6th Form events committee, mentoring programme, school events committee, public speaking/debating, Performing Arts Ambassador. Supervised Study All Sixth Form students are expected to undertake Independent Study as part of their A-Level course. Within the Sixth Form Centre there is a dedicated supervised area set aside for the completion of independent research and homework activities supported by an array of laptop computers. We place a great deal of importance on Independent Study with current research indicating the immense impact this has on student outcomes. This is built into every student’s timetable to complement their option choices. Extended Project Qualification The Extended Project Qualification allows students to independently demonstrate the skills and knowledge that both universities and employers demand from young adults. Our EPQ outcomes are consistently ‘Very Good’ year on year. The Extended Project is a recognised Level 3 course and is highly regarded by Russell Group Universities, allowing students to develop their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners. The qualification consists of four units, of which students should select 1. • Dissertation • Investigation / Field Study • Performance • Artefact

Students will be required to complete the following tasks: • AO1: Manage – Identify, design, plan and carry out a project.

• AO2: Use Resources – Research, critically select and use information and resources effectively. • AO3: Develop and Realise – Select and use a range of skills, including new technologies and problem solving, to take decisions critically and achieve planned outcomes. • AO4: Review–Evaluateall aspects of theextendedproject. Select andusea rangeof communication skills and media to present evidence of outcomes. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award The Howard School Sixth Form offers students the opportunity to complete the Silver and Gold levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Through physical activity, learning or improving new skills, volunteering in the community, expeditions and residential stays at Gold level, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provides a truly holistic education for our students, as well as strength and depth to a CV or university application. Careers Guidance – Awarded Investors in careers status

The Howard School is fortunate to have its own careers adviser on hand to assist students with the progression from sixth form into university, employment or an apprenticeship scheme. Our extensive links with external organisations and local universities mean students are receiving accurate and up to date information. Students in Year 12 will also have the opportunity to undertake work experience in the summer term.

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Entry Requirements

A-Level Courses

Course Entry Requirements (GCSE)

Art & Design – Fine Art

Grade 4 Fine Art or Art & Design

Grade 4 GCSE 3D Design, Art & Design or Fine Art Grade 4 GCSE Product Design / Resistant Materials

3D Design

Business Studies

Grade 5 Business & Grade 4 Maths & English

Grade 5 at GCSE English Language or English Literature (if a 5 or higher is achieved in English Literature but not Language, the minimum in Language must be a Grade 4) Grade 5 at GCSE English Language or English Literature (if a 5 or higher is achieved in English Literature but not Language, the minimum in Language must be a Grade 4)

English Language

English Literature & Language

Film Studies

Grade 4 English Language or Literature

Geography

Grade 5 Geography & Grade 4 English & Maths

Graphic Communication

Grade 4 Photography, Art & Design or Fine Art

History

Grade 5 History & Grade 4 English

Mathematics

Grade 6 Maths

Media Studies

Grade 5 English

Philosophy & Ethics

Grade 4 English

Photography

Grade 4 Photography, Art & Design or Fine Art

Grade 5 Biology or Grade 5-5 Combined Science, Grade 4 Maths & Grade 4 English (preferable) Grade 5 Chemistry or Grade 5-5 Combined Science, Grade 4 Maths & Grade 4 English (preferable) Grade 5 Physics & Grade 5-5 Combined Science, Grade 4 Maths & Grade 4 English (preferable)

Science – Biology

Science – Chemistry

Science – Physics

Sociology

Grade 4 English

Spanish

Grade 5 Spanish

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Entry Requirements

Applied General Courses

Course Entry Requirements (GCSE)

Criminology

Grade 4 English Language or Literature

Financial Studies

Grade 4 English & Maths

Grade 4 Computer Science or Merit Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia Level 2

ICT – OCR Level 3

Applied Law – BTEC Level 3

Grade 4 English

Performing Arts - BTEC National Extended Certificate (Single)

Grade 4 Drama, Merit Level 2 Performing Arts

Performing Arts – BTEC National Diploma (Double)

Grade 4 Drama, Merit Level 2 Performing Arts

Grade 5 English Language, Grade 5-5 Combined Science

Psychology BTEC

Science – Applied Science with Forensics – BTEC Foundation Diploma

Grade 4-4 Combined Science

Grade 4 Science & Grade 4 English, BTEC Sport Merit

Sport (Diploma - BTEC Double Award)

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Suggestions for Pathways

If you are thinking of a career in any of the pathways listed below, you may wish to consider taking your A-Levels from the choice of subjects listed within that pathway.

