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CONTENTS NOTRE DAME 04 – 17 College Life 18 – 40 Courses and Entry Criteria 42 – 46 Notre Dame Pathway IS RATED AS OUTSTANDING BY OFSTED Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College, inspired by the Christian tradition, holds OPEN DAYS at the centre of our ethos the dignity and uniqueness of each person. Notre Dame values and welcomes those of other beliefs. WE AIM TO Treat each other with respect Create an atmosphere of mutual trust in which we develop the confidence to be ourselves Provide a high quality, meaningful education which encourages SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER, the development of the whole person 13 9:30am – 1pm Provide equality of opportunity Celebrate the joy and energy of our community Support everyone, of all abilities, to make positive steps towards achieving their full potential Promote a caring environment, working together for the benefit of the THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER, 22 4:30pm – 7:30pm individual and the wider community Build a community based on faith and trust, respect for each individual, and full development of each person’s potential, as found in the teaching and example of Our Lord Jesus Christ Please visit our website to book your place.
04 COLLEGE LIFE WELCOME WELCOME TO NOTRE DAME TO NOTRE DAME TOP 2 3 CATHOLIC SIXTH FORM COLLEGE At Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College we are extremely proud of all our students’ achievements, especially the individual progress that they each make SIXTH FORM COLLEGE STUDENTS IN 2017 in their time with us. IN THE COUNTRY FOR ACHIEVED AT LEAST We hope this prospectus will give you a flavour of life at Notre Dame, EPQ ACHIEVEMENT ONE HIGH GRADE the extensive range of subjects on offer, the variety of enrichment activities available, and the highly successful Enhancing Excellence Programme. We are pleased to be rated as an Outstanding college by Ofsted but more importantly we are proud of the outstanding progress each of our students make. We use a national value added measure, ALPs, which is recognised by Ofsted. This measures the progress each student makes at College from their GCSE results to their results at A Level or Level 3 BTEC/CTEC. On this basis, Notre Dame’s value added scores make us one of the top sixth form colleges in the UK. We believe that each student is an individual, is exceptional and needs to be valued. High quality teaching and learning, coupled with exceptional pastoral support, provides the inspiration and 9 100 % motivation for every young person to realise their aspirations. Our students truly fulfil their potential with us, progressing onto prestigious universities and rewarding careers. Our aim is to provide students with the very best possible education, to help them develop new interests and to use whatever talents they have in the service of the College and the wider community. Our success is built upon teamwork between staff and students. Our staff are passionate about working with young people and always go the extra mile to provide guidance and support to help STUDENTS HOLD BTEC AND CTEC them succeed. When students enrol at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College they can choose from a wide variety of different OXBRIDGE OFFERS PASS RATE IN 2017 subjects, ensuring they find the course that’s right for them. We are proud to be able to offer our students the very best range of choices. Although we expect our students to work hard during their time with us, we want them to enjoy themselves too! There are an enormous number of enrichment activities on offer, UK and international trips, sports, arts, voluntary work and a multitude of other opportunities. We are a Catholic College for the community and we provide students with numerous opportunities to be involved with campaigning and charitable work as well as considering their own spiritual journey. I firmly believe that whatever your faith or beliefs, 80 % there is something very special here for every student. This prospectus will give you an insight into life at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College and what the College has to offer, but why not come along to an Open Day and see for yourself – I look forward to meeting you then. COLLEGE LIFE OF STUDENTS HOLD OFFERS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION WITH OVER 150 STUDENTS GOING TO A RUSSELL GROUP UNIVERSITY WELCOME TO NOTRE DAME Justine Barlow Principal 05
06 COLLEGE LIFE 01. RE AD THIS PROSPECTUS 06. E XPERIENCE NOTRE DAM E DAY YOUR 2019 APPLICATION GUIDE You can also visit our website to explore the range of courses ( J U LY 2019) we have available: notredamecoll.ac.uk Once you’ve accepted your place, we’ll invite you in for an Experience Day. You’ll get to meet your teachers and some of the students you’ll be studying alongside as you try out the subjects you’ve applied for. You’ll also get the chance to find out about all the fantastic enrichment activities, and academic and pastoral support that Notre Dame will offer you as a student. APPLICATION GUIDE 02. COM E AND SEE US (O C TO B ER TO N OV EM B ER 2018) Meet our staff and students, and find out more about what Notre Dame can offer you. Our openevents take place on 13 October and 22 November. For more details, visit our website: notredamecoll.ac.uk 07. ENROL (AUGUS T 2019) We’ll be in touch with you over the summer to invite you to enrol. You’ll be given a date and time but don’t worry if you can’t make your enrolment slot, just let us know and we’ll find an alternative for you. 03. APPLY THROUGH UC A S PROGRESS (O C TO B ER 2018 TO JA N UA RY 2019) Applications to Notre Dame open in October 2018. Simply go to ucasprogress.com and enter the password which your school will provide. If you are applying independently of school, you can 08. WELCOM E TO NOTRE DAM E! (S EP T EM B ER 2019) Congratulations! You’re now a Notre Dame student! You might feel nervous on your first day but our supportive staff and friendly students will make sure you soon feel right at home. generate your own password on the UCAS Progress website. YOUR 2019 We are oversubscribed, so please apply as early as you can. If you haven’t received an acknowledgement of your application from UCAS Progress within 14 days, please contact us. The closing date for applications is Monday 14th January 2019. POLICY FOR ADM ISSIONS AND APPLIC ATIONS The College governors accept students in the following order of priority: C AT E G O RY 0 C AT E G O RY 1 C AT E G O RY 2 C AT E G O RY 4 04. Pupils who have an Pupils attending the three a) Pupils attending a) Non-Catholic pupils Educational Health and Care named Catholic partner other 11-16 age range attending 11-16 age COM E TO Plan in which Notre Dame schools: Mount St Mary’s Catholic schools. range non-Catholic YOUR INTERVIE W is named as the provider of choice. Catholic High School, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, b) Pupils attending other school. (D ECEM B ER 2018 TO M AY 2019) Catholic institutions. b) Other 16-19 year and Corpus Christi Catholic old students. This is our chance to get to know you better and College. find out why you want to come to Notre Dame. Please make sure you arrive on time and show us C AT E G O RY 3 how enthusiastic you are about becoming one of Catholic pupils attending our students. non-Catholic institutions. COLLEGE LIFE A full copy of the admissions policy is available on our website: notredamecoll.ac.uk. YOUR 2019 APPLICATION GUIDE 05. ACCEPT YOUR OFFER ( JA N UA RY TO J U N E 2019) We’ll be in touch after your interview to offer you a conditional place. Please log back in to UCAS Progress to accept it by the Notre Dame is a Catholic sixth form college that has been designated independent of the local authority. It is a further education (FE) college, funded by central government via the Young People’s Learning Agency. 07 deadline stated in your offer letter. The College is controlled by its own governing body (corporation), however, the land and premises are owned by the trustees of the RC Diocese of Leeds.
