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BSM | Post 16 Curriculum Overview 2020 – 2021

Post 16 Curriculum Overview
2020 – 2021
BSM | Post 16 Curriculum Overview 2020 – 2021

                                               Table of Contents

Welcome from the Head of 6th form                                                                                    3
Why join our Sixth Form?                                                                                             4
Who can join the Sixth Form?                                                                                         4
Choosing A Levels                                                                                                    4
What if you do not like a subject?                                                                                   4
What you should know about the A Levels                                                                              5
What about students who want to sit an AS exam at the end of Year 12?                                                6
Choosing the Right Courses                                                                                          10
Sixth Form Extra Curricular Activities                                                                              10
AS & A Level COURSES                                                                                                11
Results and Higher Education                                                                                        11
Examination Boards                                                                                                  11
ENTRY FOR A LEVEL COURSES                                                                                           12
A Guide for Students and Parents                                                                                    12
Minimum requirement for entry into Year 12                                                                          12
Entry requirements for progression from Year 12 into Year 13                                                        14
Repeating Year 12                                                                                                   15
ART & DESIGN                                                                                                        16
BIOLOGY                                                                                                             18
BUSINESS                                                                                                            20
CHEMISTRY                                                                                                           22
COMPUTER SCIENCE                                                                                                    24
DANCE                                                                                                               26
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - PRODUCT DESIGN                                                                                29
DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES                                                                                           31
ECONOMICS                                                                                                           33
ENGLISH LITERATURE                                                                                                  35
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)                                                                                37
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES:                                                                                           39
FRENCH                                                                                                              39
GERMAN                                                                                                              42
SPANISH                                                                                                             46
GEOGRAPHY                                                                                                           50
HISTORY                                                                                                             52
MATHEMATICS                                                                                                         53
MEDIA STUDIES                                                                                                       59
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MUSIC                                                                                                          61
BTEC in Sport (Subsidiary Diploma)                                                                             65
PHYSICS                                                                                                        68
LEVEL 3 BTEC in CREATIVE MEDIA PRODUCTION - TELEVISION AND FILM PATHWAY                                        70
SIXTH FORM OPTIONS FORM                                                                                        72

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Welcome from the Head of 6th form

Dear Student,

Welcome to the Sixth Form at British School Muscat (BSM). The Sixth Form at BSM is a key part of the life
of the school.

In September 2017, we were delighted to officially open a brand new Sixth Form Centre which boasts a
brand new Common Room with superb facilities and two spacious study areas. We are extremely proud of
our new facilities and it is the perfect place for our students to study and to thrive.

The Sixth Form at BSM provides a stimulating and friendly environment in which students can continue
their education beyond GCSE examinations. The school offers a real breadth of choice with a wide range
of A Levels available and a truly enviable programme of extracurricular opportunities.

As a school, we have a fantastic record of helping students achieve high grades and gain entry into their
first choice university. We offer a combination of excellent teaching, academic challenge, and a Sixth Form
support team skilled in key areas such as UCAS applications and student attainment monitoring.

We also offer sound advice and supportive pastoral care and guidance to ensure that Sixth Form students
make a smooth transition to adulthood and have every opportunity to develop their potential to the full and
skills which will enable them to become world class citizens.

The Sixth Form is very much a staging post between the directed learning of the GCSE years and the
independent learning that will be undertaken at university. Within a context where appropriate direction is
available, Sixth Formers can develop the attitudes, attributes and skills to enable them to learn on their own
and to become high-performing learners.

It is absolutely essential that students in the Sixth Form enjoy their academic work for its own sake. Sixth
Form study provides a passport to university or the foundations for entry into the world of work. That
passport will carry far greater weight if it is imprinted with a genuine desire to learn. Academic work will
be the priority in the Sixth Form. However, we recognise that the world of work demands much more than
a good set of A Levels.

The Sixth Form years allow the development and broadening of many other abilities besides the academic:
the ability to work in a team; the ability to communicate in a variety of circumstances; the ability to network;
the ability to lead others; the ability to have fun and enjoy life appropriately; the ability to accept responsibility
and use it effectively. All of these are encouraged by our wide Enrichment Programme.

In today's rapidly changing world, creativity, flexibility, adaptability and resilience are essential
characteristics of successful individuals. The Sixth Form at BSM fosters and values these qualities.

Our aim is that those who leave our Sixth Form should be self-confident young men and women who will
find fulfilment and happiness in their future lives. It is something that we remain passionate about. We
look forward to supporting you in the next stage of your education.

Kindest regards
Zoe Atkinson-Goffe - Head of Sixth Form

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Why join our Sixth Form?
Our students can expect to enjoy and thrive in our outstanding facilities and be extremely well
supported by caring and enthusiastic teachers.

The Sixth Form at BSM offers a good variety of A Level courses and three BTECs in Film & Television,
Music and Sports, all taught in small classes. The subject areas are well-resourced and taught by
highly-qualified staff. Each student is allocated to a tutor group of around 15 students for pastoral
purposes.

Academic results are of high importance but so too is the overall development of the student as they
prepare for their next stage of their lives. The Sixth Form offers opportunities to hold positions of
responsibility within the school. This reinforces their increasingly mature role within the school.
Opportunities to contribute to the School and the wider community are encouraged and expected of
our students.

Who can join the Sixth Form?
All students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must meet our entry requirements of five passes in their
GCSEs at grades 4 and above, or A* to C (including grade 4 (or equivalent) in Mathematics and in
English Language). Those students who have been selected to sit the iGCSE English as a Second
Language at BSM are required to achieve a B grade in that subject. Additionally, each A Level subject
has an individual entry requirement.

Clearly, taking a responsible attitude towards one’s studies is a characteristic of being a Sixth Former.
Consequently, a strong commitment is required from students. To obtain good grades, increase
background knowledge and depth of understanding, Sixth Formers are expected to spend between
two and three hours per night developing their work and reading around their subjects. Being actively
involved in the life of the school, taking responsibility and maximising opportunities for personal
development are also important aspects of being a Sixth Former.

