Bishop Walsh Catholic Sixth Form Prospectus 2018 - "2017 A level value added was +0.24 higher than any other local school" - "For the seventh ...

 
Bishop Walsh Catholic Sixth Form Prospectus 2018 - "2017 A level value added was +0.24 higher than any other local school" - "For the seventh ...
BISHOP WALSH
CATHOLIC SIXTH FORM

                                        “2017 A level value
                                          added was +0.24
                                      higher than any other
                                              local school”

                      Bishop Walsh Catholic Sixth Form
                                      Prospectus 2018

  “For the seventh
    consecutive
   year half of all
      grades at
    A Level have
  been A*, A or B”
Bishop Walsh Catholic Sixth Form Prospectus 2018 - "2017 A level value added was +0.24 higher than any other local school" - "For the seventh ...
BISHOP WALSH
CATHOLIC SIXTH FORM

                      P.P.F. Stands for Patientia, Perseverantia, Fides.
                      This is the motto of the sixth form Patience,
                      Perseverance, Belief.

                                 Attainment for students on academic and vocational courses
                                 is higher than the national average. For example, in 2015
                                 students on academic courses achieved on average one
                                 third of a grade higher for each qualification they achieved
                                 compared to all students nationally.
                                 The Assistant Headteacher in charge of post-16 provision
                                 sets high expectations for attendance, conduct and work for
                                 students in the sixth form. This leadership has a positive
                                 impact on teaching and outcomes. Sixth form leaders ensure
                                 a wide range of academic qualifications and an increasing
                                 number of vocational courses are available for students.
                                 A wide range of suitable non-qualification activities allow
                                 positive development of students’ spiritual, moral, social and
                                 cultural education. The school’s sixth form meets the 16 to 19
                                 study programme requirements.
                                 Students in the sixth form model excellent behaviour and
                                 conduct for younger pupils in the school. Students speak very
                                 positively about the opportunities they have to extend and
                                 enhance the skills they need to help them to be successful in
                                 the future. For example, opportunities to take on leadership
                                 responsibilities, mentoring younger pupils and the chance to
                                 participate in useful and relevant work experience.
                                 Clear and helpful careers advice and guidance has
                                 successfully supported many students to gain places in
                                 university with the vast majority securing their first choice
                                 institution. Well-established links with local employers
                                 provide opportunities for other students to secure high-quality
                                 apprenticeships after they leave the sixth form. As a result,
                                 the successful destinations of Bishop Walsh Catholic School
                                 sixth formers greatly exceed the national average and
                                 continue to increase.

                                                               Ofsted Report 2016

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Bishop Walsh Sixth Form Prospectus 2018

Contents
Mission Statement                              3    AS/A Level English Language and Literature      29
Introduction from The Headteacher             4-5   AS/A Level English Literature                   30
Welcome from the Head of Sixth Form           6-7   AS/A Level French                               31
Additional Opportunities                      8-9   AS/A Level Further Mathematics                  32
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme          10    AS/A Level Geography                            33
Dress Code - Uniform                        11-12   AS/A Level Government and Politics              34

Admissions Criteria and Pathways                    BTEC Health and Social Care                     35
September 2018                              13-14   AS/A Level History                              36
Summary of Past Performance                   15    AS/A Level Mathematics                          37
Our Courses                                   16    AS/A Level Media Studies                        38

Courses and Curriculum                              AS/A Level Music                                39
AS/A Level Art and Design                     17    AS/A Level Music Technology                     40
AS/A Level Art and Design: Textile Design     18    BTEC Certificate in Music (Performing)          41
BTEC Applied Science                          19    Cambridge Technical in Sport & Physical Activity 42
AS/A Level Biology                            20    AS/A Level Physical Education                   43
AS/A Level Business Studies                   21    AS/A Level Physics                              44
BTEC Level 3 Business Studies                 22    AS/A Level Psychology                           45
AS/A Level Chemistry                          23    AS/A Level Religious Studies                    46
AS/A Level Computer Science                   24    AS/A Level Spanish                              47
Core Maths                                    25    GCSE Re-Sit English                             49
AS/A Level Dance                              26    GCSE Re-Sit Mathematics                         50
AS/A Level Drama and Theatre Studies          27
AS/A Level Economics                          28

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                                                                    Mission Statement

  Academic Excellence,
  Spiritual Development
  and Social Awareness
                 BISHOP WALSH aims to be a secure and happy Catholic
                 school where we try to follow the example of Christ, enjoy
                 learning and do our best. We believe in excellence and
                 in developing our talents in a variety of ways. We respect
                 and care for others and ourselves and are committed to
                 justice in our school, parishes and world wide community.

                 This means that the aims of our school are:
                 • To know and live out the Mission Statement.
                 • To have a positive self-image and value every member of our
                     school community.
                 •   To respond to God the Father’s love expressed in the life of Christ
                     and sustained by the Spirit.
                 •   To provide a range of opportunities for spiritual, academic, social
                     and physical development.
                 •   To provide a broad, balanced, differentiated curriculum, inclusive
                     of all abilities.
                 •   To encourage excellent work, success for all and celebrate
                     achievement.
                 •   To provide stimulating and enjoyable teaching and learning
                     experiences.
                 •   To equip pupils with skills for a continually changing world.
                 •   To re-commit ourselves to justice, care and service in the
                     new millennium.

“I know that I can always go to my

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 teachers for help if I need it”
Lucy Smith Year 13
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Introduction From The Headteacher

