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Full time course guide 2017/2018 - www.pursglove.ac.uk
     If you want to study in beautiful, uniquely historic surroundings with
     over 1000 like-minded young people who are excited about learning
     and ambitious about their future, then you’ve come to the right place!

     Our wonderful college has been delivering the highest        When I took on the principal’s role in January as part
     quality education for over 450 years - very few have         of the merger plans with Stockton Sixth Form I was
     that claim to fame. But don’t be fooled - our facilities     immediately struck by the wonderful surroundings on
     are 21st century and will enable you to enjoy an             the Guisborough site which students often describe
     absolutely first rate learning experience.                   as reminiscent of a university campus.

     Our teachers are experts in their field - specialists        The atmosphere is calm and purposeful, with an
     who focus exclusively on delivering their subject to the     overwhelming focus on learning and mutual support
     highest subject. Year after year we succeed in supporting    across the whole campus community. Teachers,
     students to Oxford or Cambridge, to study competitive        managers, support staff all play an integral part in
     courses such as veterinary science, medicine and             ensuring that all our students have everything they
     dentistry, also to physiotherapy, midwifery and teaching -   need to make progress beyond their expectations
     to name but a few.                                           and have a great experience along the way.

     We pride ourselves on being an inclusive college with        Don’t take my word for it - come along to one of our
     an offer for every young person. We understand that          popular open evenings and see for yourself. There will
     things don’t always go according to plan and sometimes       be current students - our ambassadors - who give their
     a re-think is needed - that’s fine.                          time freely because they want to share with you the
                                                                  fabulous experience they’re having here.
     Our track record in securing sustained positive
     destinations is unparalleled across the region.              Prior Pursglove is a special place - we challenge and
                                                                  support in a way that will surprise where it takes you.
     In other words, whether you want to go to university,        I hope that you will find our unique offer irresistible
     an apprenticeship or a job we have the specialist staff,     and come and be part of Prior!
     expertise and drive to deliver that with you. In fact we
     are in the top 10% of all sixth form colleges with an        See you soon,
     84% progression rate.
                                                                  Joanna Bailey

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2017/2018                                           The College
                                                    The facilities at Prior Pursglove
                                                    College are some of the best in

Contents                                            the area.

At Prior Pursglove College we are
able to offer the broadest range
of A level and Applied A level                      Which course?
subjects in the area because of
the large number of students                        Which level?
who choose to come here for
their sixth form studies.                           We offer a wide and varied choice
                                                    of subjects and courses at different
You can be sure to find a subject                   levels. Whatever your ability, you
that interests you. If you require                  should be able to find a course to
more in-depth information about                     suit you.
the subjects we offer, please take a
look at the college website where
you will find copies of our course
information guides. Alternatively,
you can contact the college either
by telephone or email and we will                   Course listings
send you copies.
                                                    Find out about our extensive range
                                                    of courses, we are sure you will find
                                                    the right course for you.

05 The College Campus
06 Which Course? Which level?
08 Students Union
                                                    Benefits of
09 Course listings                                  coming to Prior
42 What else can I do?
                                                    Check out student rewards for
44 Benefits of coming to Prior                      good attendance and achievement

46 Parents matter
49 Application form
51    Results
                                                    Get in touch



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The College
The facilities at Prior Pursglove College are some of the best in the area and it’s
our friendly, safe and relaxed campus that helps our students enjoy their time here.

There’s plenty of social space to meet up with friends in   Resource Centre
your spare time and we’re just a two minute walk away       The College is a stimulating place to study and provides
from the amenities of Guisborough High Street.              excellent learning resources to support your studies.
                                                            Open to all college students, the Resource Centre is
Art & Media Centre                                          much more than just a library – it’s a modern area
The Applegarth Centre is our £2 million dedicated Art       designed, equipped and staffed to help you learn in the
& Media building with specialist media suite, Apple Mac     way that suits you best. Students can find quiet areas for
and PC computers, art studios, photography dark room        individual study or work on group projects together in
and state-of-the-art facilities.                            dedicated areas.

Stephen Whitehead Theatre                                   Gym
Enables Drama and Performing Arts students to               If you’re the energetic type and like to keep fit, you can
work within a professional theatre with 170 seat            enjoy our brilliant college gym which has an impressive
performance space. If you apply for performing arts         stock of high-tech equipment and iPad-led training
based courses you will be automatically invited to our      programmes. Not only is exercise good for your overall
college productions where you can see for yourself how      health and fitness but it also helps your mental well-
talented our students are.                                  being. Exercise will help keep you calm during those
                                                            stressful periods and that will help you perform better
IT facilities                                               in your studies. Make sure you check our gym out if you
Including over 600 modern PCs – all internet-enabled        are hoping to study with us.
and running the latest software – plus 24/7 access to
Moodle, our internal student portal and virtual learning    Student Services
environment providing access to course materials, your      A vast refurbishment of the existing Student Services
personal files and email account. Wi-Fi is available at     building was completed recently and it houses the
points throughout the campus.                               college’s cafeteria and an extensive social area that
                                                            students can use during their free time. There are also a
Science labs                                                number of Quick Use computers.
Half million pound investment in state of the art Science
facilities, providing an excellent range of specialist      Cafeteria & Shop
equipment, laboratories and a student-friendly science      Our cafeteria offers fresh options at affordable prices.
study area.                                                 Students can choose from a wide selection of cooked
                                                            meals, salads, sandwiches and jacket potatoes in the
Accessibility                                               cafeteria or relax with a hot drink or snack in the Atrium
Excellent access to all areas of the college for students   Coffee Shop. The college also has its own shop for
with mobility issues.                                       drinks and snacks throughout the day.

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Which course?
     Which level?
     We offer a wide and varied choice of subjects and courses at different levels.
     Whatever your ability, you should be able to find a course to suit you.