Over the years, the College has expanded, with approximately £8 million STUDY SUPPORT 08 COLLEGE LIFE of investment in state-of-the-art facilities. In 2009 we saw the addition of To enable all students coming to Notre Dame to achieve their learning the Cuvilly Building; home to Business, Sociology, Psychology and specialist goals, the College has a dedicated and specialist Study Support Team. The Product Design facilities. In 2013 we opened St Julie’s; a bespoke building highly experienced team are committed to meeting the needs of all students for Science which we expanded in 2016 with more specialist rooms to and can provide specialist teaching for students with a learning difficulty LIFE AT NOTRE DAME accommodate the growing numbers of students wishing to study Maths and or long term medical condition. We have specialist equipment available Science. Our latest refurbishment will see a new high street brand coffee such as portable hearing loops and laptops, and where appropriate, access shop and a refurbishment of the café area ready for September 2018. arrangements are made for exams. Students who declare a learning need or disability will be invited to an interview in Study Support to discuss the package of support that they need. THE COLLEGE DAY The College day is split into subject classes and study periods. Each day is Students wishing to develop their study skills e.g. time management, different. Sometimes students may not have a lesson until mid-morning, literacy and numeracy, can do so by accessing Study Support. Our staff a gap between lessons in the day, or an early finish. The time in between will help you to design an individual programme of learning that you will lessons is designed for you to use the many study areas or IT drop-in centre then work through together. You can arrange sessions yourself or through at College. discussion with any of your teachers. The department has a number of facilities and resources available to help you with your studies which include two well-equipped study rooms and self-access learning materials. Students YOUR PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT TUTOR can access this support at any time. As part of the pastoral care we provide for students, there is a weekly tutorial programme when your Personal Achievement Tutor will be available The College is committed to ensuring that people with a disability, to support you with all aspects of your studies at Notre Dame. They will including those with learning difficulties, are treated fairly. All reasonable give you important information about what is happening in College, provide adjustments to provision will be made to ensure that students or others study and revision tips, help you with your career planning, and advise you with a disability are not disadvantaged. Contact Victoria Tiffany if you have about applying to university. For any students wishing to progress into full- any questions about support provision, email@example.com. time employment, apprenticeships or school leaver programmes, we offer an employment tutor group programme during upper sixth. This will include a mock interview with employers from prestigious firms; a sector-specific PERSONAL AND PRACTICAL SUPPORT work experience placement; support with job searching, CV’s and cover If you have an issue that affects you while at College, you can get practical letters; and talks from visiting speakers such as apprenticeship providers. and personal support from our Catholic Care Social Worker or our College Counsellor. We offer a completely confidential service to any student. Both are available to be seen as a one-off session or on a regular appointment basis. NOTRE DAME Students can be supported with both emotional and practical issues such as: • Stress / anxiety • Family issues • Relationship worries • Health worries • Housing and homelessness or support if you live independently • Benefit entitlement • Drugs or alcohol worries AN OUTSTANDING PLACE TO STUDY The College has an outstanding track record for student achievement, support, pastoral care and ensuring each student realises their potential. From humble beginnings as a small boarding school for LIFE AT girls in 1898 through to the current Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College, the aims have remained INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS the same – to build a community based on faith and trust and to provide outstanding provision for our Notre Dame has around 60 international students from as far away students, staff, governors and the community of Leeds. As a Catholic College, we believe that we offer as China, Vietnam or South America, who bring a wealth of different something very special for our students and staff; this is at the heart of everything we do. backgrounds, cultures and traditions. The international students benefit Notre Dame is an Ofsted outstanding college, where students feel safe and happy, are motivated to do from our outstanding teaching and learning, and the excellent pastoral their best, and achieve at a high level. Inspectors praised the College for the pastoral care it provides care at the College. Several of our international students have won coveted for students and its commitment to maintaining the Catholic ethos at the heart of Notre Dame. One of places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. A wealth of information and the most frequent comments made by students is that Notre Dame is basically ‘a great place to be’! an application form are also available for international students on the College website. Contact Rose Lou for further information and answers to We offer an extensive breadth of A level subjects, a variety of BTEC and CTEC courses, and a number your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. of level 2 qualifications including GCSEs, so there is real choice and great flexibility when it comes to helping you create a Programme of Study that will suit you best. The College takes huge pride in having COLLEGE LIFE staff who are dedicated to helping you succeed, to achieve the best that you can. Their drive, passion EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY and determination - underpinned by skill, knowledge and empathy - helps students achieve year on Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College is committed to equality of year. The majority of our students go on to study for a degree at university, including an increasing opportunity. We recognise the value of diversity within the whole College, number each year who go to Russell Group, Oxford or Cambridge Universities. and that people with different backgrounds, attitudes and experiences LIFE AT NOTRE DAME bring fresh ideas and perceptions to the College and enrich all our lives. The College will treat all individuals with respect and dignity and seek to provide a positive environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation. 09