Choosing A Levels
Students choose three A Levels, which are now linear two-year courses in most subjects. In
exceptional circumstances, some students may choose to read 4 A-level courses. Universities do not
ask for more than 3 A Levels as minimum entry requirements for their courses.

Do not choose a subject because you think it will be easy. A Levels are not easy; they are designed
to be challenging. You will only find a subject easy if you have a lot of interest in it, and if you do a lot
of extra work and preparation for the exams.

What if you do not like a subject?
If you do not like a subject or you find it difficult, then you will be allowed to drop that particular subject
and possibly take up another subject in its place. You will have until the end of September to make a
decision.

Do not just drop a subject because you would like more free time. If you find it difficult, speak to your
subject teacher who may talk to you about what the rest of the course involves, just in case the particular
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module you are studying at that time is particularly difficult in comparison to the rest of the course.

What you should know about the A Levels
Since September 2015, a range of changes have been made to A Levels. The A Levels offered at BSM
are, for the most part, the new, revised A Level format. This means that the qualification is linear i.e.

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external assessments taken at the end of two years define the grade. The new A Levels have the
following new features:

   1. The syllabi are broken down into themes
   2. Each exam covers more content/subject knowledge – broader and deeper understanding
   3. It includes a minimum 20% quantitative skills content (Applied Mathematics) in subjects where
      this applies e.g. Economics, Geography, Psychology
   4. All A Level assessment is at the end of the 2 years with no possibility of re-sit (except for the
      Science subjects, Media Studies and Geography)
   5. AS and A Levels have been ‘de-coupled’: The AS qualification is now disconnected from the
      full A Level, meaning that exams sat at the end of Year 12 have no bearing on the outcome of
      the full A Level at the end of Year 13. Any points or grades will not count towards the A Level

Please note that Chemistry, Biology, and Physics are unaffected as we will continue for the foreseeable future
with International A Levels (IAL) (with exam sessions in January and May/June).

Film and Television Studies, Music and Sport offer a BTEC. This is a Level 3 qualification like A Level, and
is widely offered in the UK. The course is practical and production based, with considerable academic
rigour. Assessment is solely through coursework with no external examination.

What about students who want to sit an AS exam at the end of Year 12?
There may be legitimate reasons for wanting to sit an AS exam. For example:
      a) The student expects to leave BSM at the end of Year 12
      b) The student does not wish to continue the subject into Year 13
      c) A student’s performance in a subject is such that the teacher deems it would be ‘safer’ for them
         to secure an AS level in it before being considered for Year 13

Where a student is entered to sit an AS examination in the linear A Level at the end of Year 12, parents
should be aware that:
       a) It takes at least 2 years to develop the skills, critical thinking and the understanding to perform
           effectively at AS and to secure a good grade
       b) AS is not an easy examination
       c) Costs – as with the ‘old’ AS Levels, there continues to be an entry fee for AS examinations
       d) No-transferability – the AS exams sat at the end of Year 12 have no bearing on the outcome of
           the full A Level at the end of Year 13
       e) Any points or grades will not count towards the A Level if the students decides to continue with
           the subject in Year 13
       f) Where applicable, the subject knowledge covered during AS examinations will be reassessed
           in the A Level examinations at the end of Year 13
       g) Any results achieved at AS must be declared on UCAS Applications (Good and/or poor results)

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What do you need to progress into Year 13?
Students need at least a D grade at the end of Year 12 to be able to progress into Year 13. For subjects
where AS examination results are still available (e.g. Science) this policy remains in place. For subjects
where formal AS results are not available, we will use evidence from:

   1. Academic Monitoring
   2. Report data
   3. Most Likely Outcome must be at least a D grade
   4. Effort data
   5. Internal assessments data
   6. Mock examinations in January, May/June
   7. Meetings with parents
   8. Parents’ evenings
   9. Attendance data
   10. Attitude to learning

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Which higher education establishments have previous Sixth Form students gone to and what did
they study?

           Degree Course                               University

           Maths & Physics                              Warwick

           Arabic & Spanish                              Oxford

            Chemical Eng                                Newcastle

                Music                                    UCLan

        Business Management                         Nottingham Trent

             Management                                  Toronto

            Sport Science                        Elmira College New York

         Economics & Politics                           Aberdeen

         Biomedical Sciences                            Sheffield

      Animal Management Level 3                    Myerscough College

              Economics                                 Warwick

           English & Media                        Liverpool John Moores

       Criminology & Psychology                         Swansea

          Primary Education                             Aberdeen

          Modern Languages                               Durham

        Media & Communication                           Goldsmith

              Economics                          Elmira College New York

        Biomedical Engineering                       Imperial College

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          Biochemistry                        Texas at Austin

           Economics                            Heriot Watt

          Biosciences                           Camerino

        Graphic Design                             UCA

              PPE                                  LSE

          Engineering                              UBC

    Business Administration          Auckland University of Technology

             Physics                             Warwick

International Relations & Politics       University of East Anglia

            Russian                               Bristol

      Biomedical Science                   Dalhousie University

      Biomedical Science                         Warwick

    Mechanical Engineering                         UBC

Visual Effects & Motion Graphics               South Wales

   Aeronautical Engineering                 Flight School G Air

           Psychology                     Asia Pacific University

   Management & Marketing                         Essex

            Gap year                                n/a

              Film                             Westminster

           Economics                             Glasgow

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             Computer Science                                       Exeter

Choosing the Right Courses
Choosing the right combination of subjects for your A Level course is very important. These notes will help,
but it is important that parents and teachers are also involved in the process. Further information can be
obtained from the Head of Sixth Form, Heads of Departments, subject staff, the Deputy Head teachers and,
last but not least, by talking to our present Sixth Formers who are already taking the subjects.

Some UK university degrees can be taken without studying any particular A Level subjects. However,
if you are thinking of studying a course at university that is commonly available at A Level, it is usual
to take that course as one of your subjects. If you have a particular degree course in mind, we would
strongly recommend that you check university entry requirements at http://www.ucas.co.uk.