     Our courses fall into three               Enterprise and Health & Social Care.    What is an A level?
     categories: Foundation Learning           Pathways courses are generally          AS/A levels are undergoing the
     (Level 1), Pathways (Level 2) and         suitable for students who have          biggest change since major reform
     Advanced (Level 3). Some students         some GCSE qualifications and who        in 2000. In September 2015, A
     have a mixed programme of courses         feel they are capable of improving      levels became linear, a shift from the
     at different levels to suit their         these grades with an extra year         current modular approach to end
     individual needs. We can discuss          at college. Level 2 courses include     of course exams. This means that
     your options at interview.                GCSEs, BTEC First Diplomas and          you will sit your final exams at the
                                               Certificates, OCR qualifications        end of the second year. Contrary
     Level 1                                   and NVQ Level 2 qualifications.         to widespread belief, AS levels are
     Foundation Learning                       Many combinations are available         not totally disappearing, but they
     If the traditional sixth form route       to suit individual needs and make       are being “decoupled” – which
     is not for you, we offer a range of       a coherent programme of study to        means they can still be taken as
     alternative courses which provide         suit everyone.                          free-standing qualifications but will
     a greater degree of flexibility.                                                  no longer count towards the final
     Together these will provide you           Level 3                                 A level grade.
     with the skills to help prepare           Advanced courses
     you for work, further study or            What makes us stand out is the          To complicate matters further, the
     training on a programme that is           very large range of subjects and        changes have taken place over an
     very adaptable and is delivered           combinations which we can offer         extended three-year period, with
     to suit your individual needs. The        - over 40 subjects at A level and       different waves of subjects switching
     Foundation Learning programme             equivalent. The college has great       to the new specifications, and to
     may be the perfect option for you,        expertise in advising on the best       linear exams, each year. By the time
     if you don’t feel ready to study on       combination of subjects and the         you join us the vast majority of
     a full-time course, as it will allow      requirements of certain university      subjects should have changed to the
     you to learn new skills at your own       courses and specific careers.           linear model. Subjects that we offer
     pace. The programme is delivered                                                  which have already changed are:
     over three days a week and allows         Advanced level courses generally
     you to work towards a range of            last for two years and, since they      •   Art, Design & Photography
     qualifications as well as volunteering,   are relatively demanding, they are      •   Biology, Chemistry & Physics
     community work and progression            suitable for those with at least five   •   Business Studies, Economics
     on to Apprenticeships. To find out        GCSEs at grades A* to C (new            •   Computer Science
     more, please contact the college for      GCSE grades 4/5 – 9). In addition,      •   Drama
     our part-time course guide or find a      many of our subjects also have          •   English Language,
     copy on the college website.              specific GCSE subject requirements          English Literature, English
                                               and a number may also demand                Language and Literature
     Level 2                                   high grades.                                (combined)
     Pathways                                                                          •   French & Spanish
     Our Pathways programme offers             You will find detailed information      •   Geography
     the chance to combine academic            in our Course Information Guides,       •   History
     study for qualifications such as          which you can view on our college       •   PE
     GCSEs, Study Skills, Skills for Life      website. Alternatively, you can         •   Psychology
     and Functional Skills with vocational     contact the college to receive          •   RE (Philosophy & Ethics).
     qualifications such as Business &         individual copies.                      •   Sociology

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       PASS RATE
       for Vocational

The following year in 2017 – when
you will be looking to join us at
Prior – the following subjects are
scheduled to change to the linear
model: Accounting, Classics, Film
Studies, Further Maths, Geology,
Government & Politics, Law, Maths
and Media Studies. Which virtually
covers almost all our entire A level
program of subjects.

What is a BTEC, Cambridge
TEC Subsidiary Diploma
and Award?
These are more practical, work-
related courses which allow you
to gain the knowledge and skills
needed in specific vocational
areas. You will learn by completing
projects and assignments that
are based on realistic workplace
situations, activities and demands,
alongside a smaller proportion of
examination based assessment.

As well as learning about the
employment area that you have
chosen, you will develop the skills
needed to start your future career.
It can be the equivalent to one AS
level (Certificate) or one full A level
(Subsidiary Diploma) depending
on the course chosen.
There is also the option to combine
studying this qualification with
additional A level(s). At the end of
the course you will have sufficient
                                                                   OF A*
qualifications to progress to
university or to enter employment.

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Students’ Union
     Who are we?
     The Executive                         The Events Team                       The Student Forum
     The Executive Student Union at        We are a dedicated group of           The Student Forum meets once
     Prior Pursglove aims to promote       students whose aim is to assist in    every half-term. Everyone is invited
     student wellbeing by trying to        the organisation and running of       and this is the perfect opportunity
     resolve any student related issues.   fun and often charitable events for   for your Class Representatives to
     We make sure that the voices of       students here at Prior. We believe    meet with the Students’ Union
     students are heard!                   that enjoyment is an important        Executive and members of senior
                                           aspect of studying; we meet weekly    management. Here they can
     In the past we have lobbied local     on a lunchtime to discuss and plan    discuss matters affecting their
     MPs, campaigned against travel card   events that will make everyone’s      classes, provide feedback for the
     cuts and much more. Meetings are      college experience more fun.          college, vote on pressing issues and
     chaired by our student-elected                                              communicate students’ views in an
     President and Vice-President and      In the past we have raised money      open environment.
     assisted by the input of Student      for organisations such as Children
     Officers.                             in Need, The Teenage Cancer Trust     Our Students’ Union has strong links
                                           and Comic Relief and we are always    with the National Union of Students;
     If you wish to be a part of the       open to new fundraising ideas.        don’t forget to purchase your NUS
     Student Union all you need to do      We have also organised trips to       Extra card to receive loads of great
     is come to the meetings held in the   Alton Towers, a Bollywood Fashion     student discounts!
     conference room at Tuesday lunch      Show, sponsored abseils, a Haunted
     time. Hope to see you there!          Sleepover, Prior Olympic Games,
                                           X Factor competitions and
                                           much more!