Dear Parents and Guardians, Thank you for your interest
in Bishop Walsh Catholic School Sixth Form. Please find
below information which I hope is helpful to you.
History                                                                    Ethos of the School
Bishop Walsh is a mixed Voluntary Aided 11 – 18 Catholic                   My vision for the school is about academic excellence, social
Comprehensive situated on a single open site in Sutton Coldfield on        awareness and spiritual development. We aim to develop the whole
the north-east fringe of Birmingham.                                       person – academically, morally and physically. A principal aim of
The school was fifty years old in 2016! Bishop Walsh comprises             the school is the spiritual growth of each pupil not simply growth
excellent accommodation adjacent to its own extensive playing fields.      in their faith but in their awareness of the world as a place where
Currently there are nine Science laboratories, networked ICT rooms,        their witness to the Gospel values of Love, Truth, Peace, Justice and
Sports Hall, Gymnasium, well equipped Learning Resource Centre and         Forgiveness is called for. The religious life of the school permeates
a host of specialist rooms for Music, Technology and Art. At the front     all aspects of the curriculum and determines staff and pupils’ positive
of the building is the Chapel, the focal point of the school. There is a   approach to school life. Our school chaplain is Fr. Allen Morris,
fit for purpose series of buildings called The Cardinal Newman Centre      who is also parish priest at St. Nicholas in Boldmere.
was built to accommodate our growing Sixth Form.                           Every member of our school community is valued and we endeavour
The present roll is 1050 with considerable over-subscription including     to fulfil the potential of all who attend here. The emphasis on the
at post -16. There is a large Sixth Form of 250 students. Since            equal worth of each student stems from the belief that each has
January 2014 Bishop Walsh Catholic School has been part of the St.         individual and unique God-given talents and opportunities must
John Paul II Multi-Academy Company                                         be provided for their growth and development. Emphasis is put on
                                                                           academic excellence and high standards of pupil behaviour. Certain
                                                                           traditional characteristics underpin our whole approach principally the
                                                                           expectation of good behaviour, regular homework and compulsory
Catholic Identity                                                          school dress. Bishop Walsh continually seeks to enhance its
Bishop Walsh Catholic School is first of all a Catholic faith community.
                                                                           reputation for the highest social and academic standards.
We welcome applications to our sixth form from young people with
other faiths and none who add so much to community cohesion and
understanding of each other. It is therefore not necessary to be a
Catholic to apply. In September 2016, the section 48 OfSTED Team
judged Bishop Walsh to be an outstanding Catholic School.

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Introduction From The Headteacher

Levels of Achievement                                                        Extra Curricular Activities
The examination results in recent years have been excellent. Mindful         The school has a strong tradition of Performing Arts and Sport. Our
of school policy of entering all pupils for GCSE, irrespective of ability,   last nine school musicals (Jesus Christ Superstar! (1st), Footloose
pupils at the school obtain excellent exam grades. In 2017 it was the        (1st), We Will Rock You, Guys and Dolls, High School Musical , Our
seventh year in succession that grades at A Level were over 50% A*, A        House, West Side Story, Annie (1st) and Back to the 80s (1st)) came
or B (indeed they were nearly 60% A*, A or B. Ofsted’s Level 3 Value         in the top three for the best school musical in Birmingham and four
Added Analysis for our 20167A Level results and demonstrated that            from this list won the accolade of the best school production in
on average all grades were above predictions based on GCSE results.          Birmingham. The main sports are swimming, soccer, hockey, cricket,
                                                                             netball, athletics, cross-country and tennis. Squash, badminton and
Organisation and Pastoral Care                                               golf are also played. There is a school band and orchestra and pupils
                                                                             are encouraged to learn a musical instrument. Tuition is provided in
Pupils are placed in House Groups under the care of a House Tutor
                                                                             brass, woodwind, strings and guitar
who, together with the Year Head, is responsible for monitoring the
welfare and progress of each pupil. Regular meetings are held to             Other activities include The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Public
allow parents and teachers to consult and parents are always wel-            Speaking and Business competitions, Art Club, Gymnastics Club and a
come to visit the school. The school behaviour policy is based on the        Drama Club. Community Service is undertaken by Sixth Form pupils,
recognition of positive achievement. Emphasis is put on respect for          and several train as Diocesan Youth Workers each year. There are
oneself and others and on the links between school and home. There           trips abroad including skiing visits, history, geography, performing arts
is a regular newsletter.                                                     a nd other overseas trips as well as residential visits in the UK.

Ofsted Inspection                                                            Parental Support
The school had two excellent Ofsted Inspection Reports in April and          Parental support is key to a student’s success. Our policy is to involve
October 2016. Ofsted praised the quality of relationships at Bishop          parents as much as possible in the progress of their children The
Walsh and summed up the success of the school. The report states             Bishop Walsh Association provides opportunities for parents to meet
that Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is out-       socially and to support the school in practical ways.
standing. The school very successfully promotes tolerance, respect           Over the last ten years students have gained entry to Oxbridge and
and fairness, ensuring that pupils develop into well-rounded young           the top universities.
people.
                                                                             Thank you for considering Bishop Walsh Catholic School for your
                                                                             child’s post-16 education.
Sixth Form Courses
Sixth Form courses to Advanced Level (Level 3) are available in many         Yours sincerely
subjects. We have a consortium arrangement with other local
schools to extend the range of subjects offered. This is arranged
                                                                             Mr J B Farrell Headteacher
through approaching the Sixth Form Leadership Team.

Careers Guidance and Teaching
The school employs its own Careers Officer - Mrs Sarah Forsyth, to
assist senior pupils with information and advice. There is a regular
programme of careers films, talks and visits.

Homework
Homework is seen as an essential part of every pupil’s study
programme. A homework timetable and student planner for the year
provides the link between parents and school.

Religious and Moral Education
The school is a voluntary aided school under the auspices of the Ro-
man Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. There is a School Chapel

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where Mass is celebrated weekly by the School Chaplain. There are
special celebrations at other times in the Church’s year e.g. Gospel
values form an integral part of the school ethos. All sixth formers will
have a Christian Life Course for one hour a week.
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Welcome from The Head of Sixth Form