Below are a few examples:

       ●    Biological Sciences generally require Chemistry as well as Biology
       ●    Engineering courses generally require Mathematics and Physics
       ●    Medicine requires Chemistry and two of Physics, Biology or Mathematics
       ●    Veterinary science requires Biology and Chemistry
       ●    Agriculture requires Chemistry

Competition for many courses is high. Consequently, students should ensure that they are choosing
the right subject for their interests, which enables them to achieve their best possible grade. The
following questions are always worth asking:

       ● Do I need to choose this subject to qualify for my likely path?
       ● If I am not sure what I would like to do in the future, have I chosen subjects that will keep my
         options open?
       ● Am I capable of being successful in this subject?
       ● Am I really interested in studying this subject?

It is recommended that 3 subjects are chosen. However, some students may be advised to study 3
subjects as well as an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) or BTEC. The choice of subjects should
be made on the basis of ability and interest in the subject. We stress again that interest is vital because
of the narrow concentration on three subjects and the depth to which each is studied.

More information about sixth form and university applications can be found here:
https://www.britishschoolmuscat.com/teaching-learning/senior-school/sixth-form-age-16-18-

Sixth Form Extra Curricular Activities
All of our Sixth Form students are encouraged to fully immerse themselves in the school and its community.
It is vital that students use their time to develop themselves both academically and personally. This supports
the students’ progression to a career and higher education applications. Engagement with the ECA
programme is an expectation for all students from the beginning of Year 12.

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AS & A Level COURSES

Results and Higher Education
At A Level, grade results are from A* and AS results are from A to E. Students studying the BTEC
subsidiary diploma can be awarded a Distinction, Merit or Pass. All of these grades are considered passes.
Grade U is a failing grade. Universities in many countries will admit you on your grades to date plus your
predicted grades. Universities in the United Kingdom will use predicted grades to identify potential students
but usually offer you a conditional place based upon you achieving certain grades at A Level and/or AS
Level. Some universities will express their offer with the grades that you must achieve, while others will use
the UCAS tariff table calculator below:

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Entry requirements into Higher Education can vary greatly depending upon the course, institution and
country. Some countries will ask for a wide range of evidence of your ability, including essays, SAT,
IELTS or TOEFL scores, report grades and predicted A Level grades.

Courses in high demand can require very high grades (Law, Medicine, and Veterinary Science, for
example). It is important to note that the grades asked for are an indication of the popularity of that
course and institution, not always the difficulty of the course itself. Courses can be found in the UK (or
other countries) that accept almost any set of A Level and AS grades but the higher the grades you can
achieve (and therefore the number of points on the UCAS Tariff) the wider the choice available to you.

Examination Boards
The A Level examination courses that are on offer at British School Muscat are examined through the
British Examination Boards of:

AQA                   Assessment & Qualifications Alliance is a unitary awarding body for
                      Northern Examination and Assessment Board (NEAB).

PEARSON               Edexcel Foundation is a unitary awarding body for The Edexcel
(EDEXCEL)             University of London Examinations and Assessment Council

CAIE                  Cambridge Assessment International Education

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ENTRY FOR A LEVEL COURSES

A Guide for Students and Parents

Minimum requirement for entry into Year 12
5 GCSE subjects grades 9-4 or A* to C. These subjects must include GCSE Grade 4 (or above) or C (or
above) in English Language and Mathematics. Those students who have been selected to sit the iGCSE
English as a Second Language are required to achieve a grade 5 (or above) or B (or above) in that subject.
In addition, each A Level subject has its own minimum entry requirement for entry into that particular
subject course.

  Subject                   Minimum GCSE (or equivalent) Grade
                            Required for Entry into AS

 Art and Design             Art and Design: 6 or above (5 accepted under exceptional circumstances)
                            including evidence of a portfolio of work.

  Biology                   7 in GCSE/iGCSE Dual Award Science or in Biology and a good grade in
                            English Language.

  Business                  B in iGCSE English AND
                            6 in GCSE Mathematics
                            Or Exceptional Circumstances.

  Chemistry                 7 in GCSE/iGCSE Dual Award Science or in Chemistry.

  Computer Science          7 in Maths OR
                            7 in GCSE Computer Science or other GCSE-level Computing specification
                            Or Exceptional Circumstances.

  Dance                     5 or above in GCSE Dance and English, or prior experience as discussed
                            with the Head of Department.

  Design &                  6 in GCSE Mathematics and 7 in DT (6 under exceptional
  Technology                circumstances).

  Economics                 7 GCSE Mathematics AND
                            A at English iGCSE;
                            7 in Business or Economics GCSE preferred, but not essential
                            Or Exceptional Circumstances.

  English Literature        English Literature B, English Language B.

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French   Usually a 6.
         5 under exceptional circumstances.

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  Geography                 B
                            C under exceptional circumstances.

  German                    Usually a 6.
                            5 under exceptional circumstances.

  Spanish                   Usually a 6.
                            5 under exceptional circumstances.

  History                   6 at GCSE
                            If the student has not previously read History a 6 in GCSE English Literature
                            and Language.

  Mathematics               7 for GCSE Mathematics to be accepted onto the Regular Mathematics
                            course (RM).
                            The Extended Mathematics course (EM) is for students who achieved a grade
                            6 for GCSE Mathematics.

  Media Studies             C in GCSE Media Studies or an interview with Mr Moul.

  Music BTEC                6 at GCSE and/or ABRSM Grade 5 level or equivalent on an
                            instrument/voice plus an interview with Mr Clifford and Mr Anthony.

  PE BTEC                   4 at GCSE PE. If a student has no PE GCSE they may be admitted if they
                            have grades 7 in the sciences & grade B in English or interview with Mr
                            Myhill.

  Physics                   7 in GCSE/iGCSE Dual Award Science or in Physics. A good grade in
                            Mathematics is also required.

  Psychology                6 or B in Science, Maths and English or interview with subject co-ordinator
                            Miss Cullen.

  Television and Film       C at GCSE Media Studies or interview with Mr Moul.
  (BTEC)

  Drama & Theatre           6 for Drama or/and B in English plus interview with the Head of
  Studies                   Department.