10 OUTSTANDING CAREERS SUPPORT CAREERS The College has a specialist careers team who will provide ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES you with impartial advice and guidance at every stage of your academic journey. The team have built close working relationships with local universities and employers, enhancing the advice and guidance they can offer to enable students to make and carry out effective career decisions. The Careers Department provides support with career planning, UCAS and higher education, interview skills, job applications and CV writing. Highlights for students include the annual Careers Fair which is attended by over 50 employers and providers, the annual Higher Education Day attended by over 50 universities, and an annual Higher Education Parents’ Evening. They regularly invite in motivational speakers from a wide range of industries and institutions, and also support our students to find work experience placements. In addition, VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES they maintain an intranet site with resources relating to apprenticeships, volunteering, higher education, employment, There are a wealth of volunteering opportunities available gap years, and much more. at Notre Dame, offering students the chance to build the skills and experiences necessary for their future pathways The Careers Department also provides many of our enrichment into higher education, employment or training. Examples opportunities, supported by local universities and employers. of initiatives and organisations in the local area include the For example, they offer a Future Teachers Programme in West Yorkshire Police Explorer Programme, Leeds Teaching partnership with Leeds Trinity University, a Future Allied Hospitals, V-Inspired and charities such as St George’s Crypt, Health Programme in partnership with Leeds Teaching Oxfam and many more. Hospital and the Law Academy which is a bespoke mentoring programme with law firms throughout Leeds. National Citizen Service (NCS) This scheme provides students with the chance to make a real difference in their local community. It involves building skills FUTURE TEACHERS PROGRAMME for life whilst on an outdoor residential, followed by team work If you wish to become a teacher, we run an enrichment on a social action project in the local area. Planning, managing programme in partnership with a number of prestigious local and completing this project earns students a graduation universities including Leeds, Leeds Trinity, and Huddersfield. certificate signed by the Prime Minister which acknowledges This programme will include a visit to a university campus, their effort, dedication and life skill development. This is a exploration of different routes into teaching, and one or more national scheme which is recognised and highly regarded by ENRICHMENT WEEK work experience placements. universities and employers. Alongside a strong academic profile, employers and There will be a wide choice of in-college activities ranging Sighted Guiding universities look for students who’ve developed other from sporting sessions such as racquet sports and body FUTURE ALLIED HEALTH PROGRAMME This is a level one qualification delivered in the College interests, skills and experiences. With competition increasing pump, to activities such as knitting/crocheting, British Sign For those students who aspire to a career in an allied health by Guide Dogs for the Blind and involves awareness training to secure jobs and university places, anything extra that Language lessons and the Bank of England Challenge. You profession (radiographer, physiotherapist, paramedic, osteopath about issues for people who are blind and partially sighted, makes you ‘stand out’ from the average student will give you also have the option of work experience, which is particularly etc.), we offer the chance to experience life at Leeds Teaching as well as practical training in how to be a sighted guide. a head start. The enrichment programme at Notre Dame popular amongst students interested in applying for higher Hospitals, enabling you to make clear and informed choices about This is a certified qualification which gives students the offers you this. education courses in vocational subjects. potential future job roles. additional option of experience and training with guide There are many activities available as part of our weekly During Enrichment Week there is also the opportunity dogs for the blind as a ‘my guide’ volunteer for someone enrichment programme, including recreational options and to be part of the group of young people who travel to in their local community. LAW ACADEMY AND Citizen First Aid. Departments within College run subject Lourdes in collaboration with the Leeds Diocese. Here specific events such as the drama enrichment offered by the you would assist the sick, disabled and elderly, helping SOLICITOR MENTORING PROGRAMME WORK EXPERIENCE Theatre Arts Department. We also offer the EPQ, which you to enrich their pilgrimage. The Notre Dame Law Department has been working with can read more about on page 13. solicitors and other legal professionals for over 15 years to Work experience is not only valuable in its own right but also enhance our provision for students. They have developed a essential if you hope to apply to certain university courses At the end of your lower sixth year, the College will run an Solicitor Mentoring Programme which offers students the (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Teaching, Veterinary Enrichment Week where you can sign up for a residential trip opportunity to network with legal professionals and develop Science etc.). All students have the opportunity to complete a COLLEGE LIFE or choose from a programme of in-college activities and day useful employability skills. The Law Department also has a work experience placement during their time at college. You trips. Recent residentials have included trips to China, Italy, number of places in its Law Academy which offers further will have access to a dedicated work experience coordinator Dubrovnik and Berlin. There will also be many day trips to opportunities for students to explore the possibility of a career who will support you on a one to one basis to find placements places like the Globe Theatre and Leeds Magistrates’ Court. in law. It includes a programme of expert talks, mock trials, throughout the West Yorkshire region. OUTSTANDING CAREERS SUPPORT workplace visits and work experience placements that enable students to significantly enhance their employability skills, Work Experience is compulsory for students on a level 2 aspirations and social understanding. You can apply for both programme, in an upper sixth Employment Tutor Group, or who programmes when you enrol on a law course. are completing a double BTEC/CTEC in Business, IT, or Health and Social Care. If you wish to obtain a work experience placement, please see the Careers team on the ground floor of Cuvilly or email 11 email@example.com.
