Hasmonean High School - Guide to the Sixth Form 2018-2019 - ד"סב

 
Hasmonean High School - Guide to the Sixth Form 2018-2019 - ד"סב
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Hasmonean
High School
Guide to the Sixth Form 2018-2019
Hasmonean High School - Guide to the Sixth Form 2018-2019 - ד"סב
Pathway 1               Pathway 2              Pathway 3               Pathway 4             Pathway 5
 Work Skills/Resit         2.5/3 BTECs           3 A Level/BTEC           3/4 A Levels        3 A Levels + EPQ
      pathway            (one double/one             courses
     (including          and a half and a
  iachieve GCSE)              single)

          Entry                 Entry                  Entry                  Entry                  Entry
    Requirements           Requirements           Requirements           Requirements           Requirements
 Please discuss this    5 GCSE Grade 9-3/      5 GCSE Grade 9-4/      5 GCSE Grade 9-4/       Grade 9-7 in GCSE
  with the Head of              A*-D                   A*-C                   A*-C            English Language/
      Sixth Form.         which includes         which includes         which includes            Literature
     This pathway        Grade 4 in GCSE        Grade 4 in GCSE        Grade 4 in GCSE       Grade 9-7/A*-A in 6
        includes               Maths                  Maths                  Maths                  GCSEs
 1.Work Skills BTEC      Grade 4 in GCSE        Grade 4 in GCSE        Grade 4 in GCSE         Grade 5 in GCSE
 2.GCSE/Functional      English Language/      English Language/      English Language/             Maths
   skills Maths and          Literature             Literature             Literature                  +
       English as                 +                      +                      +               Subject entry
      appropriate          Subject entry          Subject entry          Subject entry       criteria met for the
 3.iachieve GCSEs in    criteria met for the   criteria met for the   criteria met for the     A Level courses
one of the following:      BTEC courses        individual A Level/             3/4                 selected
       childcare,             selected             BTEC courses         A Level courses
     engineering,                                    selected               selected
business, health and
         fitness
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CONTENTS
Introduction                               3
Welcome                                    4
Opportunities in the 6th Form              6
Informal Education                         7
The Midrasha                               8
The Beis                                   9
Courses                                   10
General Information                       48

Please note that all information contained in this booklet was correct
at the time of print, but may be subject to change or amendment
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‫וכל בניך למודי ה‘ ורב שלום בניך‬
                                  ‫אל תקרי בניך אלא בוניך‬
                                              .‫ברכות סד‬

  And all your children will be the students of Hashem, And your children will
       have peace. Do not read your ‘your children’, but ‘your builders’.

At Hasmonean High School, we pride ourselves on imbuing within students attitudes and
values that will serve them well throughout their adult lives. In accordance with our ethos of
Torah im Derech Eretz, we deliver a combination of inspirational Jewish and secular studies in
an inclusive, warm environment.

We feel that it is imperative that our students develop an appreciation of the roles and
responsibilities that each of them has as an Orthodox Jewish member of British society. We
educate sixth formers to become leaders themselves and to act as role models to younger
students. Enthused by their teachers, sixth formers develop a passion for learning which
enables them to progress to the next stages of their lives, whether this be yeshiva or seminary,
university or employment. Students enter the Sixth Form as teenagers and leave it as young
adults who are well-prepared for all that life has in store for them.

Students, if you want a school that will enthuse, educate and challenge you, and you are
willing to work hard to realise your potential, then there is no better place for you to study.
Hasmonean’s Sixth Form offers you the opportunity to grow as individuals, broaden and
deepen your studies, take on leadership roles and to make a positive contribution to your
community and the wider community.

We look forward to welcoming you into our Sixth Form.

Debbie Lebrett 								                                                          Rachel Fink
Headteacher – Boys’ School 					                                  Headteacher – Girls’ School

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WELCOME TO OUR SIXTH FORM

Sixth Form Life                                    Work: What to Expect
Sixth Form life is different from that             The Head of Sixth Form oversees and monitors
experienced lower down the school; students        the academic progress of each student and
choose to be here and to specialise in subjects    liaises with parents and outside agencies
they wish to pursue for personal and career        where necessary.
reasons. Alongside their academic subjects,
students have an extensive Jewish Studies          Students will be taught for the majority of the
programme.                                         week, leaving free time in their timetable for
                                                   independent study. Independent study is an
When students enter the Sixth Form, they learn     important and integral part of A Level courses
to take more responsibility for their own work,    and will be the most noticeable change for
researching set topics, reading widely, making     students entering the Sixth Form. It demands
presentations in class, completing extended        considerable self-discipline and the proper
essays or investigations and meeting deadlines.    use of study time. It is an extremely important
This requires guidance from teachers; they are     factor in determining the degree of success
there to help.                                     achieved by students, whatever type of
                                                   course is being followed. It is important that
Sixth Form students play an important role         good study habits are established early in a
in helping staff, supporting extra-curricular      student’s Sixth Form career.
activities and representing the school at public
events, distinguishing them from other year During Years 12 and 13, students’ progress is
groups.                                          closely monitored, and support and guidance
                                                 is offered at regular intervals by the Head
Many Sixth Form students run clubs and of Sixth Form. Towards the end of Year 12,
societies for the younger students at mock examinations will be held in all A Level
lunchtimes, organise tzedokoh activities and subjects. Failure in these examinations will
help to run the walking tours and camps. They provide strong evidence that a student is not
are encouraged to broaden their studies with coping or not putting in the necessary effort.
extra-curricular activities such as recreational This is a serious matter and the student may
art, technology projects, self-defence and first not be allowed to continue studying the
aid courses. Opportunities for students to subject concerned to full A Level, or may be
develop new personal skills are built into the required to repeat Year 12. Please be aware
Sixth Form curriculum wherever possible and that all courses with the exception of Modern
appropriate.                                     Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew are now linear
                                                 and we are only offering them as a full A Level.
Sixth Form students do not wear a uniform;
instead they are required to dress smartly
and within the ethos of the school.
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We are committed to providing a structured and positive learning environment for all our
Sixth Form students, an environment which challenges them and prepares them for their
future lives.