Entry requirements for progression from Year 12 into Year 13
It is expected that students will continue with three subjects into Year 13. Students who have met the entry
requirements are automatically offered a place in Year 13 to continue their studies. Students are expected to
pass the Year 12 AS Level with at least a D grade (or the equivalent in internal examinations) before
continuing onto the A Level course.

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However, in the case of grades D in any subject, a meeting with the student and parents will be arranged at
the start of Year 13 and certain measures will be put in place in order to optimise the student’s chances of
achieving a pass in their A Level subjects.

Students who achieved E or U grades will not be permitted to continue with that subject in Year 13.
Students who do not meet the entry requirement into Year 13 will be given guidance by the Sixth Form
team about a change of pathway.

Repeating Year 12
If students do not meet the minimum entry requirements, they will not be able to progress into Year 13;
successful appeals will be offered places in Year 12 provided there are places available. However, in the
case of oversubscription in any category, priority will be given to Year 11 students.

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ART & DESIGN

 EXAMINATION BOARD                         Pearson

 EXAMINATIONS OFFERED                      Year 13 – A Level in Fine Art 9FA0 (combined with
                                           photography GCSE taken in year 12 where possible)

 Brief description of course:

 The Advanced (A Level) GCE specification requires students to develop practical and
 theoretical knowledge and understanding of:

       Relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources
       How ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and
       artefacts
       How images and artefacts relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their social
       and cultural contexts
       Continuity and change in different genres, styles and traditions
       A working visual/written vocabulary and specialist terminology

The A Level GCE specification requires students to develop the skills to:

       Record experiences and observations, mainly in visual form; undertake research and
       gather, select and organise visual and other appropriate information
       Explore relevant resources; analyse, discuss and evaluate images, objects and artefacts;
       Make and record independent judgements
       Use knowledge and understanding of the work of others to develop and extend thinking and inform
       own work
       Generate and explore potential lines of enquiry using appropriate media and techniques
       Apply knowledge and understanding in making images and artefacts; review and modify work and
       plan and develop ideas in the light of own and others’ evaluations
       Organise, select and communicate ideas, solutions and responses; present these in a range
       of visual forms

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                                               Year 12

                 Autumn Term                                          Spring and Summer

            The Visual Elements,                                   Personal Investigation:

   Including line, tone, colour, shape, pattern,           Practical Work provides opportunities for
 texture, form and structure: Students develop           students to pursue their own creative, visual
these skills, experimenting with a wide range of                   ideas in their own chosen
   media and methods. Students learn how to                       area of art, craft and design
    transform materials in order to reflect their
 different qualities of personally chosen subject        All of the above will be supported through a
      matter. Students are expected to show               range of specific tasks relating to art in a
 evidence for an ongoing critical and analytical         historical, social, cultural or political context
             review of their progress.
                                                     Photography GCSE externally set assignment
Photography GCSE coursework runs alongside           including all supporting studies preceding a 10
   this complementing the portfolio of work                    hour sustained focus exam

                                               Year 13

Personal Portfolio A LEVEL ART & DESIGN                     EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT

Personal Portfolio: Practical Work provides             Students will receive the set paper for the
opportunities for students to pursue their own        Externally Set Assignment in January of the
creative, visual ideas in a chosen area of art,                       academic year.
               craft and design.
                                                                 Submissions must include:
Work for the Personal Study requires students         • all preparatory work, including sketchbook(s)
   to produce an illustrated dissertation on a
selected aspect of others’ art, craft and design.     • Unaided work produced under examination
  Students are required to research, evaluate,             conditions in a period of 15 hours
analyse and establish coherent and sustainable
links between their own practical work with that
   of historical and contemporary references.

 CAREERS:
 Architect, fashion designer, interior designer, product design, games designer, cartoonist,
 jewellery designer, theatre set designer, graphic designer, textiles designer, photographer,
 animator, landscape architect, shoe designer, make- up artist, art therapist, ceramics
 designer... Lots of careers involve art and design!

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BIOLOGY

 2018 specification

 EXAMINATION BOARD                           EDEXCEL

 EXAMINATIONS OFFERED:                       Year 12 – IAL AS in Biology XBI11
                                             Year 13 – IAL A2 in Biology YBI11

 Brief description of course:

 The structure of the course is summarised below. This is still a modular course with each AS and
 A2 module contributing towards the overall A Level grade. All modules will be taken in the
 summer examination period of that academic year.

     AS
 Unit      Description of Unit                             Assessment                     AS            GCE
                                                                                                        grade

 1         Molecules, Diet, Transport and Health           1 hour 30 min exam             40%           20%

 2         Cells, Development, Biodiversity and            1 hour 30 min exam             40%           20%
           Conservation

 3         Practical Skills in Biology I                   1 hour 20 min exam             20%           10%

     A2
 Unit      Description of Unit                             Assessment                     A2            GCE
                                                                                                        grade

 4         Energy, Environment, Microbiology and           1 hour 45 min exam             40%           20%
           Immunity

 5         Respiration, Internal Environment,              1 hour 45 min exam             40%           20%
           Coordination and Gene Technology

 6         Practical Skills in Biology II                  1 hour 20 min exam             20%           10%

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METHODS OF ASSESMENT

Each unit is assessed by a single written paper. Unit examinations may be repeated and the best
mark will count towards the final grade.

Preparation for the externally assessed Laboratory Skills units will take place throughout the
course. It can be seen from the table above that practical biology constitutes an important part of
the final mark.

ENTRY INFORMATION

Candidates require Grade 7 or above in GCSE Combined Science or in GCSE Biology and a
good grade in English Language is required.

CAREERS

A level Biology is a useful preparation for studying Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry. Biology
together with another Science or Mathematics allows access to careers in Food Science, Pharmacy,
Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Marine Biology and Forensic Science. Biology together with
Geography is a useful combination for entry into careers in Environmental Science.

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BUSINESS

 EXAMINATION BOARD                           EDEXCEL

 EXAMINATIONS OFFERED                        A Level Business, 9BS0

 Brief description of course:
 Business students follow 4 themes, assessed through 3 assessments at the end of Year 13. The three
 exam papers are all 2 hours in length and consist of extended answers and use of quantitative skills.
 Papers 1 and 2 are both worth 35% each of the overall grade, Paper 3 is weighted to be worth 30% of the
 overall grade.