You can, however, select 3 subjects of your choice from the full list of A-Level and Applied General courses on offer within the prospectus, if the pathway route is not suitable for you.

STEM Pathway

Services Pathway

• Mathematics • Biology • Chemistry • Physics • Applied Science • Cambridge Nationals ICT

• Criminology • Law

• Business • Finance • Spanish • Cambridge Nationals ICT • Work Experience • Extended Project Qualification

Social Science Pathway

Performing Arts Pathway

• English Lit & Lang • Geography • History • Philosophy & Ethics • Psychology • Sociology

• Single Performing Arts • Double Performing Arts • Film Studies • Media Studies • English Language • English Literature & Language

Creative Industries Pathway

Sport Pathway

• Fine Art • 3DD • Photography • Graphics • Media Studies • Film Studies • Single Performing Arts

• Sport (Single or Double) • Biology • Business • Finance

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STEM

Pathway

If you are thinking of a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics, you may wish to consider taking your A-Levels from the choice of subjects listed within the STEM pathway.

You can, however, select 3 subjects of your choice from the full list of A-Level and Applied General courses on offer within the prospectus, if a pathway is not suitable for you.

Mathematics Biology Chemistry Physics Applied Science Cambridge National ICT

What skills will I develop studying these subjects?

• Problem solving • Rigour and attention to detail • Creativity • Critical thinking • Robustness • Curiosity • Decision making • Leadership • Entrepreneurship

Careers opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

• Medical doctors • Dentists • Health Care Professionals

• Engineers • Scientists

• Agriculture • Statisticians • Architects • Welders • Machinists • Manufacturing Technologists • Electricians • Zoologist and wildlife biologist • Microbiologist • Network and computer systems administrator

• Computer network architects • Health and safety engineers

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Mathematics AS and A-Level Mathematics

Subject Mathematics

Exam Board Edexcel Specification Numbers 9MA0

Teacher Responsible

Mr Harman

Introduction To further develop and extend the skills acquired in GCSE Mathematics in order to complement and support other A-Levels. The study of Mechanics helps prepare students for study in the fields of Education, Engineering and Science.

Aims of the Course

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to: • understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study. • extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques. • understand coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected. • applymathematics in other fields of study and be aware of the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in general. • use their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts, and communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly. • reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning. • construct mathematical proofs. • use their mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems that require them to decide on the solution strategy. • recognise when mathematics can be used to analyse and solve a problem in context. • represent situations mathematically and understand the relationship between problems in context and mathematical models that may be applied to solve them. • draw diagrams and sketch graphs to help explore mathematical situations and interpret solutions. • make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions by using mathematical reasoning. • interpret solutions and communicate their interpretation effectively in the context of the problem. • read and comprehend mathematical arguments, including justifications of methods and formulae, and communicate their understanding.

How You Are Assessed

At the end of the second year, you will sit three examinations, each worth 33.33% of your overall grade. Each examination is 2 hours long.

Links to Future Careers

A-Level Mathematics opens doors to further study and careers in Education, Banking, Economics, Accountancy, Actuary, Medicine and Computing.

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Entry Requirement Grade 6 in Maths GCSE

Science A-Level Biology

Subject Biology

Exam Board OCR Specification Numbers H420

Teachers Responsible

Mr Holness

Introduction Biology is the Science of any living organism or system. It ranges from the very small molecular elements, fundamental to life, such as DNA to the very large ecosystems. Students will gain an appreciation of the mechanisms and systems that keep us alive and how to manipulate them for our own purposes.

Aims of the Course

Biology is a highly academic course involving much theoretical work combined with a significant proportion of practical investigation. It shall develop the students’ understanding of the following topics whilst developing a number of transferrable skills that are highly sought after:

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology Module 2: Foundations in Biology Module 3: Exchange and Transport Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution & Disease Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis & Energy Module 6: Genetics, Evolution & Ecosystems

How You Are Assessed

The course is entirely assessed through terminal exams taken at the end of Year 13. The A-Level course is assessed through three exams; Paper 1 & 2 are both 2 hours 15 minutes and Paper 3 is 1 hour 30 minutes.