Entry Criteria:
•   To enrol on A Level courses at Hasmonean, 3 A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE plus a 4 or above
    in both English and Maths are required.
•   To enrol on all BTEC courses (except the Work Skills BTEC) at Hasmonean, 3 A*-D/9-3
    grades are required, including a minimum of 4s in both English and Maths.
•   To enrol on the Work Skills BTEC at Hasmonean, 3 GCSEs A*-D/9-3 (or BTEC equivalents)
    are required. Anyone who has not attained a 4 or above in English and/or Maths must
    either enrol on the Functional Skills course in one or both of these subjects or a GCSE in
    English and/or Maths depending on his/her circumstances.

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OPPORTUNITIES IN THE
                  SIXTH FORM
•   Participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities
•   Attend university open and taster days
•   Organise and run Sixth Form and other school events
•   Educational trips to Poland and various locations in the UK
•   Acceptance to the best Yeshivot and Seminaries
•   Develop and utilise your personal qualities for example join the mentoring programme
    and assist with lower year groups
•   Volunteering Fair where students have the chance to sign up and help various charities
•   Become a member of the Sixth Form Leadership Team
•   Access a range of A Levels and Level 2/3 vocational courses

Students are prepared for further education and university entrance in a variety of ways:

•   One-to-one help with personal statements
•   One-to-one discussion with the Head of Sixth Form for help with university choices
•   Access to Uniforg to assist with univertsity choices
•   Oxbridge preparation
•   BMAT and UKCAT preparation for Medical School
•   Visit to University of Cambridge
•   UCAS conference
•   Guidance about UCAS online
•   Higher Education Fair
•   Higher Education Evening
•   Lunchtime workshops with specific careers focus
•   Interview techniques and mock interviews
•   Careers advisors
•   Internship opportunities
•   JUMP – Jewish professional mentor placement scheme
•   Wings of Hope Scheme – recognition of extra-curricular activities in the world of work
•   Support and advice on results day
•   General advice and guidance where needed

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INFORMAL EDUCATION

Informal Education is a very exciting feature of Hasmonean Sixth Form, which includes trips,
shabbatonim, activities, and more. Students are encouraged to challenge, to ask questions
and to think innovatively. The aim of the department is to inculcate a love of Judaism through
its activities. Working in conjunction with the Jewish Studies department and the school as
a whole, we aim to achieve this goal through experiential learning, relationship building and
fun activities.

The many cross-curricular activities that the Informal Education department run are consistent
with the school’s ethos of “‫”תורה עם דרך ארץ‬. The department works with external organisations
to enhance the quality of its offerings by using resources available in the community, such as
guest speakers.

An important objective of the department is to promote the benefits of residential trips,
providing students with the opportunity to experience and explore Judaism and its rich
history in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. Students are also given the opportunity to
work on their leadership skills by assisting with school trips for lower years in the school.

In addition to residential weekends, the school organises a landmark trip to Poland, giving
students an understanding of their past and an appreciation of the role they can help play in
shaping the future.

Involving students in their own education is a main focus of the Informal Education department.
All of the clubs and societies that are run by a the Sixth Form are facilitated by the Informal
Education department. Very often, Sixth Form students will act as madrichim or mentors.

Sixth Formers are active throughout the school and are involved in such societies as the Israel
Society, Tzedakah department, Living Torah newsletter, Daily Nach Consortium, Chessed
Society and the Davening Society. In addition to leading all of these clubs, students are active
in organising initiatives such as Mishna Munch and Learn to Lead. Students also assist with
programmes for the lower years such as on Chanukah and Tu b’Shvat, as well as the highly
successful Rosh Chodesh programmes.

Informal Education supplements the formal curriculum. Its activities are designed to add
“something special” to the school day. In addition to being wonderful character builders,
these extra-curricular activities are exactly what universities want to see on a UCAS form and
make for good interview material as well!

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THE MIDRASHA

The Midrasha Programme offers Jewish Studies as you’ve never experienced it before! The
classes are diverse and engaging and cover a wide range of topics both classic and contemporary.
This enormously popular programme is an integral part of the Sixth Form curriculum in which
every student participates. Sessions are integrated into the school day and are a blend of
textual and conceptual learning.

•   The Midrasha allows for/helps develop personal and spiritual growth.
•   A range of resources are used to develop and consolidate learning skills.
•   The Midrasha encourages students to learn in a variety of ways and styles, and provides
    outstanding role models.

These are some of the elements of the Midrasha Programme:

•   Students work three times per week in Chabura – small groups with a teacher – with
    whom a close connection can be formed.
•   There are weekly Shiurim in ‫ הלכה‬and ‫ השקפה‬as well as further options to suit all, such as
    contemporary Torah issues, and fundamentals, Jewish History, Women in Tanach, Medical
    ethics etc.
•   Amazing Shabbatonim and informal education including the legendary Poland trip.

This exciting, innovative programme aims to provide each student with the necessary Jewish
literacy skills for life as well as preparing her for the Seminary of her choice, and creates the
future leaders of our community. The Jewish Studies faculty at Hasmonean has built some
very strong ties with a great number of seminaries in Israel enabling us to provide a full
guidance and support structure to help students make the correct choice for their gap year.

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THE BEIS

If you wish to enhance your learning skills           Aside from the regular shiurim, students will
and Jewish knowledge, look no further. With           also enjoy various other programmes such as
a reputation that is global, the Hasmonean            Rabbi A Landau’s popular course on emuna
Beis is the place for an aspiring Jewish sixth        which explores fundamentals in Jewish belief
former to be. Here are just some of the               based on classic and contemporary sources.
reasons why:                                          Rabbi D Rowe and Rabbi M Levy also give
                                                      weekly shiurim which are both very popular
•   The great atmosphere                              with the Beis students.
•   The intense learning
•   A close relationship with your Rebbe              In addition there are shabbatonim, trips to
•   Renowned guest speakers                           Poland, Europe and Israel and, of course,
                                                      Purim at the Beis.
The entry requirements are quite simple:
a commitment to further your Jewish There is a full programme on Sundays, starting
education and to uphold the ethos. Students with Shacharis at 8.20 am and finishing at
will be expected to maintain this both inside Noon.
and outside of the school.

How does the programme work? A twin-track
system allows for students to choose between
committing to a comprehensive programme
of study and a less intense option.

