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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
                                                                         BY OFSTED

                                                                                     Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College,
                                                                                     inspired by the Christian tradition, holds

                                                                                     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.
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                                                                                                                                                           COLLEGE LIFE

                                                                                                                                                           WELCOME TO NOTRE DAME
                        TO NOTRE DAME

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                        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

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                        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,

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                        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.

                                                                                                    OF STUDENTS HOLD OFFERS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION WITH
                                                                                                   OVER 150 STUDENTS GOING TO A RUSSELL GROUP UNIVERSITY

                                              Justine Barlow

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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:                                                                        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:
                                                                                                                                                                         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 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

                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                             A full copy of the admissions policy is available on our website:

                                                  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.

                                                        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.
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Over the years, the College has expanded, with approximately £8 million         STUDY SUPPORT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               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,
                                                                                                                                              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
                                  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

                                  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

                                                                                                                                              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.

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                              OUTSTANDING CAREERS SUPPORT
                                                            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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                            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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 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

                                                                                               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).

                      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.

PROSPECTUS 2019/20 - Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form ...

                                                                                                                                                            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”

                 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

                 adults will help all students, especially those who are vulnerable or at risk.

                 For further details of the College’s safeguarding policy,

                 please visit
PROSPECTUS 2019/20 - Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form ...

                                                                                                                               COLLEGE LIFE
                                                                                                                               CATHOLIC LIFE
                     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 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
                     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.


                                                                                                                                                                     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.

                                              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.

                                                            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

WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE?                                                                                                                                                             WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               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

                                                                                                                     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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      •   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

                                                                                                                                                                                         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.

                                                                                                                                                                                         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.

                                                                                                                        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.

WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE?                                                                                                                                                                        WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS COURSE?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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,

                                                                                                                                                                                 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?

                                                                                                             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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           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)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           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.

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