          Contact us:
          or find us on Twitter:

                                                                                 Maz Khabbass
                                                                                 Ex- Nunthorpe School
                                                                                 Students’ Union President

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Course                                           ICT
                                                 28 Computer Science A level

Contents                                         28 ICT Level 3 Cambridge
                                                    TEC Certificate &
                                                    Introductory Diploma

Art & Design                                     Law & Politics
10 Fine Art A level
                                                 30 Government & Politics A level
10 Design A level
                                                 30 Law A level
11 Photography: Lens-Based and
                                                 31 Law (Applied) BTEC Certificate
   Light-Based Media A level
                                                    & Subsidiary Diploma

12 Accounting A level                            Mathematics
12 Business Studies A level                      33 Mathematics A level
12 Business Studies BTEC                         33 Further Mathematics A level
   Subsidiary Diploma                            33 Statistics A level
15 Career Ready
15 Economics A level

                                                 Performing Arts
English & EPQ                                    34 Drama A level
16 English Language A level                      34 Performing Arts BTEC
16 English Language                                 Subsidiary Diploma
   & Literature A level
16 English Literature A level
16 Extended Project Qualification
                                                 Religious Studies
                                                 36 Religious Studies A level
Film & Media                                        (Philosophy & Ethics)
19 Film Studies A level
19 Media Studies A level
                                                 Psychology & Sociology
Foreign Languages                                37 Psychology A level
20 French A level                                37 Sociology A level
20 Spanish A level

Geography & Geology                              39 Biology A level
23 Geography A level
                                                 39 Biology Applied BTEC
23 Geology A level
                                                    Certificate & Subsidiary Diploma
                                                 39 Chemistry A level
Health & Social Care                             39 Physics A level
24 Health & Social Care                          39 Physics (Applied) BTEC
   OCR Cambridge TEC                                Subsidiary Diploma

History                                          Sports
27 Classical Civilisation A level                41 Physical Education A level
27 History A level

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Art &
     Fine Art                                                      Art & Design (Design)
     A level                                                       A level
     Fine Art offers you an exciting opportunity to develop        This is an exciting course which allows you to creatively
     your individual creativity through a wide range               explore a vast range of design disciplines. In the first
     of challenging experiences. We will support your              instance you will be introduced to the design process
     development of art skills but will challenge you to           and you will produce work through small exercises and
     create work outside your comfort zone. Our purpose            design briefs. You will have the opportunity to explore
     built Applegarth Centre has enabled us to widen our           2-dimentional as well as 3-dimentional design processes
     provision and we will be encouraging you to express           and following the initial period, you will make a decision
     yourself through a variety of media, which will include       about which area of design you want to specialise in.
     drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation and   3-dimentional areas of study that are open to you
     video. The centre also houses a wonderful gallery space,      include: product design, environmental and architectural
     which will give us a fantastic opportunity to exhibit your    design, theatre and costume, jewellery design and body
     work in a professional setting.                               ornamentation, sculpture and ceramics.

     We dare you to think about what Fine Art is and what          2-dimentional areas of study include: advertising,
     it can be. You must be prepared to comment on your            packaging design, illustration, branding and
     work and draw links with other artists. It is important       communication graphics.
     to emphasise that, if you spend as much time working
     outside of lessons as you do within them, then you will       On the course you will study design and designers
     flourish as a student in Fine Art.                            from the contemporary as well as historical period.
                                                                   You will have access to our modern well-resourced
     Like every other A level programme, Fine Art is               Applegarth studios and traditional design workshop;
     an academic qualification and, as such, is useful for         and you will also have access to computer aided
     progression into higher education. Fine Art students          design programs.
     progress to a whole range of careers including artist,
     teacher, architect, art historian and art critic among        Overall you will be encouraged to explore design ideas
     many, many others.                                            with imagination and ambition. Many of our students
                                                                   go on to pursue design related careers and choose to
                                                                   study design at University. Courses can include, to name
                                                                   a few, product design, architecture, industrial design,
                                                                   theatre and costume design, graphics and illustration.

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    Art & Design
    facilities with
    gallery space

Art & Design
(Photography: Lens-Based
and Light-Based Media)
A level
For this course you will study in
our brand new ‘state of the art’
Creative Arts and Media Centre.
This building contains both a
traditional darkroom and digital
facility, incorporating computer
suites running Creative Suite and
Photoshop as well as animation
and video editing software.

This course offers challenging and
stimulating projects which will allow
students to explore and develop
their skills in both traditional and
contemporary styles, utilising
darkroom techniques as well as
digital image making.

In the first year, you will be given a   I was attracted to Prior
technical introduction to the SLR        by the excellent range
camera and darkroom processing as        of subjects on offer and
well as the use of digital cameras.      the modern campus
                                         facilities. The teachers are
Throughout the course you will
                                         really friendly and you
be expected to explore a range
of themes creatively. Projects           get to meet a diverse
encourage you to develop your            mix of people from all
own personal ideas in your work as       over Teesside and North
well as experimental techniques. You     Yorkshire.
will investigate the work of various
photographers, looking at both           Melissa Storey
technical aspects and the meaning        Former Stokesley pupil, now
and content of their work. You will      studying Design, Geology,
also be given the opportunity to         Mathematics and Photography.
explore moving image and video.