Shacharis begins at 7.20 am in the school hall.
This is followed by a dvar halacha by Rabbi
Tugendhaft and a short parsha thought by
Rabbi Hartman. After breakfast most students
will have chavrusa learning and then a shiur
until 11.10 am. For some students, there will
be more focus on active learning rather than
traditional format of chavrusa and shiur. An
important feature of the Beis is the voluntary
evening Bekius programme led by Alex Jaffe,
a former Head Boy at Hasmonean. There are
held on Mondays and Wednesday evenings,
where students use unique methods to
quickly gain proficiency in reading Gemoro,
and master a whole masechta of Gemoro.
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COURSES

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APPLIED SCIENCE

LEVEL OFFERED:           BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: EDEXCEL 601/7436/5
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MRS G. FELFELI

WHAT WILL I STUDY?                                systems, genetics and genetic engineering,
This course is designed for students who are      disease and infection, applications on
interested in all aspects of science and wish     inorganic chemistry, applications of organic
to continue studying the subject at an A Level    chemistry, electric circuits and their
equivalent standard. It can be used as a basis    application and astronomy and space science.
to study chemical, biological and physics         The optional units are internally assessed
based topics at higher education and includes     pieces of coursework.
practical application as well as the research
aspects of science.                              ENTRY GUIDELINES
                                                 • 5 A*-D GCSE/Grades 9-3
The course is comprised of four units of • Grade 4 GCSE Mathematics
work over two years, which cover a variety • Grade 4 GCSE English
of interesting and challenging topics. It is not • Grade 4 & 4 Double Science
possible to stop the course after one year as
the structure of the BTEC requires two full ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION
years’ commitment.                               This BTEC will also be offered as a Diploma,
                                                 which is equivalent to 2 A Levels.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
The course is divided into four units – three This will include three more mandatory
mandatory units and one optional unit.           units (Laboratory techniques and their
                                                 application, principles of applied science II
The mandatory units are:                         – this is an examined unit and investigation
• Principles and applications of science (a project) and one additional optional unit
   combination of biology, chemistry and from a variety of topics including physiology
   physics key concepts) – this is an externally of human body systems, genetics and
   assessed exam unit.                           genetic engineering, disease and infection,
• Practical    scientific procedures and microbiology and microbiological techniques,
   techniques – this is an internally assessed biological molecules and metabolic pathways,
   unit.                                         applications on inorganic chemistry,
• Science skills investigation – this is a applications of organic chemistry, electric
   controlled assessment style externally set circuits and their application and astronomy
   unit.                                         and space science. The optional units are
                                                 internally assessed pieces of coursework.
The optional unit will be taken from a selection
which includes physiology of human body
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ART & DESIGN

LEVEL OFFERED:           A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: EDEXCEL 9FAO/01 and 02 (FINE ART) 9GCO/01 and 02 (GRAPHICS)
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MRS L. JENKS

WHAT WILL I STUDY?                               Component 1 (Internally Set Coursework)
The A Level begins with a thorough 12% Personal Study / Essay
introduction to assessment objectives, 48% Personal Investigation / Coursework
exam board marking schemes and exemplar
work. Studying A Level Fine Art or Graphic Componet 2
Communication         gives    students      the 40% Externally Set Assignment / Exam
opportunity to complete a personal study
portfolio in which they will develop their Students are required to produce evidence of
own ideas and practical skills in a wide range the following assessment objectives:
of media using a variety of techniques. They • Develop
will study the work of artists or designers, • Explore
analysing their work and studying it in its • Record
wider historical context through a written • Present
essay. Students will reflect on their own work
and refine it in order to complete a final piece Students will receive regular individual
using all knowledge gained from their studies. tutorials with teachers and detailed feedback
Teachers will guide the students in selecting explaining how to improve their work and
to study Fine Art or Graphic Communication. meet assessment objectives. Students will
An emphasis is placed on complex ideas from receive a combination of whole class and
the start of the course. Students are taught individual skills lessons based on their projects
to develop their project in a highly personal throughout the course.
and original way, resulting in very high quality
                                                 ENTRY GUIDELINES
work. Students keep a working journal in the
                                                 • Grade 6 in GCSE Fine Art or Graphic
form of a sketchbook as well as working on a
                                                    Communication.
larger scale as appropriate.
                                                 • Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or
                                                    Literature is preferable.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Students’ work is assessed by the Art Decisions will be made on the basis of the
Department and then the department is portfolio presented and work ethic.
assessed by an EDEXCEL moderator.

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BIBLICAL HEBREW

LEVEL OFFERED:             A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD:   AQA 7677
CONTACT BOYS SCHOOL:       RABBI A. LANDAU
CONTACT GIRLS SCHOOL:      MS M. GOLDBLATT

WHAT WILL I STUDY?                             HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Biblical Hebrew is a unique subject which You will be assessed through three
will give you the opportunity to develop and examination papers.
apply advanced analytical and evaluative
skills through study of a range of Biblical texts. Paper 1: Translation, comprehension and
                                                   composition (50%)
You will study four set texts; two prose and • Unseen prose (translation,
two poetry. The four set texts are taken from         comprehension and pointing)
I Samuel/‫א לאומש‬, II Kings/‫ב םיכלמ‬, Jeremiah/ • Unseen poetry (translation and
‫ הימרי‬and Psalms/‫םילהת‬. Through your study            comprehension)
you will develop your knowledge of the • Composition from English into Biblical
complexities of Biblical Hebrew grammar and           Hebrew
your ability to analyse and evaluate ancient
literature. You will also read some additional Paper 2: Prose literature (25%)
texts in order to understand the context from • Set text comprehension, translation and
which the set texts have been taken.                  analysis (set texts 1 and 2)
                                                   • Set text essay (set text 2)
Throughout the course, you will develop your
ability to translate and understand unfamiliar Paper 3: Poetry (25%)
Biblical Hebrew texts, both prose and prophetic • Set text comprehension, translation and
poetry. You will also work to gain a greater          analysis (set texts 3 and 4)
understanding of Biblical Hebrew form, style • Set text essay (set text 4)
and pointing in order to translate short prose
texts from English into Biblical Hebrew.           ENTRY GUIDELINES
                                                   • At least 5 A*- C/Grades 9-4, including:
Studying Biblical Hebrew at A Level will give • Grade B/6 or above in GCSE Biblical
you a completely new perspective on Biblical          Hebrew
texts, while also helping you to develop the • Grade 5 or above in GCSE English
textual and critical thinking skills that are         Language or English Literature
essential for both seminary/yeshiva and
university.