 Theme 1: Marketing and People
 Students will develop an understanding of: meeting customer needs; the market marketing mix and
 strategy; managing people; entrepreneurs and leaders.

 Theme 2: Managing Business Activities
 Students will develop an understanding of: raising finance; financial planning; managing finance; resource
 management; external influences.

 Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy
 This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2. Students will develop an understanding of:
 business objectives and strategy; business growth; decision-making techniques; influences on business
 decisions; assessing competitiveness; managing change.

 Theme 4: Global Business
 This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1. Students will develop an understanding of:
 globalisation; global markets and business; expansion; global marketing; global industries and
 companies (multinational corporations).

 METHODS OF ASSESMENT
 Paper       Description of Unit                            Method                                   Length

     1       Marketing, people and global                   Written examination in June              2 hours
             businesses
                                                            Drawn from Themes 1 and 4

     2       Business activities, decisions and             Written examination in June              2 hours
             strategy
                                                            Drawn from Themes 2 and 3

     3       Investigating business in a                    Both Pre-Release and                     2 hours
             competitive environment                        Unseen Material; Written
                                                            examination in June
                                                            Drawn from all four Themes
                                                            (Holistic)

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ENTRY INFORMATION
Although it is desirable, it is not essential that you have studied Business Studies at GCSE.
A minimum Grade B (equiv Grade 6) at GCSE English and GCSE Maths would be desirable and would
help to ensure the best chance of accessing the demands of the A Level Business course given the need
for case study comprehension and extended writing of arguments and evaluations as a method of
assessment.

Course layout
The A Level Business course is a 2-year course. Students will study a range of topics split into 12 blocks
spread across the duration of the course. The research and pre-release segment occurs in January of Year
13 and is the focus of Paper 3.

Combinations
Business and Economics are similar in many aspects; it is advised that students do not choose both.
Business complements Geography, History, Psychology and Mathematics, drawing on similar skills and in
some instances, similar content.

CAREERS
Business is suitable for careers in Management, Banking, Finance and Accountancy, Human Resource
Management, Marketing, Operations Management/Logistics, Social Entrepreneurship, Importing and
Exporting, Insurance and starting your own business. In addition, many students mix their A Level
options with Mathematics and/or a language to study Economics, International Development and a dual
honours degree with a language or Mathematics at University.

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CHEMISTRY

 Year 12 only (2018 specification)

 EXAMINATION BOARD                                  EDEXCEL

 EXAMINATIONS OFFERED                               Year 12 – IAL AS in Chemistry XCH11
                                                    Year 13 – IAL A2 in Chemistry YCH11
 Brief description of course:

 The structure of the course is summarised below. This is still a modular course with each AS and A2
 module contributing towards the overall A Level grade. All modules will be taken in the summer examination
 period of that academic year with the exception of Unit 1 which will be taken in the January examination
 period of Year 12.
 AS
 Unit     Description of Unit                                  Assessment                    AS        GCE
                                                                                                       grade

 1        Structure, Bonding and Introduction to Organic       1 hour 30 min exam           40%        20%
          Chemistry

 2        Energetics, Group Chemistry, Halogenoalkanes         1 hour 30 min exam           40%        20%
          and Alcohols

 3        Practical Skills in Chemistry I                      1 hour 20 min exam           20%        10%

 A2
                                                                                                       GCE
          Description of Unit                                  Assessment                   A2         grade

          Rates, Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry
 4                                                             1 hour 45 min exam           40%        20%

          Transition Metals and Organic Nitrogen
 5        Chemistry                                            1 hour 45 min exam           40%        20%

 6        Practical Skills in Chemistry II                     1 hour 20 min exam           20%        10%

 METHODS OF ASSESMENT
 Each unit is assessed by a single written paper. Unit examinations may be repeated and the best mark will
 count towards the final grade.

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Preparation for the externally assessed Laboratory Skills units will take place throughout the course.
It can be seen from the table above that practical chemistry constitutes an important part of the final
mark.

ENTRY INFORMATION
Candidates require Grade 7 or above in GCSE Combined Science or in GCSE Chemistry.

CAREERS
Qualifications in Chemistry can lead to careers in the chemical industries, including the Pharmaceutical,
Food, Petrochemical, Plastics and Process industries. A Level Chemistry is a pre-requisite for studying
Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry. Chemistry together with A-level Mathematics or another
Science allows access to careers in Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Geology, Microbiology and
Forensic Science.

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COMPUTER SCIENCE

 EXAMINATION BOARD                   AQA

 EXAMINATIONS OFFERED                A Level Computer Science, 7517

 Brief description of course:
 Subject content:
     1. Fundamentals of programming
     2. Fundamentals of data structures
     3. Fundamentals of algorithms
     4. Theory of computation
     5. Fundamentals of data representation
     6. Fundamentals of computer systems
     7. Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
     8. Consequences of uses of computing
     9. Fundamentals of communication and networking
   10. Fundamentals of databases
   11. Big Data
   12. Fundamentals of functional programming
   13. Systematic approach to problem solving
   14. Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project

 METHODS OF ASSESMENT

 Paper       Description of Unit                                         Method                    Length

    1        This paper tests a student's ability to program, as well   On-screen               2 ½ hours
             as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science         examination
             from subject content 1-4 above and the skills required
             from section 13 above

    2        This paper tests a student's ability to answer             Written                 2 ½ hours
             questions from subject content 5-12 above                  examination

  NEA        Non-Exam Assessment                                        Coursework              20% of A-
                                                                                                Level
             The non-exam assessment assesses student's ability
             to use the knowledge and skills gained through the
             course to solve or investigate a practical problem.
             Students will be expected to follow a systematic
             approach to problem solving, as shown in section 13
             above

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ENTRY INFORMATION
It is anticipated that students wishing to continue their studies in Computer Science will have gained a
grade A or above in Maths. Alternatively, students will have an A in GCSE Computer Science or other
GCSE-Ievel Computer Science specification.