                                                      We would like to wish you all a very
                                                      warm welcome to Bishop Walsh
                                                      Catholic School Sixth Form. We are
                                                      delighted that you are considering
                                                      joining us and we most certainly
                                                      hope that you choose our Sixth Form
                                                      in which to embark upon your
                                                      Post-16 educational journey.
We aim to give you the best Sixth Form experience possible. We set            You are about to embark upon an exciting but challenging two years of
high standards in terms of pupil conduct and effort and expect our            study where we as your teachers aim to support you in using your God-
pupils to be the best that they can be in all areas.                          given talents and abilities in order to achieve your aspirations.
We believe that the staff at Bishop Walsh Catholic School are highly          Whilst we recognise the importance of academic excellence, we are also
dedicated and committed professionals. We offer a supportive and              committed to developing each of our Sixth Form students as a whole
friendly environment which we strongly feel helps to inspire and              individual person. We aim to ensure that young adults leaving our sixth
motivate you to succeed and reach your goals.                                 form ready for the next chapter in their lives are well-rounded, hard-
In our Sixth Form you can expect to receive both high quality teaching        working and responsible citizens and members of the community. We
and pastoral care as well as a range of enrichment and extra-curricular       aim for our sixth form students to leave us with not only high academic
opportunities such as Duke of Edinburgh and The Extended Project              prowess and well-developed transferable skills, but also with the correct
Qualification. Your academic success and progress is a priority to us         attitudes and attributes for the future.
and we want the best for each and every student thus ensuring that
your personal profile is a rich and vibrant one.                              Your commitment to us and our
Christian Identity and Catholic Life                                          commitment to you
                                                                              You have now reached a vitally important crossroad in your academic
As a Catholic Sixth Form, our commitment to our faith is central to
                                                                              career. This level of study requires you to be more self-disciplined and
each decision that we make and everything that we do. We believe
                                                                              independent in your learning by making use of your time effectively and
that our sixth form students play a fundamental role in building
                                                                              conducting wider reading and research to enrich your understanding.
and sustaining our Catholic ethos as ambassadors of our school and
                                                                              You must be fully-focused and self-motivated to play an active part in
local community. Our Christian identity is important to us and we
                                                                              your own learning. You must remember that it is you who has chosen
demonstrate this in many ways such as form group and whole-school
                                                                              to be a Sixth Form student here at Bishop Walsh Catholic School and
liturgy, weekly assemblies, daily reflections and prayers in form time, the
                                                                              embark upon the subjects that you have selected and so we expect full
annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and the many charity and fund-
                                                                              commitment and dedication from you. We aim to support you each
raising events that we take part in as a sixth form.
                                                                              and every step of the way in this journey but it is you who has to want
Each sixth former is obliged to carry out a minimum of ten hours of
                                                                              success in this chapter in your life.
Christian Duty throughout an academic year. This can be achieved
                                                                              We encourage you to work hard, enjoy the next two years and make the
through a number of opportunities such as becoming a Sixth form
                                                                              most of every opportunity available to you at Bishop Walsh Catholic
prefect, Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy or Deputy Head Girl in
                                                                              School Sixth Form.
Year 13, volunteering to help with the Fair Trade initiative, leading the
Sixth Form with charity and fund-raising initiatives, chairing our lower      Ambassadors of the school
school Career Forums, or conducting paired literacy and numeracy work         We believe that each sixth former is an ambassador of our school.
or mentoring with lower school pupils. Some Sixth Form pupils take            You are role models for younger pupils who see you as a source of
part in the highly rewarding St. John Paul II Award which enables young       inspiration and hopefully aspire to one day be a sixth former here
adults to become more actively involved in the life of their parish and       themselves. We hope that you are proud to say that you are Bishop
community.                                                                    Walsh Sixth Form students.

The next step in your academic                                                There are many opportunities available to you as a sixth former here at
journey

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                                                                              Bishop Walsh. Being elected as a prefect with the responsibilities that
                                                                              this role entails is an important role that many of our students assume.
When considering your subjects, you should choose those in which you
                                                                              In Year 13 you may wish to run for Head Boy or Head Girl. You may wish
have achieved well and are genuinely interested in and have enthusiasm
                                                                              to set up pupil committees or forums.
for. Post-16 education is not easy and is most certainly a significant
                                                                              We value your opinions in order to make our Sixth Form, and your
’step-up’ from GCSE. Be under no illusions, there will be difficult
                                                                              experience of it, even better. ‘Pupil voice’ and ‘Sixth Formers’ voice are
moments in your Sixth Form life but work hard, persist in your positive
                                                                              integral parts of our school, enabling us to make changes for the better
attitude, act upon the advice of your teachers and do not give up if you
                                                                              that will ultimately impact positively on your school career with us and
want to reach your full potential.
                                                                              so increase your life chances. We have a school council which meets
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Welcome from The Head of Sixth Form

regularly to provide a platform for sharing ideas and improvements both       our school’s career advisor, who can offer impartial guidance on
in and out of the classroom.                                                  UCAS and prospective Universities as well as other Higher Education
Our own specific Sixth Form uniform ensures that pupils look smart            establishments, apprenticeships and employment opportunities.
and are ready to learn in each lesson they attend. The purpose-built          There is a full and comprehensive programme of preparation for the
Cardinal Newman Centre with its Sixth form kitchen area, canteen and          University application system through UCAS. We offer extensive
computers, ensures that we have a distinct identity, whilst making it         guidance when students are writing their personal statements and as
easier for all students, existing or new to the school, to work hard and      staff we pride ourselves on the high quality of our academic references
mix with one another.                                                         to support your application to University or other Higher Education
                                                                              establishments. We undertake a number of University visits to allow
Existing pupils and pupils who are                                            pupils to experience life as an undergraduate. We take our sixth formers
new to our school                                                             to the annual Higher Education Conference in the summer term of Year
The unique feature that we have to offer our current Year 11 pupils is        12 as well as taking the year group away on a University residential
the continuity and personal knowledge that is provided by staff with          where pupils attend sample lectures and gain a valuable insight into
whom you have already enjoyed success. You will be able to continue           University life. We also offer interview preparation should a pupil gain
to develop friendships formed over many years.                                an interview for University.
If you are looking for a new school, Bishop Walsh is for you! It is a         In the last week of the summer term, Year 12 pupils participate in an
fairly small school with a friendly and caring atmosphere combined            appropriate work experience placement that they themselves have had
with a rigorous academic work ethic. It is a Catholic school and so we        the responsibility of arranging. The aim is for students to broaden their
place a great emphasis on spiritual development as well as academic           insight into their chosen future career and provide them with valuable
success. All of our students are expected to take part in activities which    awareness of this preferred path.
promote this spiritual development and to attend religious celebrations.      Finally, we do hope that you will join us for your Post-16 educational
We care about the transition period from Year 11 to Year 12 and we            journey. We encourage you to work hard, enjoy the next two years and
aim to allow all pupils, whether they have been with us from Year 7           make the most of every opportunity available to you in the Sixth Form
or have just joined us in year 12, to integrate fully. We work hard to        of Bishop Walsh Catholic School.
ensure that students who are new to our school are fully supported            Yours sincerely
both academically and pastorally thus enabling them to reach their full
potential and to forge new friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime.
                                                                              Mr T. Killworth
                                                                              Acting Head of Sixth Form
Pastoral Support
Years 12 and 13 are divided into six Form Groups named after Saints.
Pupils have a weekly PSHE programme of study where topics are
                                                                              Meet the Sixth Form Leadership Team
discussed and debated as a form group. The themes of the PSHE
programme are age-appropriate to cater for the requirements of our
students as young adults. Our afternoon registration sessions also
include a weekly inter-house quiz to encourage a sense of competition
amongst our students.
Our Heads of Year have an active and vital role in the care of our sixth
formers as well as monitoring students’ daily attendance and punctuality
by using information processed by our attendance officer. They are
also responsible for checking on our students’ academic progress and            Mr Foley - presently Head of Year 12    Miss McManus - presently Head of Year 13
attitude to learning. Students will be enrolled onto the Positive Progress
Programme if we feel that they require additional help with their studies.
Students are expected to make the most of their study periods when not
in lessons and to work on areas such as independently completing work,
conducting extra research and undertaking wider reading.
Our Key Stage 5 Learning Mentor, Mrs Hayes, provides invaluable
support and guidance to our students. Students can self-refer to Mrs
Hayes or may be referred through their form tutor or Head of Year.
                                                                              Mrs Hayes - Key Stage 5 Learning Mentor   Mrs Woosnam - Key Stage 5 Administrator
Guidance for the future and life
beyond Bishop Walsh Catholic
School Sixth Form