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BIOLOGY

LEVEL OFFERED:           A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: AQA 7402
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MS I. ORDMAN

WHAT WILL I STUDY?                              endorsement section of the qualification that
Biology is one of the most popular A Level universities will be looking for.
subjects in the country, attracting students
studying a wide range of other subjects. Many The Biology A Level course helps students
of these students enjoy the subject so much develop a number of skills:
they eventually choose a biologically related • How to collect data and evaluate it
degree course. Others go on to careers in • How to investigate facts and use
law, computing, accounting or teaching. So,        deduction
whatever field of work you will eventually work • How to put over your point of view
in, you will find Biology a very rewarding and     effectively
challenging course which will develop many of • How to take responsibility for your own
the skills essential for a successful career.      learning

In the first year the main topics you will study
                                                   HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
                                                 There are three, two hour written papers:
are: Biological Molecules; Cells; Organisms
                                                 • Paper 1 covers just the Year 1 Biology
exchange substances with their environments
                                                    topics and practicals, is 91 marks and
and Genetic information, variation and
                                                    makes up 35% of the A Level.
relationships between organisms. Practical
                                                 • Paper 2 covers the Year 2 Biology topics
work is at the heart of Biology, with six
                                                    and practicals, is 91 marks and makes up
required practicals embedded into the year.
                                                    35% of the A Level.
                                                 • Paper 3 covers all Biology topics and
In the second year you will be building on the
                                                    practical’s from the two years, is 78 marks
firm foundation of year one by consolidating
                                                    and makes up 30% of the A Level.
and expanding that knowledge. The topics
covered during this year are: Energy transfers
                                                 The required practicals will make up 15% of
in and between organisms; Organisms
                                                 the written exam papers.
respond to changes in their internal and
external environments; Genetics, populations, ENTRY GUIDELINES
evolution and ecosystems and The control of • Grades 7 & 7 in Double Science or for
gene expression. Practical work again features      students taking triple Science, 7 in
heavily with another six required practicals        Biology and 7 in one other science
spread throughout the topics. During this • 5 A*-C/Grades 9-4
section of the course students are required • Grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics
to show competency in all areas of practical • Grade 5 or above in GCSE English
skills in order to gain a pass in the practical     Language or English Literature
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BUSINESS BTEC

LEVEL OFFERED:            BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN BUSINESS LEVEL 3
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: EDEXCEL
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MS S. VASHI

WHAT WILL I STUDY?                           This qualification provides opportunities for
Business BTEC (Business and Technology students to develop their communication
Education Council) is designed for students skills as they progress through the course.
interested in a career in business, or who
                                             The Business BTEC can provide a route
wish to enhance the success of an existing
                                             to further study, including university, or
family business.
                                             employment into many diverse areas of
Business BTEC is a national qualification business including:
that aims to develop a range of skills and
                                             • Roles in specialist areas such as
knowledge in aspects of setting up and
                                                Management, Marketing, Finance, and
running a business.
                                                Customer Service in large organisations
Students will have an introduction to and an • A more generic role in a small local
understanding of the business environment       business
and be able to manage resources, marketing
and communication – all fundamental to HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
the success of a business. Additionally, One unit will be assessed with an external
students will be able to study specialist examination, one unit will be in the form
units in Marketing, Finance, the Business of an assignment which is constructed and
Environment and Recruitment.                 marked by the exam board and two units
                                             will be internally assessed project work
The specification also addresses sector which incorporate practical assessments and
needs and skills gaps such as in Finance, demonstrations.
Administration and Management.
                                                  ENTRY GUIDELINES
A two-year, four-unit single Business BTEC        •   5 A*- D/Grades 9-3
is equivalent to one A Level. Students will       •   Grade 5 in GCSE Business if applicable
experience a range of diverse activities          •   Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or
including assignment and project work, case           English Literature
studies, role play, and oral presentations.       •   Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics

Students will research and carry out              Applicants with Business GCSE or BTEC
assessments in the workplace or in simulated      Business Level 2 will also be considered
working conditions wherever possible.             favourably. In addition you should be
Business employers value employees who are        interested in, and wish to develop skills in
able to communicate effectively, both verbally    business and be motivated to succeed.
and using electronic communication methods.
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CHEMISTRY
LEVEL OFFERED:             A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD:   EDEXCEL 9CH0
CONTACT BOYS SCHOOL:       MR M. MULLINGS
CONTACT GIRLS SCHOOL:      MS C. COOPER/DR E. LIPMAN

WHY STUDY CHEMISTRY?                               The A Level exam consist of 3 papers.
“A qualification in chemistry opens doors to a
wide range of careers”.                             Paper 1: (9CH0/01) Advanced Inorganic and
                                                    Physical Chemistry
As well as practical knowledge of the subject,
chemistry students develop many other skills prized Paper 2: (9CH0/02) Advanced Organic and
by employers such as problem solving, numeracy, Physical Chemistry, each of these papers is 1
communication, creativity and data analysis.        hour 45 minutes (90 marks each), and is 30%
                                                    of the total qualification.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
A Level Chemistry enables students to:             Paper 3: (9CH0/03) General and Practical
• Develop an understanding of fundamental
                                                   Principles in Chemistry.
   concepts of chemistry including abstract        This paper is 2 hours and 30 minutes (120
   ideas, chemical synthesis and chemical          marks), is 40% of the total qualification. Half
   analysis                                        of the questions will test students’ knowledge
• Develop practical laboratory skills through
                                                   and understanding of practical skills and
   a rigorous course of core practical             techniques.
   experiments
                                                   ENTRY GUIDELINES
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?                            •   A*- C/Grades 9-4
A Level Chemistry is a linear qualification; •         Grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics
assessments will take place at the end of the •        Grade 5 or above in GCSE English
two year course. Students will be expected             Language or Literature and one of the
to carry out practical activities. Although the        following:
actual practicals do not contribute to the final •     Double Science: Grades 7 & 7 (with a 7 in
grade, questions within written examination            Chemistry)
papers will aim to assess the knowledge Or
and understanding that students gain while • Triple Science: Grade 7 in Chemistry and
carrying out practical activities. At the end of   also in one other science.
the course, based on successful completion
of core practicals, a Teacher Assessed
Competency Grade will be reported alongside
the final grade.
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COMPUTING