12 COLLEGE LIFE ENHANCING EXCELLENCE ENHANCING EXCELLENCE The College Oxbridge and Russell Group programme, Enhancing Excellence, liaises closely with the Careers Department and tutors to identify academically able students and encourage them to apply to Oxford or Cambridge Universities, or to medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. Six core staff and a range of subject specialists run the programme, and the lower sixth students involved attend residentials, conferences and weekly discussion groups to prepare them for the more rigorous tests and interviews required by these universities. About a third of these students go on to apply to Oxford or Cambridge in the autumn term of upper sixth. Over the past four years the programme has expanded to welcome students who are interested in studying at other Russell Group universities. The College enjoys a special relationship with Cambridge University: EXTENDED PROJECT SPORT AT NOTRE DAME admissions tutors from the university host two annual admissions and interviews conferences at Notre Dame (which are also attended QUALIFICATION (EPQ) by tutors from Oxford), and students from the College visit Oxford, The Extended Project Qualification allows you to study a topic which Football Academy Cambridge and Durham each year. extends your learning, either in your own field of study, a related area, Our Football Academy was one of the first programmes of its or one relevant to your own personal interests. You will have the type, integrating football training with an academic timetable. opportunity to create a piece of work, such as an investigation or Students have the opportunity to play competitively at a high OVER 75% OF STUDENTS on the Enhancing Excellence field study, a dissertation, a performance or an artefact. You will be level and receive coaching whilst completing their studies (A assessed on your ability to plan, manage, complete and review your programme gain places at Russell Group universities. levels and/or BTECs/CTECs). project. Achievement of the EPQ is highly regarded by universities and employers. If you are interested in undertaking an extended project you You will study tactics and techniques for football, performance should speak to your tutor, though you will receive further information analysis, fitness development, injury prevention and management, during your time here at College. In 2018, 52 OF OUR STUDENTS held offers for world top and sports leadership skills. You will be training every day as your 25 universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, training is integrated into the college timetable. Matches take place at home and away in the Yorkshire and Humberside colleges league Imperial, King’s London, LSE and UCL. on a Wednesday afternoon. Places are allocated to the Football Academy following trials which 9 STUDENTS were OFFERED PLACES at Oxford and take place at the end of August or start of September. You will also TEAM ND Cambridge Universities across a wide range of subjects be invited to submit your playing application. A high level of playing and fitness is required for this programme and you must also meet including mathematics, chemical engineering, Spanish, AOC League the college’s academic requirements. You should at least be playing linguistics and geography. Notre Dame’s TEAM ND has a proud history of sporting for your local and/or school team with some professional club trial achievements. Alongside our very successful Football Academy, experience and county trial standard. we also have a range of sports teams that compete on Wednesday Being part of the Football Academy will enhance your academic afternoons in the Association of Colleges Sports Yorkshire League. 28% OF OXBRIDGE APPLICANTS RECEIVED OFFERS experience at Notre Dame. In addition, some Football Academy 40% higher than the 20% national applicant-to-offer figure Currently, our students represent the College in a variety of different for State schools. students have progressed to professional football clubs, non-league COLLEGE LIFE teams including netball, basketball, boxing, rugby, volleyball, badminton, football clubs, Under 18 England Schoolboy Squad, and Soccer and table tennis. Scholarships in the USA. NOTRE DAME IS Being part of TEAM ND will enhance your experience at Notre Dame 55% OF APPLICANTS RECEIVED OFFERS FOR MEDEV Sports Leader’s Award THE TOP SIXTH FORM and provide you with outstanding opportunities to continue with sports COURSES (Medicine, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine). SPORT AT NOTRE DAME On completion of the Level 3 qualification in Higher Sports team participation alongside your academic programme. The sports COLLEGE IN THE Leadership (HSL3) studied as part of the Football Academy The national average applicants-to-offers figure for medical/ COUNTRY FOR season culminates with an awards ceremony to celebrate the successes programme, students will gain 16 UCAS points which can count of the year. dental schools or veterinary colleges is 10%. By contrast, EPQ ACHIEVEMENT. towards their offer of a place at university. Notre Dame has attained a 55% success rate, with 17 of our 31 applicants receiving offers in 2018. 13
PARENTS... 14 COLLEGE LIFE WHAT WHAT OUR WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY TO EXPECT STUDENTS SAY “The best thing about studying at Notre Dame are the teachers who go above and beyond to help you. It wouldn’t be Notre Dame without the unconditional support!” “I’ve made lots of friends “There’s always in such a short space of someone to sit with time. Everybody is so and chat to. It’s easy friendly and I can’t think to make friends.” of a better college” At Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College we believe that parents, guardians and carers play an important role in students’ success. We view College as a stepping stone between school and university or the “Notre Dame is a great place wider world of work, so we endeavour to resolve any concerns with the student directly. However, we will of course contact parents, guardians and carers if we feel it is necessary. to study whichever course you want. We ensure that you are kept up to date with your child’s progress through There are so many facilities put in place reports, and you will have the opportunity to attend Parents Evenings throughout the year. Arrangements can also be made to speak to your to help you achieve what you want.” child’s Personal Achievement Tutor, Pastoral Manager or subject teachers at any time if you have any concerns or queries. In February parents, guardians and carers are invited to attend a Careers Fair to find out more about their child’s employment and apprenticeship opportunities after they leave College. In April, there will be an opportunity for the parents, guardians and carers of lower sixth students to attend a Higher Education Parents’ Evening, where information and “Coming to Notre Dame advice will be provided regarding university applications, opportunities was the best decision “There is a lot of support with apprenticeships and employment. I’ve ever made, the from careers, the support and teaching counsellor and teachers” COLLEGE LIFE Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people within the ethos and context of its mission. We fully recognise the contribution the College can make is second to none.” to protect and support students. We recognise that high self-esteem, confidence, peer support and clear lines of communication with trusted WHAT TO EXPECT adults will help all students, especially those who are vulnerable or at risk. For further details of the College’s safeguarding policy, 15 please visit notredamecoll.ac.uk