Paper 1: Biological Processes (modules 1, 2, 3 & 5) - 37% Paper 2: Biological Diversity (modules 1, 2, 4 & 6) - 37% Paper 3: Unified Biology (modules 1-6) - 26%

In addition, those studying A2 will be required to complete 12 practical investigations that will be recorded in the student’s log book and reported as a Pass/Fail additional Practical Endorsement on their exam certificate. Biology not only allows students to access a wide range of biological sciences from ecology to microbiology to medicine, but also supports other sciences and paths opened by those. In addition, the Biology A-Level is highly sought after by many employers and universities due to the range of transferable skills such as citing academic texts. Students go into such industries as law and accounting.

Links to Future Careers

Entry Requirement GCSE Grade 4 in Mathematics and Grade 4 in English (preferable) Minimum of a 5 grade in GCSE Biology or 5-5 grade in GCSE Combined Science

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Science AS and A-Level Chemistry

Subject Chemistry

Exam Board OCR Specification Numbers H432

Teacher Responsible

Mr Heaton

Introduction Generally speaking, Chemistry is divided into two areas, organic and inorganic. Over the two years studying Chemistry, students will be exposed to the skills found in both that will allow them to identify and synthesise a range of chemicals, some of which are fundamental to our everyday lives.

Aims of the Course

Over the course, students will develop an understanding for the mechanisms, skills and practical techniques that are present with the discipline by touching on the following topics:

AS modules • Development of Practical Skills • Foundations in Chemistry • Periodic Table & Energy • Core Organic Chemistry

A2 modules • Development of Practical Skills

• Foundations in Chemistry • Periodic Table & Energy • Core Organic Chemistry • Periodic Table, Elements & Physical Chemistry • Synthesis & Analytical Techniques • Unified Chemistry

How You Are Assessed

The course is linear, so assessment of a student’s knowledge takes place at the end of Year 13 (for the full A2): • Paper 1 (Periodic Table, Elements & Physical Chemistry): 135 minutes, 37% weighting • Paper 2 (Synthesis & Analytical Techniques): 135 minutes, 37% weighting • Paper 3 (Unified Chemistry): 90 minutes, 26% weighting Students will also carry out a practical endorsement that is done internally where they must complete a number of practical activities to demonstrate certain skills. Potential careers involve those in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry but the course is also extremely useful in careers in the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, pharmacology and analytical chemistry. Chemistry is also taken by many law applicants as it shows you can cope with difficult concepts.

Links to Future Careers

Entry Requirement GCSE Grade 4 in Mathematics and Grade 4 in English (preferable) Minimum of a 5 grade in GCSE Chemistry or 5-5 grade in GCSE Combined Science

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Science AS and A-Level Physics

Subject Physics

Exam Board OCR Specification Numbers H432

Teacher Responsible

Mr Scott

Introduction Physics tries to explain how the Universe works. During the A-Level, students will extend the fundamental aspects of forces, motion, energy and electricity they learned at GCSE, and apply them to everyday situations as well as more cutting edge topics, such as cosmology, quantum physics and particles.

Aims of the Course

Students will develop a deeper understanding of Physics from their GCSEs. They will develop their numeracy skills as well as their understanding of the very small, in terms of subatomic particles, and the very large, such as the forces that hold the universe together.

They will cover the following content over the two years: Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Physics Module 2: Foundations of Physics Module 3: Forces and Motion Module 4: Electrons, Waves and Photons Module 5: Newtonian World and Astrophysics Module 6: Particles and Medical Physics

How You Are Assessed

Students will sit three examinations at the end of Year 13 and a fourth component where students complete a series of practical activities demonstrating certain fundamental skills.

Component 01 – Modelling Physics: assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 & 5. It lasts 135 minutes and forms 37 % of total A-Level.

Component 02 – Exploring Physics: assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 & 6. It lasts 135 minutes and forms 37% of total A-Level.

Component 03 – Unified Physics: assesses content from all modules. It lasts 90 minutes and forms 26% of total A-Level.