LEVEL OFFERED:           A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: AQA
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MR R. KESSLER

WHAT WILL I STUDY?                                is about telescopes. Many great challenges
This course has been designed for students        lie in the future for Computer Scientists
who wish to go on to higher education             to solve. This course, with its emphasis on
courses or employment where knowledge of          abstract thinking, general problem-solving,
Computing would be beneficial. You can study      algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, and
Computing and go on to a career in medicine,      scientific and engineering-based thinking, is
law, business, politics or any type of science.   a good foundation for understanding these
                                                  future challenges.
The course is not about learning to use tools
or just training in a programming language,       HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
although you will learn how to programme.         On screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes 40 % of A
The emphasis is on computational thinking         Level. This paper tests the students’ ability to
which is a reasoning used by both humans          programme and their theoretical knowledge.
and machines. Thinking computationally is
an important life skill and requires the use of   Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40 % of
abstraction and decomposition. The study of       A Level. This paper will test the students’
computation is about what can be computed         knowledge of the subject content.
and how to compute it.
                                                Non-exam assessment (coursework): 20% of
Computer Science involves questions that A Level. This is an opportunity for the student
have the potential to change how we view the to demonstrate their skills and knowledge,
world. For example, we may be computing investigating and solving a practical problem.
with DNA at some stage in the future, with
computer circuits made of genes. This leads ENTRY GUIDELINES
to the question, does the natural world • 5 A*- C/Grades 9-4
‘compute’? Experimental Computer Science • Grade 6 in GCSE Computing/ICT
can be done with computers, whereby we • Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
can learn more about the natural world by
observing the emergent behaviour of a colony If you have a real interest in the subject, but do
of interacting software agents in a simulation. not meet the entry guidelines, please contact
                                                Mr Kessler who will arrange an interview for
Computing/Computer Science is about suitability.
designing new algorithms to solve new
problems. In this sense Computer Science is
no more about computers than astronomy
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DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES

LEVEL OFFERED:           A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: AQA 7262
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MS A. GILL-CAREY

WHAT WILL I STUDY?                                practitioner, or theatre company. You will
You will be able to be assessed either as a explore their style of rehearsing, directing
performer and or a designer and you will and performing (20 marks).
consider work by influential writers, directors
and theatre companies. There are many career You will keep a working note book of the
opportunities for students who work well process which is assessed and perform
in a team, who speak confidently, who have an original piece of drama based on your
empathy and have creative minds. You will knowledge and understanding of the
learn how to analyse live theatre productions practitioner or theatre company you have
and we will visit a variety of plays and musicals studied (40 marks).
in different styles and genres. You will have
the opportunity to perform script work and Interpreting Text - 30%
devise your own piece of original theatre. You You will do a practical exploration and
will also learn about more technical aspects interpretation of three extracts from different
such as lights, set design, sound and costume. plays. One of these will be performed live on
                                                  stage to an examiner, as an actor or designer,
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?                           and you will apply your understanding of a
Knowledge and understanding of drama and practitioner to your interpretation of your
theatre - 40%                                     role. This will be filmed (40 marks).
You will study two set plays in different
styles and from different periods in history. You will keep a reflective report analysing and
You will learn about how the plays work evaluating your interpretation of all three
in performance, how they may have been play extracts. You will practically explore
performed originally and different ways of rehearsal techniques, different styles and
interpreting them today. You will go to see methodologies and experiment with different
live theatre and analyse and evaluate the interpretations (20 marks).
work of theatre makers from the perspective
of performer, director and designer. There is ENTRY GUIDELINES
a final written examination (80 marks).           • 5 A*- C/Grades 9-4
                                                  • Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or
Devised Drama - 30%                                  English Literature
Performance of devised drama; you may
contribute as performer, designer or director.
The devised piece must be influenced by the
work and methodologies of one prescribed
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ECONOMICS

LEVEL OFFERED:           A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: EDEXCEL 6EC01 6EC02 6EC03 6EC04
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MS S. RAI/MR M. RIVERS-DAVIS

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Much of the language of Economics is familiar to all of us. Economists discuss issues such as
interest rates, inflation, unemployment, the exchange rate and international trade. During
the course students will investigate issues including the financial crisis and EU membership.
We also cover micro-economics, looking at demand and supply, how markets work/why they
fail and business behaviour.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Six hour examination with three papers covering all four themes

ENTRY GUIDELINES
•    5 A*- C/Grades 9-4
•    Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
•    Grade 6 in GCSE English Language or English Literature

We strongly recommend that at least one of these other A Levels are studied if choosing
Economics: English, History, Geography or Maths.

If you want to study Economics at university it is highly recommended you also take A Level
Mathematics. An undergraduate degree in Economics most commonly leads to a career in
areas such as law, banking, accountancy, politics, journalism, public administration e.g. as a
statistician and, of course, economics.

All 4 themes are studied for the A Level and will be assessed at the end of Year 13.

                   First Year                                      Second Year
                    Theme 1:                                         Theme 3:
    Introduction to markets and market failure        Business behaviour and the labour market
               Theme 2:                                              Theme 4:
The UK economy – performance and policies                       A global perspective

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ENGLISH LITERATURE

LEVEL OFFERED:           A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: AQA A LEVEL SPECIFICATION B
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MR C. SPRINGHAM

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
You will study units on ‘Aspects of Tragedy’ and ‘Elements of Crime Writing’. In Year 13 you
will also prepare a folder of coursework on texts of your choice. Your studies will include
Shakespeare, novel and poetry, with writing from different periods including a post-2000 text.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Two exams (80%) and a coursework submission (20%).

ENTRY GUIDELINES
•   5 A*-C/Grades 9-4
•   Grade 6 or higher in GCSE English Language and Grade 6 or higher in GCSE English Literature

Students should genuinely take pleasure in reading literary texts. Students should be willing
to read around set texts, e.g. literary criticism and theory. An ability to write well is essential.
A willingness to learn independently is integral to success.

When choosing between A Level courses, please note that the English Literature course,
although fully reviewed inline with the school’s ethos, occasionally includes some themes
which are broader than some families and students may feel is right for them.