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     Accounting                             Business Studies                        Business Studies
     A level                                A level                                 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
     In the first year of the course you    It is difficult to escape the effects   This qualification equips you with a
     will learn the basics of bookkeeping   of the world of business as every       broad understanding of the essential
     and the techniques of effective        aspect of our lives are touched by      knowledge and skills needed to help
     accounting. You will gain a full       the work of profit and none profit      you begin or progress in a wide
     understanding of the importance        making organisations. Business          variety of business careers.
     of managing cash in a business         studies provides the opportunity
     and how this affects whether a         to gain a deeper understanding of       You will have the opportunity to
     business makes a profit or loss. You   how such organisations function and     gain an insight into some of the
     will also understand how managing      manage their resources in order         most recognisable organisations in
     the ‘money side’ of business           to meet a range of tactical and         the UK: this is done through guest
     correctly will help the planning and   strategic objectives.                   speakers, your own research and
     monitoring of a successful business.                                           visits to businesses.
     Subjects areas covered are business    The first year of the course includes
     ownership, control, profitability,     the following topics/themes:            The four core units in the Subsidiary
     performance and budgeting.                                                     Diploma give you an introduction
                                            • What is business?                     to the business environment,
     Throughout the second year             • Managers, leadership and              management of resources, marketing
     of the course you will develop           decision making                       and communication – which are
     an understanding of financial          • Decision making to improve            all fundamental to the success of
     accounting techniques for businesses     marketing performance                 business organisations. In the second
     without a complete accounting          • Decision making to improve            year there will be optional units
     system, for partnerships and limited     operational performance               that cover areas of business interest
     management and play a part in the      • Decision making to improve            including starting a small business
     decision making process. You will        financial performance                 and organising a business event, to
     also investigate capital investment,   • Decision making to improve            name two possible units.
     budgeting and sources of finance         human resource performance
     as well as considering social                                                  All units delivered cover ‘live’
     accounting issues.                     You will be suited to Business          businesses and all assignments
                                            Studies if you:                         will be based on specific issues a
     This is one of the new linear          • Are interested in current national    number of well-known businesses
     A levels so there will be two             and international business issues,   face in our economy today.
     external exams at the end of              and actively read daily
     the second year.                          newspapers
                                            • Want to understand about the
                                               choices facing organisations, and
                                               how decisions are made
                                            • Enjoy analysing case studies
                                            • Wish to pursue a career in
                                               management, economics,
                                               business, finance, etc.

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What I like about Prior -
The help from tutors
and teachers have helped
me decide what I would like
to do after my time at the
college, in particular Career
Ready. I enjoy my subjects
and all of the teachers treat
me with respect.

Why I came here -
The variety of subjects
attracted me to the college.

Bradley Fisher
Former Ormesby pupil, now
studying Accounting, Business
Studies and Use of Mathematics.

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Coming to Prior was a
                           good move, it is a really
                           welcoming college and it
                           was easy to fit straight in.

                           Luke Robinson
                           Former Sacred Heart pupil,
                           now studying Economics,
                           History and Law.

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Career Ready                                                 Economics
Since 2009 Prior Pursglove has been the only college         A level
in the Tees Valley to be a part of the 16-18 UK Career       We all contribute to the performance of the economy
Academy network, now known as Career Ready, an               via spending and saving decisions; therefore we should
exciting scheme designed to give students on advanced        build up an understanding of the economy and its
level courses in business and finance additional             impact on firms and citizens. This vital and stimulating
experiences to help them with their future career.           course embraces a wide range of academic skills. In the
                                                             first year of the course you will investigate macro and
The Academy is not a qualification in itself but runs        microeconomics.
alongside the colleges Business and Finance qualifications
and any other business discipline of your choice. To         Microeconomics addresses issues such as:
earn a place on this programme you will need to              • Why are fuel prices rising?
demonstrate to us that you have the drive to succeed         • How are prices set in the economy?
and the willingness to stretch your potential. In return,    • Should governments interfere with markets?
you will be provided with visits, personal business
mentoring and a fully paid internship/work placement         The Macroeconomic issues covered include:
with one of our partner organisations, which include         • How can the government guide the economy
Yorkshire Bank, Santander and the Darlington Building          to grow more?
Society. Not only will you develop your theoretical          • What happens to the economy if we all decide
business and finance knowledge, you will also gain a real      to spend more?
insight into the way businesses operate in the real world.   • How are we affected by the problems in Europe
                                                               and the rest of the world?
Career Ready at Prior is an invaluable opportunity
for those wishing to enter the world of business and         In the second year of the course, you will develop
business finance. Graduates from the programme have          further your knowledge of micro and macroeconomics,
secured full time employment, Apprenticeships and            considering economic concepts and theories in greater
university places.                                           depth and recognising the values and limitations of the
                                                             economic models.

                                                             You will also explore the global context, which
                                                             includes the impact of globalisation on UK economic

                                                             performance, alongside this you will look at whether
                                                             income and wealth is spread evenly throughout our

                                                             economy. Why is it that people are still living in poverty?

    local college to be
    part of the 16-18
    Career Ready

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     English &                                                                             computers
                                                                                           available across

                                                                                           the college

     English Language                             English Literature                       English Language and
     A level                                      A level                                  Literature
     This is a challenging and engaging           You will study an interesting and        A level
     course for anyone interested in              challenging range of texts across a      This course is a mixture of language
     finding out how language ’works’.            variety of genres, developing your       and literature and allows students to
     It is essentially a course in applied        skills as a critical and evaluative      experience a wide range of spoken
     linguistics: the ‘science’ of English. You   reader. Over the two year linear         and written texts from different
     will study contemporary language             course, you will study 8 texts           times. Over the two years, you will
     issues and ‘live texts’ rather than          which will develop your skills as        study different texts, some of which
     complete books. Over the two year            an independent learner. There is         will be from the genres of prose
     linear course, you will study social,        a coursework component, which            fiction, poetry and / or drama. You
     historical, geographical and individual      counts as 20% of your final grade.       will also study at least one non-
     varieties of English, including the          This is an ideal course for anyone       literary text. There is a coursework
     study of child language acquisition,         who enjoys reading and analysing         component which counts for 20%
     language change and gender. You              a wide range of literature and           of your final grade. This course
     will also undertake an independent           discussing their thoughts about texts.   allows students to combine a love
     investigation of language use, where                                                  of language and of literature.
     you will negotiate your own area of
     research and produce some original
     writing of your own.