Component 04 – Practical Endorsement in Physics (non-exam assessment reported separately)

Links to Future Careers

Physics is very useful in combination with any other science subject and is vital for anyone thinking of pursuing a career in engineering or medicine. It is a qualification highly regarded by employers and Further and Higher Education.

Entry Requirement GCSE Grade 4 in Mathematics and Grade 4 in English (preferable) Minimum of a 5 grade in GCSE Physics or 5-5 grade in GCSE Combined Science

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Science BTEC National Level 3 Forensic & Criminal Investigation Foundation Diploma

Subject Applied Science with Forensics

Exam Board Edexcel Specification Numbers

603/0251/3

Teachers Responsible

Ms Riddell

Introduction Forensic Science is the more vocational course the Science department run at Level 3 and is the equivalent of 1.5 A-Levels. It is largely coursework based with a small examined element. Students will spend the first year getting to grips with a wide range of concepts from the separate Science A-Levels before focussing on the skills needed in the Forensics industry in Year 13.

Aims of the Course

The aim of the course is to develop the skills, knowledge and techniques that will allow students to move on to a career in the sciences if they so wish. It will also develop the students’ organisational and communication skills with a mixture of externally assessed and internally verified tasks. They will cover the following topics:

Core Units: • Principles and Applications of Science • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques • Science Investigation Skills • Forensic Investigation in Procedures in Practice Two Specialist Units which may include: • Environmental Forensics • Forensic Fire Investigation • Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation • Forensic Photography • Forensic Genetics Assignment • Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology

How You Are Assessed

The course is largely coursework with a small externally examined section: Unit 1 – 1 hour and 30 minute exam set and marked by Pearson Unit 2 – Assignment set and marked internally Unit 3 – Task set and examined externally Unit 4 – Assignment set and marked internally Specialist Units – Assignment set and marked internally The course is designed for learners who are interested in Forensic and Criminal Investigation with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses. It is equivalent to one and a half A-Levels and works well taken in combination with other A-Levels or BTEC courses.

Links to Future Careers

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Entry Requirement Grades 4-4 at GCSE Combined Science

ICT Cambridge Technicals Introductory Diploma in IT

Subject Cambridge Technicals Introductory Diploma in IT Exam Board OCR Specification Numbers 601/7099/2

Teacher Responsible

Ms Akuffo-Kelly

Introduction This course will enable you to feel confident in applying for any Technology related course at University.

It will also give you a good grounding in the use and application of Technology in the world of work.

Aims of the Course

The qualification aims to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of the essentials of IT and Cyber Security.

You will gain an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations.

Designed in collaboration with industry experts, the qualification focuses on the requirements that today’s employers demand.

How You Are Assessed

The Technical Introductory Diploma involves 5 Units:

Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT (Exam)

Unit 2: Global Information (Exam)

Unit 6: Application Design (Coursework)

Unit 9: Product Development (Coursework)

Unit 13: Social Media and Digital Marketing (Coursework)

Links to Future Careers

Application Developer IT Infrastructure Technician Data Analyst Emerging Digital Technical Practitioner

Entry Requirement Grade 4 in GCSE Computer Science or a Merit in Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia Level 2

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Social Science Pathway

If you are thinking of a career in Social Science, you may wish to consider taking your A-Levels from the choice of subjects listed within the Social Science pathway.

You can, however, select 3 subjects of your choice from the full list of A-Level and Applied General courses on offer within the prospectus, if a pathway is not suitable for you.

English Lit & Lang Geography History Philosophy & Ethics Psychology Sociology

What skills will I develop studying these subjects?

• Have research skills • Be able to analyse and evaluate problems and issues • Be able to collect and interpret statistical data • Have an awareness and sensitivity of the needs and values of others • Communicate, debate and develop logical arguments • Have planning and time management skills • Have group-work skills

Careers opportunities in Social Sciences

• Police • Psychologist / Counsellor • Equality & Diversity Officer • Teacher • Housing Officer

• Intelligence Analyst • Social / Youth Worker • Prison Officer • Researcher • Charity Officer

• Local Government Officer • Rehabilitation Consultant • Legal Career • International Aid / Development Worker • Immigration and Customs Roles

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English A-Level English Literature & Language

Subject English Literature and Language

Exam Board WJEC Eduqas Specification Numbers A710U

Teachers Responsible

Miss Martin / Miss Mulrooney

Introduction English Literature and Language builds upon the foundations of GCSE. This is a two year course.