CAREERS
Students can study Computer Science and go on to a career in Engineering, Medicine, Law,
Business, Politics or any type of Science.

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DANCE

EXAMINATION BOARD                   AQA

EXAMINATIONS OFFERED                Year 12 AS Dance, 7236
                                    Year 13 A2 Dance, 7237

Brief description of course:

      The course is designed to give you a theoretical and practical experience and
      understanding of Dance
      You will acquire experience of choreography and performance to engage you in critical
      thinking about dance
      You will gain knowledge and understanding of the dancer in action, and of the skills
      involved in performance
      You will develop dance appreciation skills through the analysis, interpretation and
      evaluation of dances and will gain an understanding of the historical and cultural context of
      dances
      You will be expected to rehearse in groups and sometimes out of college hours. A
      commitment to this is essential

  AS Dance

 Component 1

Choreography &              Practical coursework- 50% of AS Grade, (80 marks)
Performance
                            Choreography
Internally assessed and          ● Students must select one of the stimuli that are
externally moderated.               externally set by the exam board. Using this
                                    stimulus they must research, explore and
                                    structure ideas to generate a creative and
                                    informed solo of 2-3 minute

                            Performance
                                  ● Students are assessed on their performance of their
                                    choreographed solo above, focusing on technical accuracy
                                    and awareness on stage

                                   ● Students are also assessed on their performance within a
                                     duet / trio. This can be based on a stimulus of their choice
                                     and in any dance style

                            Summary- 1 choreographic and 2 practical assessments.

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 Component 2

 Critical Engagement       Written Examination- 50% of AS Grade, 2 hours, (80 marks)

 Externally assessed.       Students will be assessed on 3 different areas of dance history and
                            practice.

                                    Section A: short answer questions based on their own
                                    practice from Component 1. (15 marks)

                                    Section B: short answer questions on the compulsory area of
                                    study set by the exam board. (15 marks)

                                    Section C: two essay questions on both areas of study –
                                    compulsory essay, as per section B (25 marks) and an essay
                                    from a choice of four areas of study (25 marks)

A2 Dance

The modules are covered during the second year of the course and the concepts covered in
Year One are built upon in further detail.

 Component 1              Practical coursework- 50% of A2 grade, (80 marks)

 Performance and          Performance
 Choreography             Students will be assessed on their performance of a solo and quartet.
                                ● The solo must be in the style of a specific dance
 Externally assessed.              practitioner selected from one of the areas of study
                                   (linked with component 2) and be 2-3 minutes in
                                   duration

                                ●    The quartet can be based on a stimulus of the
                                     student’s choice and can be collaboratively
                                     choreographed between student, teacher and peers.
                                     This must be 3-4 minutes in duration

                          Choreography
                               ● Students must select one of the stimuli that are
                                  externally set by the exam board. Using this stimulus they
                                  must research, explore and structure ideas to create a
                                  group dance for 3-5 dancers, lasting 3-4 minutes

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 Component 2               Written exam – 2.5 hours, 50% of A2 grade, (100 marks).

 Critical                  Students are required to study a specific work and associated area
 engagement                of dance history that has been set by the exam board. They then
                           also study an additional set work and associated area of study for a
 Externally assessed.      different dance style, from a choice of 4.

                                 ●   Section A: short answer questions (25 marks) and one
                                     essay question (25 marks) on the compulsory set
                                     work/area of study

                                 ●   Section B: two essay questions on the second set
                                     work/area of study (25 marks for each essay)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
Prior experience of dance would be an advantage. Dance GCSE Grade B/6 or above, English GCSE Grade
C/5 or above, Grade 4 Dance technique i.e. Jazz, Ballet, Tap, etc or on the advice of the Teacher of Dance.

CAREERS IN DANCE

There are many obvious options such as performers, choreographers and teachers, however there are also
much less obvious roles within dance:

       Dance Education advisors
       Examiners and moderators
       Dance Administrators, (organising tours, performances etc)
       Fundraising, marketing
       Company Directors
       Dance Notater
       Lecturer
       Dance critic and reviewer
       Working for a dance publication
       Dance author
       Dance Historian
       Technical production
       Visual design
       Dance movement therapy

Many more depending on the specific areas studied.

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DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - PRODUCT DESIGN

EXAMINATION BOARD                     AQA
EXAMINATIONS OFFERED                  Year 13 – A Level Product Design 7552

Brief description of course:

Product Design is a course which is based upon the DT GCSE. It offers a wide variety of learning
experiences ranging from design and analysis of products to making prototype designs. Students learn how
to research and analyse existing products, materials, components and design influences. They create
detailed specifications for products, undertake market research into consumer preferences and build their
knowledge on production and manufacturing techniques. Students will then create imaginative design ideas
and make prototypes of their concepts. Finally they evaluate their ideas for success based upon the design
criteria. 15% of the marks in the exam assess mathematical skills in the context of Design and Technology.

UNIT DESCRIPTIONS

In Year 12

Students will learn knowledge and apply the theory learnt to small focused tasks designed to prepare them
for both the examinations and Non Exam Assessment. There is a large amount of materials theory,
selection of materials, manufacturing processes and understanding new and emerging technologies. Also
included in the course is health and safety, and legislation around products. Students will start their final
Non Exam Assessment after Christmas in year 12.

In Year 13

Paper 1
      ●      30% of A Level - Technical Principles

       ●     2 Hour 30 Min written Examination, mixture of short and extended responses worth 120 marks

 Paper 2
      ● 20% of A Level – Designing and Making principles

       ●     1 Hour 30 Min written exam, mixture of short and extended responses worth 80 marks

       ●     Includes product analysis questions and commercial manufacturing questions

 NEA – Non Examination Assessment
      ● 50% of A level

       ●     Approximately 45 hours work

       ●     The students produce a written (or electronic) design portfolio and manufactured outcomes.
             They undertake a single substantial project. The design folder is sent to the U.K. for
             moderation along with photos of the completed product.