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THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION

LEVEL OFFERED:           A LEVEL (UP TO 70 UCAS POINTS)
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: AS 7993
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MR A. KALLEY

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
EPQ offers students an exciting chance to stretch and challenge themselves whilst developing
the skills and confidence to succeed in Higher Education and the job market. The Extended
Project is a single, stand-alone piece of work which will require students to use research, critical
thinking, planning and evaluation. It runs from October in Year 12 until November Year 13.
The EPQ offers students the opportunity to research a topic in depth and produce either
a 5,000 word report on a subject of their choice or create an artefact of their choice (for
example make a film, write a song, organise an event, design an outfit), supported by a 1,000
word report. It is a free-standing qualification and its purpose is to add a further dimension
to Sixth Form study, preparing students for the kind of independent learning that they will
encounter at university.
The qualification is worth half an A Level (up to 28 UCAS points), an A* can be awarded as the
work is examined at A Level standard.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
The EPQ is assessed as a complete piece of work made up of three sections. The three sections are:
• A production log
• A 5,000 word report or an artefact with supporting 1,000 word report
• An oral presentation about the project.

ENTRY GUIDELINES
Grade 9-7 in GCSE English Language/Literature
Grade 9-7/A*-A in 6 GCSEs
Grade 5 in GCSE Mathmatics
Please note: EPQ can only be taken as part of Pathway 5.

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FRENCH, GERMAN, SPANISH
LEVEL OFFERED:                A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: FRENCH A LEVEL - 7652, GERMAN: A LEVEL - 7662, SPANISH: A LEVEL - 7692
CONTACT BOYS’ SCHOOLS:        MME S. BOOTH/MS M. VALENCIA
CONTACT GIRLS’ SCHOOLS:       MME A. LE BRECH/MS M. VALENCIA

WHAT WILL I STUDY?                                       HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Travel - so the saying goes – broadens the • Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Translation
mind, and never more so than when you                from and into target language
can speak the language. This course has • Paper 2: Written paper on one book and
been designed to give you a profound                 one film or two books
understanding of your chosen language • Paper 3: Speaking on your chosen re-
and its cultural underpinnings. Not only will        search area and one theme
you know more about the mechanics of the
language – like grammar and vocabulary – but ENTRY GUIDELINES
also about how people live and use language • 5 A*-C/Grades 9-4
on a day to day basis.                          • Grade 7 in either GCSE French, German or
                                                     Spanish
The new specification has been developed
in close consultation with universities and in         French             German             Spanish
particular the Russell Group. Universities and Aspects of French Aspects of German Aspects of
                                                 Speaking Society:  Speaking Society:   Hispanic Society:
employers place a high value on languages, Family; cyber-           Family; cyber-      Modern and
and it aids entry into a wide range of degrees. work
                                                 society; voluntary society; youth
                                                                    culture and trends
                                                                                        traditional values;
                                                                                        cyber-space; equal
You will develop your analytical, critical and Multiculturalism     Multiculturalism in rights
                                                 in French Speaking German Speaking     Multiculturalism
comprehension skills, as well as your global Society: Diversity; Society:               in Hispanic
awareness and essay writing, which are highly the marginalised; Immigration,            society:
                                                 law and order      integration and     Immigration;
sought after and well recognised by the top Artistic culture:       racism              racism and
universities.                                    Heritage;          Artistic culture:   integration
                                                         contemporary           Festivals and             Artistic culture:
                                                         francophone music;     traditions, art and       Modern day idols;
You will:                                                cinema.                architecture; cultural    Spanish regional
                                                         Aspects of political   life in Berlin past and   identity; cultural
• Develop and build on skills learned at                 life: Teenagers;       present                   heritage
   GCSE.                                                 demonstration;
                                                         immigration.
                                                                                Aspects of political
                                                                                life:
                                                                                                          Aspects of
                                                                                                          political life:
• Achieve a sound basis for further study.                                      Germany and the           Today’s youth,
                                                                                EU; politics and          tomorrow’s
• Gain an insight into another culture and
                                                                                youth; German             citizens;
   society.                                                                     reunification and its     monarchies,
                                                                                consequences.             republics and
• Widen your degree and employment                                                                        dictatorships;
   prospects.                                                                                             popular
                                                                                                          movements.

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GEOGRAPHY

    LEVEL OFFERED:             A LEVEL
    SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD:   EDEXCEL 9GEO
    CONTACT BOYS SCHOOL:       MR A. KALLEY
    CONTACT GIRLS SCHOOL:      MRS A. SHIRAZI

WHAT WILL I STUDY?                                 •   Paper 3 (20%): An examination based on
Geography examines the physical and human              a resource booklet containing information
characteristics of the world and our influence         about a current geographical issue.
upon them. It covers exciting contemporary
issues bridging the gap between humanities • All papers include short open response,
and science. The course covers traditional     resource-linked questions and extended
physical themes such as tectonic hazards,      writing questions.
landscape systems, the water cycle, carbon
cycle and climate change. We also study • Coursework (20%) : An independent
topical human themes including globalisation,  investigation incorporating fieldwork
superpowers, energy security, migration        data research. The student will produce a
and demographics. Practical fieldwork is an    written report of 3,000–4,000 words.
integral part of the course.
                                                   ENTRY GUIDELINES
Geography is a highly regarded traditional         •   5 GCSE Grades from 9-4
academic subject recognised by universities        •   Grade 7 in Geography
and employers for the wide range of                •   Grade 6 in GCSE English Language or
transferable skills it teaches including giving        English Literature
presentations, data and map analysis,              •   Grades 6 in GCSE Mathmatics
completing research and essay writing.
A wide range of careers are open to                A willingness to complete both practical
Geography graduates in the financial, legal,       and written research (compulsory field
environmental, social, and public sectors.         trips), an ability to further develop analysis
It combines well with subjects such as Biology,    and evaluative skills based upon various
Economics, History and Politics.                   data sources and an interest in current
                                                   geographical issues is needed.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
• A Level consists of 4 units:
• Paper 1: (30%): Examination based on all
  the physical themes of the course.
• Paper 2: (30%): Examination based on all
  the human themes of the course.
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POLITICS

LEVEL OFFERED:           A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: EDEXCEL ADVANCED GCE IN POLITICS (9PL0)
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MR K. M�CARTNEY