The course allows pupils to travel back in time, share the experiences of others, take on new perspectives, explore ideas, beliefs and values, challenge or discover their own and learn the literary skills to express themselves in original and creative ways through dialogue, argument, prose and poetry. Students will learn how to: • Develop and apply understanding of concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language; • Use integrated linguistic and literary terminology in the reading and interpretation of texts; • Understand how language works in context focusing on how the texts were constructed and received; • Reflect on the connections between the various elements of their study, enabling them to explore how meaning is created;

Aims of the Course

• Engage creatively and critically with a wide range of texts; • Develop skills as producers and interpreters of language; • Make accurate references to texts and sources.

How You Are Assessed

Three exams will take place at the end of the two year course: two worth 30% of the overall A-Level grade and the other worth 20% of the overall grade.

Students will also complete a personal investigation, worth 20% of the overall grade. The non-exam assessment element is a folder containingTHREE pieces of work: a critical study and two pieces of creative writing (1 literary and 1 non-literary) with a total COMBINED word count of 3000-3500 words. This A-Level encourages students to be critical analysts of the world around them. Students will be able to appreciate the construction of language and meaning in a plethora of texts, including prose, poetry, drama and non-fiction. Students will become widely read in a range of different genres. This course provides students with the opportunity to complete independent study to University standards. Literature and Language are integrated on this course and thus students reap the benefits of gaining skills in investigative and theoretical discussion, suitable for a wealth of career paths.

Links to Future Careers

Entry Requirement Grade 5 at GCSE English Language or English Literature (if a 5 or higher is achieved in English Literature but not Language, the minimum in Language must be a Grade 4)

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Geography A-Level Geography

Subject Geography

Exam Board Edexcel Specification Numbers 9GEO

Teacher Responsible

Mr S Dunn

Introduction “Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future” – Michael Palin

A-Level Geography is a specification that will provide students with the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm sought by those in higher education and employers. It should excite students’ minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate their investigative and analytical skills. It is inherently multidisciplinary in a world that increasingly values people who have the skills needed to work across the physical and social sciences.

Aims of the Course

The content of studies is as follows:

Paper 1: Physical Geography Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Coastal Landscapes and Change, The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity and The Carbon Cycle and Energy Insecurity.

Paper 2: Human Geography Globalisation, Regenerating Places, Superpowers and Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.

Paper 3: Synoptic Geography A synoptic investigation based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to one of the following themes: Players, attitudes and actions or futures and uncertainties.

Non-examination assessment Independent Fieldwork Investigation based on 4 days compulsory fieldwork.

How You Are Assessed

This qualification is linear, which means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Paper 1: 30% of the qualification Paper 2: 30% of the qualification Paper 3: 20% of the qualification Non-examination assessment: 20% of the qualification

Links to Future Careers

Geography is a facilitating subject; one which is most commonly required or preferred by Russell Group universities to get on to a range of degree courses. Many of the top universities will ask students to have at least one A-Level in a facilitating subject on application. Geography students are among the top 3 most employed graduates in a recent poll. This A-Level course should provide students with the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm sought by both higher education and employers. Future careers include consultancy, conservation, town planning, architecture and law.

Entry Requirement Grade 5 Geography, Grade 4 English and Maths

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History A-Level History

Subject History

Exam Board AQA Specification Numbers 7042

Teachers Responsible

Miss Watts, Miss Turney

Introduction History is all around us. If you have an interest in the world around you, the society you live in, and how it has developed, if you like learning about people, how they interact and what motivates them, and about different countries, societies and cultures, then History is for you.

Students will study three components; A breadth study: The Tudors: England, 1485-1603 A depth study: Democracy and Nazism: 1918-1945

and a personal investigation covering the struggle for civil rights in America. This will involve the study of significant historical developments over a period of around 100 years and the associated historical interpretations. To develop key skills of research, analysis and communication of ideas and develop an understanding of significant historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. As well as this, students will gain a deeper understanding of the past via the study of a range of evidence and interpretations in order to appreciate the past from a political, social, economic or cultural perspective. Components one and two are written exams which are assessed at the end of the two year course. Both papers will have a compulsory question linked to historical interpretations/ evidence as well as a choice of two essay style questions.