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We are committed to your academic journey here at Bishop Walsh
Catholic School. We are also passionate about preparing you for life
beyond our school and Sixth Form. We believe that this is an essential
part of Sixth Form life and we have a wide range of initiatives in place
to help support you in your post-18 life. As well as gaining information
from the Sixth Form Leadership Team, Sixth Form Heads of Year, form           Mrs Marston-Smith Head of Sixth form -
tutors and subject teachers, advice can be sought from Mrs Forsyth,                     on maternity leave
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Additional Opportunities

The Extended
Project
Qualification
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a
qualification that requires students to plan, research
and write a dissertation on any topic they wish.
It provides opportunities for the development of critical,
reflective, problem-solving and independent learning skills
through the planning, research and evaluation of a self-
selected project. It is a flexible qualification which can be
incorporated within many different programmes of study,
including modules from the students AS subjects or an area
of interest.
Universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham,
Manchester and many other Russell Group universities
appreciate the hard work that goes into completing the
project and encourage students to undertake the project.
The qualification is worth up to 70 UCAS points (50% of
an A-level) and even though it cannot be used against a
grade offer (such as AAA), some universities may offer an
alternative for candidates studying the Extended Project
(such as ABB instead of AAB, provided that you get an A in
your Extended Project qualification).

Course Tutors
Miss Twist
Miss Doyle

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Mrs Kyriacou
Additional Opportunities

The Pope
John Paul II
Award
We are delighted that we can offer pupils the chance to complete the
Pope John Paul II award. This award was established in thanksgiving
for the life of Saint John Paul II, who was such a keen supporter of and
believer in young people, and of the gifts and talents that they bring
to their parish communities. Over recent years many gold, silver and
bronze awards have been earned by our sixth formers which makes
Bishop Walsh pupils some of the most active in the diocese. Through
this award, young people take an active part in the life of their
Church, in the life of the community and society, and also become
more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the
world. Many pupils have also completed the award paired with the
school’s annual Lourdes Pilgrimage.
For more information see Miss Service or Mrs Keane.

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award has been
running at Bishop Walsh School since 2009. In the
past few years we have run successful expeditions
in the Peak District, using the White Peak area,
Snowdonia and the Lake District. The DofE Award
is a very popular Award and the number of
students participating has increased each year.
In 2012 Bishop Walsh first facilitated the running
of the Gold Award and since, many students from
Bishop Walsh have completed their Awards and
have collected their certificates from Prince
Phillip at Buckingham Palace. This year, students completing their Gold
Award will be completing expeditions in Snowdonia. Students can complete
the Gold Award regardless of whether they have completed the Bronze
or Silver levels of the DofE Award. The Award is advertised to students in
October and they must apply to Miss Twist by the deadline set.
The DofE Award is an excellent opportunity for students to                                                        Average ratings in
                                                                     Rank                                       order of importance
complete a prestigious award and have the opportunity to plan and
                                                                     1      The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (‘DofE’)          1.96
complete two expeditions in rural areas - an activity that many of
                                                                     2      Work experience                                 2.00
our pupils have not done before.
                                                                     3      Community activities                            2.04
As well as the personal achievements gained by completing the        4      World Challenge                                 2.16
DofE, Businesses and Universities look very favourably on students
                                                                     5      Young Enterprise                                2.20
who have completed one of the Awards. The table on the right
                                                                     6      Team sporting activities                        2.28
is research taken from 100 of the largest companies in Britain
                                                                     7      Youth awards                                    2.28
that were asked to list the experiences/qualities that enhance an
application. The DofE Award came out first!                          8      Public speaking/debating                        2.32
                                                                     9      County/National team sports                     2.36
The DofE Award is advertised at the beginning of every academic
                                                                     10     Interview skills                                2.44
year, with expeditions taking place between March - July, and Gold
                                                                     11     School Council                                  2.48
expeditions taking place in August.
                                                                     12     School Prefect                                  2.48
For more information                                                 13     Individual sporting achievements                2.48

see Miss Twist                                                       14     Financial awareness courses                     2.52
                                                                     15     Work shadowing                                  2.60
                                                                     16     Industry days                                   2.60
                                                                     17     School newspapers                               2.64
                                                                     18     Plays/drama                                     2.68
                                                                     19     Investment clubs                                2.68
                                                                     20     Outside speakers                                2.76
                                                                     21     School radio                                    2.76
                                                                     22     The house/prefect system                        2.76

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                                                                     23     Solo musical ability                            2.84
                                                                     24     Orchestral participation                        2.84
                                                                     25     Artistic skills                                 2.88
                                                                     26     British Schools Exploring Society               3.00
                                                                     27     School trips                                    3.08
                                                                     28     Take your daughter to work                      3.28
Sixth Form
Dress Code 2018
The official black Sixth Form jacket with Bishop Walsh Catholic School
Sixth Form crest.

Tailored black trousers or plain tailored knee length skirt. Tights may
be worn under skirts, however leggings are not allowed. Tights must
be plain black or nude in colour.

A plain white shirt. This may be short or long sleeved. It must be
buttoned at the front and have a collar.

Gents must wear a smart tie, of their choice. Ladies may wish to wear
a tie of their choice.

If students wish to wear a jumper this must be the official Sixth Form
black jumper with coloured collar bands and the Sixth Form crest.

Black, smart leather shoes.

A maximum of two simple stud-like earrings can be worn in the lower
lobe of each ear. No piercings are permitted in the tragus or helix
of the ear. No tongue, facial or visible body piercings are permitted.
Other jewellery may be worn but this must be discreet.

A smart hairstyle is compulsory. Male students are permitted to
have long hair but this must be tied back. Only natural highlights are
permitted. Red, purple, lilac or orange highlights are not permitted or
any other colour that is not natural. The Sixth Form Leadership Team
have the right to decide whether a highlight is natural and whether a
hairstyle is smart.

Material- no denim, corduroy, leather, lycra, chinos or canvas. No
trousers which in any way resemble jeans in black denim. The sixth
Form Leadership Team reserve the right to decide whether a pair of
trousers look like jeans or not. No tight trousers or shirts.