WHAT WILL I STUDY?                                HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Students will be able to read about the           • Component 1: Written examination of 2
current political affairs of the UK and the USA     hours – 33% of the total mark
and be able to apply their knowledge and          • Component 2: Written examination of 2
skills to gain an in-depth understanding of         hours – 33% of the total mark
events and political processes. Importantly,      • Component 3: Written examination of 2
students will be able to apply their learning       hours – 33% of the total mark
to countries and governments not included in
these studies and evaluate them in terms of       ENTRY GUIDELINES
western democratic principles.                    •5 A*- C/Grades 9-4
                                                  •Grade 5 in English Language or English
Component 1: UK POLITICS                           Literature
• Political   Participation, students will • Grade B/6 in GCSE History/Geography/RS
  study democracy and participation,               or Grade 6 in GCSE English Language
  political parties, electoral systems, voting
  behaviour and the media.                      A willingness to read the newspaper and
• Core Political Ideas, students will study follow current events and the ability to
  �onservatism, liberalism, socialism.          understand both sides of a political argument
                                                in the context of the UK and the USA are
Component 2: UK GOVERNMENT                      needed.
• UK Government, students will study the
  constitution, parliament, Prime Minister
  and executive relationships between the
  branches.
• Optional Political Ideas, students will study
  one idea from the following: anarchism,
  ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism,
  nationalism.

Component 3: COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Students will follow the USA option.
• For USA (3A), students will study the US
   Constitution and Federalism, US Con-
   gress, US Presidency, US Supreme Court,
   democracy and participation, civil rights.
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HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE - BTEC

LEVEL OFFERED:           BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL
                         CARE
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: EDEXCEL 601/7197/2
CONTACT GIRLS SCHOOL:    MRS G. FELFELI

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
This is a course which will appeal to those students interested in pursuing a career which
involves caring for and interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds in society. This
course can lead to employment in social work, childcare and nursing sectors.

The course is comprised of four units of work over two years, which cover a variety of
interesting and challenging topics. It is not possible to stop the course after one year as the
structure of the BTEC requires two full years’ commitment.

                          What will you study and how will you be assessed?

              Unit 1         Human Lifespan Development                       Exam
    Year 12   Unit 14        Physiological Disorders and their Care           Coursework
              Unit 2         Working in Health and Social Care                Exam
    Year 13   Unit 5         Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs        Coursework

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Two units will be externally assessed (exams) and two other units will be internally assessed
as controlled assessment (see grid above).

ENTRY GUIDELINES
•   5 A*- D/Grades 9-3
•   Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or English Literature
•   Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics

Essay writing and literary ability are necessary skills.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION
This BTEC will also be offered as a Diploma, which is equivalent to 2 A Levels. This will include
three additional mandatory units (enquires into current research in health and social care, safe
practices in health and social care and promoting public health) and one additional optional
unit from a variety of topics including sociological perspectives, psychological perspectives
and nutritional health.

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HISTORY

    LEVEL OFFERED:           A LEVEL
    SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: EDEXCEL - 9HIO1
    CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MRS L. YAROS

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
The central focus of the four units studied over two years will be Britain and Europe; including
Modern Russia from the Revolution to the end of Communism, Post World War II China and
the Communist Leadership, Nazi Germany and the War of the Roses in England.

Many students who choose to study History do so because they enjoy the subject, but there
are sound practical reasons too for choosing History.

Students who study A Level History have access to a wide range of career and higher education
opportunities. By the end of your course you will have learned how to evaluate and analyse
information, how to weigh up evidence and how to communicate complex ideas effectively.
These skills are recognised and valued by employers, universities and colleges.

History combines very well with other essay based subjects such as English, Government and
Politics, Geography and Economics.

History A Level provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including
Journalism, Law and Business. An A Level in History commands respect in interviews for the
best universities as it is considered a challenging and worthwhile qualification.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Three exams and a piece of course work at the end of Year 13.

ENTRY GUIDELINES
•     5 A*- C/Grades 9-4
•     Grade 7 in GCSE History
•     Grade 6 in GCSE English Language or English Literature

An aptitude for writing essays and coursework is needed as well as to further develop your
evaluative and analytical skills.

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FOOD SCIENCE & NUTRITION

LEVEL OFFERED:           LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA (2 YEAR COURSE)
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: WJEC QAN601/4552/3
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MS L. STAFFORD/ MS T. BELL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
This exciting course is aimed at anyone with a keen interest in food, cooking and nutrition.
The course is a combination of theory and practical lessons, where students will develop their
existing skills to make more complex and highly skill dishes. This course has been designed
to provide students with knowledge, understanding and the necessary skills to progress to
further study and training. It offers exciting and interesting opportunities and students are
able to gain knowledge in purposeful contexts linked to the food production industry. An
understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles,
and there are numerous career opportunities following on from this course including care
providers, nutritionists, sports coaches, fitness instructors, chefs, caterers, food manufacturers
and government agencies. All units studied are vocationally relevant to the food production
industry.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
There will be two mandatory units:
• Meeting the nutritional needs of specific groups
• Ensuring food is safe to eat

There will be a further unit, from a choice of:
• Experimenting to solve food production
• Current issues in food science and nutrition

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition is assessed through a combination
of exam and written assignments.

ENTRY GUIDELINES
• 5 A*- D/Grades 9-3
• GCSE in Food Science is required
• Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or English Literature
• Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics
• A passion for food and cookery
• A strong work ethic
• A respect for health, safety and hygiene practices

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MATHEMATICS

LEVEL OFFERED:           A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: 9MA0
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MRS L. EPTON

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Mathematics at A Level is a subject worth studying for its own sake as well as being a sought
after qualification in the workplace and in higher education. It is divided into three branches:

Core (Pure) Mathematics
This extends your knowledge of such topics as Algebra, Trigonometry and Geometry as well
as learning some new ones such as Calculus. The ideas you will meet in Pure Mathematics
are interesting in their own right, but they also serve as a vital foundation for other branches
of mathematics especially mechanics and statistics.

Mechanics
This involves learning how to describe, mathematically, the motion of objects and how they
respond to forces acting upon them. Many of the ideas form an introduction to modern
fields of study such as robotics and biomechanics, as well as the more traditional ideas of
engineering and physics.

Statistics
You will learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions
and predictions about it.

You will extend the range of probability problems that you started for GCSE by using the new
mathematical methods studied in Pure Mathematics.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
There will be three exam papers at the end of Year 13. They are each two hours and have
equal weighting. All papers will allow use of a calculator.