     Extended Project Qualification
     Level 3
     This is an independent research project that you take responsibility for. The title, aims and objectives
     are yours to create; the scope, time frame and resources are for you to decide, evaluate and reflect
     upon. This is a brilliant opportunity for you to investigate something you have a passion for and write
     an extended essay, or you could design, create and produce a model, working programme, or act out
     a performance.

     The skills you acquire along the way include planning, timescale management, critical analysis,
     presentation skills and reflection. You will be allocated a supervisor whose role is not to tell you what
     to do but to help, guide and support you through your EPQ journey.

     In all, the project has 90 hours of independent study in addition to any other course you follow
     at college. EPQ starts at the beginning of your second year. EPQ is a great opportunity for you to
     develop independent research skills that universities highly value.

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At Prior there is masses
amount of support for
students both in and out
of college.

The teachers are passionate
about their subjects and
always go out of their
way to help. It is a friendly
college and always has a
cheerful atmosphere.

I love studying at Prior!

Thomas Crosby
Former Rye Hills pupil, now
studying Drama, Performing
Arts and English (Combined).

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I thought Prior was the
                           best college for A Levels
                           in the area.

                           I want to do journalism and
                           they offer good courses
                           that will enable me to
                           follow this path. I came to
                           the Open Evenings and one
                           of the Preview Days where
                           I tried out the subjects.

                           I felt comfortable here and
                           that’s what made me come
                           here. I am glad I chose here
                           because I wouldn’t want to
                           be anywhere else.

                           Courtney O’Riordan
                           Former St Peters pupil,
                           now studying Media Studies,
                           English Language and English

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                                                                                                 Film &
Film Studies                                                 Media Studies
A level                                                      A level
Film Studies is an enjoyable and highly informative          The media plays an increasingly powerful role in today’s
A level that offers an in-depth analysis of cinema. The      society, revolutionising social interactions and exerting
course develops your awareness of film aesthetics,           influence in every industry, from entertainment to
narrative and genre. You will explore the significance       international politics.
of spectatorship and critical approaches to cinema in
order to understand the medium in greater detail.            Media Studies is a lively, varied and engaging course
                                                             that develops skills in research, ICT, analysis and critical
The course covers a diverse range of film forms and          thinking, besides being practical and providing the cutting
styles from across the globe and through history such        edge in a wide variety of fields of learning. We use the
as Silent Cinema, Hollywood film, British Cinema,            industry standard software within custom-made suites.
European film movements, Global cinema, independent
and experimental cinema.

As well as a written exam you will also develop
creative and practical skills through the production
of coursework allowing you to produce a short film
or a screenplay, thus providing you with a professional
portfolio of work.
Students find Film Studies a stimulating course
which complements a wide range of other subjects.
Progression onto film, media, photography and art
courses is common, as well as to cultural studies and
social science courses at higher education level. The                                     with state-
analytical, research, ICT and creative skills developed on                                of-the-art
this course will help to prepare you for university study
or employment.

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     French                                                       Spanish
     A level                                                      A level
     French is a linear qualification in which all assessments    Spanish is a stimulating and rewarding qualification, highly
     must be taken at the end of the course. It will appeal to    respected by all universities for a wide range of careers
     students who enjoy learning and using French in varied       where Spanish is a very sought after qualification.
     situations. French is a major European language and          Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the
     will be an asset to any chosen career. The integration       world therefore an essential tool for business, culture
     of practical French themes with other subjects will be       and tourism.
     of interest to students who wish to develop foreign
     language skills as well as enhance their career potential.   A level Spanish is a demanding qualification which will
                                                                  take you beyond GCSE to enable you to master the
     Students taking the French programme will have the           language to high levels of competency in communication
     opportunity to gain valuable foreign language skills and     and linguistic skills. A level Spanish is a two year linear
     to learn about aspects of life and culture in France         qualification that will be assessed at the end of the
     and French-speaking regions of the world, and learn          course in which, besides learning the language, you will
     about family structures, traditional and modern values,      study the recent past history of the Spanish Civil War, its
     regional culture and heritage of France, migration and       current political situation and the main cultural icons of
     repercussions for modern day France following the            the Hispanic world beyond Spain. The course involves
     2nd world war. The course will also involve the study of     the study of films and literary pieces of work written
     some literature and films The course is taught using a       in Spanish.
     wide range of resources including text books, interactive
     and authentic material.                                      All this, and much more in a course that combines
                                                                  linguistic skills with analytical thinking and reasoning.
     By studying French, you will keep many academic and          Independent and self-reliance skills are developed during
     vocational pathways open. French can be combined with        lessons with authentic sources and material to learn and
     a variety of subjects at university and many students        the opportunity to participate in language immersions
     progress through this route in Higher Education. French      with residential visits to Spain. Spanish is not just an
     is not just a subject which leads to jobs in translation,    academic subject which leads to jobs in translation,
     interpreting or education since employees with language      interpreting or education since employees with
     skills are highly valued in the service and manufacturing    language skills are highly valued in all sectors of
     sectors of industry.                                         business and industry.

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Studying Spanish, French
and Law here is great.

All of my teachers always
go the extra mile to help
and encourage and I would
certainly recommend these
courses to anyone who is
thinking of coming to Prior.

Josh Pearson
Former Outwood - Bydales
pupil, now studying French,
Law and Spanish.

 in Europe

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I came to Prior Pursglove
                           college because I had heard
                           great things about it whilst I
                           was in school.

                           Once I first visited on the
                           open evening, I also found
                           it to have an excellent
                           working environment with
                           enthusiastic teachers and
                           students alike. With that
                           said, there was no reason
                           not to come to Prior.