Footwear- no trainers, no canvas shoes, no boots, no Doc Martin-style
boots laced outside trousers, no flip flops, no van shoes, no wellington
boots or sandals.

The Sixth Form Leadership Team reserve the right to send a student
home if they feel that he is wearing clothes that contravene the code.

A smart, business-like presentation must be maintained at all times.
Jackets may be taken off in the CN centre and in class with the
permission of the teacher.

Please note for 2018-2019 the following items should be purchased
from our recommended uniform suppliers to maintain consistency:
blazer, jumper, skirt.

“It is important to get your
  work done during your
  study periods… this way

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  there is more time to do
  the things you want to
  after school”
   Roisin Nash Year 13
Sixth Form Dress Code 2018

     UNIFORM
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Admissions Criteria and Pathways September 2018

There are three levels of entry
into our Sixth Form.
Pathways 1, 2 and 3.
The admissions process is part of the Birmingham LA co-ordinated scheme. The Admission
Policy of the Governors of Bishop Walsh Catholic School is as follows:
The school was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic
families. The school is conducted by its Governing Body as part of the Catholic Church in
accordance with its Trust Deed and Instrument of Government and seeks at all times to be
a witness to Jesus. We ask all parents applying for a place here to respect this ethos and its
importance to the school community. This does not affect the right of parents who are not of the
faith of this school to apply for and be considered for a place here.
Christian Life
It is important that students continue their Religious Education in the Sixth Form. Students will
attend an ASDAN Wider Skill Level 3 Religious Education course for an hour each week in both
Years 12 and 13. The course helps students to develop their presentation and debating skills. The
course has the equivalency of up to 40 UCAS points and is recognised by many universities.

                                                    Pathway 1
      Students will study four AS courses. They will take these examinations in the summer of
     Year 12 and then discontinue one course. They will then take the full A Level examinations
                                      in the summer of Year 13.
      A minimum of six GCSE grades 4-9 including English and Mathematics (at grade 5 or above) and meeting the
     subject-specific entry requirements detailed on each page of the prospectus is needed for entry to this pathway.

                                                    Pathway 2
    Students will study a mixture of four AS and BTEC Level 3 vocational courses. They will take
   these examinations in the summer of Year 12 and then discontinue one course. They will then
                     take the full A Level examinations in the summer of Year 13.
      A minimum of five GCSE grades 4-9 including English and Mathematics (at grade 5 or above) and meeting the
     subject-specific entry requirements detailed on each page of the prospectus is needed for entry to this pathway.

                                                    Pathway 3
        Students will study three BTEC Level 3 vocational courses. Students will take these
    examinations in the summer of Year 12 and then discontinue one course. They will then take
                      the full A Level examinations in the summer of Year 13.

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      A minimum of five GCSE grades 4-9 including English and Mathematics (at grade 4 or above) and meeting the
     subject-specific entry requirements detailed on each page of the prospectus is needed for entry to this pathway.

Please note that up to two BTEC/OCR National qualifications at Level 2 Merit can be used to gain entry to the sixth form, each BTEC/OCR
National will count as one of the five or six GCSE grades required.
Students will have five hours of teaching time per course each week in Year 12 and six hours of teaching time per course each week in Year 13.
Admissions Criteria and Pathways September 2018

Core Maths
A minimum of a grade 4 in GCSE mathematics is required for take this course. Students will have the opportunity to opt for this ‘stand-alone’
qualification. Core Maths is a fairly new course for those who want to keep up their valuable maths skills but are not taking A Level mathematics.
At the end of the course students will gain a Level 3 qualification with equivalence to AS Level in terms of UCAS points.

Further details on                                                          External Applicants
academic life                                                               Where there are spare places the Board of Directors will consider
                                                                            external applicants. The minimum number of external candidates
We will endeavour to ensure that each student is able to enrol
                                                                            likely to be admitted for Year 12 in September 2018 will
upon his or her preferred choices. In the past, over 98% of students
                                                                            approximately be 20 students.
have been able to study their first choices on meeting the entry
requirements. Timetable constraints and a course being cancelled due        External applicants are required to complete a Board of Directors’
to a lack of interest have unfortunately prevented a small number of        Application form for a sixth form place. In addition, if more
students from being able to study the options of their choice. Bishop       applications are received than there are places available the Board of
Walsh Catholic School reserves the right to cancel a course due to lack     Directors will allocate places in the following order:
of interest or staffing issues.
                                                                            Baptised Catholic students who are in the care of a local authority
A Level Reforms                                                             (looked-after children) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g.

- What does this mean?                                                      children with foster parents) (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989).

As of September 2018 all subjects on offer in our school will be
                                                                            • Baptised Catholic students with brothers or sisters already in the
                                                                              school
reformed. This is where students who take the AS examination in the
summer of Year 12 will have to take another AS paper in the summer          • Baptised Catholic students already attending 11 - 16 Catholic
of Year 13 when they take their A2 papers in order to secure the full A       Secondary schools
Level qualification.                                                        • Baptised Catholic students already attending 11 - 18 Catholic
As our students are taking the AS examinations in the summer of Year          Secondary schools
12, they will be examined twice on AS content. We strongly believe          • Baptised Catholic students attending non - Catholic Secondary
that this increases academic expectations and rigour. It also ensures         schools
that students will have the certificated stand-alone AS qualifications
should they wish to use them in future applications. The AS grades          • Non - Catholic students with brothers or sisters already in the school
also provide the basis for reliable UCAS predicted grades and               • Non - Catholic students attending other Catholic schools
employment and apprenticeship applications.                                 • Non - Catholic students
How do I apply to Bishop                                                    These priorities having been applied, in the event of over-subscription,
                                                                            applications will be admitted in an order of priority within the
Walsh Catholic School                                                       appropriate category, based upon the proximity of their domicile
                                                                            to the front door of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sutton Coldfield,
Sixth Form?                                                                 measured in a straight line.

If you wish to apply to Bishop Walsh Catholic School Sixth Form             The Board of Directors have adopted Birmingham LA’s definition of
please complete the application form with your chosen options and           residency.
return this to the Head of Sixth Form c/o Mrs Bethell, Sixth Form
Applications Co-ordinator, at Bishop Walsh Catholic School.
Application forms can be collected at the Open Evening on Tuesday
27th February 2018. Alternatively, the electronic version of the
application form can be found, downloaded and printed from the
Sixth Form area of the school website after the Opening Evening.