Aims of the Course

How You Are Assessed

The third component will be a personal historical investigation.

Paper 1C: 40% of the qualification Paper 2O: 40% of the qualification Non-examination assessment: 20% of the qualification

Links to Future Careers

History A-Level provides a sound basis for the study of history and other academic subjects at a higher level such as law & politics, or careers in architecture, the armed forces, journalism, medicine, advertising, law, the arts or the public sector such as the police and the Civil Service. History provides the ability to handle information, make judgements and express ideas clearly.

Entry Requirement Grade 5 in History and Grade 4 in English

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Philosophy & Ethics A-Level Religious Studies

Subject Philosophy & Ethics/Religious Studies Exam Board WJEC/EDUQAS Specification Numbers A120

Teacher Responsible

Mrs C Cleall

Introduction • A-Level Philosophy and Ethics/Religious Studies is designed to enable learners to develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a study of religion and its place in the wider world, its contribution to individuals, communities and societies. • The WJEC Eduqas A-Level specification contains three components: Christianity, Ethics and Philosophy. • A wide range of topics are discussed, including an exploration of how moral decisions are made. We explore ethical dilemmas such as abortion, euthanasia and relationships. Furthermore, we consider the role of evil and suffering in the world, the place of God and science as well as religious experience, miracles and language.

Aims of the Course

The WJEC Eduqas A-Level in Philosophy and Ethics/Religious Studies encourages learners to:

• develop their interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world. • develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion, morality and philosophy. • enable students to think more deeply and critically on the role of the church historically in ethical thought and its implications for society today. • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of ethics. • reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their study.

How You Are Assessed

There is an exam for each module studied with a contribution of 33% to your total qualification.

Links to Future Careers

This is an impressive course to both employers and universities. People who have studied Philosophy and Ethics/Religious Studies go on to a wide range of fields including Law, Medicine, Teaching and Psychology.

The course will develop your analytical skills and debating.

It will challenge students to think about the value of each argument and consider wider existential questions. It is seen as a ‘facilitating subject’ by Russell Group universities.

Entry Requirement Grade 4 in GCSE English

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Psychology BTEC Psychology

Subject BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology Exam Board Pearson Specification Numbers 603/3058/2

Teacher Responsible

J Rance

Introduction Students will explore four key approaches in psychology – social, cognitive, learning and biological – and apply these approaches to issues relevant to contemporary society.

They will also develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the scientific process and in psychological research methodology through their own psychological research project.

Aims of the Course

There are 4 units to be completed over two years. The three core units are:

1 - Psychological Approaches and Applications (Externally Assessed) 2 - Conducting Psychological Research (Internally Assessed) 3 - Health Psychology (Externally Assessed)

The additional unit will be: • Introduction to Psychopathology

How You Are Assessed

Two of the core units are externally assessed and one core unit is internally assessed. All option units are internally assessed.

Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes.

A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction:

• To achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria. • To achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria. • To achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria.

Links to Future Careers

This course will help in preparing students for a degree programme of study in Sports Coaching, Early Years Education and Teaching to name just a few examples.

Entry Requirement Grade 5 English Language, Grade 5-5 Combined Science

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Sociology A-Level Sociology

Subject Sociology

Exam Board AQA Specification Numbers 7192

Teacher Responsible Mr S Julian

Introduction Sociology is the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society. Students of sociology investigate the social causes and consequences of a number of factors in human life.

Such factors can include the structure and nature of relationships in the family to the representations of gender and sexuality in the media.

Aims of the Course The course aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the world around them.

Students are encouraged to look at society from a variety of different viewpoints, with a specific focus on the areas of the family, education, the media and crime.

How You Are Assessed The course is 100% examination.

There are 3 papers, each is 2 hours long.

Paper One Education with Theory and Methods

Paper Two Family and Media

Paper Three Crime & Deviance with Theory & Methods

Links to Future Careers Sociology is well-suited to careers in: • Teaching • Lecturing

• Social work • Social policy • Banking • The media • Criminal justice system

Entry Requirement Grade 4 in either English Language or English Literature

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Creative Industries Pathway

If you are thinking of a career in Creative Industries, you may wish to consider taking your A-Levels from the choice of subjects listed within the Creative Industries pathway.