                           Baljeet Singh
                           Former Acklam Grange
                           pupil, now studying Biology,
                           Chemistry, Physics and

                           FAR AND
                           as part of
                           your course

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                                                                  Geography &
Geography                                                   Geology
A level                                                     A level
Do you dream of working in environmental jobs?              This course encourages fieldwork, lab work and a
Or perhaps in business, finance, retail, planning or        hands-on approach to learning this new subject.
overseas development. Geography is a valuable
first step.                                                 Geology is the branch of science concerned with
                                                            the structure, evolution and dynamics of the Earth
The first year of Geography covers core human and           and with the exploitation of the mineral and energy
physical geography. A wide range of topics, many            resources that it contains in a sustainable way. Geology
contemporary and present day topical issues, are            examines hazards, resources, plate tectonics, past life
considered through specific case studies. Topics include    and extinctions and map and field skills. Geology
rivers, floods and management, desert environments,         applies physical, chemical and biological principles to
global population change and resource security. The         the investigation of the Earth, but also involves a
wide range of modules may be of particular interest to      distinctive scientific methodology, invoking internal
prospective Medicine students and Biologists. You will      and external Earth processes to explain the evolution
also develop a variety of geographical skills which will    of the planet through geological time.
broaden and deepen your existing knowledge, allow
you a greater degree of independence and stimulate          Do you have an interest in the Earth as a whole and
your analytical skills.                                     geological history? Unlike most sciences, Geology
                                                            requires outdoor study to be fully understood. A
The topics in the second year include examining             number of local and regional field visits are offered,
geological hazards like volcanoes, tsunamis and             from Whitby, High Force and Cauldron Snout to
earthquakes. Human topics include world cities,             Ingleton Waterfalls to name a few. The first year of
retailing and urban regeneration. You will be required to   the course introduces the key ideas of the subject
undertake an independent investigation in to a topic of     including earthquakes and volcanoes, minerals and
your own choice and interest (20% of the A level grade).    rocks and the Earth’s structure. The second year is more
                                                            specific, studying fossils, evolution, climate change and
Geography goes particularly well with Geology so            environmental geology (bridges, dams, oil and gas etc.).
students reinforce their own learning. There is the
opportunity to participate in local fieldwork in Teesside   Many of our A level Geology students have progressed
and York and also to go further afield to places such       to top universities to study geology, climatology, civil
as Manchester, London or New York. Geography is a           engineering, medicine, accountancy, logistics, energy
very well respected and broad qualification that equips     generation and renewables - the list goes on and on!
you well for university and employment in almost any
subject or field.

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Health &
     Social Care
     This is an interesting course designed to develop your knowledge and understanding
     of a wide variety of health, social and community services, whilst giving an insight
     into the job roles and career prospects within the vocational sector.

     Health & Social Care
     OCR Cambridge TEC
     The course offers a combination of coursework and              These topics are extended at A2 to cover mental
     examined units and it is possible to study a single or         health, food and fitness and the treatment and
     double award in this subject, which makes it a very            diagnosis of diseases. Wherever possible a range
     useful preparation for students considering careers            of current practitioners are invited into college to
     with higher education routes such as nursing, teaching         offer their expertise.
     or social work and also employment after college.
                                                                    Students are encouraged to participate in work
     A range of diverse topics are studied at                       experience which offers a valuable insight into the
     AS level including:                                            health and social care sector.
     • Effective care & communication in a variety of
        care settings.
     • Health conditions which affect our lives such
        as diabetes coronary heart disease.
     • Life as a challenge e.g. cystic fibrosis, autism, bipolar.
     • Educating children & young children.

                                                                                   Our Career Advisor will
                                                                                   be able to support you
                                                                                   with specialist advice
                                                                                   and interview support

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The main reason why I
came to Prior was because
of how friendly I found
the staff and students
when I came to one of
the Open Evenings.

I really enjoy all of the
subjects that I have chosen
and I am very glad I chose
to come to Prior as it is a
very good college.

Grace Tams
Former Laurence Jackson pupil,
now studying Business Studies,
Health & Social Care and

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I chose Prior because I
                           loved the environment of
                           the college and the teachers
                           all seemed really nice,
                           helpful and knowledgeable.

                           Even though I was the only
                           student from my secondary
                           school attending Prior, I’ve
                           settled in really well and
                           have thoroughly enjoyed
                           my first year.

                           Caitlin Joyce
                           Former All Saints pupil, now
                           studying Further Mathematics,
                           History and Psychology.

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Classical Civilisation                                      History
A level                                                     A level
This is a fascinating and stimulating course in which you   This is a fascinating course where you will explore
study the ancient civilisations of the Greeks and the       four diverse topics:
Romans. It is a subject where you will explore ancient
literature, culture and archaeology.                        • The Early Tudors 1485 - 1558
                                                            • The Russian Revolution – 1894 – 1941
You will consider a range of themes and characters          • Civil Rights in the USA – 1865 – 1992
from ancient literature and history, and explore possible
answers to questions such as: Why did ancient societies     Historical Enquiry Coursework - Germany
believe in so many Gods? What can we learn from
ancient sites like Pompeii? Why were so many myths          You will study two modules in the first year, The Early
vicious and petty?                                          Tudors and the Russian Revolution, followed by Civil
                                                            Rights in the USA in the second. All three are assessed
If you want to study something unique, you have an          solely by examination. Also in the second year, you will
interest in myths and history and enjoy reading, this       undertake an independent study coursework module
could be the perfect course for you.                        on Modern Germany.

                                                            History is an intriguing subject which provides context
                                                            for the world we live in today. It also teaches us
                                                            valuable skills, such as critical thinking and evidence
                                                            based reasoning, skills that universities and employers
                                                            alike strongly value. If you want to try something
                                                            different and have a passion for History, then this is
                                                            the course for you.