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The deadline for the submission of all application forms is by
4.00pm on Wednesday 14th March 2018.
Summary of Past Performance

A Level and Vocational
Qualification Results 2017
                                                        A Level
Subject                           Total   A*        A             B   C    D   E     %
                                  Entry                                            Entries
                                                                                    A*-E
Art                                5      0         0             3   1    1   0    100
Biology                            21     0         1             5   7    6   1     95
Business Studies                   18     1         2         10      3    1   1    100
Chemistry                          17     2         4             2   6    3   0    100
Computer Science                   4      0         1             2   0    1   0    100
Dance                              1      0         0             0   1    0   0    100
Economics                          6      0         1             4   1    0   0    100
English Language and Literature    9      0         2             1   4    2   0    100
English Literature                 8      1         0             5   1    1   0    100
Fashion                            4      0         0             1   2    1   0    100
French                             1      0         0             0   0    1   0    100
Further Maths                      13     4         2             6   1    0   0    100
Geography                          19     0         2             5   6    4   2    100
Health and Social Care             15     1         1             2   7    3   1    100
History                            20     1         1         13      4    0   1    100
Mathematics                        43     12        7             7   12   3   1     98
Media                              5      0         1             2   1    1   0    100
Music                              2      0         0             0   1    1   0    100
Music Technology                   4      0         0             0   2    1   1    100
Physical Education                 2      0         0             0   1    0   1    100
Physics                            11     1         3             1   3    3   0    100
Polish                             1      1         0             0   0    0   0    100
Politics                           9      0         2             4   3    0   0    100
Psychology                         34     3         7         10      7    6   1    100
Religious Education                10     0         1             3   2    2   2    100
EPQ                                8      3         1             1   3    0   0    100

                                           Vocational BTEC Level 3
Subject                           Total   Di*       Di        Me      Pa   U         %
                                  Entry                                            Entries
                                                                                   Di*-Me
General RE ASDAN Level 3
Science Btec Level 3               7      4         3             0   0    0   0    100

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Business Studies Btec Level 3      5      3         1             1   0    0   0    100
Our Courses

The proportion of sixth formers
successfully moving on to
further education, employment
or training after leaving Bishop
Walsh Catholic School sixth form
is much higher than the national
average and is increasing.
              Ofsted Report 2016

A Level &
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Level 3 Courses
AS/A Level Art and Design

Course Entry Requirements: Prospective A level students
should have gained at least a Grade 4 at GCSE level
Plus the following: Students who have not studied Art and
demonstrate a personal interest in the subject will be
considered on an individual basis.
UNITS - AS and A level Art and Design are stand- alone qualifications.     Component 2- Externally Set task (40% of total A level).
AS Art and Design                                                          Students will select one starting point from an early release question
During term one, art students will produce a number of pieces of           paper. There will be time for students to plan and prepare their work.
work. The focus of this work is to build on the knowledge, skills and      There will be a 15 hour controlled time period for realising ideas into
understanding of the students and to begin to understand what              an outcome or outcomes.
is required of them at full A level. This will involve exploration of
materials and techniques, research and acquisition of skills and           General Course Description
techniques                                                                 The aims of the course are to encourage candidates to develop:
Externally Set Task 100% of AS Level                                       Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers.
The AS level qualification will be marked and assessed on an
                                                                           Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and
externally set task. This makes up 100% of the qualification. Students
                                                                           expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement.
will select one starting point from an early release question paper.
                                                                           The experience of working with a broad range of media, including
There will be time for students to plan and prepare their work.
                                                                           traditional and new media and technologies.
Students will then be given 10 hours of controlled time to realise their
outcomes..                                                                 Knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design, media
                                                                           (traditional and new) and technologies in contemporary and past
THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT TO SUBMIT COURSEWORK FOR
                                                                           societies and cultures.
MARKING AT AS LEVEL.
A Level Art and Design
Component 1- Personal Investigation (60% of total A level).
                                                                           Board: OCR
This component comprises two discrete but linked elements.
This unit of work will begin at the end of Year 12. Students will
                                                                           Career Pathways
submit a portfolio of practical work showing their personal response       The course is good preparation for a range of art and design degree
to a starting point from a selection outlined by the school or from        and diploma courses; leading to a career in art and design, media, film
one arrived at through discussion with teaching staff. The focus of the    and television, ICT, advertising or teaching.
work should show a high level of exploration, research, acquisition of

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techniques and skills.
                                                                           Course Tutors
Included in Component 1 is a related study. This is a separate piece
of work that relates to the practical work of Component 1. It is an        Mr L Taylor
extended piece of research in response to the chosen starting point
and has a written requirement of at least 1000 words. Learners
                                                                           Mrs Hornby-Walsh
may produce the related study in an appropriate form of which              Mrs A Tack
the following are some examples: an illustrated essay, digital
presentation/ blog, illustrated study sheets or written report.
AS/A Level Art and Design: Textile Design

Course Entry Requirements: The course is open to all students
who have GCSE Art & Design: Textile Design, Design and
Technology: Textiles or an Art related subject at Grade 4 or
above. Students who have not studied Fashion and demonstrate
a personal interest in the subject will be considered on an
individual basis.
AS Level                                                                   General Course Description
There is only one component to the AS Level qualification; which is an     The course aims to encourage the enjoyment and appreciation of the
externally set task and makes up 100% of the qualification.
                                                                           diversity of Textile Design and Construction which can incorporates a
Component – Set Task:
                                                                           wide variety of disciplines, both traditional and modern.
Students select one starting point from an early release question paper
in January, structured around the skills, knowledge and understanding      Areas of Study can include: Fashion/Garment Construction, Accessories
developed throughout the course. There will be time for students to        or Soft Furnishing.
plan and prepare their work. Students will then be given 10 hours of       • Fashion - Garment construction, fashion drawing, accessories,
controlled time to realise their ideas into a final outcome.                 costume design
N.B. THERE IS NO COURSEWORK TO SUBMIT FOR MARKING AT AS                    • Surface Pattern Decoration - Visual and tactile surface decoration
LEVEL                                                                        to include pattern and colour.
The focus of the course during the first term will be to develop high
levels of skills, knowledge and understanding in the subject and to
                                                                           • Printing and Dying - Transferring images using traditional methods;
                                                                             block printing, batik, screen printing, stencilling or Hi Tec printing.
develop the student’s capacity to work independently.
A Level
                                                                           • Constructed - Knitting, weaving, felt, embroidery and appliqué.