ENTRY GUIDELINES
•   5 A*- C/Grades 9-4
•   Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics

An interest in Mathematics and analytical thinking is needed.

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MATHEMATICS FURTHER

LEVEL OFFERED:           A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: 9FM0
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MRS L. EPTON

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Further Mathematics A Level will put you in an excellent position to study Mathematics or a
subject with a very high mathematical content at university.

Areas of study are similar to that of Mathematics. However, Further Mathematics takes you
further into the field of Pure Mathematics (Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus) as well as
developing your knowledge of Mechanics.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
In Year 12 you will study A Level mathematics in a larger group and then you will have separate
lessons studying further maths in a smaller group. There are topics you can study without
prior knowledge of A Level Mathematics.

There are four exams of an hour and a half at the end of Year 13, of equal weighting, for the
Further Maths A Level as well as the three exams for Maths A Level.

ENTRY GUIDELINES
•   5 A*- C/Grades 9-4
•   Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics

The ability to work at a quick pace and develop a high level of understanding is needed.

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MEDIA STUDIES - BTEC

LEVEL OFFERED:           BTEC NATIONAL LEVEL 3
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: EDEXCEL QCF
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MR P. STAINES

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
This exciting vocational course is aimed at those students who have an interest in television
and film and who may wish to pursue a career in the media industry. The exciting practical
element will allow you to gain or develop creative and technological skills in video production
using new media facilities to research, plan, shoot and edit a range of video projects. It will
help you to understand a very powerful force in our society, and is a good introduction for
a variety of higher education courses. Students also study advertising techniques for the
creative media industry, media research and film and video editing techniques.

The BTEC National Award is equivalent to one A Level. This BTEC will also be offered as
Foundation Diploma, which is equivalent to one and a half A Levels. The extra units are
Media Campaigns, and one additional unit.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
One unit will be assessed with an external examination, one unit will be in the form of an
assignment which is constructed and marked by the exam board, and two units will be internally
assessed project work which incorporates practical assessments and demonstrations.

The units are:
• Representation in Media (exam)
• Pre Production Portfolio
• Film Production (fiction)
• Responding to a Commission (externally assessed)

ENTRY GUIDELINES
•   5 A*-D/Grades 9-3
•   Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or English Literature
•   Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics
•   A desire to learn about the media industry
•   Creativity
•   An interest in film

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MODERN HEBREW
    LISTENING, READING, WRITING
LEVEL OFFERED:           A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: AQA 7672
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MRS R. WOLGROCH

WHAT WILL I STUDY?                               grammar. The content will give students the
Studying A Level Modern Hebrew will enrich opportunity to explore one of these themes
students’ knowledge of the language beyond as an individual research project.
GCSE level. Learning Modern Hebrew will
enable students to converse in Ivrit and is very HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
practical for those that want to visit, study or Paper 1 Reading and Writing: 2 hours and
live in Israel. Many of our A Level MH students 30 minutes and will be 37.5 % of the overall
who go to Yeshivot and Seminaries, are able grade.
to enter the ‘Hebrew-speaking’ streams.
                                                 Paper 2 Writing: 2 hours
Course Overview
Subject content is divided into two themes.        Paper 3 Listening reading and writing. 2
Social issues and trends and Political and         hours 30 minutes. Will include a translation
artistic culture. Each of these areas of study     from English to Hebrew
will delve into the past and present of Hebrew-
Speaking society, investigating political,         ENTRY GUIDELINES
artistic and cultural trends. The A level will     •   5 A*- C/Grades 9-4
also develop students’ knowledge and use of        •   Grade A in GCSE Modern Hebrew

 Social issues and trends            Political and artistic                    Grammar
                                            culture
          The Israeli                                                Students will study a film and a
 family and evolution of the       Israeli festivals and customs             book from the
    digital world in Israel       and Israeli art and architecture    selection prescribed by AQA

  Marginalisation in Israeli                                         Research Project on one of the
Society and Migration in Israel   Democracy in Israel and Israeli      topics prescribed by AQA
                                    politics and young people

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MUSIC/MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

LEVEL OFFERED:           A LEVEL
SUBJECT CODE/EXAM BOARD: MUSIC - EDEXCEL 8MUO1/9MUO1 MUSIC TECH - EDEXCEL - 8MT1
CONTACT BOTH SCHOOLS:    MR K. THOMSON / MRS C. ALGRANATI

WHAT WILL I STUDY IN MUSIC?                       In addition, in the second year, you will learn
The course will extend the four basic areas       to compose and recreate sounds using music
of performing, composing, and listening and       technology and will develop your ideas from
analysis already encountered at GCSE to a         Year 1 into more complex and professionally
higher level. Although preparation for your solo  produced productions.
performances will mostly be undertaken with
your instrumental teacher, we will involve you in You will also produce a detailed studio
appropriate solo and ensemble performances recording of a band.
and time will be allocated within the course for
rehearsal. Your individual composition work will ENTRY GUIDELINES
be supported by study of basic harmony and • Grade 5 and Grade 5 theory
of stylistic procedures. You will develop your • Grade V for above in instrument
listening skills and learn about music from two • Anyone who has a keen interest in music
different areas of study: Instrumental Music           of all styles and wishes to broaden
and Vocal Music. These will cover a wide range         their experience of live, recorded and
of musical styles and genres. For A2 you will          sequenced music.
extend these skills still further including a third • Students should be interested in technology,
area of study and you may specialise either in         computing and in its application to music.
harmony or composition.                             • Students also need to be highly self-
                                                       motivated as many of the practical
ENTRY GUIDELINES                                       assignments must be undertaken at least
It is useful to have taken Music at GCSE,              partially in their own time.
but this is not essential, as long as you can
already play an instrument to at least Grade V An ability to become familiar with music
standard or above and are able to read music. programmes is recommended.
It is desirable to have a sound knowledge of
basic music theory.                                 The course is undertaken with the Barnet A
                                                    Level Music Service at Woodhouse College.
WHAT WILL I STUDY IN MUSIC                          The course involves some lessons after school
TECHNOLOGY?                                         on Tuesdays and Wednesdays up to 6.30pm.
You will acquire practical skills relating to
sequencing and recording, as well as arranging For further information, contact Mr Thomson
and composing using music technology. You will kthomson@woodhouse.ac.uk
learn to recognise the musical, technical and
stylistic features of modern recorded music.
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You can also read