    A HUGE
    of courses to
    choose from

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     Computer Science                                            ICT
     A level                                                     Level 3 Cambridge TEC Certificate &
     There is a very clear distinction between ICT and           Introductory Diploma
     Computer Science. When you study Computer Science           ICT is at the heart of everyday life and has an ever
     at A level you will learn a wide range of skills such as    increasing role to play. To support this role, you will
     problem solving, logical reasoning and abstract thinking,   gain experience in several areas of ICT, including
     as well as being able to develop your innovative and        several multimedia topics. This will provide you with
     creative side. If you enjoy creating and implementing       valuable, transferrable skills and knowledge essential
     effective solutions to a wide range of problems, then       to succeed in a wide variety of ICT related careers.
     Computer Science is for you.                                Currently this course is offered as a Certificate (AS
                                                                 level) over one year, or the A level (Introductory
     You will learn an industry recognised programming           Diploma) over two years.
     language and be given the opportunity to develop
     and progress your programming skills throughout the         In the first year, all students will be building skills using a
     course. There is a strong emphasis on algorithmic           variety of software and producing an animation, which
     and mathematical reasoning, as well as scientific and       can be used in the web building unit in the second year.
     engineering based concepts.                                 You will start preparing for your career, gaining personal
                                                                 skills and using ICT to promote yourself confidently.
     In addition to the programming project, you will learn      To understand the essential link between business
     essential theoretical elements such as:                     and ICT, you will study how organisations use
                                                                 information effectively.
     •   Thinking abstractly, procedurally & logically
     •   The components of a computer                            As part of the second year’s programme, you will use
     •   Software and software development                       the skills gained in the first year and a range of Adobe
     •   Data transmission and networking                        software to produce your own interactive product and
     •   Sharing data.                                           a website. To continue the links with business, you will
                                                                 produce an automated application for a business using
                                                                 spreadsheet software.

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I came to Prior because of
the wide range of subjects
and because the exam
results were so good.

It is a friendly college with
lots of support to help you
get the best grades possible.

Matthew Simpson
Former Redcar Academy
pupil, now studying Chemistry,
Geology and ICT.

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Law and
     Government & Politics                                          Law
     A level                                                        A level
     This is an engaging and lively subject based on                Ever wondered about the difference between murder
     contemporary political issues.                                 and manslaughter? Or what society hopes to achieve
                                                                    by sending someone to prison? Or the difference
     You will explore how the government works and                  between theft, robbery and burglary? Or what the
     examine modern political controversies, such as:               difference is between juries and magistrates; Parliament
     • Has the Prime Minister become too powerful?                  & Government; or the different type of courts?
     • Is there any real difference between the major
        political parties?                                          These and many other questions will be answered
                                                                    during the course. During the first year you will look at
     Politics students need to have an interest in:                 the way the English legal system is organised, and the
     • Current affairs                                              different roles undertaken by the personnel involved.
     • Debate                                                       You will study where the law comes from, including how
     • Understanding the modern world.                              laws are made by Parliament and judges.

     So if you would like to try a new subject that                 In the second year, the focus is on criminal law, looking
     challenges you whilst also developing important skills         at offences against the person, such as murder and GBH,
     such as analytical thinking and debate, consider taking        and offences against property, such as theft, robbery
     this course.                                                   and burglary. The course combines a range of classroom
                                                                    techniques with various enrichment opportunities.
     In the first year there are two units, one which focuses
     on the issues in UK Politics, covering topics from political
     parties and pressure groups to democracy and elections.
     The other unit looks at institutions of government and
     their role in the UK system. In the second year the focus
     is on American Politics.

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Applied Law
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
& Certificate
Law is the practice of enforcing social control by
regulating people’s behaviour. It is about rules,
regulations and laws passed by the British Parliament
and the European Union. We divide law into Criminal
Law, which deals with matters such as murder and theft,
and Civil Law, which deals with issues such as disputes
between neighbours and personal injury claims.

You will study subjects such as:
• Dispute solving in the legal system
• Understanding law making
• Aspects of legal liability
• Unlawful homicide and police powers
• Aspects of property offences and police powers
• Aspects of the law of tort.

The course is assessed by portfolio through both oral
and written assessments and will provide you with a
more practical insight into the world of legal work and
will help prepare you for a career in a legal profession
or area of legal practice, the police force, local
government and business.

It will also provide a basis for future professional
qualifications and a rewarding career.

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I chose Prior because
                           of the wide variety of
                           courses they offer and
                           on the open evening the
                           staff were incredibly
                           helpful and friendly.

                           When I left school I wasn’t
                           too sure what I wanted to
                           do and Prior had the widest
                           range of A levels to choose
                           from and I now have a
                           much better idea.

                           ‘A’ levels are challenging
                           but also really interesting,
                           and this is thanks to the
                           wonderful staff at PPC.

                           Sam Taberner
                           Former Freebrough pupil, now
                           studying Computing, English
                           Language and Mathematics.