For A Level, there are two components: a Personal Investigation with a     Board: OCR
related study (60%), and an Externally set task question paper (40%)
Component 1 – the Personal Investigation - 60% of Total marks              Career Pathways
This unit of work will begin at the end of Y12, and comprises of two
discretely linked elements.                                                The Textile Course at Bishop Walsh is good preparation to do a range
For the Personal Investigation students will produce a practical           of Textile and Design related degree or diploma courses, and then into
portfolio of work developed from a starting point, topics, or theme        a career in textiles, design, media, film and television, ICT, advertising
determined by the student and through discussion with the teaching         or teaching. After completing A Levels, Foundation Degrees are
staff. The focus of the work should show a high level of exploration,      designed as the principal gateway into a higher education in Art and
research, acquisition of techniques and skills.                            Design. However, some Universities will accept students directly after
The Personal Investigation also includes a Related Study; this is a        A Levels, but we always recommend that students’ progress onto a
separate piece of work related to the practical portfolio and is an        Foundation Degree Course.
extended piece of research which should be produced in an appropriate
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form, with a written requirement to establish the students’ knowledge
and understanding of the subject.
Component 2 - Externally Set task - 40% of Total marks                     Mrs I Hornby-Walsh
For the Externally Set task students select one starting point from an
early release question paper in February; structured around the skills,
knowledge and understanding developed throughout the course. There
will be time for students to plan and prepare their work. They will then
be given 15 hours of controlled time to realise their ideas into a final
outcome or outcomes.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
                                                       in Applied Science

Course Entry Requirements:Students will need to have a minimum
of 5 GCSEs at level 4 or above (or equivalent) including
Science, English and Maths.
UNITS
Year 12 Units:
                                                                          • Unit 1 is assessed in the form of a 1.5 hour examination which is
                                                                              set and marked by Pearson, pupils will cover all content required in
• 1 - Principles and Applications of Science I (Externally assessed)          lessons.
• 2 - Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (Internally          •   Unit 3 is a practical investigation and written submission which
    assessed)                                                                 is set and marked by Pearson, the task will take 4.5 hours and will
                                                                              be split over 2 sessions. In preparation for this pupils will have
Year 13 Units:                                                                completed a range of practical activities and the associated
• 3 - Science Investigation Skills (Externally assessed)                      write-ups during lesson time and the task will cover one of these.
• 8 - Physiology of Human Body Systems (Internally assessed)                  Students are allowed one resit attempt at external assessments.
                                                                          • Unit’s 2 and 8 are internally assessed. This is in the format of
General Course Description                                                    assignments. Students will be continually assessed and so have
This two year course, which is equivalent to one A-level, is designed         the benefit of knowing exactly what level they are working at
to give students who are particularly interested in the sciences a            throughout the two year course.
qualification and range of vocational experience suitable as a stepping   The BTEC course will be completed with a minimum 2 units, over one
stone into scientific careers. For examples roles such as:                year, which will hold the equivalence of one AS-level and a maximum
                                                                          of 4 units, over two years, which will hold the equivalence of one
•   Medical and scientific technicians
                                                                          A-level. The level at which the students complete the course (Pass,
•   Research scientists
                                                                          Merit, Distinction or Distinction*) is based on their progress over the
•   Forensic scientists
                                                                          two years
•   Pharmacists
•   Nurses
•   Science journalists                                                   Board: Pearson
Over the two year course students will look at a variety of practical
techniques and will understand the scientific processes that occur.
As well as developing practical skills, students will gain in depth
                                                                          Career Pathways
                                                                          The credits gained from this course are recognised by Higher
knowledge of some aspects of science. Units 1, 2 and 3 all contain
                                                                          Education Institutes and Universities. Students may like to embark
aspects of chemistry, biology and physics. Unit 8 is purely biology
                                                                          on vocational based courses leading to becoming science or medical
based. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop transferable skills
                                                                          technicians or indeed study courses such as Biomedical Science, Animal
such as: the ability to learn independently; research actively and
                                                                          Biology, Forensic Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Nursing or Dental
methodically; give presentations and be active group members.
                                                                          Technology.

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The course will have structured teaching time of six hours a week over
two years, with a requirement for students to put in additional hours     Course Tutors
independently in order to complete work to the best of their ability
and submit assignments within clearly defined deadlines.                  Mrs Qamar
The assessment of the course is split equally between internal and        Mr Prior
external assessment.
                                                                          Miss Roche
AS/A Level Biology

Course Entry Requirements: Students will need to have a
minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE Biology or a 6/6 in Double Award
GCSE Science and a grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics
In order to be successful, students must have a genuine interest in        Board: OCR
the subject but this alone is not sufficient. Many students do not fully
appreciate the more demanding nature of A level Biology compared
to that of GCSE Biology. The ability to write good, clear English, to be   Career Pathways
competent at basic mathematics and a determination and willingness         A biological background provides employment opportunities in the
to work alone outside lesson time are essential.                           Food, Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical Industries, Government
                                                                           services such as the Department of environment and Scientific Civil
General Course Description                                                 Service, in Nursing and in Teaching. Biology provides a suitable
                                                                           and often preferred background for entry into further education to
Units - Biology A Level explores the fundamental processes of life.        study Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Biology and other
The course delves into the intricate workings of the cell and also         science related degree courses. Science degrees are also looked
the systems that enable the survival and reproduction of the whole         upon favourable when applying for many types of analytical careers
organism. Pupils appreciate how dynamic ecosystems can be studied          including accountancy.
as well as gain an insight into breakthrough biotechnologies that are
shaping our future. To complete the full A Level pupils will complete
3 exams at the end of year 13 which assess pupils on the 2 years of        Course Tutors
study. These include:
                                                                           Mr Killworth
1. Biological processes: worth 37% of the A Level.
2. Biological diversity: worth 37% of the A Level.
                                                                           Mrs Marston-Smith
3. Unified biology: worth 26% of the A Level.                              Miss Twist
Pupils are also required to complete a minimum of 12 skill tasks           Miss Lee
throughout the A Level course to enhance their practical skills. Pupils
will receive a ‘Practical Endorsement’ although this work will not         Mr Prior
contribute to the student’s final grade.
Other related or suitable subjects
Biology goes well with a range of subjects such as Chemistry, Physics,
Mathematics and Geography. You may wish to take Biology as your

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only science and combine it with subjects such as History, English,
Psychology or a foreign language. Whilst these subjects may not
provide direct support to your study of Biology you may enjoy the
diversity such combinations bring.
A-Level (AS option also available) Business Studies

Course Entry Requirements: A minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE
Mathematics AND grade 5 in GCSE English Language