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ENTRY INFORMATION
It is anticipated that candidates will have studied Design and Technology at GCSE and will have
achieved a grade 6 or above to continue onto A level. Students will also be required to achieve a
grade 6 in Maths as this makes up a large part of the course. If Product Design was not studied at
GCSE then students will be considered on an individual basis.

CAREERS
This course would form an excellent foundation for students preparing for entry into a college or
university, and would be of particular benefit to students who may wish to pursue careers in areas such
as Product Design, Architecture, Furniture Design, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Advertising,
Marketing, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Environmental Design, as well as Engineering in all its
forms.

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DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES

Are you curious about issues and ideas? Do you have a creative instinct for communicating your views
through drama? Are you keen on acting, writing or finding out more about the visual and technical side of
theatre? Then A Level Drama & Theatre Studies is an exciting and rewarding subject that you should
consider. It is not just for people who want to be performers when they leave school. Time spent studying
this course will equip you with life skills that will strengthen your teamwork, assist your time management and
develop leadership skills. Through practical workshops and the study of intriguing plays, you will encounter
aspects of sociology, history and psychology along with many other subjects. Why not consider this as an
option?

EXAM BOARD: EDEXCEL: A two-year ‘linear’ A Level divided into three components

 Component 1: Devising This accounts for 40% of the A level and it is made up of two parts:

        1. A practical performance of a devised piece, which you will have created and
             rehearsed informed by two stimuli: one key extract from a performance text, and
             the methodology of one influential theatre practitioner. This is worth 20 marks.

        2. A written portfolio worth 60 marks, which documents, analyses and evaluates the
             rehearsal process.

 Component 2: Text in Performance This accounts for 20% of your A level. This is also a
 practical performance, and this time there is no portfolio of evidence to hand in, although you
 do have to provide between 150-250 words summarising your artistic intentions. Rather than
 devising a piece of theatre you work on two extracts of script and present:

        1.     A group performance worth 36 marks, and

        2.     A monologue or duologue performance worth 24 marks.

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 Component 3: Theatre makers in Practice This accounts for 40% of your A level. It is a
 written exam lasting 2 hours & 30 minutes and it is divided into three parts:

        1. Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation - one essay from a choice of two statements
           about a live performance seen during your course, worth 20 marks.
        2. Section B: Page to Stage: realising a performance text - two essay questions
           on how you would realise in performance an extract from a set play- text which
           you will have studied in detail, worth 36 marks.
        3. Section C: Interpreting a Performance text – you will have studied in detail a
           second set play. You will answer one essay question from a choice of two on how
           you would realise this text in performance for a contemporary audience. Your
           production concept must be informed by the methodology of one practitioner and
           an understanding of the original performance conditions. This section is worth 24
           marks.

Why choose Drama and Theatre Studies?
This exciting course can lead to further study in drama, theatre studies and the performing arts but it is also
a subject that broadens your studies and complements subjects such as film, media and dance as well as
maths and science. By building up your confidence and improving presentation skills, Drama and Theatre
Arts A Level prepares you for a number of careers where public speaking or working in a team is vital.

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ECONOMICS

EXAMINATION BOARD                            EDEXCEL

EXAMINATIONS OFFERED                         A-Level Economics, 9ECO

Brief description of course:
This course is officially entitled Economics A.

Economics students follow 4 themes, assessed through 3 terminal assessments at the end of Year 13.

Theme 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure
This theme focuses on microeconomic concepts. Students will develop an understanding of: the nature
of economics; how markets work; market failure; government intervention.

Theme 2: The UK Economy – Performance and Policies
This theme focuses on macroeconomic concepts. Students will develop an understanding of: measures of
economic performance; aggregate demand; aggregate supply; national income; economic growth;
macroeconomic objectives and policy.

Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market
This theme develops the microeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 1 and focuses on business
economics. Students will develop an understanding of: business growth; business objectives; revenues,
costs and profits; market structures; labour market; government intervention.

Theme 4: A Global Perspective
This theme develops the macroeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 2 and applies these concepts in
a global context. Students will develop an understanding of: international economics; poverty and
inequality; emerging and developing economies; the financial sector; role of the state in the macro-
economy.

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METHODS OF ASSESSMENT

Paper       Description of Unit                           Method                                 Length

    1       Markets and business behaviour                Written examination in June            2 hours

                                                          Drawn from Themes 1 and 3

    2       The national and global economy               Written examination in June            2 hours

                                                          Drawn from Themes 2 and 4

    3       Microeconomics and Macroeconomics             Written examination in June            2 hours

                                                          Drawn from all four Themes

ENTRY INFORMATION
It is not essential that you have studied Business or Economics at GCSE.
Grade A (equiv. Grade 7) at GCSE English and GCSE Maths is a preferred grade given the need for
comprehension and extended writing of arguments and evaluations as a method of assessment.
If Business or Economics has been studied at GCSE, an A* or A (9/8/7) grade would be preferred. Those
with lower GCSE grades can gain access by discretion of the Head of Department.

COMBINATION
It is not advised that students choose Business and Economics at A Level; they carry similar components in
places. Economics complements well with Mathematics, Physics, History and English.

CAREERS

Economics is suitable for many careers which is dependent upon the specialisation at degree level and
beyond. For example, traditional economics tends to lead to careers in economic theory and analysis.
Some candidates mix Economics with Mathematics and/or Geography and focus on international
development or economic theory. In addition, careers in Business Consultancy, Risk management or for
central banks may appeal.