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Mathematics                             and solved using mathematical           from mechanics, statistics and
A level                                 methods. Many of the ideas you will     discrete (Discrete mathematics
A level Mathematics builds              meet will form an introduction to       involves the use of algorithms to
from GCSE level Mathematics             such modern fields as cybernetics,      solve a wide range of practical
and introduces calculus and             robotics, biomechanics and sports       problems such as the scheduling
its applications. It emphasises         science, as well as the more            of complex projects, transport
how mathematical ideas are              traditional ideas of engineering        planning and the routing of
interconnected and how                  and physics.                            telecommunication messages).
mathematics can be applied to help
make sense of data, to understand       Statistics                              There is the option to study
the physical world and to solve         Statistics involves the extension       Further Mathematics as an AS level
problems in a variety of contexts. It   of ideas of data handling and           or the full A level; both options are
prepares students for further study     probability involved in GCSE            available in the second year of
and employment in a wide range          Mathematics with a view to being        your studies and are assessed
of disciplines involving the use of     able to draw conclusions or answers     through examinations.
mathematics and is highly regarded      to questions such as ‘Does drug X
by employers, universities and          reduce heart attacks?’ Many of the      Statistics
colleges for a wide range of            ideas encountered have applications     A Level
courses and careers.                    in a wide variety of fields such as     A level Statistics builds upon
                                        risk analysis or quality assurance on   the statistics and probability
The course consists of three            a production line.                      components of GCSE Mathematics
elements, all assessed through                                                  and employs the statistical enquiry
examinations.                           Further Mathematics                     cycle to help make sense of data
                                        A level                                 trends and to solve statistical
Pure Mathematics                        If you enjoy Mathematics, and           problems from a variety of areas,
You will be extending your              are looking for a challenge and         such as psychology, biology,
knowledge and skills in topics such     a chance to explore new and/or          geography, business and social
as algebra and trigonometry, as well    more sophisticated mathematical         sciences. It prepares students for
as learning some brand new ideas        concepts, then you may benefit          further study and employment in
such as calculus. Although many of      from taking Further Mathematics.        a wide range of disciplines which
the ideas are interesting in their      This is a rewarding and stimulating     use statistical analysis and reasoning
own right, they also serve as an        course which enables you to             with data and is all assessed
important foundation for the other      distinguish yourself as an able         through examinations.
branches of Mathematics.                mathematician in the university
                                        and employment market, and it           Studying Statistics will give you
Mechanics                               will certainly prepare you for the      the opportunity to develop an
Mechanics is essentially the            transition to a Mathematics-related     understanding of how the subject
mathematics of force and motion.        university course.                      content is applied in decision
You will learn the technique of                                                 making processes used in the
mathematical modeling – turning a       In addition to A level Mathematics,     world around you by using realistic
complicated physical problem into       more pure mathematics is studied,       data taken from authentic contexts
a simpler one that can be analysed      plus a further two areas chosen         in your studies.

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     Drama & Theatre Studies
     A level
     Drama is a very lively course which incorporates the
     practical study of set texts from all eras of theatre as
     well as investigating the theory and practice of acting,
     directing and staging live theatre.

     It offers you the chance to devise your own productions
     and to analyse and review performances you have seen
     on trips. You will also look at the theory and practice
     of key theatre practitioners who have had a significant
     influence on the modern stage as we know it, such as
     Stanislavski, Artaud and Brecht. The course is assessed
     by written exams and practical performances.

     Performing Arts (Acting Pathway)
     BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
     This is an exciting course which focuses largely on you
     as a performer. You will develop your personal skills in
     performance, working towards a final performance in
     the summer term.

     You will have a personal skills development profile which
     you are expected to develop and maintain improvement
     in, which will eventually culminate in a showcase of work
     at the end of the course. You will also look in depth at
     the performing arts industry, from the many types of
     performing venues there are to the different job roles
     available in the performing arts and getting work.

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Not only was I impressed
by the wide range of
courses available at Prior,
but the kind and supportive
atmosphere was ideal.

By coming to Prior,
I’ve become a more
independent thinker and
been able to develop my
creative skills in a very
supportive environment.

Emily Wood
Former Huntcliff pupil, now
studying Drama, English
Language, English Literature
and Government & Politics.

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                                                                                                         For me, Prior was not the
                                                                                                         easiest decision I have ever
                         Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics)
                                                                                                         made, considering nobody
                         A level
                         The new linear Religious Studies course will be a third ethics, a third         from my school was coming
                         philosophy and a third developments in religious thought. The course is         here. However after visiting
                         about asking big questions and looking at a range of responses:                 on an open evening I knew
                         • What is real?                                                                 this was the place for me.
                         • Is there a God?                                                               The staff and students were
                         • Is there a right way to live?                                                 very helpful giving a great
                         • Are certain actions always wrong                                              insight in what exactly the
                         • Who was Jesus?                                                                college had to offer me.
                         • What role does religion play in a multi-faith and often secular society?
                                                                                                         The A level results are
                         In philosophy we look at the work of Plato and Aristotle, arguments for the     outstanding and I would
                         existence of God and thinking about human nature – the mind body debate.        definitely recommend Prior
                         In ethics we look at different ways of taking ethical decisions and how these   to anyone considering it.
                         apply in areas such as sexuality, business and euthanasia.
                                                                                                         Emily Davison
                         In developments in religious thought we look at themes such as: human           Former St Patricks pupil, now
                         nature, the purpose of life, the self and immortality and attitudes to faith    studying Philosophy & Ethics,
                         in a modern society.                                                            Health & Social Care and
                                                                                                         English Language.

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Psychology &
Psychology                                                  Sociology
A level                                                     A level
Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. If you   This fascinating and enjoyable course leads to a greater
choose to study Psychology you may find the answers         awareness of the relationship between society and
to questions such as:                                       the individual. The focus in lessons will be on reaching
• Why is eye-witness testimony inaccurate?                  understanding through discussion of the issues from the
• Why are some people more aggressive than others?          four units of study: family & households, education &
• How might phobias develop?                                research methods, the mass media and crime
• Why do people do as they are told?                        & deviance.

There are topics which are common to both the               This is a linear course where all four units are assessed
first and second year of the course and cover               by examinations at the end of the second year.
aspects such as:
• Should psychologists be allowed to experiment             Sociology students answer questions such as:
    on humans?                                              • Why is divorce increasing whilst marriage is
• What sort of behaviour would you call ‘abnormal’?            becoming less popular?
                                                            • Why do girls have more success than boys in the
In the second year you would look at topics such as:           education system?
• Are criminals born or made?                               • What skills are required to carry out
• Can psychiatrists reliably tell the difference between       sociological research?
    people who are sane and those who are insane?           • Does violence in the media produce violent
• Why do people stop taking their medication?                  behaviour in society at large?
• Do criminals think differently from non-criminals?        • Who commits crime and why?
                                                            • What is deviance?

                                                            We make sociology relevant to your own experiences
                                                            and incorporate relevant topics and issues from the
                                                            media and contemporary society into our teaching. The
                                                            skills which you develop in Sociology are useful for many
                                                            careers, for example, the police service, journalism, the
                                                            health care sector, social work, teaching and the prison
                                                            service to name but a few.

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