16 COLLEGE LIFE CATHOLIC LIFE CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY Our Lay Chaplain is always on hand to support Notre Dame students spiritually and emotionally, regardless of their beliefs. The Lay Chaplain operates an open door policy, so you are welcome anytime to drop in and have a chat. The chaplaincy offers: • • The use of our beautiful chapel every day for quiet prayer and reflection. An alternative quiet prayer space. • Morning prayers in the chapel, and Mass twice a week. • Weekly prayer groups. • The opportunity to read, sing or perform in assemblies. • The chance to join student social justice and charity groups. • Involvement with a wide variety of charitable events including a Christmas dinner for the elderly, an annual sleep-out in support of the homeless, fundraising activities for CAFOD, and our yearly pilgrimage to Lourdes. • Inspiring assemblies • Practical and emotional support PTE PHILOSOPHY, THEOLOGY AND ETHICS PTE is an exploration of faith programme that aims to give our students an opportunity to reflect on the deeper questions of life, such as who we are, why we are here, and how we want to live our lives and conduct our relationships. The focus in lessons is on participating and learning from each other (and, on occasion, visiting speakers). In our Catholic college, PTE is a key part of the curriculum and all students are expected to attend a one-hour weekly session. You will be assessed and this will lead to a level 2 qualification. PTE is important because it supports the distinctive ethos of Notre Dame: that we are a community which puts the human being at the centre of everything we do. This helps to develop students’ values and attitudes outside of the main subjects. PTE is the only lesson where you can meet people outside your chosen courses, encouraging inclusivity and understanding among our diverse student population. Through the PTE programme, you will have opportunities to explore and live out your faith. For those who want to take part, there’s an annual residential retreat to Ampleforth, as well as the chance to be part of the Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, where students care for sick and vulnerable pilgrims LIFE from our area. Students who study A level Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies don’t attend PTE, although they’re welcome to participate in any of the extra activities. COLLEGE LIFE CATHOLIC LIFE 17
18 COURSES AND ENTRY CRITERIA At Notre Dame we offer a wide range of A levels as well as Level 3 BTEC and CTEC qualifications. Our students can choose to study only A levels or only LEVEL 3 COURSES BTECs/CTECs, with many choosing to study a combination of both. You will normally study three subjects at A level (or the equivalent number of BTEC/CTECs) but if you have very good GCSE results you may be able to choose four. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LEVELS AND BTECS/CTECS? A levels are level 3 qualifications, mainly assessed through exams which take place at the end of two years. Level 3 BTECs and CTECs are mainly assessed through coursework at regular intervals during the course, with some practical assessments or work experience. ENTRY CRITERIA HOW MANY SUBJECTS CAN I CHOOSE? You can choose to study three or four subjects depending on your GCSE grades with Level 3 BTEC/CTECs counting as either one, two or three subjects. Students wishing to study four A Levels will be expected to achieve at least five GCSE grades at 6 or above. COURSES AND Don’t worry if you are uncertain about which subjects to choose or whether to mix A Levels with BTEC/CTEC, we will give lots of advice and guidance about your Programme of Study at your interview and again at enrolment. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY* COURSE GCSE GRADES NEEDED A levels Five GCSE’s at C/4 or above including English and Maths. Mixed Programme of A levels Five GCSE’s at C/4 or above, preferably including English and Maths. and BTEC/CTEC BTEC/CTEC Level 3 Four GCSE’s at C/4 or above, preferably including English and Maths. A pass grade in a Level 2 BTEC will be accepted as equivalent to GCSEs for entry to these courses. BTEC L2 Four GCSE’s at D/3 including at least a 3 in English and/or Maths GCSE. * Many of our courses have particular entry requirements: please see the subject pages in this prospectus. Also, you’ll need to pass internal assessments and have good attendance, punctuality and behaviour to go onto the second year of your courses. COURSES AND ENTRY CRITERIA WHAT ABOUT UNIVERSITY? Degree courses at university require three A levels or equivalent qualifications and depending on your chosen subject area you will need high grades to progress. For example, entry to courses in medicine or veterinary science often requires passes at grade A or A* in three A level subjects as well as very good passes at GCSE. If you haven’t achieved grade 4 in GCSE English Language, we strongly advise you to re-take this alongside your other subjects as you will need it to progress to higher education. LEVEL 3 COURSES 30 A LEVEL 8 L 3 B T E C /C T E C / D I P LO M A S U BJ E C T S AVA I L A B L E CO U R S E S O F F E R E D 19
WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE? WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE? 20 COURSES AND ENTRY CRITERIA You should have a flair for mathematical calculations and an interest in the business world. You must enjoy calculations and Grade 5 or above in GCSE Art and Design or a 2 year BTEC Art feel a sense of pride in producing accurate and presentable numerical answers. Students need to meet the normal college entry and Design Diploma at merit or distinction. If you do not have requirements and have a minimum of grade 6 in GCSE Maths. a GCSE or BTEC in an art related subject, please contact the Notre Dame Art Department about potential enrolment. WHAT WILL I STUDY? You will study basic bookkeeping via the double entry The A level is assessed by two x 3 hour examinations taken WHAT WILL I STUDY? accounting system leading into the preparation of income in June of the second year. Most of the questions require You will learn fundamental technical skills and study the LEVEL 3 COURSES statements, balance sheets and budgets. Students will see how calculations although there are some written answers work of other artists as a basis to build on your own artistic accounting information is used to assess the performance of requiring the ability to explain and assess accounting practice and ideas. The course also supports the development TWO YEAR A LEVEL EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA firms, but will also consider other measures of performance terms and issues coherently. of key life skills such as analytical thinking, creative problem TWO YEAR A LEVEL EXAMINATION BOARD: EDEXECEL besides profitability. solving, risk taking, lateral thinking, confidence building, WHAT NEXT? communication, time management and organisation. Financial accounting and management accounting: Accounting Records, Subsidiary Books and Ledger Accounts, Verification This course will be extremely useful if you want to enter Fine Art coursework portfolio. of Accounting Records, Trial Balance, Income Statements, the world of business or if you’re considering setting up your Areas of study – students work in one or more areas. Balance Sheets, Bank Reconciliations, Depreciation, Bad Debts, own business. If you’d like to study business or economics at • Drawing and painting Accruals and Prepayments, Accounting Principles, Concepts and university, you’ll find an accounting background very helpful. • Mixed media including collage and assemblage WHAT NEXT? Conventions, Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Limited Liability, You’ll have a head start if you want to study accountancy either • Sculpture Students from Notre Dame successfully progress to foundation ACCOUNTING Capital Structure of Limited Companies, Internal Final Accounts, at degree level or with one of the professional accounting • Ceramics