Units (full A Level) - 3 papers are taken at the end of A-Level             “Think carefully about
Business each 2 hours long and covering a range of business topics
from Accounting, Marketing, Operations, Human Resources as well as           your choices – it is really
Managing Change and External Influences in a business.                       important that you get
General Course Description                                                   them right… think beyond
This course is an excellent introduction to the world of Business to         the next 2 years”
those students who are interested in future in industry. Students
learn about the functional areas of business, such as marketing and
                                                                               Nathan Shapter Year 13
human resources while also studying the ways in which businesses
must respond to change and use relevant news case studies to analyse
business decisions and strategies.                                              Course Tutors
                                                                                Mr M O’Rourke
Board: AQA                                                                      Mr S Barlow
Career Pathways
                                                                           Note – It is advisable to avoid the combination of Business and
This is a valuable course that can lead towards further related degrees;
                                                                           Economics. The University of Warwick advises ‘breadth of subjects
such as Business, Accountancy, Management, Marketing, Politics, etc. It
                                                                           is valued by our selectors and therefore subjects with significantly
is well suited to complement the sciences but also humanities subjects
                                                                           overlapping curricula should be avoided where possible, for example
and enhances essay writing, analytical skills as well as logic and maths
                                                                           economics and business studies’ And the London School of Economics
skills.
                                                                           and Political Science states ‘the combination of business studies and
                                                                           economics as two separate A-levels is best avoided.’

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BTEC Level 3 (A-Level Equivalence) Business Studies

Course Entry Requirements: Students will need to have a
minimum of 5 GCSEs at level 4 or above (or equivalent) to be
accepted onto this course.

General Course Description                                                Career Pathways
The purpose of the course is to equip pupils with a broad                 This is a valuable course that can lead towards apprenticeships in
understanding of the business world that surrounds them in this           fields such as Accountancy, Marketing, Human Resource Management,
modern day and age. It is a vocational course that should provide         Operations Management, etc. This course could also be followed by
students with business skills to be used when leaving education. The      further vocational courses at college or progression to University. The
students learn through project based coursework completed over the        course would complement other practical subjects or vocational courses
two years in school. This will include hands on experience of dealing     at Bishop Walsh. This is also a practical guide for people who wish to
with outside businesses, organising meetings and collecting in revenues   begin their own business one day.
from events that students will have to run.

                                                                          Course Tutors
Board: Edexcel
                                                                          Mr M O’Rourke
                                                                          Mr S Barlow

   “Pick subjects that you both
    enjoy and excel in”
     Kayleigh Murray Year 13

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AS/A Level Chemistry

Course Entry Requirements: 6 in GCSE Chemistry and a 6 in
GCSE Maths.

UNITS:                                                                     Career Pathways
AS Unit 1 - Inorganic and Physical chemistry                               There are many careers which can be pursued with an A-Level in
AS Unit 2 - Organic and Physical chemistry                                 chemistry, there are many courses at university that traditionally
Relevant practical skills will be assessed in both unit 1 and 2            require an A-Level in chemistry such as medicine, veterinary science,
examinations.                                                              dentistry on a compulsory basis. Other degrees that can be undertaken
                                                                           include pharmacy, chemical engineering, chemistry, pharmaceutical
A-Level Unit 1 - Inorganic and Physical chemistry.
                                                                           science, medicinal science, tropical medicine, immunology and
A-Level Unit 2 - Organic and Physical chemistry.                           biotechnology. Many degrees in healthcare fields see an A-Level in
A-Level Unit 3 - All content and relevant practical skills.                chemistry as an advantage including nursing, midwifery, healthcare
Relevant practical skills will be assessed in both units of the A-Level    science and radiography. Degrees in environmental science, cyber
                                                                           security, aerospace engineering, artificial intelligence and nuclear
General Course Description                                                 science will all find an a-level in chemistry advantageous. There are
                                                                           also other non-science courses that an A-Level in chemistry are useful
The AS level course builds on fundamental concepts in chemistry
                                                                           for; these include law, accountancy and teaching.
such as atomic structure and bonding. The AS level course will now
differentiate into the three main branches of chemistry: inorganic
chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry; each will be
explored in depth. Topics studied are as follows: in physical chemistry:   Course Tutors
calculating amounts of substances, energetics, redox and equilibria,       Miss McMahon
in inorganic chemistry: periodicity, group 2, group 7 and in organic
chemistry, reactions of alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, and       Mrs Qamar
spectroscopy. Studying chemistry at AS level will enable you to
develop and enhance your practical skills, as well as your mathematical
                                                                           Dr Pickavance
and analytical skills.
The A-Level chemistry course follows the same structure as the AS,
but in greater detail. In the physical topics we cover; thermodynamics,
acids and bases, electrochemistry and equilibria. In the inorganic           “Chemistry is a
section we study transition metals and period 3 elements. In the
                                                                              challenging a-level but

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organic section we study carbonyl compounds, amines, chemical
synthesis and analysis. As well as a wide range of practicals to help         it is very rewarding.”
develop the practical skills needed to undertake a science related
degree at university level.                                                     Jodie Bentley Year 13
Board: AQA
AS/A Level Computer Science

Course Entry Requirements: A minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE
Mathematics and subject to an interview with the Head of
Department who will make a judgement on the strength of
the point score and the suitability of the candidate for A level
Computer Science.
AS Level Units:                                                           Technology is still a growth sector that changes year-on-year. This
Paper 1: 1.15 hour written exam, Computer Systems                         course will enable you to stay ahead of this change and understand
(50% of AS-level)                                                         the role technology could play in many walks of life. You will not
Paper 2: 1.15 hour written exam, Algorithms and Programming               be limited to a Computer Science career rather you will realise the
(50% of AS-level)                                                         advantages technology brings to any future career!

A Level Units:
Paper 1: 2.5 hour written exam, Computer Systems (40% of A-level)
                                                                          Board: OCR
Paper 2: 2.5 hour written exam, Algorithms and Programming
(40% of A-level)                                                          Career Pathways
NEA 3: Project (20% of A-level)                                           Computing qualifies for UCAS points so it could allow you to study for
                                                                          a degree or BTEC higher diploma in related subjects such as Computer
General Course Description                                                Science or Information Systems. You could also go on to work-based
This course is an excellent introduction for students interested in       training.
following a career in: Computer Programming; Systems Analysis;            Many Science, Engineering and Maths courses at University now
Network Engineering or any other Computer Science related career          include programming modules for which this course is an ideal
path.                                                                     preparation.
The emphasis of this course is on computational thinking. You will
learn not only the tools a computer professional uses, but will develop
the ability to determine what can be computed and how to compute
                                                                          Course Tutors
it. You will learn how computer systems work on both the hardware         Mr M Lewis
and software levels and you will apply these principles to the solution
of problems, learning how to create your own computer systems that        Mrs H Clancy
others can use.

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