You can, however, select 3 subjects of your choice from the full list of A-Level and Applied General courses on offer within the prospectus, if a pathway is not suitable for you.

Fine Art 3DD Photography Graphics Media Studies Film Studies Single Performing Arts

What skills will I develop studying these subjects?

• Creativity. You don’t need to be able to draw the best images or visuals • Communication • Adaptability • Working to deadlines • Time management • Passion • Proactivity

Careers opportunities in the Creative Industries Pathway

• Advertising and marketing • Architecture • Crafts

• Design • Fashion • Film, TV, video, radio and photography • IT, software and computer services • Publishing • Museums, galleries and libraries • Music, performing and visual arts

• Textiles • Theatre

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Art & Design A-Level Fine Art

Subject Fine Art

Exam Board AQA Specification Numbers

7202(c) 7201(x)

7202(x) 7201(c)

Teachers Responsible

S Williams, L Bassant

Introduction Students will have the opportunity to choose between the three disciplines: Fine Art, Art Craft and Design or 3D Design

Students will have the experience of working towards an interchangeable Fine Art or Sculptural brief where they will learn how to use 3D materials such as clay and plaster and investigate different methods and techniques using drawing and painting to successfully communicate a concept. After the initial brief, students will decide which discipline to study. This is a two year linear course with two components: 1. A practical ‘Personal Investigation’ into a specific area of the Arts with an academic written related study (60% of your final grade) 2. An externally set exam (structured around the skills, knowledge and understanding developed throughout the course) with an ‘early release’ question paper giving you time to fully prepare for the final practical exam at the end of the course (40% of your final grade) This Art & Design qualification is the ‘gateway’ option to a career in the Creative Industries, entry to the University of the Creative Arts, and provides valuable UCAS points for other Higher Education Degrees. The wide ranging portfolio that you are required to produce to gain a high grade in Art & Design is the ideal portfolio to gain entry into higher education. After that, a career into any one of the Creative Industries; one of the UK’s fastest growing industries and currently around 9.4% of the UK’s GDP. AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding. AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops. AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress. AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements. Graphic design, web & app development, film and animation, set and model design for TV, film and theatre, special effects, architecture and interior design, gaming design, publishing, journalism, fashion and textile design, 3D design, branding, packaging design, text design, editorial, interactive design, advertising.

Aims of the Course

How You Are Assessed

Links to Future Careers

Entry Requirement Grade 4 in Art & Design or Fine Art

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3D Design A-Level Three Dimensional Design

Subject 3D Design

Exam Board AQA Specification Numbers

7205(c) 7205(x)

Teachers Responsible

S Williams, L Bassant

Introduction Students will have the experience of working towards a design brief where they will learn how to research, analyse and design objects or products. Students will develop their skills in using a range of materials, tools, techniques and machinery to successfully develop and communicate concepts and designs. This is a two-year linear course with two components: 1. A practical ‘Personal Investigation’ into a specific area of Three Dimensional Design with an academic written related study (60% of your final grade)

2. An Externally set Exam (structured around the skills, knowledge and understanding developed throughout the course) with an ‘early release’ question paper giving you time to fully prepare for the final practical exam at the end of the course (40% of your final grade) This qualification is the ‘gateway’ option to careers in the Creative Industries such as Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Product Design, Advertising and of course the many opportunities in the Film Industry. The wide-ranging portfolio that you are required to produce to gain a high grade in 3D Design is the ideal portfolio to gain entry into Higher Education. After that, a career into any one of the Creative Industries; one of the UK’s fastest-growing industries around £115.9 Billion per year. That’s £13.2 million per hour! AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements Architecture, product design, industrial design, car/transport design, interior design, smart interior designer/installation, theatre/stage design, retail and exhibition design, structural engineer, model making, town planning, landscape architecture, fashion, jewellery, makeup and textiles design, game product designer, ceramic product design, advertising, film and TV set design.

Aims of the Course

How You Are Assessed

Links to Future Careers

Entry Requirement Grade 4 in 3D Design, Art & Design or Fine Art GCSE Grade 4 in Product Design/Resistant Materials GCSE

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