and degree courses at institutions such as Leeds College of Art, Ratio Analysis and the Assessment of Business Performance. bodies. Many of our previous students have achieved positions • Installation the University of Manchester, Royal College of Art, Newcastle with KPMG, PWC or Grant Thornton and have been trained to • Textiles University and Chelsea School of Art. Subject choices vary but You will also study: Sources of Finance, Cash-Flow Statements, become fully qualified accountants. • Printmaking have included architecture, graphic design, fine art, art history, Incomplete Records, Partnership Accounts, Manufacturing • Moving image and photography textiles, fashion marketing and photography. Accounts, International Accounting Standards, Budgeting and Budgetary Control using Variance Analysis, Impact of ICT in Personal investigation - Component one Accounting, Costing, Break Even Analysis, Marginal Costing, • Externally moderated Absorption Costing, Investment Appraisal, Ethical Behaviour, D I D YO U K N OW ? One in eleven jobs in the UK • Work journal/sketchbook and final piece(s) and Social Accounting. now falls within the creative economy. One in six of all Externally set assignment - Component two UK graduate jobs are also creative economy positions. ART • Externally moderated The wider creative economy including non-creative • Work journal/sketchbook and 15 hour exam piece sectors such as manufacturing or health totalled 2.8m DID YOU KNOW? Mick Jagger, Janet Jackson, jobs in 2015. (Creative Industries 2015: Focus on Employment.) Eddie Izzard and John Grisham all studied accountancy. WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE? WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE? TWO YEAR BTEC LEVEL 3 FOUNDATION DIPLOMA EQUIVALENT TO 1.5 A LEVELS You need to have either grade 4 or above in two single science GCSE’s, or grade 44 in GCSE Combined Science, or at least a merit in Grade 6 in two single science GCSE’s (including Biology) or grade 66 in GCSE Combined Science. Also GCSE Maths at grade 5 TWO YEAR BTEC LEVEL 3 EXTENDED CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENT TO 1 A LEVEL a level 2/ intermediate applied science course. A minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English and in GCSE Maths is required. You must also and GCSE English at grade 4 or above. TWO YEAR BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL DIPLOMA EQUIVALENT TO 2 A LEVELS have a genuine interest in the subject and have the motivation to apply yourself to the course. WHAT WILL I STUDY? WHAT WILL I STUDY? ONE YEAR BTEC LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENT TO 1 AS LEVEL As a biologist, you will study the natural world from the largest Successful completion of 12 required practicals will You will acquire and apply various practical techniques and Optional units include: Unit 19 Practical Chemical Analysis, mammals down to your very own microscopic DNA. Biologists earn you a Practical Endorsement, which is recognised learn about their use in industry, medicine and research. You Unit 22 Chemical Laboratory Techniques, Unit 11 Physiology strive to understand how animals and other organisms evolved, by many universities. will develop transferable higher order skills that are valued by of Human Body Systems, Unit 12 Physiology of Human and the factors that cause illness, applying their knowledge to universities and employers. Regulation and Reproduction, Unit 20 Medical Physics improve health and manage the natural world. WHAT NEXT? Techniques, Unit 44 Astronomy. The course is 100% coursework based and divided into units A level Biology aims to inspire students, nurture a passion for Career opportunities exist in a wide variety of sectors which are assessed as assignments. These are internally graded the subject, and lay the groundwork for further study in courses including medical professions, environmental biology, forensic TWO YEAR A LEVEL EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA at Pass, Merit or Distinction. The point scores of these grades WHAT NEXT? like biological sciences and medicine. The A level specification science, industry, biotechnology, the scientific Civil Service, are accumulated to ascertain your final mark. On the Diploma There’s a major skills shortage in the STEM (Science, ensures that you will develop literacy, numeracy, employability research, and education. EXAMINATION BOARD: EDEXCEL/PEARSON the highest mark you can achieve is a Distinction*/Distinction* Technology, Engineering & Maths) sectors, with an estimated and technical skills. Biology is fundamentally an experimental Our students progress to university to study courses such as: which is equivalent to two A* at A level. 40,000 jobs remaining unfilled in the UK each year. With a BTEC subject, so the course provides numerous opportunities to Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Dental Surgery, Diagnostic COURSES AND ENTRY CRITERIA National in Applied Science, you could be well on your way to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equips On the Diploma you will study compulsory units plus a number Radiography, Environmental Science, Forensic Science & getting one of these roles. students with the essential practical skills. APPLIED SCIENCE of optional units. Criminal Investigation, Life Sciences, Marine Biology, Medicine, Developed in collaboration with teachers, employers and higher The topics you will study are: Biological Molecules, Cells, Nutrition, Food & Health, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Compulsory units include: Unit 1 Fundamentals of Science, education institutions, this BTEC in Applied Science will provide Organisms Exchange Substances with their Environment, Physiotherapy. Unit 2 Working in the Science Industry, Unit 3 Scientific you with up-to-date industry knowledge and the practical, Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships Between Investigations, Unit 4 Scientific Practical Techniques, Unit 5 Students who wish to study biological or medical subjects at research and behavioural skills you’ll need to progress in higher Organisms, Energy Transfers in and Between Organisms, How Perceptions of Science, Unit 6 Using Mathematical Tools in university will usually need to take A level Chemistry as well. education and your career. Past students have studied health- Organisms Respond to Changes in their Internal and External Science, and Unit 7 Mathematical Calculations for Science. BIOLOGY related or applied science degrees, and gone into careers in Environments, Genetics, Populations, Evolution and Ecosystems, health care, leisure, laboratory-based science, or catering. and Control of Gene Expression. LEVEL 3 COURSES DID YOU KNOW? There is enough DNA in the average person’s body to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back - 17 times. D I D YO U K N OW ? A red blood cell only takes 20 seconds to circulate around the human body. 21
WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE? WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE? 22 COURSES AND ENTRY CRITERIA A genuine interest and are motivated to investigate all business related issues. Grade 6 in two single science GCSE’s (including Chemistry) You must have GCSE English at grade 5 or above and GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above. or grade 66 in GCSE Combined Science. Also GCSE Maths at grade 5 or above. WHAT WILL I STUDY? Through A level Business you will investigate the internal Theme 4: Global Business. You will study the growing WHAT WILL I STUDY? operations of a business and also analyse how they are economies of the world and explore the benefits and drawbacks You will gain hands-on practical and data analysis skills, affected by the external environment. You will explore the of operating a business internationally and on a global level. learn to appreciate how science works, and understand its TWO YEAR A LEVEL EXAMINATION BOARD: EDEXCEL LEVEL 3 COURSES strategies that firms could follow and will make comments and relevance beyond the laboratory. You will demonstrate The A level is assessed by three x 2 hour examinations taken in judgements on the business models. a synoptic understanding and will study chemistry in a June of the second year. contemporary context. Theme 1: Marketing and People. We explore how a firm ensures that it sells the products and services that the consumers Physical Chemistry TWO YEAR A LEVEL EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA WHAT NEXT? want and makes a profit. We look at how people respond to Atomic Structure, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Redox & There are numerous career options with this subject, such money and what makes a good leader, while evaluating the best Equilibrium, Rate Equations, Thermodynamics, Acids and Bases, as investment banking, accountancy, international business companies to work for. Equilibrium Constants, Electrochemistry. management, management, advertising, banking, marketing Theme 2: Managing Business Activities. You will learn how to and personnel. Many of our students progress to study business Inorganic Chemistry WHAT NEXT? produce and analyse company accounts and identify factors at university while others secure top apprenticeships in Periodicity, Group II & Group VII, Period 3, Transition Metals & that make companies profitable. You will identify how the accountancy, insurance, retail management and other careers. Ions in Aqueous Solution. Chemistry is very highly regarded by universities and employers production of cars is made efficient. We will explore how the Students have gone on to work for PWC, Marks and Spencer, alike. Once you have a chemistry qualification you may be Organic Chemistry surprised at just how many places you could end up working. external environment impacts on all businesses by creating KPMG, and some have started their own successful businesses. BUSINESS Nomenclature, Isomerism, Alkanes, Alkenes, Mainstream chemistry courses include Chemistry, and Chemical opportunities and threats. A wide variety of companies offer management positions and Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes, Analysis, Optical Isomerism, Engineering. You could also study a course such as Pharmacy, CHEMISTRY training schemes to business graduates. Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy. This unit looks at Carbonyl Compounds, Aromatic Chemistry, Nitrogen Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biological Sciences, how firms succeed and what strategies they use to achieve Containing Compounds, Polymers, Organic Synthesis, Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Medicine, Veterinary success. It focuses on decision-making techniques such as sales NMR & Chromatography. Science, Dentistry, Forensic Sciences, and Polymer Science. forecasting, investment appraisal, critical path analysis and the A level Chemistry will be examined by three written paper analysis of accounting information. examinations. At least 12 practical activities across the two year A level course will be assessed by teachers and lead to a D I D YO U K N OW ? A chemical engineer’s starting Practical Endorsement certificate. salary is in the region of £28,500, rising up to £70,000 D I D YO U K N OW ? In 2012, Kevin Systrom depending on experience and industry. and Mike Krieger sold their 13-person startup, Instagram, to Facebook for $1 Billion. WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE? GCSE English at grade 4 or above. You don’t need any prior knowledge of classical civilisation to take this course, just an enthusiasm for learning about the classical world. WHAT WILL I STUDY? TWO YEAR CTEC LEVEL 3 EXTENDED CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENT TO 1 A LEVEL A level Classical Civilisation (also known as Classics) is an In both years you will study the module Greek Religion, learning exciting and absorbing subject which explores the literature, about the gods, mythology, religious customs and temples of history, archaeology, culture and ideas of the ancient worlds Greece. This module ends with a short introduction to Greek WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE? of Greece and Rome. Universities value classics highly as an philosophy and the philosopher Socrates. There will be a work ONE YEAR CTEC LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENT TO 1 AS LEVEL You need either four GCSEs at grade 4 or a merit in a level 2/intermediate business course. academic subject and it is rated for the transferable skills that placement included ENRICHMENT TWO YEAR CTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA EQUIVALENT TO 2 A LEVELS In addition a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English is required. students develop on the course. in this course. Epic and Theatre Year 1: You will study Homer’s famous epic You will have the opportunity to study Latin and Greek poem, The Odyssey, as the hero Odysseus struggles with angry languages as optional enhancement subjects in lunchtime WHAT WILL I STUDY? classes. These languages are very useful for classicists and for gods and mythical monsters, battles against human enemies This course will allow you to practically apply your skills and The course is assessed using examinations and assignments those intending to pursue careers in medicine, science, modern who hold all the aces, and finds out that falling in love is a business knowledge in preparation for further study or the (which include written reports, verbal presentations and role languages and the legal profession, or for anyone looking dangerous business. TWO YEAR A LEVEL EXAMINATION BOARD: OCR workplace. Students will develop practical skills, including the play). Through completing the course you will develop key skills, for an academic challenge. We also offer a yearly practical CL ASSICAL CIVILISATION ability to communicate effectively and to manage their time. such as communication, numeracy, IT and independent learning, You will read some of the best known tragic plays in world archaeological workshop for classics students at Bradford which are highly valued by employers and universities. literature (Oedipus the King and Bacchae). You will follow the University’s state of the art labs. You will study the importance of customers and exciting story of Oedipus, who heroically saves the city of Thebes communication within a business, and learn how businesses WHAT NEXT? from the Sphinx but is unaware of a dangerous family secret WHAT NEXT? COURSES AND ENTRY CRITERIA operate. This involves looking at different functional areas, concerning his wife. You will meet a king who finds out too late Studying classics allows you to access exciting university organisational structures and how financial information is used. After studying this course you could progress to university, that it is never a good idea to go to war against the god Bacchus… courses such as Classics, Archaeology, Ancient History, and Plus you will gain an understanding of how to work effectively apprenticeships or employment. This CTEC is similar to Egyptology, which can often involve study and travel abroad. EXAMINATION BOARD: OCR in a business environment. university courses in how it’s assessed: through a combination Epic and Theatre Year 2: You will extend your knowledge of of assignments and examinations. This gives you the ideal Greek and Roman culture to include the Roman epic of Virgil’s Classics is also well respected by employers due to its unique If you choose to study the Diploma you will be following the combination of skills, knowledge and application. Former preparation for studying at university. Aeneid. In this book you will journey with Trojan prince Aeneas accounting pathway. This involves studying accounting topics students of classics are enjoying high ranking careers in a from Troy as he flees his war-torn homeland and strives to such as costing and pricing methods, break-even analysis, range of professions, including law, banking, teaching, museum BUSINESS reach Italy and found the Roman race. We also explore Greek budgets, capital investment appraisals and cash flow forecasts. curatorship, journalism and the media. comedy, and laugh at the knockabout and vulgar humour of LEVEL 3 COURSES Aristophanes’ comic play The Frogs. DID YOU KNOW? Candy Crush reportedly earns $633,000 a day. D I D YO U K N OW ? The first vending machine was invented in Ancient Greece. 23
WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE? 24 COURSES AND ENTRY CRITERIA You need to achieve at least grade 6 in GCSE Maths, and grade 4 in GCSE English. GCSE Computer Science is not a requirement but would be useful. Our most successful students are logically minded and enjoy problem solving. WHAT WILL I STUDY? WHAT NEXT? This is the Digital Age. Computer programmes have all but Computer scientists are in demand and their salaries reflect infiltrated every aspect of our lives. Computer scientists this. A level Computer Science, with its emphasis on problem theorise, design, develop, and apply the software and hardware solving, abstract thinking and mathematical reasoning, is a LEVEL 3 COURSES for the programmes we use day in, day out. good foundation for the study of a computer science degree. If You will learn how to think about problems in such a way that taken alongside A level Maths, it could lead to an engineering they can be solved using a computer. You will learn how to write or science-based degree. Alternatively, the skills you will gain reliable and efficient code using industry standard best practices. through studying this A level could lead directly to employment within the software development industry. Students will be encouraged to develop the ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, TWO YEAR A LEVEL EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA including data representation, logic and algorithms. In addition to these skills, the course also helps students to develop their skills in problem solving and coding. The topics you will study are: COMPUTER SCIENCE • Problem solving • Programming skills • The theory of how computers represent different types of data • Consequences of using computing • Fundamentals of networking • Database theory • You will also undertake a programming project (worth 20% of your final grade) D I D YO U K N OW ? The national average computer science undergraduate starting salary is £27,942. WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE? Grade 4 in GCSE English is essential with a preference of grade 5. You don’t need to have studied theatre or a related subject at GCSE level but if you have a qualification in drama or performing arts then this needs to be at grade 4/merit or higher. We recognise that students may have gained experience of theatre and performance in other ways through private training, drama schools or amateur companies. Please speak to us at enrolment or contact the department if you have any queries about your suitability for this course. A level Drama & Theatre is a fantastic course for anyone who has a genuine passion and interest in how live theatre performance is made. It is perfect for students who have a creative imagination and who enjoy working with people to understand how theatre can reflect the world around us and the people who live in it. The skills developed on a theatre studies course are wide ranging. You will WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE? have the opportunity to develop and perform characters; analyse texts and live performances; direct extracts of play texts; design You should have four GCSEs at grade 4 and above including a grade 4 in GCSE English. the lighting, set or sound for a play; and devise your own original performance. Whether working in the theatre is your aim or not, these skills can be applied to any job role in your future. WHAT WILL I STUDY? WHAT NEXT? Criminology covers all aspects of crime, from what types of The main purpose of Criminology is to support access to higher WHAT WILL I STUDY? WHAT NEXT? crime there are to the range of punishments people receive for education degree courses such as: Criminology, Criminology Practical Assessments (60%) A level Drama and Theatre will provide you with an invaluable committing crime. This Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Criminology and Psychology, Law with There are two major practical assessments which require you set of transferable skills (teamwork, creative thinking, and self- contains elements of psychology, law and sociology which Criminology, Criminology and Sociology, Psychology, or to work with scripted plays and devise your own theatre from a expression) which can be applied to any career, not just in the TWO YEAR LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA EQUIVALENT TO ONE A LEVEL complement the study of humanities or social science subjects. Sociology. An understanding of criminology is relevant stimulus. You will specialise in one particular field: either acting, theatre. You may consider choosing to continue your studies to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, stage, lighting or sound design. Working in small groups you are at an accredited drama school, but students can progress onto During the course you will investigate: social and probation work, or criminal psychology. expected to study and apply a range of techniques used in the degree courses in drama, directing, acting, theatre design, and • How crime is portrayed in the media and how this affects theatre by contemporary practitioners such as Kneehigh, Gecko arts administration, as well as many other creative subjects. people’s view of crime TWO YEAR A LEVEL EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA and Frantic Assembly. Practical exams involve very intense Some of our students go on to careers in law, teaching, • Different theories and explanations about why people rehearsal periods, writing a working notebook and a reflective healthcare, business, and even veterinary science or the army! commit crime report, and a performance in front of an examiner in one of our • How crime is investigated and criminals are prosecuted three theatre spaces. • How laws are made • How punishment works and ways to control crime COURSES AND ENTRY CRITERIA Written Exams (40%) DR AMA & THEATRE At the end of the course you will sit a written exam which The topics you will study are: will test your creative skills in making theatre and your ability Changing Awareness of Crime (internal assessment) EXAMINATION BOARD: WJEC to demonstrate how live performance can have an impact on Criminological Theories (external assessment) CRIMINOLOGY an audience. You will study two set texts, presenting your Crime Scene to Courtroom (internal assessment) own ideas as to how these plays would be produced in terms Crime and Punishment (external assessment) of acting characters, directing scenes, stage design, lighting, and sound aspects. You will also write about a live theatre experience and analyse the key components of theatre making and how it can impact on an audience. Evening visits LEVEL 3 COURSES to the theatre are also an essential part of this course. We D I D YO U K N OW ? The first Shakespeare’s Globe regularly run visits to theatres in Leeds, Manchester, Bolton is the only building in London allowed to have a DID YOU KNOW? In England, it costs about £38,000 per year to house one prisoner. and Liverpool. thatched roof since The Great Fire in 1666. 25
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