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ENGLISH LITERATURE

EXAMINATION BOARD                    EDEXCEL
EXAMINATIONS OFFERED                 Year 12 and 13 A Level English Literature         9ET01

Brief description of course:

Some students are put off studying Literature because they fear a subject with multiple answers: to
develop interpretations of a fictional world is to expose the reality of our own. Yet, it is only in embracing
this fear and exploring the humanity in literature that we better understand ourselves. The study of
Literature, then, offers something far greater than the acquisition of facts.
  “Citizens cannot relate well to the complex world around them by factual knowledge and logic alone.
         The third ability of the citizen (…) is to be an intelligent reader of another person’s story.”
                                                   (Nussbaum)

This course will:
       give students the opportunity to develop their interest and enjoyment in literary studies through
       reading and examining a wide range of stimulating authors from the past and present, taught by
       passionate specialists

       help students to cultivate invaluable skills in analytical argument, creative reasoning and critical
       thinking

        develop the students‟ empathy and awareness of human experience building on and beyond
       their own lives

       encourage students to take risks in their learning, developing original insights and new ways to view
       the world

       allow students to develop and articulate informed and independent opinions, both in speech and
       writing

        enable pupils to analyse texts critically, focusing particularly on language, style and structure

       encourage students to appreciate the significance of cultural and historical influences upon
       readers and writers

                                           A LEVEL: EDEXCEL 9ET01
Prose and poetry, including texts published after 1990
       Three prescribed texts from a choice of six, including at least one text published after 1990 and both
       prose and poetry
       Poetry, prose or drama for independent study

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METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Unit        Description of Unit                 Method                     Length                A level

1           Drama (Tragedy or Comedy)           Externally assessed        2 hours and 15        30%
                                                                           minutes
            9ET0/01

2           Prose                               Externally assessed        1 hour                20%
            9ET/02

3           Poetry                              Externally assessed        2 hours and 45        30%

            9ET0/03                                                        minutes

4           Reflections in Literary Studies     Internally assessed                              20%
            9ET0/04                             coursework

ENTRY INFORMATION
It is anticipated that candidates will have studied English and English Literature for the GCSE
examination and will have achieved a grade B/7 or above in both, except in exceptional
circumstances. For English Literature, the Head of Department may require an essay as
evidence of ability.

CAREERS
English Literature, as one of the oldest and most respected A Levels, continues to be hungrily
sought after by universities accepting students for Science, Arts and Humanities degrees. Indeed,
with the Sciences becoming increasingly popular, universities are eager to recruit students who are
also able to demonstrate well-developed abilities in analysis, empathy and communication.

English Literature can be studied as a single subject in higher education or can be combined with a
wide variety of other subjects. English Literature is invaluable for careers that require excellent
communication and interpersonal skills, keen abilities in analysis, and creative, independent
thinking.
“The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that cannot read them.”
(Mark Twain)

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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

EXAMINATION BOARD:                   AQA
EXAMINATION OFFERED:                 AQA 7993 Level 3 Project Qualification

In addition to their three A Levels, some students choose to study the EPQ. It should only be chosen as a
fourth option in the options table, as it does not constitute a full A Level.

The EPQ allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. There is no
examination, only the report, log and presentation. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and
develop their idea and decide on their finished product.
They are encouraged to be creative and curious. A project topic may be directly related to a student's main
study program, but should look beyond the specification. Alternatively, it may follow in a direction which the
student wishes to pursue at university.

A finished product may take the form of a:
       research based written report
       production* (e.g. charity event, fashion show or sports event etc)
       an artefact* (e.g. piece of art, a computer game or realised design)
 *A written report must accompany these options.

You’ll be given guidance to help you develop the skills you need to manage your Project. Whatever Project
you choose, you’ll be expected to work independently, supported by your teachers.
You’ll learn and be assessed on:
         How well you manage your work, such as planning your time and choosing what methods to use
         How you select and use information and resources throughout the Project
         The range of skills you develop and use in order to achieve what you set out to do
         How effectively you review your own work

In other words, it’s not what you produce but the process you used to manage your Project that is
important.

Students will record their Project process in their Production Log. The process of recording and completing
a project is as important as the finished product and culminates in a presentation. The Production Log, the
Product and the Presentation will be assessed.

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Below are the titles of some projects that students have completed:

Dissertation
       Why do 14-19 year olds smoke cannabis?
       Can you believe in God and the Big Bang?
       Should children be forced to exercise?
       Conduct an investigation/field study

Performance
      The role of comedy in serious culture
      Is music effective as a way of motivating workers?
      How can we make classical texts popular to new audiences?

Artefact
       Recycled: jewellery made from recycled materials
       Erosion and decay: A series of images (paintings, photos, prints, etc) based on the theme

Investigation
       Is Wi-Fi safe?
       Do violent computer games contribute to anti-social behaviour?
       Do government health campaigns affect levels of binge drinking?
       A model church, created using Computer Aided Design

Extended Project earns you valuable UCAS points (see table), so if the university offer stipulates the points
total you need, rather than A Level grades, then this extra qualification could help to take you where you
really want to be. Some universities may also lower their grade offer if you have an EPQ.

         Grade                      UCAS points

            A*                            28

            A                             24

            B                             20

            C                             16

            D                             12

            E                             8

Follow this link to an AQA video about the EPQ: https://www.aqa.org.uk/programmes/aqa-

baccalaureate/extended-project/the-aqa-epq

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MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES:

FRENCH
EXAMINATION BOARD:                   AQA
EXAMINATIONS OFFERED:                Year 12 – AS French 7651
                                     Year 13 – A2 French 7652

The AS examination is a stand-alone examination and the grade achieved does not count towards the final
A2 grade. Students who do not want to carry on with French in Year 13 will be taking the AS examination at
the end of Year 12.
Students who want to do the full 2 year A Level French will only take the examination at the end of Year 13.
Brief description of course:

The courses will enable students to:
      explore and develop an understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and
      heritage of France and French speaking countries
      listen and respond to a variety of authentic spoken and written sources
      demonstrate flexibility and the ability to use appropriate registers when communicating both in
      speech and writing
      manipulate French accurately to organize facts and ideas, present explanations, opinions and
      information, argue a case, justify, persuade and develop arguments in both speech and writing
      understand and apply the grammatical system and a range of structures
      transfer meaning from French into English and vice versa

AS – Year 12
Topic areas:
       Aspects of French-speaking society – current trends
       Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
       Study of a film
       Grammar

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation into English 45%
Paper 2: Writing      25% - 1 Essay on the film studied
Paper 3: Speaking     30%

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation into English
What's assessed?

Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different
registers and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and
questions will target main points, gist and detail. Studio recordings will be used and students will have
individual control of the recording.
Questions in French to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French
Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of
authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content
and questions will target main points, gist and detail.
Questions in French to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French.

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